Just over five weeks to go until Christmas and, while we’re not going to whip you up into an early frenzy by mentioning exactly how many shopping days you’ve got left to get everything organised, we would like to give you a gentle festive nudge. And with free P&P on all orders over £20 and a free Lovereading Canvas Bag (worth £9.99) when you spend over £25… come Christmas you’ll be laughing into your mince pies, with more than one dollop of brandy butter….
Signed, Sealed and Lovingly Delivered – Signed First Editions
We know that a book is a thoughtful, long lasting and treasured gift. Now, you can go even further to make this Christmas a truly memorable one. How? By bagging one of our special Signed First Editions.
That’s how. What could be better than a limited edition of a first class title, signed by the author and given with love at Christmas? … You may find you get stuck under the mistletoe for a while, though.
Ho! … Ho! … How about this? Easy to find Gift Ideas
So, you want to get everyone a book this year? Or get yourself into the Christmas Spirit? Good plan. You know what sorts of things they’re into, but you’re not sure where to look? Look here. Well, Not HERE exactly. Just below here for our shelf of books full of Christmas spirit.
2015 Pre-Publication Delectation!
A Place for Us by Harriet Evans – This novel has been a huge hit as a 4-part eBook series this autumn. Now for the paperback for all those who prefer the physical book to read. We love it because it is a gorgeously glorious read with characters that you’ll come to see as friends. And for eBook fans who can’t wait the 4th instalment is out now.
The Life I Left Behind by Colette McBeth – A gripping, twisting thriller that’s dangerous for anyone who has any work to do – you’ll want to read it in one sitting. And Hide Her Name by Nadine Dorries – As her debut The Four Streets (read our Reader Reviews) is released in paperback, a chance to get a sneak peak at her latest cinematic, powerful and engaging community drama.
‘Maxim’-um benefit … Maxim Jakubowski’s Top Tips
Regulars will be no stranger to the eminent crime, SF and erotica specialist Maxim Jakubowski. Every month he gives us the benefit of his great knowledge and discerning taste by picking a couple of stars of the genres for us. They’re almost always off the beaten track and for that reason will make perfect non ‘obvious’ gifts for Fiction fans. You know, just in case there was an event coming up where gift-giving might be a ‘thing’ … Anyway, this month Maxim’s top tips are the gem of a book World of Trouble by Ben H Winters – Poetic, moving, ethereal blend of Sci-Fi and Crime fiction. And Everything is Moving, Everything is Joined by Stella Duffy – A compassionate collection of award-winning stories exploring the darkness and quirks of human beings and the cities we live in.
From Page to Popcorn – Film Tie-ins
Eager film-makers queue to option great books all the time and a few of those hopeful light-bulb moments burst into our lives in the romance of the silver screen … with varying levels of success. This month look out for:
Wild: A Journey from Lost to Found by Cheryl Strayed – An intimate memoir of a 1,000 mile hike into the self. Watch the trailer here … then read the book!
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand – From the author of Seabiscuit, a painfully difficult, ultimately uplifting, mind-blowing true story. And it’s the story of Louis Zamperini whose inspirational story is also told in his own words, Don’t Give Up, Don’t Give In – Olympian, War veteran, air-crash survivor, Japanese P.O.W. This is a lesson in life from a real hero – completed just two days before he died aged 97.
In Short, ‘Short’ is In … Lovereading Short Stories Category
We love a good short story. Who doesn’t? They’re just right for the commute to work. Why not get two, and read one on the way home as well? A pair of shorts. Bliss. Take your pick from our lovingly compiled collection, or go with our favourite this month:
Infidelities by Kirsty Gunn – Lust, deceit, resentment, regret. Human infidelities in bite-size chunks.
Clever, page-turning intimate tales
Australian Liane Moriarty has been writing since 2005 but she has taken a while to work her way to us. Thankfully now she has and we love her novels so much we have made her last two, Little Lies and The Last Anniversary, Books of the Month. Sarah Broadhurst describes her books as ‘great reads, especially astute, and indeed amusing’ and our Reader Reviewers use words like ‘Absolutely brilliant’ ‘funny and entertaining’ ‘dark and frightening’. Visit her author page to find out more.
Not just for the teenagers
Twilight, The Hunger Games… books written for teenagers but frankly wasted on them… In the trade we call them ‘crossovers’. Well get ahead of your kids by picking up a copy of one of the books in the The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. Greek myth meets reality in these mind-blowing adventures with many of the characters from the Percy Jackson books. Just published are the 4th and 5th in the series The House of Hades and The Blood of Olympus.
And that is November at Lovereading … start mulling your wine and jingling your bells because Christmas is coming, people!
P.S. If you are someone who follows book awards then one of the biggies ‘The Costa Book Awards’ have just announced there five shortlists. Find out more in our Book Awards category.
P.P.S. What was your favourite book of 2014?? Well we have asked our 600 strong Reader Review panel to let us know theirs and now you all have the chance to vote. Look out for the poll on the right-hand side pages on the website – the HOME PAGE is the easiest place to find it.