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Since its inception Lovereading has taken a different approach to book reviews relying uniquely on the selection and review of books by editorial experts, all of whom have had many years of experience working within the book trade. They know what makes a good read whatever the genre and actually read the whole book before telling you what they think - radical we know, but sometimes old fashioned ways are the best.


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Lovereading's 10 most popular books of the week

Do you want to know what other people are reading?

Books for Christmas

Books make perfect gifts anytime of year but for book lovers Christmas is a special time as you can indulge (or be indulged) in the luxury of a hardback. 

Colfe School Book Tree

photo credit 'Colfe’s School London SE12'

UK Top 10 books

We know you love our recommendations - but sometimes you also want to see what the general British book Buyer is reading. So, we have created this category to show you the current Top 10 best selling books in the UK. All great books to read as demonstrated by their 'top books' status.

 

Why not have a look at the best selling books in the UK and then use our unique Author Like-for-Like tool to discover other writers like them?

Books of the Month - December

At Lovereading we’re passionate about all the books we feature.


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Books of the Year 2014

Each year thousands of new titles are published and each month we select around 50 that we feel our members and browsers will enjoy as much as we do.

 

More often than not they are not the obvious bestsellers but bubbling under and debuts.

 

Below, after much debate in the office, and the help of our resident book expert Sarah Broadhurst, are the ones we think are the best of the year. 

 

Almost all of them are available in a selection of formats including eBooks for both KOBO and iPad.

Action / Adventure / Spy / Espionage

Espionage, Sabotage and Pacey Page-turning

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Debuts Books of the Month

Can you spot the prize-winners or the best-sellers in waiting? Do you want to start at the beginning with a writer whose every subsequent book you’re going to anticipate impatiently? Do you enjoy being the first to read the next must-read novel? If so, you can rely on Lovereading to keep you up-to-date.


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Costa Book Awards 2014

 

Costa Book Awards 2014 Shortlists Announced

 

The Costa Book Awards is one of the UK's most prestigious and popular literary prizes and recognises some of the most enjoyable books of the year, written by authors based in the UK and Ireland.

Since their launch in 1971, the awards have rewarded a wide range of excellent books and authors across all genres.

Recommended eBooks

Please check your own eReader to confirm which format eBook you need to download before you purchase.

 

At present the e-Pub format downloads offered on Lovereading cannot be read on an iPad / iPhone via the iBooks application.

 

 

eBooks have at last come of age and although you have been able to see if an eBook is available on a title by title basis on Lovereading for a while now, we also wanted to create a special section which features all of our eBook recommended reads.

 

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Biography / Autobiography

From the Horse’s Mouth
… or the Groom’s


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Book Awards

The Book Awards category on Lovereading  will help you discover authors who are winners of, or have been in contention for, some of the most prestigious awards. By their very presence on this page, you can be sure that each of the books featured here is the 'crème-de-la-crème' of today's literature.


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Crime / Mystery

Murderous, Mysterious, Machination

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Cookery, Food and Drink

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Exclusive Pre-Publication

One of the real treats of working in the book world is being one of the few who get to read books before they are officially published.

Uncorrected proofs, as they are termed, are the editions of the books produced in small numbers and sent to book reviewers and the book buyers of large book chains.

Gardening

In bed & out

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Family Drama

Tragedy Begins at Home

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Books for the Boys!

Snips, Snails and Puppy-dogs tails?

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If You Like...You'll Love

If You Like...You'll Love...

 

We’ve all got friends who read more than we do and sometimes these friends are useful in helping us work out what to read next.  But do bear us in mind as well! At Lovereading, we hope you’ll consider our guidance as a ‘friend’ too! Let us help you discover new authors and titles through our hand-picked perfect matches that are not selected by a computer as they are on other online bookshops but in the traditional way by human hand and thought!

History

A Person, a Country, The World

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Humourous and Funny Books

Laugh. Out. Loud.

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Historical Fiction

Once Upon a Time…

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Lifestyle and Health

Read, Learn, Improve

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Horror - Fantasy - SciFi

 Boldly Going … with a Bump!

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Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

Insightful, International, Thought-provoking

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Crime Thriller and Suspense Books

White Knuckle Rides

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The Books Behind the Films

The Books Behind the Films


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Maxim Jakubowski's Selection

Welcome to Maxim Jakubowski's world of books...

 

Maxim Jakubowski photo copyright Marco Del Comune ...Over the past years Lovereading have been kind enough to ask me for occasional recommendations on crime & mystery, science fiction, fantasy & horror and erotic books to make you aware of titles which would not always necessarily come to mind and haven't been extensively reviewed elsewhere.  This is something I will now be doing on a monthly basis, informing you of the books that have caught my attention, which I've fallen in love with or that I feel you just shouldn't miss

 

I've always wondered why the summer is normally considered a time for inoffensive beach reads and the winter gift period merely an occasion to binge on throwaway humour books or celebrity autobiographies, while fiction - even by some of big names in the game or the Booker winner - is generally neglected. Good reading is for all seasons in my humble opinion. So, I will go against the grain this month by not offering a Best of Year recommendation list (just scroll back to my past columns), but by listing another couple of handfuls of challenging novels and works of fiction (and a non fiction bonus title) which would otherwise be sorely neglected. None of these volumes are likely to challenge the bestseller lists at this time of year; even more reason for you to investigate them and even offer them as gifts instead of the usual suspects


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'new gen' - Great Fiction for Teens and Young Adults

Life-lessons, loves, laughs & LOADS more!

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Especially compiled for Young Adults, this section is awash with wonderful worlds to escape to, great stories and characters you’ll love.

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Short Story Collections

Everything. In Short.

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Man Booker Prize 2014

Man Book Prize 2014 logoRichard Flanagan was announced as the 2014 winner by AC Grayling, Chair of judges, at an awards dinner at London’s Guildhall, which was broadcast live on the BBC News Channel. Flanagan was presented with a trophy from HRH The Duchess of Cornwall and a £50,000 cheque from Emmanuel Roman, Chief Executive of Man Group. The investment management firm has sponsored the prize since 2002.
 
AC Grayling comments: ‘The two great themes from the origin of literature are love and war: this is a magnificent novel of love and war. Written in prose of extraordinary elegance and force, it bridges East and West, past and present, with a story of guilt and heroism.
 
‘This is the book that Richard Flanagan was born to write.’

 

Visit the Man Booker site for full details.

Poetry

Well-versed

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Popular Science

Life, the Universe & Everything

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Provocative Prose

50 Shades of Great

 

A note from Maxim Jakubowski

 

From time immemorial, prose has celebrated the joy of the senses and addressed the joys and complexities of sex. Think ‘The Song of Solomon’ in the Bible or The 1001 Nights, through to Chaucer, Boccaccio and the often shocking sensual nightmares of the Marquis de Sade.


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Reading Groups

Did you know that the first recorded reading groups were among women working in factories in the nineteenth century?


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Relationship Stories

Makes the World go Around

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Romantic Fiction

Love’s Labours Found

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Sport Books for the Armchair Sportsman

Can I Kick It?

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Sagas and Romance

Love in a Cold Climate

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The Real World

Literally Everything

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World War One

The War to End All Wars …

 

In 2014 it will be 100 years since World War One began and even though there are now no people alive today who experienced it first-hand, its impact on the world is still apparent today. For anyone wanting to experience the stories and history of the war, the events that led to it and its aftermath we have created a special category.

 

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Travel

Here. There. Everywhere

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