Friday, 21 November 2014

Nayu's News #153 eBooks of the Year 2014 finalists announcement

Feeling the book love!
Nayu here! Since I a) adore books including eBooks & b) sometimes shop at Sainsbury's, I figured I might as well let you all know about this Sainsbury's ebook related news because many of you are like me! 
I've read and reviewed the following books included in the list: (not all listed in the press release but they are on the website) All genres are the ones I've given them, not necessarily the ones in the competition. The links will take you to my review of the books.
The Unfinished Symphony of You and Me by Lucy Robinson, Romantic Comedy, 9/10E

Mad About You by Sinead Moriarty, Fiction, 9/10E 

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Young Adult, 9/10E

I've both read and listened to this book, but not yet reviewed it:
Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan, Food Fiction, 10E/10E
Eagerly awaiting the sequel!

I've got the following on audio book (not yet listened to)
A Place to Call Home by Carole Matthews
I've got these in my audio book wish list:
Ivy Lane Spring: Part 1 by Cathy Bramley 

The Beach Hut Next Door by Veronica Henry

Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella

The Teashop on the Corner by Millie Johnson

And finally I've given the following as a present, although not read it yet
The World According to Bob by James Bowen

Many of the other books look appealing too! I'm sure somehow I'll choose my favourite - make sure you do too, especially as you can win £100 of eBooks! Here's the important info from the press release email.

Image: eBooks of the Year by Sainsbury’s
eBooks by Sainsbury’s has today revealed the finalists for its annual eBook of the Year awards.

Some of the UK’s most treasured writers including Jojo Moyes and Lee Child have joined the long list of commercially and critically acclaimed authors nominated to receive the coveted prize of eBook of the Year 2014.

The winner will be decided by a public poll on the eBooks by Sainsbury’s website where voting will open today, and close on 11 December. The winning title will be chosen from over 150 eBooks with the winner to be announced on 15 December.

In its second consecutive year, the awards are a celebration of British book publishing and literary talent. From gripping thrillers to out of this world science fiction, the long list includes the nation’s favourite ebooks from the past 12 months, from John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars to the runaway word-of-mouth hit that was The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion.

To encourage participation, every visitor to the eBooks by Sainsbury’s website who votes for their favourite eBook of the Year will be entered into a prize draw to win £100 worth of eBooks. The full collection of eBooks up for nomination can be found on where public voting is now open. To vote, simply visit the eBooks of the Year page, log in to your account and click ‘Recommend’ next to your favourite book.

Sharon Nightingale, Head of Commercial at eBooks by Sainsbury’s, said:
“These awards are unique in that they celebrate Britain’s most popular eBooks, the books that bring reading to a huge audience wherever they are. Our long list for 2014 is rich and varied, fully reflecting what a spectacular year it has been, particularly for debut authors. We are honoured to support the industry and authors alike by encouraging people to go out and discover the fantastic reads that have made this year so special.”

Highlights from the eBooks by Sainsbury’s eBook of the Year long list include:

Literary Fiction
-          The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (Penguin UK)
-          The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce (Random House UK)
-          The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair by Joël Dicker (Quercus Books)  
-          The Sunrise by Victoria Hislop (Headline)

Popular Fiction
-          The Lemon Grove by Helen Walsh (Headline)
-          The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (Penguin UK)
-          Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (Orion)
-          The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes (Penguin UK)

Science Fiction and Fantasy
-          The Martian by Andy Weir (Random House UK)   
-          The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness (Headline)
-          The Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. Carey (Little Brown)
-          The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (Headline)

Historical Fiction
-          The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters (Little Brown)
-          The Blood Crows by Simon Scarrow (Headline)    
-          Lamentation by C.J. Sansom (Macmillan)
-          Desert God by Wilbur Smith (Harper Collins UK)

-          This Boy by Alan Johnson (Random House UK)
-          There’s Something I’ve Been Dying to Tell You by Linda Bellingham (Hodder)
-          So, Anyway by John Cleese (Random House UK) 
-          Guy Martin: My Autobiography by Guy Martin (Random House UK)
Crime and Thriller
-          Cross My Heart by James Patterson (Random House UK)
-          Want You Dead by Peter James (Macmillan)
-          The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (Little Brown)
-          Personal by Lee Child (Random House UK)

Notes to Editors
Founded in 1869, Sainsbury’s today operates over 1,200 stores, employing around 161,000 colleagues across the UK. With 24 million customer transactions every week, the company’s focus is on delivering high quality, affordable food, clothing and general merchandise across supermarkets, convenience stores and online. Sainsbury’s Bank offers accessible financial products that reward customers who both bank and shop with Sainsbury’s. Strong, well-established values are integral to Sainsbury’s success in helping customers Live Well for Less

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