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Books to read before you see the film: The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

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. Like every other year, 2015 has been a huge year for literary adaptations with the likes of Far from the Madding Crowd, Child 44 and 50 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!

James Dashner’s The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials

In cinemas September

Maze Runner Scorch Trials James Dashner

In cinemas September

The adaptation of the first book in James Dashner’s Maze Runner series last year was phenomenally successful and ended on quite the cliffhanger… If you enjoyed it and can’t wait to find out what happens next, then you owe it to yourself to read the book before the Scorch Trials arrives in cinemas this September. You thought the Maze was terrifying, just wait until what happens next…

Starring Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario and Game of Thrones’ Aiden Gillen, the second part of the series finds the Gladers coming across a quite different set of terrifying scenarios. But will they discover answers of just what has happened? If you can’t wait until September, you’ll have to read the book to find out. You can buy the trilogy from us for just £4.99 – half the price of most cinema tickets these days!

Christmas books for young adults

Young adults (children aged 11+) can be some of the most difficult people to buy gifts for at Christmas; they’re newly independent, but it is still important to make sure that when you buy a gift for them that it is not only interesting, but appropriate for them as well. Young adult fiction (what the kids call YA fiction) has seen a number of film adaptations over the past few years, most notably The Hunger Games films, so we would recommend some of these books as a good place to start when looking for a Christmas book for young adults. We’ve also added another few books which young adults might be interested in, too…


The Hunger Games Collection – Suzanne Collins
Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy transports readers to a dystopian future, run by the evil President Snow, where children are forced to take part in a deadly game to win favour for themselves and their village. Young adults have been loving the books and the films for the past few years, so if you know a young adult who is yet to read the books, this collection is an ideal gift for them this Christmas. Plus, it’s three gifts in one!

The Hunger Games Collection | The Book People

The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
With a fresh and contemporary voice, John Green, author of Looking for Alaska, tells the story of a cynical teenage cancer sufferer who unexpectedly falls in love. The no-holds barred wit, sensitivity and sharp observations of lead character Hazel mean that The Fault in Our Stars will move young readers to laugh and cry in equal measures. One of the biggest books of the year, this is the perfect Christmas book for young adults.

The Fault in Our Stars | The Book People

The Mortal Instruments Collection – Cassandra Clare
Fans of the Beautiful Creatures, Twilight and The Hunger Games series will be gripped by Cassandra Clare‘s incredible Mortal Instruments novels this Christmas. Sixteen-year-old Clary is a normal teenager who witnesses something horrific and finds her life changed forever as she is dragged deep into a New York underworld she never knew existed… This fantastical series is full of mystery, intrigue and betrayal – flawless young adult fiction!


Who We Are: Our Autobiography – One Direction
Not strictly fiction, but if you know a One Direction fan, Who We Are: The One Direction Autobiography is the book they need this Christmas. From their humble beginnings at a nervous X-Factor audition in 2010 to selling out arenas, releasing their bestselling third album and making their own movie, Niall, Zayn, Liam, Harry and Louis bare all in this 1D autobiography. And now their 4th album, FOUR, is on it’s way, this book will make any young adult’s Christmas.

Who We Are: Our Autobiography – One Direction | The Book People

Scott Westerfeld Collection
Bitingly satirical, Scott Westerfeld‘s sinister yet thrilling quartet of young adult books – Uglies, Pretties, Specials and Extras – are full of shocks, surprises and frightening questions about modern world we live in today. The world has been divided into those who are Pretty and those who are Ugly. Tally can’t wait to turn 16 so she can become Pretty – but her new friend Shay would rather risk life on the outside. They soon discover the Pretty world is not so pretty after all… Ideal for young adults to curl up with during the festive holidays.

Scott Westerfeld Collection | The Book People

Belzhar – Meg Wolitzer
Set to be the next big young adult novel, Meg Wolitzer’s Belzhar will appeal to fans of The Bell Jar, The Secret History and John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns. Full of emotion, observations and humour, the surprises will shock and keep young readers intrigued through to the very end. This is a Christmas book for young adults that they may not have heard of before, so you’ll be introducing them to a new favourite read with this one!

Belzhar | The Book People

Chaos Walking Trilogy – Patrick Ness

Approaching themes of gender politics, redemption, the meaning of war, and good and evil’s unclear distinction, the Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness has been heralded as one of the most important works of young adult science fiction in recent years and we can see why! This series has won just about every award in children’s literature, so with it you can’t go wrong in finding a Christmas book for young adults!

Chaos Walking Trilogy | The Book People


The Hunger Games’ Katniss Everdeen and other Young Adult fiction characters

Eagerly awaited by fans around the world, The Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 1 arrives in cinemas this weekend. Memorably brought to the big screen by Jennifer Lawrence, Katniss Everdeen has become one of the most popular book characters of recent times. Joined by a supporting cast including Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mallark, Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne, Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy, Donald Sutherland as President Snow and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee in the film adaptations, she’s equally enduring in the novels. But Katniss is not the only character from young adult fiction to have quickly established herself as a favourite with young readers…

Tris PriorDivergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth

In a dystopian Chicago, residents are forced to live in separate factions of a broken society as soon as they reach the age of 16. When she arrives, Tris is shocked by the horrifying actions of her faction and goes on the run… With impossible choices to make, Tris is a character that grows and evolves throughout Veronica Roth’s books which find her faced with horrible situations. Brilliantly portrayed on the big screen by The Descendants and The Fault In Our Stars’ Shailene Woodley, Tris is a truly memorable heroine.


