So many books to read, so little time to read them in... Choosing what book to devote your all-important reading time to can be a tricky decision, but, never fear, we're here to make that decision a little bit easier! You can check out the fiction book chart to find out what books are taking Britain by storm right now or you can take a look at what a few of us keen readers at Book People HQ have been reading lately in our short and snappy reviews right here.
"This is a wonderfully inventive story based around the death of Abraham Lincoln's son. It features an interesting cast of characters who each add a poignant perspective to themes of loss and grief. It is sometimes deeply sad and touching but also has a lot of humour - usually added by the interactions of the denizens of the graveyard. A gripping and immersive read - best read in one go to fully sink into the unusual narrative style."
Sarah, Buying Assistant
"I recently read Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. It was such a well-written and engaging story and brought a tear to my eye on numerous occasions. The characters in the book are really well developed and I would recommend this book to anyone."
Katie, CRM Executive
Dr. Dave Alred, MBE
"During a time when I was struggling with coping in certain high pressure situations, I happened to see Jonny Wilkinson (a personal hero of mine) and Dr. Dave Alred on a sports news TV show. They were talking about how sports men and women have to deal with intense moments like kicking a penalty in a world cup final, or delivering a speech to colleagues at work, and the best ways to handle the pressure. I bought the book, started reading, and found it almost impossible to put down. I learnt something new on every page I read, and it completely changed my perspective on how I could harness pressure and use it to my advantage, rather than be in constant fear of it. It is really well written, and uses examples which are very relatable, especially if you're into sports. I certainly feel the book has helped me discover methods of handling pressure moments for things like giving presentations at work, or even hitting a tennis serve in with lots of people watching. If I meet anyone who suffers with any kind of anxiety or struggles with handling stress, I would always recommend this book to help them through those difficult moments!"
Rich, Online Merchandising Team leader
"I'm always annoyed with myself when I watch a new film and haven't read the book first (because let's face it, the book is always better!). Which is why I decided to read Ready Player One ahead of the release of Spielberg's big screen adaptation. Even though I'm not a big gamer, I really enjoyed the treasure hunt storyline set in a virtual reality world and found the parallels with current news and issues eerily accurate. Reading this page turner gave me a huge hit of nostalgia (as there are hundreds of 80s and 90s pop culture references) and made me question what could happen if virtual reality became full time escapism for the human race as our environmental crisis continues. Highly recommend this for anyone who's keen to see the film but wants to establish the story in their imagination first."
"If you've read Me Before You, the prequel to Still Me, you'll love the next chapter in Lou Clark's story. Heading to New York to start life afresh after the heart-breaking end to the first book, we follow Lou on a journey of self-discovery. You'll laugh and well up as she navigates the highs and lows of working for a wealthy New York socialite, a long-term relationship and the exciting temptations of the Big Apple. An easy read that's a great follow up to the first book that I can't wait to see on the big screen!"
Jen, Digital Content and Social Media Manager
"Absolutely loving Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls - celebrating well-known as well as, to most of us, unknown women throughout the ages who have dared to dream to change their lives. The illustrations are stunning and the stories inspirational. I bought it to share with my 12 year old daughter but I actually think it is something I will treasure myself."
Sarah, Group Buying and Merchandising Director
"I was excited to read the highly anticipated prequel (or equal according to Phillip Pullman) set before the His Dark Materials because I loved the boldness of the original trilogy. Although substantially darker than its predecessors there is still plenty of wonder to be found in the intricate details Pullman weaves into his fantasy world and his new characters are equally as likeable and multi-faceted. I've found the story gripping and fast paced and I am eager to get my hands on part two as soon as it's released."
Emma, Online Merchandising Executive
"I've been reading Bruce Springsteen's autobiography, Born to Run. Reading about his early life in New Jersey and his first steps into the music world makes this a must for any music fan."
Ryan, Catalogue and Content Editor
"After seeing the film a few years ago and absolutely loving it, I bought the book, put it on my shelf and there it stayed for a long time. It was one of those books I always wanted to read but never actually picked up until very recently. I was in the mood for a magical adventure and Stardust was just that. I'm always apprehensive about reading books that I have already seen a film adaptation of in case I don't enjoy it as much as the film or I already know the story so well that there are no surprises but, with Stardust, the book and the film are different enough to enjoy them both as separate entities. Magical, funny and filled with memorable characters, this really is a proper fairy tale for adults!"
Georgia, Digital Content and Social Media Assistant
"The Kite Runner tells the story of a friendship between two boys, Amir and Hassan in Afghanistan during the 1970s. Despite the two boys' very different backgrounds, they share a mutual bond over a love of kite-fighting, a popular past-time in Afghanistan. After one such tournament in 1975, a shocking act of violence occurs which changes the two boys' friendship forever. This day has a profound effect on Amir who struggles to come to terms with his own actions on that fateful day. Showing the struggle that many Afghans went through as result of the fall of the monarchy; Soviet military intervention, the exodus of refugees to Pakistan and America, and Taliban brutality, Hosseini's story also highlights themes of guilt, redemption, friendship, family and love. The book is truly moving and a must-read for any book-lover."
"I was recommended The End of the World Running Club by one of my colleagues here in marketing. I've always been interested in post-apocalyptic style books and films so once I read the blurb on the back of the book I was eager to read more. Walker's novel is immediately gripping from the get-go, telling the story of 35 year old Edgar Hill - reluctant father and husband, overweight and desperately lacking a lust for life - who survives a catastrophic asteroid strike which hits the world and effectively ends everything. The strike has an immense impact on everyday life and society - turning every day into a never-ending struggle. I loved the way Walker described the landscape and atmosphere following the strike and I enjoyed imagining the scenery as Edgar and his companions travel across the country. Edgar ends up overcoming a lot of his shortcomings and changing his own view on life, meeting lots of interesting characters along the way. The End of the World Running Club is a book all about hope and strife, but ultimately the strength of the human resolve to overcome the most unlikely hurdles."
Mel, Digital Marketing Manager
We also asked our followers on Facebook what they thought of the books they'd read recently and we got some lovely responses:
"A Thousand Splendid Suns and The Kite Runner. The kind of books that change how you see the world and those who live in it."
"Just finished Amanda Palmers Art of Asking, it was beautifully written and honest, open. The audiobook is also amazing with extra songs played in between chapters."
"Love’s Executioner by Irvin Yalom. I was hooked from the opening paragraph. Perhaps unusually, a work of fiction written by a practicing psychotherapist. Just brilliant."
"The Bear Who Stared. Such a wonderful kids book that got my class thinking about feelings and emotions of the different characters and about themselves."
"Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks. I'm not a good one with words. Such a great book. It has inspired me to retrace my great great uncle's journey during WW1 before he fell in the Somme 22nd April, 100 years ago..."
We're always keen to hear more amazing book recommendations so make sure you follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to let us know what books you've been reading and loving at the moment. And, keep your eye on the fiction book chart to make sure you never miss the most exciting new releases and are always up to date on the bestsellers.