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#SummerReads with the Book People: The books to read this summer (part II)

“What books should I read?” we hear you cry! At the Book People we are passionate about reading, and we want to help you find your perfect book for summer, so we’re back with part II of our #SummerReads book reviews and recommendations. Whether you’re looking for the best books to take on holiday, the best books to take to the beach, the newest bestselling titles, classic fiction, summer cookery books, or even if you’re looking for children’s activity books for the summer, the staff at the Book People have picked out books to read for the sunny summer months so that you can create your own 2014 summer book list.

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Tom, the Book People’s Content Editor, has chosen The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins as his (or my) #SummerReads book recommendation. Read on to find out more about Tom’s reasons for choosing The Hunger Games Trilogy as one of his book recommendations for summer:

“I’d tried my best to avoid the Hunger Games trilogy up until now. Being a fan of Battle Royale, I was aware of the similarities between the Hunger Games and Koushun Takami’s 1999 book and was initially skeptical as to the plot of Suzanne Collins’ series being so similar. But minus the umbrella plot, the books couldn’t be more different! Whilst Battle Royale focuses on action, brutality and complex descriptions of the deaths of a group of unsuspecting students trapped on an island, I found the Hunger Games to be an immersive world of well-grounded characters, accessible politics and uplifting resistance; I was pleasantly surprised. So, if you too have avoided the Hunger Games series thus far, I’d recommend jumping on the bandwagon. A thoroughly entertaining set of books for summer!”

There is nothing quite like an affirming book recommendation from someone who has read and fallen in love with a fantastic story. So, if you have any recommended books which you would like to suggest as one of the best books to read this summer to fellow bookworms, why not take your own #BookShelfie and post it on InstagramTwitter or Facebook? Together we can create an online book club where people all over the world can share their own personal book reviews.

Or if you’re not into the whole social media thing, take a peak at the books our Summer Reads category on the Book People’s new website. You’re sure to find some fantastic books to read in summer 2014.


#SummerReads with the Book People: The books to read this summer

“What books should I read?” we hear you cry! At the Book People we are passionate about books, and we want to help you find your perfect book for summer. Whether you’re looking for the best books to take on holiday, the best books to take to the beach, the newest bestselling titles, classic fiction, summer cookery books, or even if you’re looking for children’s activity books for the summer, the Book People staff have picked out books to read for the (hopefully!) sunny summer months that lie ahead so that you can create your own summer book list.

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Sorcha, the Book People’s Online Marketing Coordinator, has chosen Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn as her #SummerReads book recommendation. Read on to find out more about Sorcha’s reasons for choosing Gone Girl as one of her book recommendations for summer:

“I’m a big fan of crime and thriller novels as a good summer read; classics like Agatha Christie are always a staple in my beach bag. Lots of friends have been recommending Gone Girl to me this year as a ‘gripping thriller’ and as it’s about to become a film I figured now was the time to finally getting round to reading it. I’m about halfway through and I’m already hooked, I read it every chance I get! This book keeps you guessing at every turn and is a really compelling read – it’s not hard to know why it’s a New York Times bestseller! I’d definitely recommend it to a friend as a must-have this summer.”

There is nothing quite like an affirming book recommendation from someone who has read and loved a fantastic story. So, if you have any recommended books which you would like to suggest as one of the best books to read this summer to fellow bookworms, why not take your own #BookShelfie and post it on InstagramTwitter or Facebook? Together we can create an online book club where people all over the world can share their own personal book reviews.

Or if you’re not into the whole social media thing, take a peak at the books our Summer Reads category on the Book People’s new website. You’re sure to find some fantastic books to read in summer 2014.


Guest Blog: Work experience with the Book People

Rachael is on work experience here at the Book People and has been helping out during our exciting July Jubilee Sale, a book sale which we’re hoping inspires our customers to find an enjoyable selection of books for summer! In this blog post she discusses her favourite fiction books – fantasy! – and what her plans are for the summer.

Reading was a huge part of my life when I was growing up. It was what I did when I was procrastinating doing my homework or bored at the weekend. In the last year or so I’ve stopped reading so much because, being in the middle of my GCSE’s, I don’t have a lot of time!

