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New books for August

There's always more time than you think for reading. The trick is to take your book everywhere, so when the opportunity arises – say you unexpectedly get a train seat in rush hour, or you're waiting in a park for a friend to show up – you can dive into another fascinating world. This month's books are definitely the kind you'd keep with you for glorious bursts of escapism. Scroll down to find your personal selection of books or read on for this month’s highlights.

Summer Reads

Summer ReadsFirst up, if you're off on holiday this month, or even if you just fancy relaxing with a book on a summer evening, try some of our Summer Reads. We've put together a list of books by various authors, some well known and some who may be new to you. They're all perfect for summer - on the beach, in the mountains, or just curling up in the evenings at home.  

The Ashes of the WorldSci-Fi Series of the month

We're thrilled to bring you the final book in the Saga of the 7 Suns series by Kevin J Anderson, one of the most spectacular epic sci-fi tales ever told. In The Ashes of the Worlds, all the myriad storylines of the other books are woven together superbly; galactic empires clash and heroes rise to face all-powerful enemies.

Black Star Crime

Summer Reads Our new Black Star Crime category is live, so you can pick up a short fast-paced fix of the finest crime fiction. From cosy mysteries to hard-core thrillers, these addictive page-turners are perfect for those looking for a quick but exhilarating experience. Five new titles are available every 2 months, and they cost just £2.99 apiece with our Lovereading 25% discount.

The girl with the Dragon TattooBook of the Month

Book of the Month is The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, an amazing Swedish author who sadly died in 2004, after a lifetime dedicated to fighting racism and fascism. His first foray into crime fiction is a relentlessly evocative and passionate novel about complex financial fraud and a powerful family's sinister secret. Download an extract and see why in Denmark this book outsold everything but the bible.

The Skeletons at the FeastDebut of the month

Debut of the Month is Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian, a suspenseful work of historical fiction that captures the power and poignancy of romance, and the terror and tragedy of the second world war. Don't miss this riveting story.

Stephenie Meyer'New Gen' Author of the month

Finally, Author of the Month is Stephenie Meyer, who you'll find in our New Gen category of books for teenagers and young adults. HerTwilight series deftly mixes vampires, teenagers and hormones into a heady cocktail already well on its way to literary immortality. Download some free Opening Extracts of these enthralling stories and get a taste for some of the world's finest writing. And if something really reels you in and makes you want to go back for more, remember you can buy your next book with a 25% discount from Lovereading.

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