ThomasThe Maze Runner by James Dashner

Waking up in a strange place with no idea of who he is other than his name, Thomas (played by Dylan O’Brien in the film adaptation) is the unwitting hero of James Dashner’s Maze Runner trilogy. Fast-paced and gripping throughout, these bestselling books follow Thomas as he leads a group of boys – and one girl – known as the Gladers as they battle to discover how they ended up in the Glade and just who has put them in such a dangerous and unbelievable place…


Clary FrayThe Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

Clary – played on the big screen by Phil Collins’ daughter Lily Collins – was just a normal teenage girl living in New York City until she saw the brutal murder of an evil demon. Soon she’s transported into an (under)world of forbidden love with Shadowhunter Jace Herondale and vampires, werewolves and more… A character with normal teenage issues and interests who finds herself in a quite extraordinary situation throughout Cassandra Clare’s books, which begin with City of Bones.


Todd Hewitt and Viola EadeChaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness

Created by A Monster Calls and More Than This author Patrick Ness; Todd Hewitt and Viola Eade find themselves a long way from the Prentisstown they know in The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and the Answer and Monsters of Men. Battling through compelling and disturbing experiences that cover everything from war and gender politics to the sometimes ever-so-slight difference between good and evil, the duo quickly become heroes as they aim to survive and thrive.

The Book People Recommends…

At the Book People, we know there is so much choice when it comes to book buying… Although we believe you can never read too many books, we know time (and space) constraints mean that many people have to make a choice when it comes to buying books. In this blog post, we’ve put on our thinking caps and will highlight books from our hand-picked range that will be suitable for your friends, family and loved ones – whatever their taste!

Books for cooks

From the healthy recipes featured in Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s River Cottage to the more indulgent food that Jamie Oliver cooks up in Comfort Food, there’s something for every kind of foodie in our Cookery range. We also have tantalisingly tasty cookbooks from Lorraine Pascale and Tom Kerridge.

Books for bakers

Can you remember a time before the Great British Bake Off took over everyone’s autumn viewing (and baking!)? We can’t – and wouldn’t have it any other way. As well as her trademark bakes, Queen of Baking Mary Berry shows off her impeccable cookery skills in Mary Berry Cooks the Perfect, while her fellow GBBO judge Paul Hollywood focuses on the best bakes our nation has to offer in Paul Hollywood’s British Baking. Of course, we also have the official Great British Bake Off book which allows you to make up some of this year’s most memorable bakes from the GBBO tent while popular chef Rachel Allen also looks to delicious desserts in All Things Sweet.

Books for crafters

Whether you want to make your own Christmas decorations this year or dress your dog up for a trip down the catwalk, we have books for every type of hobby. From knitting to sewing head-turning projects using left-over pieces of fabric, our books can help you achieve brilliant craft projects.

Books for young adult readers

Young adult fiction is amongst the most popular book genres right now and the success of The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner and The Fault In Our Stars in cinemas shows there is no sign of it slowing down anytime soon. We have amazing young adult books from in the shape of Patrick Ness’ Chaos Walking Trilogy, Andrew Smith’s Grasshopper Jungle and Meg Wolitzer’s Belzhar.

Book collections for kids

The Book People’s collections are simply amazing. Amazing stories, amazing artwork – amazing value! We love to bring our little readers the best new books and introduce them to classic children’s books and what better way than bundling them all together for one low price? Whether you have a fiction fan who loves War Horse author Michael Morpurgo and wants to discover his other novels, a little one who adores Thomas the Tank Engine or just want to treat a child to a whole-load of Mr. Men or Little Miss stories, you’ll find a perfect present here!

Film and TV favourites

Have you been watching Professor Brian Cox’s latest BBC show Human Universe? We have been glued to our screens – and the book is just as fascinating… If you’ve always dreamed of being on QI and want to astound your friends with the kind of facts Stephen Fry loves to present, then 1,411 QI Facts to Knock You Sideways will keep you highly entertained – and be the perfect stocking filler for fellow QI fans! Marvel is taking over the world and the updated Marvel Encyclopedia will delight any Marvel fan with its facts about all the famous superheroes, while little fans of Iron Man, Captain America and Spider-Man will love finding out about their favourites in the 15-book Marvel Readers Collection.

Winter warmers

We’re now at the time of year when it’s just perfect to cosy up by the fireplace and snuggle up with a good book… You can trust the Book People when it comes to buying fiction books of the highest standard. The Miniaturist  is a compelling story about the joys of love and horrors of obsession, while Philippa Gregory’s The King’s Curse  is her latest bestseller. People who like historical fiction will also enjoy our six-book collection from Man Booker winner Hilary Mantel. And if you still want more contemporary fiction, you can enjoy working your way through the Man Booker 2014 Shortlist. For some contemporary stories you may have seen in the cinema, you can’t go wrong with our Blockbuster Collection – for £4.99 you can read the books that inspired Philomena, The Lovely Bones and The Silver Linings Playbook.

We also have some great novels in our 10-book Winter Warmer Collection, which includes Elizabeth Jane Howard’s The Light Years, Emma Donoghue’s Room and Catherine Dunne’s Set in Stone.

#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.

#SummerReads | The Book People

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.

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