Here at Tesco we’ve been mulling over why it’s sometimes tough to decide which book you want to read next. Obviously, there’s no end of great books to choose from – but somehow, it rarely seems as simple as just picking the one that takes your fancy.
And then, we had an idea…
Perhaps it’s down to how we discover new books. Whether online or in store, books tend to be listed alphabetically, or by genre. But when was the last time you had a sudden urge to read a book specifically by an author whose surname begins with ‘S’, or ‘T’?
Choosing a book is rather like choosing a film; what do I feel like watching – something that will make me laugh? Something to tug on the heart strings? Something that will keep me on the edge of my seat until the very end?
We asked around and time and time again we got the same answer – we choose books to suit our mood.
So, with this in mind, we want to try something out. We’re going to group books – every kind of book; fiction, non-fiction, autobiography, anything goes! – according to how they make us feel, nothing else.
And we’re going to be testing this out in about half of Tesco’s stores from the 25th August onwards.
But before we do so, we want your opinion on the books we’ve picked. So, here they are:
Handpicked to carry you away
For those moments when you want to switch off and tune out, immerse yourself in another world.
Victoria Hislop – The Island
Kate Mosse – Labyrinth
Carlos Ruiz Zafon – The Shadow of the Wind
Julia Gregson – East of the Sun
Kate Quinn - Mistress of Rome
Katherine Webb – The Legacy
Justin Cronin – The Passage
Handpicked to make you think… talk… and think again
These are thought provokers, the sort of books that you could chat about no end. Not necessarily easy-reading, but certainly rewarding.
Jodi Picoult – Harvesting the Heart
Andrea Levy – The Long Song
Maggie O’Farrell – The Hand the First Held Mine
Tea Obreht – The Tiger’s Wife
Asne Seierstad – The Bookseller of Kabul
Erin Kelly – The Poison Tree
Michael Robotham – The Suspect
Handpicked to turn your heart in somersaults
These are truly rollercoaster reads – up one minute, down the next.
David Nicholls – One Day
Jenny Colgan – Meet me at the Cupcake Café
Sarah Winman – When God Was a Rabbit
Emily Giffin – Heart of the Matter
Lauren Oliver – Delirium
Nicholas Sparks – The Notebook
Dorothy Koomson – The Ice Cream Girls
So, if you’ve read any of these books, get in touch either by leaving a comment or on Twitter, we’d love to know how they made you feel and which mood you think they would suit the best.