“A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.”
Above is one of my favourite chinese proverbs. I love how everyone could read the same book, but would have totally different ideas on what the characters look like, the scenery, even the way the character talks- often the reason why film adaptations are sometimes ill received. I find it truly fascinating how we can all escape into our own individual world created from simply reading words from a page.
Not only is reading a form of escapism but it also makes you more intelligent as reading forces you to sit and focus. It also improves your vocabulary, and studies show by doing it regularly it even improves your analytical abilities.
For a limited time only Waterstones have increased the amount they will donate to your charity when you shop online using Give as you Live to 3.00%, so If you’re wondering what book to pick up next, take a look at their best selling books below and treat yourself and your charity.
The book everyone is reading
When James Bowen found an injured, ginger street cat curled up in the hallway of his sheltered accommodation, he had no idea just how much his life was about to change. James was living hand to mouth on the streets of London and the last thing he needed was a pet.
“A Street Cat Named Bob is a moving and uplifting story that will touch the heart of anyone who reads it.”
The love Story
Take one aspiring cook. When Zoe Harper wins a coveted place in a televised cookery competition, she can’t wait to put her cooking skills to the test. Add a very desirable judge., stir in a heaped tablespoon of romance. All too soon there’s more than canapes, cupcakes and cordon bleu at stake. Will Zoe win the competition, or is Gideon one temptation too far?
“A really engaging story, I was right there alongside the characters!” Good Housekeeping
The diet book
This radical new approach to weight loss is the diet that everyone is talking about. It really is as simple as it sounds: you eat normally five days a week, then for just two days you cut your calories (500 for women, 600 for men). Scientific trials of Intermittent Fasting have shown that it will not only help the pounds fly off but also lower your risk of a range of diseases, including diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
“Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has lost eight pounds since New Year, by fasting for two days out of seven, and has found the whole thing “rather exhilarating.” Guardian
The book that teens are reading (and the adults!)
Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs… for now.
Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-oldHazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.
Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.
“One doesn’t like to throw around phrases like “instant classic” lightly, but I can see The Fault in Our Stars taking its place alongside Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret in the young-adult canon. Green’s book is also a good example of why so many adult readers are turning to young-adult literature for the pleasures and consolations they used to get from conventional literary fiction.” –Time
Just how well can you ever know the person you love? This is the question that Nick Dunne must ask himself on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy’s friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn’t true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren’t his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what really did happen to Nick’s beautiful wife? And what was in that half-wrapped box left so casually on their marital bed? In this novel, marriage truly is the art of war…
Voted Thriller of the year