The first books that I fell in love with were the Harry Potter series, which are still my all-time favourite books and films. I read the Philosopher’s Stone when I was 7 and carried on reading book after book. Reading these books at a young age influenced my taste growing up to read a lot of fantasy. I love being able to get lost in a world that is completely different to where I live. I love finding that place or situation that you wish you could be in. I love the vivid descriptions of places and characters. I went on to read the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer and recently started reading the Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices series’ by Cassandra Clare. My favourite author is Rick Riordan. He creates characters that you fall in love with and that you want to read more about. I’ve read the Percy Jackson series so many times and, even at my age, I would happily read them over and over. My favourite characters are Fred and George Weasley from the Harry Potter Series. They add humour even in the dark points of the stories and they make you laugh throughout the series. Then right at the end they break your heart and change how you view them.

A book that has recently caught my attention is Divergent by Veronica Roth. It flows through the story perfectly and the characters are created so realistically that you feel like you know them. I’ve yet to read the others in the series but they will definitely be part of the reading I will do in summer. There was also a film version made recently starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James as the main characters, which I saw at the cinema and it was so good!

An exciting event coming up is J.K. Rowling’s Birthday on the 31 July. She is one of my biggest inspirations and I have so much respect for her and her writing. The lasting impact and worldwide popularity of the Harry Potter series is something I think every author should aspire to achieve. As much as I love Harry Potter, I don’t want another story with him as the main character. The ending of the series was a perfect way to finish a series that was a huge part of people’s lives and it rounded every characters story off whilst still leaving enough to the imagination. Another story would ruin it and would change the impact the ending has on the reader.
I’m hoping to read as much as humanly possible during the summer. I haven’t had much of a chance to read before now, but over the next six weeks I have a lot of books that I need to read. For school I have to read To Kill a Mockingbird and Woman in Black (which I’m not looking forward to!!!!). We’re studying them in autumn, so they are a must. I want to read The Mortal Instruments series, the second book in the Divergent trilogy, Insurgent, and the John Green books. I can’t wait to relax in the sun, listening to my music at full-blast whilst engrossing myself in a book!

My week on work experience has been really good. The people that I have met have been really friendly and have made me feel welcome. I was so nervous at the beginning of the week, not knowing what the week was going to be like but my confidence has grown and I now know what it is like to work in an office environment. Thanks to everyone at the Book People for having me for the week!


Pick up a bargain in the July Jubilee Sale

As regular Book People customers will know, we like to spice things up every now and again by offering bargain deals on great books. Well, we’ve done it again – and there’s a whole host of great deals to be had in our July Jubilee Sale.

If you’re getting ready to go away on your holidays and you want to pick up some great books to read in the sunshine, you needn’t look any further. Alternatively, maybe you’re looking for some great new ideas for the home, the kitchen or the garden this summer. Whether you’re looking for books to entertain or inform, we’ve got titles to suit all ages and tastes in our July Jubilee Sale.

For readers aged seven and over, there’s Fortunately, the Milk… by award-winning author Neil Gaiman for only £2. Younger readers might also enjoy The Rastamouse Collection or Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis, both of which are available for just £2 each.

There’s also no shortage of fascinating books for older readers in our July Jubilee Sale. Extreme Frontiers by Charley Boormann, Gavin Weightmann’s Restoration Home, A Farmer’s Life for Me by Jimmy Doherty and A Point of View by veteran broadcaster and writer Clive James are all currently on offer at only £2 each.

All these books and many more besides are currently going cheap in the Book People’s July Jubilee Sale – so why not take a look for yourself to see what else is on offer?


The Book People’s new look website

If you’ve been on the Book People’s website today – www.thebookpeople.co.uk – you will have been in for a pleasant surprise… We’re thrilled to unveil our new-look website! With a fresh new look that is clearer and more accessible than ever before, we’re offering you thousands of great books at our trademark brilliant prices, all hand-picked especially by us. You’ll notice a few changes throughout which we hope will make shopping with the Book People easier than ever before!

You can now find our thousands of books far easier than ever before and you’ll also be able to check out our range of shops – Red House has the best children’s books for all ages, the Summer Holiday Shop has activity books and summer reads, our DK Travel Shop has travel guides and more for when you’re planning a summer holiday and the LEGO Shop has everything from The LEGO Movie to LEGO Friends and activity books to keep any Master Builder or fans of Minifigures entertained. FaberShop has the best books from our friends at the publishers Faber & Faber, while the Manor Mystery Shop has whodunits to keep cosy crime fans reading all year long. You can also go ape with the Bananas Clearance Shop – books at rock-bottom prices that have to be seen to be believed.

Whether you’re a fan of fiction, non-fiction, have a young reader who loves children’s books or want to buy one of our famous collections either as a present or to share out in party bags, find an entire world of books and reading at the new-look www.thebookpeople.co.uk.


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