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What should I read next? Books you’ll love…

At the Book People, we love books and know you do too. But we’re also aware that not everyone has the same time to discover new authors and books in the area they love. That’s where we can help. Below are some of our suggestions for books you may enjoy if you’ve loved some of our previous bestsellers or a particular TV show or genre. We hope you find it useful and feel free to ask us for more suggestions via Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus.

 

If you enjoyed The Hunger Games, you may like these…

The Hunger Games was already a hugely successful series in print before Jennifer Lawrence arrived on the big screen to establish herself as Katniss Everdeen in the hugely successful films (Mockingjay, Part1 will arrive in cinemas in November). If you like young adult fiction with a dystopian edge, you’re sure to be just as gripped by Veronica Roth’s Divergent, which was also adapted into a film starring the Fault in Our Stars’ Shailene Woodley. Set in a near-future, supposedly idyllic Chicago that is separated into different factions, Tris is the heroine who discovers not everything is quite as it seems. Patrick Ness has long been a favourite with teen readers all over the world and his Chaos Walking trilogy is a fast-paced, relentlessly addictive series that won all sorts of awards and will satisfy any fan of young adult books – no matter what their age… The Giver is the next film adaptation that will wow the teen market and finds 12-year-old Jonas discovering a secret that could change the world.

 

If you enjoyed the Fault in Our Stars, you may like these…

The next huge weepie based on teen fiction is set to be If I Stay, a heartbreaking story that will star Kick-Ass, Carrie and Hugo’s Chloe Grace Moretz (who is also set to take the lead role in the film version of Red House Children’s Book Award winner The 5th Wave). After a car crash which leaves her alone, Mia has to examine the potential of her future and make one of the most difficult decisions… Written by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist is a zesty slice of teen fiction that focuses on a burgeoning relationship that starts with a bet and then threatens to become something more over the course of one wild night in New York City. Written by Fallen author Lauren Kate, Teardrop focuses on one girl, Eureka, who can’t cry – even after her mother’s death. When she meets Anders, she starts to discover more about herself…

 

If you enjoy the Great British Bake Off, you may like these…

Everyone is so excited that the nation’s favourite baking show is back, but how are you when it comes to making savoury and sweet treats? With our hand-picked selection of baking books, you could be impressing Mary and Paul in 2015 with your very own creations. The Big Baking Collection will make sure whatever you want to bake is ace. Step-by-step recipes are included alongside helpful photographs for all kinds of baked treats. Although Mary Berry may have taken the crown of ‘Queen of Baking’, Delia Smith remains a national treasure and her Cakes book has a recipe for every occasion. From bite-sized treats to cakes to feed a family and even gluten-free recipes, you’ll love both baking and tasting the things you make. For something a little different, why not try your hand at making a cake without an oven? No-Bake Baking has a selection of delicious cake recipes that can be made in a fridge, freezer, microwave or blender! Quick to make, simple to follow and delicious to eat – it’s everything a would-be baker who can’t bake could ever want.

 

If you enjoy thrilling fiction with a historical edge, you may like these…

The Eagle Has Landed was a worldwide bestseller for author Jack Higgins, but he also wrote a number of other high-octane novels that were just as exciting – and covered everything from Nazi Germany to al-Qaeda killers. Our 10-book Bernard Knight collection will transport you back to the time of Richard the Lionheart and a number of startling murder mysteries that will shock you to the bone. M. C. Scott’s Rome trilogy is equally captivating. Bringing to life the passion, tension and intrigue of this famous era, the exciting stories, very much in the vein of Simon Scarrow, are unputdownable!

 

If you enjoy Roald Dahl, you may like these…

David Walliams has firmly established himself as the modern-day Roald Dahl, with his heartfelt, wacky and touching stories getting so many children into reading. From Mr. Stink, the nicest hobo you could ever meet, to the Billionaire Boy who finds out money is no substitute for friends and a deadly Demon Dentist, his books will make readers of all ages laugh out loud. Alongside his books, we also have an audio collection which contains five of his bestsellers across 14 CDs – told by Walliams with a little help from his Little Britain comedy partner Matt Lucas and former Bluetones frontman Mark Morriss on soundtrack duty. After so many successful picture books for toddlers, Jonny Duddle has turned his attention to fiction and The Jolley-Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon is a hilarious story about the spooky things that happen off the coast of Dull-on-Sea. Finally, many children who enjoy Dahl’s stories will probably be familiar with Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid, a series from the States that has managed to entice many reluctant readers and if your child enjoys the adventures of Greg Heffley, then they’re sure to find Barry Loser just as amusing. Written by Roald Dahl Funny Prize winner Jim Smith, Barry Loser and the Holiday of Doom finds Barry and his friends ‘enjoying’ a caravan holiday…


Loom band books to help you perfect your looming skills

Loom Bands are the new playground craze! Devastatingly simple and wonderfully creative, children all over the world are creating their very own special jewellery out of rubber bands. Colourful, stylish and a great way to keep them busy over the upcoming summer holidays, Loom Bands are going to be in fashion for a while. At the Book People, we’re delighted to bring you a selection of loom band books that not only act as an introduction to the art of looming, but also will help your child (or you!) enhance skills and become the best loomers in town!

