Posts in the Handpicked to Suit Your Moods category

Long-time readers of the Tesco Books Blog will be familiar with our ever-changing range of Handpicked titles, but for those of you that have joined us more recently, the thinking behind our ‘Handpicked to Suit Your Moods’ initiative is as follows…

We were wondering why it was we chose certain books, what made us pick up a book and decide, right there, ‘this is the book for me’. Was it the cover? Was it the author? Was it the title? Perhaps, but we reckon the main reason we choose to read any book is our mood – we pick books based on what we feel like reading . With this in mind, we set about grouping, or if you prefer, ‘handpicking’, certain books to suit certain moods. And there you have it, books that are ‘Handpicked to Suit Your Moods’ – simple really!

This time around we have four new moods, along with a great range of new books. The new moods are:

 

Click here to explore and buy all four of our new ‘Handpicked’ moods, including ‘Books to Warm Your Heart’ and ‘Books to Keep You Guessing until the End’! 

If you can think of a ‘mood’ that you think would be great for one of our future Handpicked ranges, be sure to let us know in the comments or on Twitter at @TescoBooks.


Handpicked Round 2

A couple of months ago you may remember us unveiling an idea that got all of us here at Tesco Books HQ rather excited. It was called “Handpicked to Suit Your Mood” and put simply, the thinking behind it went something like this:

“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 that’s exactly what we did.

But not content with resting on our laurels, we’ve decided it’s time to move on to the next stage of our project and introduce our next round of books, which are set to hit selected stores around the country today. Just like last time, each of the books has been ‘handpicked’ to fit a certain mood. You can find out more about the new moods and the books that we’ve paired with them below.

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A few months ago we told you all about our new concept for finding books to read – arranging books into categories based on how they make us feel, so we can pick books to suit our moods. The three categories we settled on are:

Handpicked to carry you away

For those moments when you want to switch off and tune out, immerse yourself in another world.

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.

Handpicked to turn your heart in somersaults

These are truly rollercoaster reads – up one minute, down the next.

We had a fantastic response from you guys, but to further test out the concept we knew there were a few other people we had to win over - bloggers!

Well the books have been read and the reviews written and now we can share with you all what they thought of our handpicked concept.

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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.