What Book People are Reading at the Moment

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.  

Lincoln in the Bardo

George Saunders

"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

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Gail Honeyman

"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

The Pressure Principle

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

Ready Player One

Ernest Cline

"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."

Still Me 

Jojo Moyes

"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

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo

"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

La Belle Sauvage

Phillip Pullman

"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

Born to Run

Bruce Springsteen

"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

Stardust 

Neil Gaiman

"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

Khaled Hosseini

"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."

The End of the World Running Club 

Adrian J. Walker

"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. 

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    Ernest Cline
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    Steven Spielberg has adapted Ernest Cline's modern classic Ready Player One into a hit film and now you can add this sci-fi masterpiece to your bookshelf.

    It's 2044 and we've wrecked the climate. Famine, poverty and disease have become widespread so Wade Watts escapes the horrors of real life by spending hours plugged into the OASIS - a virtual word where you can be anything you want to be...

    Following the death of founder James Heir, it turns out this alternate reality hides an Easter egg - the chance to inherit his massive fortune and take control of the OASIS. All the winner has to do is unravel the riddles scattered around this vast world...
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    Neil Gaiman
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    Life moves at a leisurely pace in the tiny town of Wall - named after the imposing stone barrier which separates the town from a grassy meadow. Here, young Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to the beautiful Victoria Forester and for the coveted prize of her hand, Tristran vows to retrieve a fallen star and deliver it to his beloved. It is an oath that sends him over the ancient wall and into a world that is dangerous and strange beyond imagining...It includes extra material exclusive to "Headline Review's" edition.
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    Bruce Springsteen
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    'Writing about yourself is a funny business...But in a project like this, the writer has made one promise, to show the reader his mind. In these pages, I've tried to do this.' -Bruce Springsteen, from the pages of Born to Run In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl's halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it. That's how this extraordinary autobiography began. Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to these pages the same honesty, humour and originality found in his songs. He describes growing up Catholic in Freehold, New Jersey, amid the poetry, danger and darkness that fuelled his imagination, leading up to the moment he refers to as 'The Big Bang': seeing Elvis Presley's debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. He vividly recounts his relentless drive to become a musician, his early days as a bar band king in Asbury Park, and the rise of the E Street Band. With disarming candour, he also tells for the first time the story of the personal struggles that inspired his best work, and shows us why the song 'Born to Run' reveals more than we previously realized. Born to Run will be revelatory for anyone who has ever enjoyed Bruce Springsteen, but this book is much more than a legendary rock star's memoir. This is a book for workers and dreamers, parents and children, lovers and loners, artists, freaks or anyone who has ever wanted to be baptized in the holy river of rock and roll. Rarely has a performer told his own story with such force and sweep. Like many of his songs ('Thunder Road', 'Badlands', 'Darkness on the Edge of Town', 'The River', 'Born in the U.S.A.', 'The Rising', and 'The Ghost of Tom Joad', to name just a few), Bruce Springsteen's autobiography is written with the lyricism of a singular songwriter and the wisdom of a man who has thought deeply about his experiences.
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    Dr. Dave Alred, MBE
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    'A hush descends. All eyes are on you. One shot for glory. Your palms are clammy, your heart rate's up. But you've got this. You will throw the paper ball into the bin first time...'Pressure is a constant in all our lives. The pressure to hit a deadline, deliver a speech, cook for a dinner party. But how would life look if we could harness pressure and turn it to our advantage?Dealing with pressure is a skill just like any other. Even sports stars rely on tried-and-tested strategies when the stakes are high. For many, their success is down to one man: Dr Dave Alred MBE, widely acknowledged as one of the best coaches on the planet. A pioneer in performance psychology, he nurtured Jonny Wilkinson into rugby's most feared kicker, and has helped Premiership footballers, number one golfers and England cricketers deliver on the biggest stage.Now Dave Alred is finally ready to share his eight groundbreaking principles, distilling his life's work into this accessible, inspirational book.From cultivating a no-limits mindset to unleashing the performance-enhancing powers of language, THE PRESSURE PRINCIPLE will help you produce your best in work and at home. Read it and you'll never miss a shot again.'Dave Alred is a genius. There is simply no-one around to match him in his field' - Jonny Wilkinson
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    Adrian J. Walker
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    THE ULTIMATE RACE AGAINST TIME THRILLER. When the world ends and you find yourself stranded on the wrong side of the country, every second counts. No one knows this more than Edgar Hill. 550 miles away from his family, he must push himself to the very limit to get back to them, or risk losing them forever...His best option is to run. But what if your best isn't good enough?
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    Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy is one of the most compelling and influential series of modern times and now the acclaimed author is returning to the world of these novels with The Book of Dust, the first book in a new set of three.

