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Best holiday reads 2015: our top 10 summer reads


Summer holiday season has finally arrived and what better way to spend your well-deserved downtime than kicking back with one of this year’s best holiday reads! Our pick of the 10 best summer reads has all your holiday books covered. From the gripping Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – recently adapted into a major motion picture – to the romantic Nora Roberts collection, including titles like Under Summer Skies and Love by Design, our list of top summer reads of the moment has something for every reader, whether you plan to read on a tropical beach or at home in the garden.

Summer Reads 2015

NEW! Book Club: the Book People’s free online book club

At, we love books and we want to share our love of reading with everyone. So, on 30 June we will be launching our free online book club, the Book People Book Club.

As with any book club, our online book club is a wonderful opportunity to share thoughts; discuss favourite, acclaimed and new literature; and enjoy huge savings on the chosen book of the month – with exclusive offers and discounts available on each month’s Book Club title.

Unlike some book clubs online, membership to the Book People Book Club will be absolutely free, you won’t need to pay a penny. The only thing you will need is a copy of the book and the time to read and discuss it with your fellow book-lovers at our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Join in the conversation with us and you can also have your say on which you think should be chosen as the next book in our free book club. We can revisit childhood classics, dive into some contemporary fiction, solve some crime thrillers, be introduced to debut authors – and it’s so much fun to enjoy the books together, discussing their themes, picking out favourite quotes and more…

Book Club launches on 30 June, so stay tuned for updates on our first title. We look forward to announcing our very first Book Club title.

Free Minions bookmark

Treat the kids (or a big kid you know) to this free Stuart bookmark to celebrate the release of the new Minions film. Just click the image below, print and cut out to bring some Minion fun to your favourite books!

Minions bookmark

The Book People Week of Wonder: The best under-sea books

As our offer-filled Week of Wonder is sea themed this time around, we thought this would be a ‘splashing’ time to make a list of the best books about life under the sea. From tales about fish to submarine missions and more, books about what happens beneath the tide are often classics and can sometimes be overlooked by readers, preferring to read about far-off planets, solar systems and galaxies. But don’t be put off by an under-sea book… there are some classics!

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
A mission to rid the seas of a monstrous creature becomes a terrifying nightmare when Professor Arronax, Conseil and Ned Land are thrown overboard. A huge marine animal that haunts the water is no living beast, but a spectacular man-made vessel, and the three men find themselves the helpless prisoners of Captain Nemo… 20000 Leagues Under the Sea A true classic, Jules Verne is one of the finest fiction writers of the last 200 years and Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea is, without doubt, one of his finest works.

Harry Hammer
Shark Point is a beautiful rural reef community where different species of fish can live in harmony. Harry Hammer, a young hammerhead shark, would give his right fin to be as cool, fast or terrifying as a tiger, blue or great white shark, and determined to prove his worth, he dives in to some daring adventures, where his unique hammerhead abilities and loyal school of friends keep him out of trouble. Harry Hammer series | The Book People A delight for younger readers, especially those who enjoy Jeff Kinney’s Wimpy Kid series, the books are packed with hilarious black-and-white illustrations that bring the stories to life.

The Abyss
Based on the 1989 film by Titanic director James Cameron, The Abyss is the story of the USS Montana, a submarine that sinks after an encounter with an unidentified object. As Soviet ships and submarines head toward the area to salvage the sub, and with a hurricane moving in, the Americans decide that the quickest way to mount a rescue is to insert a SEAL team onto an underwater oil-drilling platform, which will serve as their base. As the SEALs and the platform crew attempt to discover the cause of the Montana‍ ’​s failure, they spot strange creatures they cannot identify and discover that the creatures have intelligence… The Abyss | The Book Peole If you liked the film, this book is a must-read as it gives a much greater ‘depth’ to the characters, going as far to give them a backstory, which only adds to the enjoyment.

Written by bestselling author Michael Crichton, the man who brought us Jurassic Park and Prey amongst other wonderful science fiction books, Sphere is a psychological thriller that follows Norman Johnson, a psychologist who joins a team of scientists assembled by the government to examine an enormous spacecraft discovered on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. The depth of coral covering the craft suggests that it has been lying there for over 300 years and so could only be of alien origin…  Sphere | The Book People Quite similar to The Abyss but with an enemy a lot closer to home, Sphere is a great read and keeps you guessing until the very last page.

Sea Quest 
If you have a child who loves Beast Quest, Adam Blade’s Sea Quest is definitely worth a look! With a host of under-sea robo-beasts to defeat, ocean wars to prevent and other forces of evil threatening the planet Nemos, each book stars a new terrifying (but not too terrifying!) foe for hero Max and his friends to defeat – and as the series continues they get bigger, ‘badder’ and scarier. Sea Quest | The Book People Ideal for reluctant readers, Sea Quest takes the friendly format of Beast Quest under the sea for an action-packed adventure extravaganza! Really, really good fun!

Summer reads for 2015

Books to read in the summer

We’re not sure if you feel the same way, but we can’t quite believe we’re coming towards the end of June. Thoughts are already heading towards our summer holidays and we can’t think of a better companion as you get away from it all than a brand new book. A suitcase (or rucksack!) essential, books will be with you whatever the weather. Whether you want to sit on a beach and read, are heading to a campsite or are stuck inside on the inevitable rainy day, come to the Book People for all your holiday reads this summer.

For those who want to fall in love…

Summer will always be the time for romance and we have some of the most heart-warming stories around. Our three-book collection from Liz Fenwick is full of frothy tales set around Cornwall, while Nora Roberts is one of the world’s bestselling authors of romantic fiction and we have ten books from her ready for you to jump right into. The sadly missed Lynda Bellingham’s The Boy I Love is also rather beautiful and tear-jerking, while the three books we have on sale from Sarah Morgan are published by Mills and Boon and are wonderfully escapist.


For those who have time for crime…

Need something that will keep you on tenterhooks throughout the summer months? We have exciting crime, contemporary thrillers and more. You’ll have seen Gone Girl at the cinema and are surely eagerly awaiting Dark Places – the next adaptation of a Gillian Flynn novel – in August. We have both of these, alongside Flynn’s debut novel Sharp Objects, available in a great three-book set. For something even more brutal and packed full of action, you should get acquainted with Vince Flynn’s character Mitch Rapp – a CIA agent who is more than happy to get his hands dirty for the greater good. We also have a huge 10-book collection from worldwide-bestselling author Harlan Coben, and Peter May’s extremely gripping Runaway.


For those who want something different…

If you want escapist fiction of the highest calibre than we would definitely recommend Seni Glaister’s The Museum of Things Left Behind, a charming and unusual tale about a fictional location you’d definitely want to visit – Vallerosa. Fredrik Backman’s A Man Called Ove has been applauded and acclaimed so much and you could own it for just £4.99. A tale of a cantankerous old man who may have his issues, but there is more than meets the eye…


Wherever you go this summer, make sure you have a book with you… Buying from the Book People will save you valuable holiday spending money, too!

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