There’s Only One Way to Celebrate National Book Lovers Day

Posted on 09 Aug 2016 by Anna Scott
And that’s by, you’ve guessed it, reading a book! Now, we’re guessing most book lovers out there won’t be short of a title or two (hundred) and even though we don’t really need much of an excuse to spend money on new books, might we suggest another way to celebrate National Book Lovers Day? As well as reading yourself, why not encourage others, perhaps those who aren’t quite so enthusiastic about picking up a book every chance they get, to give one a go? There’s nothing like converting a non-look lover into a book-lover on this most special of days. And if you need a few persuasive ideas, here are some titles that might catch their eye…


Book to Screen

Know someone who loved The Hunger Games movie but hasn’t read the book? Here’s your chance to gift them the original. Or perhaps they adore their TV costume drama but think that the books aren’t really their thing – well, now you can prove them otherwise. Hive Books promotional codes have an offer on a large selection of book to screen titles right now, so here are three more that might convert a reluctant reader but avid movie-goer…


One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest book coverOne Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey (was £8.99, now £7.59) – Jack Nicholson made the role his own, but the original source material still stands as one of the seminal novels of the 1960s. Told through the eyes of mute patient Chief Bromden, this depiction of a battle of wills between tyrannical Nurse Ratched and Randle Patrick McMurphy is well-worth revisiting.




The Help book coverThe Help by Kathryn Stockett (was £7.99, now £7.05) – Adapted into an Oscar-nominated film in 2011, The Help tells the story of race relations in Mississippi in 1962 through the friendship of a maid a cook and a college student. On release the book was described as ‘an astonishing feat of accomplishment’ by reviewers and you can’t get much better than that.




The Great Gatsby book coverThe Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (was £6.99, now £5.49) – It’s most recent screen incarnation was the Baz Luhrmann directed adaptation in 2013, but the 1974 version starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow also has its devotees. Even if you’re not familiar with either, any time is a good to get acquainted with or rediscover the original classic tale of excess and tragedy in 1920s America.


Non-Fiction Favourites

Being book lover doesn’t have to mean appreciating novels and fiction titles. There are many people out there who aren’t too keen on reading novels but love getting stuck into a great non-fiction title, so let’s make National Book Lovers Day just as much about them as it is about those who love stories. The Book People discount codes have some large discounts on a wider range of non-fiction titles, and here are some of the best…


Forces of Nature book coverForces of Nature by Brian Cox (RRP: £25, now £7.99) – The companion book to the TV series featuring everyone’s favourite physicist, here he attempts to answer some of the universes biggest questions – such as ‘why is the sky blue?’ and ‘why is the earth round?’ in the context of earth’s extraordinary phenomena. A must-read for any curious or scientific minds.



The Best Place to be Today book coverThe Best Place to be Today by Lonely Planet (RRP: £14.99, now £4.99)– The publisher of the world’s best-selling travel guides is also a great source of what we would usually call ‘coffee table books’, but that label just doesn’t seem to do them justice. This particular title tells you where you should be in the world on any particular day of the year (for example, celebrating The Day of the Dead in Mexico on 1st of November or kayaking with orcas in Canada on 21st August) – perfect for armchair travellers as well as the more practical globetrotter.


Globe: Life in Shakespeare's London book coverGlobe: Life in Shakespeare’s London by Catherine Arnold (RRP: £16.99, now £6.99) – An insightful record of an important time in our capital, both historically and culturally. Historian Arnold covers important events including the opening of the Globe Theatre in 1599 and the onset of the plague, so this would make a great gift for anyone interested in British history as well as the arts.



If all else fails, fall back on something tried and tested because you can’t argue with the clout of the bestseller when trying to persuade any book doubters out there. Here are three that have made a mark in recent years which you can save money on using Waterstones promo codes, so see if you can convince a non-reader what all the fuss has been about…


The Girl on the Train book coverThe Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (was £7.99, now £5.99) – this one could have been featured in the book to screen adaptation section if we were writing this post in a few months’ time, and its impending film release is sure to shift even more copies of this gripping thriller.




Olive Kitteridge book coverOlive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout (was £7.99, now £5.99) – This Pulitzer Prize winner tells the tale of a retired school teacher who struggles to make sense of the changes in her life as she gets older and how this affects her relationships with her family members as well as others in her community.




Me Before You book coverMe Before You by Jojo Moyes (was £7.99, now £5.99) – Another one that could easily be put in the book to screen section as well as the bestseller one (unsurprisingly there is a lot of crossover here), Me Before You was a bonafide bestseller before it hit the cinema screens this year. It is the story of how carer Lou Clarke transforms the life of Will Traynor after he loses the use of his legs following a motorcycle accident, and it has moved many readers across the globe.




So as well as picking up a book yourself this National Book Lovers Day, why not buy a title for someone who could do with more words and stories in their life? There’re nothing quite like a good book to warm the soul and get people thinking, after all.


















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