    Malcolm Polstead and his daemon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn, near Oxford. Just across the River Thames is the Godstow Priory, where the nuns live. Malcolm knows the River Thames well through his canoeing (his boat is called La Belle Sauvage) and soon learns the priory has a guest staying - a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua...

    An intelligent read that touches on all the vital and important themes Northern Lights (or The Golden Compass, if you prefer), The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass covered, this is a must-have for readers of all ages who enjoy thought-provoking fiction.

    This title has been shortlisted for 2018's British Book Award Children's Book of the Year and the YA Book Award.
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    Elena Favilli
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    What if the princess didn't marry Prince Charming but instead went on to be an astronaut? What if the jealous step sisters were supportive and kind? And what if the queen was the one really in charge of the kingdom? Illustrated by sixty female artists from every corner of the globe, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls introduces us to one hundred remarkable women and their extraordinary lives, from Ada Lovelace to Malala, Elizabeth I to Serena Williams. Empowering, moving and inspirational, these are true fairy tales for heroines who definitely don't need rescuing.

    This title has been shortlisted for 2018's British Book Award Children's Book of the Year.
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    Gail Honeyman
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    Gail Honeyman's debut novel Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is a worthy winner of the Costa First Novel. Praised by Jojo Moyes, it follows Eleanor as she seems content to live a simple life. She wears the same work clothes, eats the same things and buys the same bottles of vodka for the weekend.

    However, one random act of kindness is about to change her life forever... Eleanor soon learns that she will need to build up her courage if she's to successfully live in this new world.

    Covering themes including loneliness and kindness, this is a page-turning read that has won praise from the likes of Jojo Moyes.
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    Jojo Moyes
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    Do you enjoy sweeping stories full of heartbreak and optimism? If the answer is yes (which surely it should be) then you will love Jojo Moyes. Still Me is the follow-up to her bestsellers Me Before You and After You and it finds Lou Clark struggling with knowing way too many things.

    She knows how many miles lie between her new home in New York and her new London-based boyfriend; she knows her employer's wife is keeping a secret from him; but she doesn't know that she's about to meet someone who reminds her so much of an important figure from her past that it will hurt her in so many different ways...
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    George Saunders
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    WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2017 A STORY OF LOVE AFTER DEATH `A masterpiece' Zadie Smith `Extraordinary' Daily Mail `Breathtaking' Observer `A tour de force' The Sunday Times The extraordinary first novel by the bestselling, Folio Prize-winning, National Book Award-shortlisted George Saunders, about Abraham Lincoln and the death of his eleven year old son, Willie, at the dawn of the Civil War The American Civil War rages while President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son lies gravely ill. In a matter of days, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns to the crypt several times alone to hold his boy's body. From this seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of realism, entering a thrilling, supernatural domain both hilarious and terrifying. Willie Lincoln finds himself trapped in a transitional realm - called, in Tibetan tradition, the bardo - and as ghosts mingle, squabble, gripe and commiserate, and stony tendrils creep towards the boy, a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie's soul. Unfolding over a single night, Lincoln in the Bardo is written with George Saunders' inimitable humour, pathos and grace. Here he invents an exhilarating new form, and is confirmed as one of the most important and influential writers of his generation. Deploying a theatrical, kaleidoscopic panoply of voices - living and dead, historical and fictional - Lincoln in the Bardo poses a timeless question: how do we live and love when we know that everything we hold dear must end?