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Top 10 – Classic must-read fiction books you may not have read…

Earlier this week, we took a look at some of the classic novels you always wanted to read, but have never got around to… Following the record-breaking success of Go Set A Watchman, we’ve now chosen some of our favourite books from this fantastic list.

The books featured here are ones that, in our experience, a lot of people claim to love and have read… But not all are telling the truth! The books are well worth your time and fully deserving of their classic statuses.

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Those must-read classics you’ve never got around to reading…

Go Set a Watchman, the long-awaited sequel to Harper Lee’s Kill a Mockingbird, was published this week and it got all of us at the Book People thinking about some of the classics of literature, especially those ones that have long been on your reading list but you’ve never quite got around to reading…

Luckily, we have a list of classics that you need to read over in our category ‘Must-read books’. From the gothic haunting of the Woman in Black to the period romance of Pride and Prejudice and contemporary American fiction from the likes of John Steinbeck (Of Mice and Men) and Edith Wharton (The Age of Innocence), you’ll find all the classic books you ever wanted to read. Many of the books, like Bram Stoker’s Dracula, have engrained themselves in the public consciousness and it’s fascinating to read the book for the first time and realise just why they have become so culturally important.

Among our other favourite classic books that many know all about from their hit film adaptations or from studying at school (therefore well worth reading back as an adult for pure enjoyment!) are F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Boris Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago and William Golding’s Lord of the Flies.

It is a wonderful feeling to finish a classic book and discover for yourself what all the fuss is about, and where better to buy these novels than the Book People? We provide amazing savings on all the books featured in the category and are certain you’ll love them just as much as their reputation suggests.


Books to read before you see the film: Paper Towns by John Green

We adore the cinema here at the Book People. The big screen, the smell of popcorn, the shushing of talkers… We have a lot of love for film, especially when the movies are adaptations of bestselling books. 2015 has been a huge year for literary adaptations already with the likes of Far from the Madding Crowd, Child 44 and Fifty Shades of Grey all proving enormous hits.

Although not all films capture the spirits of the book entirely, we’re always willing to watch adaptations to see the direction in which the film heads. With plenty of adaptations to come before the end of the year, we thought it would be a good idea to look at some of the films coming up. And the books you should read up on before going to see them!

John Green’s Paper Towns
In cinemas 17 August

Paper Towns Cara Delevingne

John Green is one of the most popular authors writing for young adults at the moment and after the all-conquering success of the film adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars (have you stopped crying yet, because we certainly haven’t…), it was only a matter of time before Hollywood decided to tackle some of his other bestselling novels. Paper Towns, starring the popular model and actress Cara Delevingne and TFIOS actor Nat Wolff, is sure to be on every teenager’s must-watch list.
A road trip with a difference, the story follows Quentin and his unrequited crush Margo Spiegelman as they head off on a revenge journey. But the morning after the best night of Quentin’s life, Margo has gone missing – and seems to have left clues just for him to discover her whereabouts!
A coming-of-age story that manages to recall the atmosphere of Catcher in the Rye but with the added element of a Scooby Doo-esque mystery, we cannot recommend you read this book before seeing the film enough!


Best holiday reads 2015: our top 10 summer reads for children

Summer holiday season has finally arrived and what better way to excite the little ones on their well-deserved downtime than kicking back with one of this year’s best holiday reads for children! Our pick of the 10 best summer reads for kids has all their holiday books covered. From the thrilling and hilarious Paper Towns by John Green – which has a film adaptation hitting cinemas soon – to classic children’s books from the likes of Dick King-Smith and Enid Blyton, our list of top summer reads for children has something for every young reader, whether they’re staying at home or travelling on holiday.

Summer books for children


Children’s Book Week: 10 Facts about Jeff Kinney

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The global bestsellers in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series have done more than almost any other series of books to tempt reluctant readers and author Jeff Kinney is now one of the world’s most popular authors. In our final 10 Facts post for Children’s Book Week, we thought we’d take a look at some things you might not know about the man who brought the world Greg Heffley:

  • Jeff Kinney was born on 19 February, 1971 in Maryland
  • The first drawing he can remember is one of a turtle when he was just three years old…
  • He started working on Wimpy Kid in 1988. The first book was published in 2007.
  • The Wimpy Kid cartoons were originally published on funbrain.com
  • His favourite authors include Judy Blume, Piers Anthony and J. R. R. Tolkien
  • The Diary of a Wimpy Kid books have sold over 75 million copies
  • Jeff Kinney is a cub scout master
  • He also plays volleyball twice a week
  • His brother Scott wrote one of the songs featured in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid film
  • In 2009, he was named on one the World’s Most Influential People by Time Magazine

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