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Take a Series Journey 

Get invested in a great book series; journey with amazing characters as they have adventures, face obstacles, or solve crimes…book after book! 

I am a serious “series” fan when it comes to books and even movies. For me, it is the growth of the characters and being able to continue with them, story after story.  It is quite rare for me to covet a one-off book from an author.  Sure, I’ve enjoyed many, but when an author creates a set of characters that I connect with, the last thing I want to do is stop reading about them after just one book. 

For me, there are a couple of different types of book series where you can fall in love (or hate) with a set group of characters.  

There are the books where the characters are the same, for the most part, but each book they have a different adventure, or it focuses on a different character and the books don’t necessarily need to be read in order.  

We have many of these types of series in our Early Chapter Series collection in the Children’s area, such as the Magic Tree House, or adult titles, like J.D. Robb’s In Death series (which is a real favourite of mine and highly recommended).  

Another type of book series is a progressive one. Not an official term, but I find it fits; let me explain more. 

A progressive series, to me, is one where there is an overarching storyline throughout all the books in the series, not just ongoing character development; each book does have its own subplot that only exists in that book but there is the main plot that persists throughout. These types of series are my favourite, but they can be truly an investment in time and sometimes emotion. 

The best children’s example of this is Harry Potter. The story of Harry vs. He Who Shall Not Be Named is the overarching storyline, but each book has a specific subplot that starts and ends in that one book in the series.  Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth series is amazing example for adults. An ongoing saga that does not conclude until the end of the series, but each book representing a new challenge for the characters. 

Regardless of which type of series you love to love…to me, there’s nothing better than diving in and enjoying amazing characters for many, many books.  

Happy reading! 

~ Susan

Be sure to check out our specially curated list of series books in our catalogue. Click here to be taken right to it!


Traveling is easier than you think.

You don't have to go to another country to explore or learn about different places. Plains, Trains and Automobiles, you can drive along a country road, hop on the Via train to Montreal or go to an airport and fly to another Canadian province or if you're able, a foreign destination.
There are so many cool and interesting places on my bucket list. The world is to be explored and for us to learn from each other.

8 of the most amazing benefits of travelling

Broaden Your Horizons
Travelling means being constantly exposed to something new… new people, new cultures, new locations, new ways of life, new languages, new foods, new realities and more.
 Improve Your Health
Travelling is healthy. It is healthy for your mind and your body. Travelling can mean being outside one’s comfort zone, exploring new locations, being exposed to unknowns, new feelings, new scents, new people, all of which are great for your soul and mind. 
 Learning About Yourself
Travelling is also an opportunity… an opportunity to learn about yourself and better understand and comprehend your tastes, your likes, your interests, and your feelings.
Gain New Skills
As you can gather from everything, travelling can be a learning opportunity even bigger and more valuable than any course, school or lecture you take! You can learn about cultures, history, economic situations and even about yourself.
Have Fun
This one is easy and pretty straightforward! Travelling is fun! Travelling is exciting, it’s an adventure, it’s new people, it’s new amazing activities, it’s laughing, relaxing, discovering, dancing, exploring, diving in adventures…. all fun stuff that is great for you!
Boost Your Confidence
Travelling can be an amazing experience, but it can certainly come with its challenges as well. Travelling, and especially travelling to new and exotic destinations can take you out of your comfort zone.
Create Memories
Those memories you create while travelling can stay with you forever and make you experience all of those emotions you had over and over again!
Gain Friends All Over The World
As we mentioned before, travelling will expose you to meeting people from all over the world, whether they are fellow travellers or friendly locals. And if you have the right attitude and initiative, you will be able to gain amazing new friends from all over the world.
And now it is easier than ever to communicate with people from every corner of the world.

~ Nicki

Be sure to check out our specially curated list of travel books in our catalogue. Click here to be taken right to it!