Hello Reading Force families! I’m Emma, I’m a Pad Brat and school librarian and I write a regular blog here about reading and Forces life.
The summer holidays are when I really like to get into reading – whether it’s lazing by the pool with a good book, or having a staycation and escaping into fiction.
I remember as a child, summer meant travel. We would go on epic long car rides from Germany to France to Italy, through Switzerland and Austria – and all the way to Gibraltar to see the border of Africa! We would always make time to go back to England to see family too.
All this travel meant a lot of time with no phone signal or wifi (or back in the day it didn’t exist!) so books were a great way to keep me entertained. Now when I re-read a book that I read whilst travelling it instantly takes me back to that place, which means if I ever want a break from real life, I can just re-read one of my holiday books and be transported back to where I read it! So, a book is basically a TARDIS… of course.
This summer I have been getting into these books:
A First Book of the Sea by Nicola Davies (3+)
A mix of poetry, information and stunning illustrations – this book is great for combining reading with a love of the beach!
The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson (9+)
This book reminds me of a Studio Ghibli film. Marinka is conflicted between her destiny being a Guardian of the Gate, guiding the dead to the other side, and leaving the only life she’s ever known and her beloved Grandma. With lots of twists and turns and gorgeous description, this book will keep you gripped to the very end.
Your Turn to Die by Sue Wallman (13+)
I am normally the queen of guessing whodunnits, but this one surprised me! The twist is cleverly concealed and very satisfying. Mostly I liked how the book was modern, with mentions of mobile phones and snapchat, but still manages to be a very traditional thriller.
I hope everyone is having a lovely summer!