Since starting university, I have pretty much stopped reading for pleasure as I just don’t have the time due to all the reading I have to do for my degree. Who could have thought that a finance and accounting based degree had so many books to accompany it?! I do try and keep up with ‘reading’ by listening to audiobooks and I always have one on the go, however it still doesn’t beat the feeling of reading a book with it physically in your hand! I have always been a huge bookworm and as a teenager I took pride in the fact that my room was overflowing with books. Now at nearly 21, I have had to scale down the collection to just my favourites or the ones that I would definitely read again and I think I have found one of these special few whilst finally sitting down with a book in Greece!
I’m sure the majority of you have read the Harry Potter series (if not, unfortunately we can no longer be friends!) but have you read the other books that JK Rowling has on offer? I think I have read every book she has had published as I just love the way she writes and I find myself absorbed completely into another world, which is the whole purpose of reading right?! A couple of years ago she decided to write a series of crime novels under the pseudonym ‘Robert Galbraith’ and managed to remain anonymous for all of about 10 seconds. The first book in the series The Cuckoos Calling was good, but nothing particularly page turning for me, which was a little disappointing, however, I decided to persevere and give the second book The Silkworm a go when I went on holiday last month. I have had this book on my shelf for around a year now and I finally took the plunge to read it and I can tell you there was no looking back!!
The book is about 450 pages long and I read it in about 24 hours it was that good. I honestly couldn’t put it down!! The story centres around the detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin, who we were introduced to in the first novel, however this time the mystery they are trying to solve is much more engaging and a little gruesome in parts. I love the relationship between the two characters and the fact that it is set in London just makes it seem more real to me – God knows why! Rowling has quite a talent for setting the scene and making you feel connected to the characters which, in my opinion, is why she has been, and still is, such a successful author. There is a certain level of underlying chemistry between the two main characters that offers hints of a romance novel at the same time, whilst there being no real evidence that this could happen. For me that is one of the reasons that the pages kept turning as I would just love that to happen. It’s a bit of a Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger type story line, where you hope he gets the girl in the end despite that not even being even an eighth of what the novels about!
If you like mysteries and murders or are simply a fan of JK Rowling’s work, then definitely give the Cormoran Strike series a go. I was ecstatic to discover that the third book in the series is being released on the 20th October and I’m not ashamed to say that it is on preorder from Amazon! I was also incredibly happy to hear that she has decided to make it a seven part series like Harry Potter, so I have loads more books to come! It’s nice to experience Rowling writing something outside of the Harry Potter Series, however that’s not to say I wouldn’t love her to write more from that magical world!
I know i’ve gone off on a bit of a tangent from my usual world of beauty with this post, however this blog is a place where I want to share things and talk about the things I love and reading has always been one of those. I enjoyed The Silkworm so much that I had to share it with you all as I know some of you must love reading as much as I do! I’ll leave the links to the books in the series and also the other books that JK Rowling has written outside of the Harry Potter series down below in case you are interested. Have you read either The Cuckoo’s Calling or The Silkworm? If so what did you think? Would you like some more book recommendations in the future?
- The Cuckoo’s Calling (Part 1 in the Cormoran Strike Series)
- The Silkworm (Part 2 in the Cormoran Strike Series)
- Career of Evil (To Be Released 20th October – 3rd Part of Cormoran Strike Series)
- The Casual Vacancy ( A one off novel that was made into a 3-part TV series for the BBC too!)
- Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination (A short book that is the speech that Rowling gave Harvard graduates – very inspiring and quick to read!)