When was the last time you got taken away to another city, country, dimension? How long has it been since you battled dark wizards, destroyed rings, or honoured your family name on the battlefield? Sure, TV shows are cool and all but reading will take you places like never before.
That’s why during this year’s Book Week Scotland you need to get in on the action and start turning pages. To help you out we’ve got the top five books that you just have to read. Pop down to the library and start checking out.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Not a reader? You might be after this little gem. This was a hit when it was released back in 2003, but don’t think the long shelf life means the book is dated. Following lead character Christopher John Francis Boone – who is autistic – the book uncovers the mystery of who killed the neighbour’s dog. Written simply yet effectively, this isn’t a particularly large book so it is an extremely easy read with a gripping storyline.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
A must-read for young adults and grown ups – The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a rite of passage. Forget the film, the book has so much more to give. Charlie is a quiet and anxious young chap – who isn’t at the age of 15 – and he becomes friends with older kids Sam and Bill. Going through the journey of self-discovery, sexuality, substance abuse and more, this classic is a whirlwind of experiences and revelations. Add it to your Amazon basket.
Before The Hunger Games, there was the Northern Lights. Philip Pullman’s critically acclaimed series sees adventurer Lyra Belacqua as she journeys through the Artic on a mission to save her missing friend. A mystical world where a human’s soul lives outside the body as a talking animal spirit – if you’re looking for an escape from reality, the Northern Lights are waiting for you.
J K Rowling
Hands up, we cannot choose just a single Harry Potter book – they’re all too bloomin’ good. Starting off with the obvious, delve into the wonderful world of witchcraft and wizardry with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. This whirlwind series twists and turns at every corner to defeat the pesky no-nose snake man, Voldemort. You’ve probably watched the films but get involved with the books and learn so much more about the series.
To Kill A Mocking Bird
It takes a lot for a novel to stand the test of time – this is the book. Harper Lee wrote To Kill A Mocking Bird in the 1960s during a time of oppression, racism and sexual abuse. Despite the hard topics, the book is funny and heart-warming, introducing the world to one of the most iconic characters, Atticus Finch. Step back in time to experience what America in the 1930s was really like and the simple, yet dangerous, times that were lived.