Reading lists

Discover your next favorite book from a wide selection of topics including the best non-fiction books to read, essential fantasy, science fiction, dystopian, travel memoirs and more.

By Richard Davies
20 September, 2021
“He who controls the spice controls the universe.” The Dune universe began in 1965 when Frank Herbert published Dune and changed the science fiction genre forever. This bestselling novel won the inaugural Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1965 and the 1966 Hugo Award, and launched an epic series.
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By Jessica Doyle
14 September, 2021
A complete list of the Man Booker-winning books since 1969. Find signed copies of the best modern novels.
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30 August, 2021
AbeBooks analysed sales information from 2000 - 2015 and found The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey topped the list ahead of numerous critically acclaimed examples of classic literature.
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30 August, 2021
Few subjects garner more passionate aficionados than classic cars. Both book collectors and automotive enthusiasts recognize the cultural and historical significance of vintage maintenance manuals, promotional pamphlets, serious analyses of the automotive industry in its infancy, and riveting biographies of early race car drivers and the cars they drove.
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By Richard Davies
29 August, 2021
Countless books about conflicts, soldiering and warfare have slipped into obscurity. This selection of forgotten gems includes a regimental history, memoirs from combatants, books from guerilla fighters, five-star generals and an Apache warrior, and even a contribution from Mrs. Custer.
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By Richard Davies
28 August, 2021
Trilogies are the sign of a serious reader- people with true commitment to an author’s cause.
28 August, 2021
Satan, Lucifer, Beelzebub, Mephistopheles, the prince of darkness - call him what you will, but the devil is a such an intriguing force of evil that countless writers across many centuries have woven a devil, the devil or simply demonic themes into their work.
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28 August, 2021
Impress your friends & family - read the bestselling book for each year in the Twentieth century.
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27 August, 2021
Georgette Heyer is one of AbeBooks’ top bestselling authors, over the entire history of this company.
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27 August, 2021
In many ways, our childhood defines the rest of our life. Books about childhoods shattered by pain and suffering – both fiction and non–fiction – are commonplace today but they have a long history dating back to the English tale of the Babes in the Wood in the 16th century.
27 August, 2021
For more than a century, mystery writers have been drawn to trains, railways and stations because they are wonderful places to set a crime. You may never make eye contact with a fellow train passenger again after reading some of these thrillers.
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27 August, 2021
You might have never read a Mills & Boon book but you know exactly what this publisher offers - romance, more romance and even more romance. You can recognize those covers a mile away - the tall dark hero, six-pack visible, and a swooning girl.
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27 August, 2021
In no particular order, we present a selection of iconic book covers that we love. If you saw these particular editions in a bookshop window, then we believe you would stop and stare.
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By Richard Davies
27 August, 2021
It’s a story you may have heard before but the tale surrounding the birth of Penguin is always worth retelling. Step back to 1935 and the publication of the first 10 Penguin books. Each one cost just six pence at a time when hardcovers were priced at seven or eight shillings – those 10 books revolutionized publishing.
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By Richard Davies
27 August, 2021
Biggles has been fighting off bandits at 2 o’clock since 1932. He’s legend of children’s literature and one of the great adventure heroes.
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26 August, 2021
AbeBooks has compiled a list of the most collectable books published between 2000 and 2009. Classify these books as hyper modern first editions. It usually takes a long time, sometimes decades, for a book’s value to be determined but these treasures became collectable in a hurry.
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By Beth Carswell
26 August, 2021
Pelican Books is the non-fiction imprint of Penguin Books. While the Penguin umbrella may be best-known for fiction and for keen design, the Pelican imprint was brought about with an eye on education over entertainment.
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By Beth Carswell
25 August, 2021
What is it that makes a book so captivating that we shirk obligations, risk papercuts, and forget basic necessities like food and water while lost in its pages?
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25 August, 2021
Nuclear fallout, the Holocaust, government oppression, poverty, mental illness and the savage nature of humanity itself - all topics covered in some of the most depressing books.
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