The best fast action books to break a reading slump

Who am I?

I read broadly across many genres and know what it's like to get stuck in a rut and need to find something different to keep my interest. The books I've suggested all have a broad appeal and any one of them could break the dreaded slump. Even those that fall into a genre you don't normally read are likely to draw you into their own special magic.


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Book cover of Force of Chaos: The Coming of Age of the Antichrist

What is my book about?

Lucas doesn't want to grow up to be like his father. What teenager does? But for Lucas it's not the same because his father is the devil himself and Lucifer expects his incarnated son to embrace his destiny. A California high school is the perfect environment for an adolescent boy to seek friends, rather than followers, but what teenager could resist using his powers?

The books I picked & why

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The Time Shifters Chronicles Volume 1: Episodes One - Five of the Chronicles of the Harekaiian

By Shanna Lauffey,

Book cover of The Time Shifters Chronicles Volume 1: Episodes One - Five of the Chronicles of the Harekaiian

Why this book?

This story takes you into the most amazing world of people who can shift through time or across the distance at will. The action starts early in the first chapter and keeps you on the edge of your seat, yet gives you the occasional rest when the protagonist, Akalya, steps out of time to get her breath. The time travel science is flawlessly worked in so you don't even notice you're learning about the real thing!

The Time Shifters Chronicles Volume 1: Episodes One - Five of the Chronicles of the Harekaiian

By Shanna Lauffey,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked The Time Shifters Chronicles Volume 1 as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

A Spellbinding Epic Time Travel Series An ancient people who can move through time or space... but not both at the same time. Akalya of the Harekaiian, a nomadic spirit who lives invisibly among the ordinary people of Los Angeles, must discover who is behind the hunt for her people, when no one should have known they existed. Through an apparent accident of fate, she becomes the only one of her people who can save them from the enemy who hunts them and she must risk everything, even her life, to protect the others of her kind. A time travel…


Rebel of the Sands

By Alwyn Hamilton,

Book cover of Rebel of the Sands

Why this book?

We've all heard of the Arabian Nights, whether we've read the book or not. This one takes you into the exotic and magical world of a mock-Arabic land where Djinnis and other magical beings are accepted as real. Amani is a character you just have to love! She is thrown into an adventure that takes her far from her remote desert home and relies on her wits and special skills with forbidden weapons to stay one step ahead of capture by the sultan's men or worse, the magical forces that seem to surround her!

Rebel of the Sands

By Alwyn Hamilton,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Rebel of the Sands as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The first in the highly acclaimed trilogy packed with shooting contests, train robberies, festivals under the stars, powerful Djinni magic and an electrifying love story. WINNER of the 2016 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Debut Author.

"Tell me that and we'll go. Right now. Save ourselves and leave this place to burn. Tell me that's how you want your story to go and we'll write it straight across the sand."

Dustwalk is Amani's home. The desert sand is in her bones. But she wants to escape. More than a want. A need.

Then a foreigner with no name turns up…


Jack Dawkins

By Charlton Daines,

Book cover of Jack Dawkins

Why this book?

Even if you've never read Dickens, the Artful Dodger is an iconic figure in film and popular culture, but Dickens never finished his story! Jack Dawkins, commonly known as the Artful Dodger among London's criminal class as a talented child thief, returns to London as an adult. Only now life and acquired skills after his transportation sentence to Australia have refined his ability to move among affluent society as easily as within the company of scoundrels and villains from the derelict streets of his childhood. But living a double life can't last forever, especially after Jack falls in love!

Jack Dawkins

By Charlton Daines,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked Jack Dawkins as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The Artful Dodger returns with new adventures!

Jack Dawkins, once known as the Artful Dodger in the streets of London, was sent to Australia on a prison ship when he was little more than a boy. Now he has returned to find that London has changed while the boy has turned into a man.

With few prospects provided by his criminal past and having developed mannerisms that allow him to move amongst a higher strata of society, Jack turns his back on the streets that would have primed him as a successor to the murderer, Bill Sikes, and quickly remodels…


A Spark of Justice

By J.D. Hawkins,

Book cover of A Spark of Justice

Why this book?

This one's a fast-moving mystery story that takes you behind the scenes of the circus! An insurance investigator, John Nieves, has to determine whether a lion tamer's death was an accident or murder, but the circus people play practical jokes on him, especially after they discover he has a childhood fear of clowns! The big cats feature in this but are well treated and John develops an affinity with a panther who had been refusing to eat. This one has tension, suspense, and a lot of laughs along with the glamour of the circus!

A Spark of Justice

By J.D. Hawkins,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked A Spark of Justice as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

A fatal accident at the circus sparks an insurance investigation that leads John Nieves, a former New York cop, to a list of murder suspects. It seems that The Great Rollo, beloved of millions, had enemies... both at the circus and among his own family. All that is surreal and magical about the circus brings out Nieves' deepest fears, blinding him to the very real danger that is closer at hand. A bizarre series of revelations and coincidences keep Nieves' suspicions of the circus people high, even after the actual evidence suggests that the incident really was only an unfortunate…


A Grand Old Time

By Judy Leigh,

Book cover of A Grand Old Time

Why this book?

This is a story to lift the spirits and show readers that adventures aren't just for the young. Evie Gallagher moved into a care home, but soon regrets it as life there is like sitting and waiting to die. She takes her handbag and walks out, seeking new adventures, and boy does she find them! It's a feel-good story that dispels fear of growing old and shows us that it's never too late to have a good life.

A Grand Old Time

By Judy Leigh,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked A Grand Old Time as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

'Brilliantly funny, emotional and uplifting' Miranda Dickinson

Heartwarming, hilarious and fun - the perfect read for anyone who loved Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, A Man Called Ove, Ruth Jones and JoJo Moyes.

Evie Gallagher is regretting her hasty move into a care home. She may be seventy-five and recently widowed, but she's absolutely not dead yet. And so, one morning, Evie walks out of Sheldon Lodge and sets off on a Great Adventure across Europe.

But not everyone thinks Great Adventures are appropriate for women of Evie's age, least of all her son Brendan and his wife Maura, who…


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