Rubber Band Bracelets

To help your children create some new designs for their Loom Bands, you could invest in Rubber Band Loom Bracelets, a book we’re selling for just £3.99, saving £6 off the RRP!

Featuring 35 designs and patterns that will teach loomers a variety of loom banding skills and techniques, the craft guide has advice and tips on how to make everything from Easy-Peasy Bracelets to Craftier Bracelets and Awesome Accessories.

Clear, step-by-step instructions and illustrations will help children every step of their way as they create eye-catching new Loom Bands!

If that’s still not enough looming for you, we also have the three-book Loom Magic Collection, which can help you loom everything from jewellery charms, bracelets and key rings to more wacky projects like eyepatches, bacon and eggs (!) and swords. With step-by-step instructions, these three books will help beginner loomers become accomplished as they work their way through the loom projects of varying difficulty – and then impress their friends with their extra special creations.

The world loves loom bands – so buy some loom band books to make sure a loomer you know can make even more projects and get inspired!


Nora Roberts – an author to love

With over 450 million (read that again, 450 MILLION!) books sold worldwide, Nora Roberts is a phenomenally popular author who has kept us entertained with her tales of love, lust and romance for many years. We’re delighted to bring Book People customers a very special 10-book collection of some of her finest novels for the price of just £9.99, an amazing saving of £69.91 on the price you’d pay for them all individually!

Nora Roberts collection

Featuring the likes of Irish Hearts, California Summer and Stars, each book is just perfect romantic fiction for reading while on holiday, curling up with in the evening sun or to see you through the rapidly approaching cold winter months. Whether you’ve enjoyed Nora’s bestsellers like Northern Lights or High Noon and are looking to read further or just want an introduction to one of the most popular romance writers around, this collection has everything you want.

A New York Times bestseller, Nora Roberts’ writing style is effortless and idealistic throughout. With stories that cover finding romance against the odds, love in the most unlikely places and the joys of a summer fling, this is pure escapist reading for you to fall for and read over and over again.

Buy the 10-book Nora Roberts Collection from the Book People for just £9.99 here.


Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s new book The Scarecrows’ Wedding – now in stock!

Every time the author and illustrator duo of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler – the team behind The Gruffalo, Superworm and The Snail and the Whale – release a new children’s book, young readers and parents across the country rejoice. With Julia’s flowing rhyming text and heart-warming storylines featured alongside Axel’s vivid and distinctive colourful illustrations, they are perfect bedtime books for toddlers and parents to enjoy together.

Fittingly with us in the midst of the time of year that many take to declaring their love or renewing their vows, the latest Julia and Axel book is The Scarecrows’ Wedding – and you can get the hardback from the Book People for just £4.99, saving a massive £8 off the RRP!

Scarecrows Betty O’Barley and Harry O’Hay are in love and plan on having a ‘wedding that no one will ever forget’. As the plans go swimmingly, everything seems set for the perfect big day. But they haven’t counted on the wicked scarecrow Reginald Rake and his attempts to take Harry’s place at the wedding… As Harry heads off to pick up the final flowers, Reginald makes his move. Will Harry get back in time and save his scarecrow bride?

A funny love story with a dramatic storyline as Harry rushes to be the hero, this is an uplifting tale about the love between two scarecrows who will become bookshelf favourites. A must-have children’s book!


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

“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 III 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.

Summer Reads | The Book People

Hannah, the Book People’s Online Marketing Executive, has chosen Step-by-Step Cake Decorating by Karen Sullivan as her #SummerReads book recommendation. Read on to find out more about Hannah’s reasons for choosing Step-by-Step Cake Decorating as one of her book recommendations for summer:

“I am going to be spending the summer becoming a cake master. With the help of Step-By-Step Cake Decorating, I intend to learn how to create a variety of figures and designs to impress friends and family. You shall find me in the kitchen covered in icing sugar, hopefully learning from my mistakes and creating a masterpiece… only time will tell.”

There is nothing quite like an affirming book recommendation from someone who has read and fallen in love with a fantastic story, craft or recipe book. So, if you have any recommended recipe 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.


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