We have loads on the site to keep you occupied in what’s left of whatever the winter throws at us. As ever, we have our featured Books of the Month, our Debuts of the Month, our Guest Editor (in Feb it’s the romantic Carmen Reid).
We also have special sections for The TV Book Club, which is currently reviewing ten great books over ten weeks and the very exciting inaugural World Book Night in which 1 million books will be given away (yes given away!) in just ONE night.
This month we have 3 real favourites that we would hate for you to miss. Firstly what we’re calling our MEGA of the month, Maggie O’Farrell’s The Hand that First Held Mine, which was the recent winner of the Costa Novel of the Year Award. Next the light-hearted but impeccably researched account of all our great fallings-out 1,000 Years of annoying the French by Stephen Clarke. Finally the perfect book to read over the winter months Reading on Location, perfect if you are thinking about booking a holiday but not sure where to go. The book is a great way to find out more about a city or a country through the books and literature written about it.
Romantic fiction is the biggest selling category of books worldwide – and Lovereading has teamed up with the Romantic Novelists’ Association to be the online partner for the ‘Pure Passion Awards‘ now in their second year. There are three awards – Romantic Novel of the Year, Romantic Comedy of the Year and Historical Novel of the Year and we have the shortlists along with a free Opening Extract for each title.
So, visit our special category to find out more and indulge yourself. Winners will be announced in early March but find your favourites today.
We have a Facebook page for each of our four most popular genres, so that you can pick and choose according to your own literary tastes. It’s like having a personalised bookshop, full of reviews and recommendations as well as your like-minded book friends all on your desktop, or mobile, or Notebook or iPad……. Choosing your next book couldn’t be easier…
Just click on the group you would like to join
For Fans of Crime
and Mystery fiction
… or for the more romantic
… and if you enjoy reading about real lives
… or just love your literary
… or all of the above! And we will be adding more Facebook community pages in the future so – if there are any sections that you’re keen to see represented, please feel free to let us know.
Make sure you connect with us online to keep up to date with latest news, offers, share your thoughts and discuss your favourite reads – and the chance to grab some prizes in our regular competitions! Follow us on Twitter @lovereadinguk , and join our genre-specific Facebook pages as you please… or join them all and never miss out on any of it!
So, Share us with your friends and share the Love(reading).
How have your New Year’s resolutions gone? Good or Bad – don’t miss the chance to browse our expertly selected titles that could help you improve your relationships, have a happier life, get physically and mentally fitter and even improve your communication skills!….
Kahlil Gibran – author of the life changing book The Prophet said of poetry ‘it is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary’. If you agree and have written a poem then why not enter the The Christopher Tower Poetry Prize entries close on 11 March 2011.
You will find more details in our poetry section along with the stunning winner of this year’s Costa book of the Year Of Mutabilty by Jo Shapcott.
The TV Book Club on Channel 4 is now well into its stride. Celebrity guests and a panel of presenters, including Jo Brand, Dave Spikey and Ade Edmundson have been reviewing a carefully selected book a week and will be doing so until mid March. Right now at Lovereading you can download free extracts from the books to get ahead of the game. Visit the section to discover, and read a Free Opening Extract of them all.
We’ve had lots of feedback saying how great it is that we’ve put the list together so check it out quick if you’ve not already done so.
Imagine the impact of giving out one million copies of some of the most cherished books ever written to the general public in a single night: 25 titles, 40,000 copies of each one and a 20,000 strong army of people distributing these books with passionate recommendations. Hard to imagine? Well, you don’t have to, because it’s actually happening and some of you may actually have applied to be one of the givers on World Book Night and we hope your application was successful. World Book Night takes place on Saturday 5 March 2011, two days after World Book Day, and will be supported by an evening of programmes on the BBC (and RTE in Ireland)
So what are you waiting for? Go to our special section for more information about World Book Night, read an extract of every WBN title to whet your appetite and to find out all about the 20,000 events being held around the country that are giving away the million books. .
Anne Robinson is hosting a new daily book show inviting personalities including P D James, Sir Trevor Mcdonald, Robert Harris and Clare Balding to share their Life In Books. Will Anne take the rather direct approach that she takes on ‘The Weakest Link’ or tone it down a little? We can’t wait to watch to find out. The first show broadcasts on Mon 21 Feb, 6.30pm, BBC Two and continues weekdays until Friday 4 March.
PS – if you feel the need for some pampering and you haven’t yet entered our Champneys competition then what are you waiting for?