Monthly Archives: June 2015

Holiday Reading Guide: Our road-tested reads

When you’re busy packing for holidays, don’t forget to pop a few good reads into your suitcase — ones that you won’t want to put down. The Booko team have road-tested these reads poolside and think they will be the perfect companion to your relaxing break:

The Sunlit Night by Rebecca Dinerstein
Frances had read of a man who painted with only the colour yellow. He lived in the north of Norway. In the beautiful, barren landscape of the Far North, under the ever- present midnight sun, Frances and Yasha are surprised to find refuge in each other.

The Novel Habits of Happiness (An Isabel Dalhousie novel) by Alexander McCall Smith

Isabel Dalhousie is one of Edinburgh’s most generous (but discreet) philanthropists – but should she be more charitable? She wonders, sometimes, if she is too judgmental about her niece’s amorous exploits, too sharp about her housekeeper’s spiritual beliefs, too ready to bristle in battle against her enemies.

The Insider Threat by Brad Taylor
In the eighth action-packed thriller in the New York Times bestselling Pike Logan series, ISIS, the most maniacal terrorist organization the modern world has ever seen, is poised to make their most audacious strike yet. The United States has anticipated and averted countless attacks from terrorist groups–thanks in large part to the extralegal counterterrorist unit known as the Taskforce. But in The Insider Threat, a much more insidious evil is about to unfold…

Go Set a Watchman by Nellie Harper Lee
Scout (Jean Louise Finch) has returned to Maycomb from New York to visit her father Atticus. She is forced to grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand both her father’s attitude toward society, and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood.

The Long Utopia (#4, The Long Earth) by Terry Pratchett
2045-2059. After the cataclysmic upheavals of Step Day and the Yellowstone eruption, humanity is spreading further into the Long Earth, and society, on a battered Datum Earth and beyond, continues to evolve. Now an elderly and cantankerous AI, Lobsang lives in disguise with Agnes in an exotic, far-distant world. He’s convinced they’re leading a normal life in New Springfield – they even adopt a child – but it seems they have been guided there for a reason.

Top 5 books released this month

Team Booko are always excited about new releases. The upcoming release schedule for June looks really good. Whether it’s a physical copy or an E book, have a look at what’s on offer this month.  Happy reading!

How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success by Julie Lythcott-Haims

Your baby’s first word will be Dada by Jimmy Fallon

Tom Clancy Under Fire (Jack Ryan) by Grant Blackwood

Grey (Fifty shades of Grey) as told by Christian by E. L. James


The English Spy by Daniel Silva

New York: Books to inspire

Some people feel that they can only truly understand the essence of a city if they walk its streets themselves. This may be true, but you can also get a fantastic insight from books that feature design, history, the food and the people that belong to a particular city. Here is a selection of books that bring on wanderlust for New York (sigh).


Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton

New York Sleeps by Christopher Thomas

Gastropolis: Food & New York City by Annie Hauck-Lawson & Jonathon Deutsch

Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney

New York In Style: A Guide to the City’s Fashion, Design and Style by Janelle McCulloch

Favourites for Father’s Day

With Father’s Day just around the corner for customers in the US and UK, here are some gift ideas that are a lot more exciting than slippers and socks (we think so, anyway).

Here are Team Booko’s top 5 Father’s day reads:

No Limits: My Autobiography by Ian Poulter

As one of golf’s charismatic figures, Ian Poulter reflects on his drive and determination in this honest and reflective book on his life and passion.


365 Reasons to be Proud to be a Dad: The Greatest Dad Moments in History

Ian Allen

Being a dad is a full time job. This quirky little book offers an interesting ‘dad fact’ for every day of the year! Full to the brim with interesting stories, this book is a great book for the dad that has everything.


The New Dad’s Survival Guide

Scott Mactavish

Fatherhood demystified! Finally – a manual for new dads that deciphers the immensely confusing world of fatherhood and gives crucial tips and advice from a man’s point of view.


Strong Fathers: Strong Daughters

Dr Meg Meeker

Drawing on her thirty years’ experience practicing paediatric and adolescent medicine, teen health expert Dr Meg Meeker explains why an active father figure is maybe the single most important factor in a young woman’s development.


Poems that Make Grown Men Cry: 100 Men on the Words that Move Them

Anthony Holden, Ben Holden

This is an anthology of over 100 men from vastly different but equally impressive backgrounds on the poems that have made an impact on their lives.


Facebook Login is Live!

For those users who like the ease of using their Facebook account to log in to other services, we have good news.  Booko now allows you to create a Booko account and log in via Facebook.  We’ve added it to the list of existing login systems, plus given the whole page a bit of a polish.



If Facebook knows your email address, we’ll attempt to match that to your Booko account.  So, if your Facebook email matches your Booko email address, you’ll be logged into your existing Booko account.

Give it a try and let us know what you think!

Books for Dad

With Father’s day approaching for our customers in the US and UK, now is the time to find the perfect gift for for the dad in your life.  He might be your dad, he might be your children’s father, or maybe he’s your partner’s dad.  Last year you opted for a new wallet but this year you’re thinking a book, because he’s a reader.  Finding the right book can be tricky, so we’ve looked into it for you.

Here are 8 different books for 8 different types of dads:


The Biography Lover:

Reagan – A Life by H. W. Brands


The Adventurer:

Last Man Off: A True Story of Disaster and Survival on the Antarctic Seas by Lewis Matt

The BBQ King:

How to Grill – The Complete Illustrated Book of BBQ Technique by Stephen Raichlen

The Horror Fan

Finders Keepers by Stephen King

The Business Brain

Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking when Stakes are High by Kerry Patterson

The Amazing Life

On the Move: A Life by Oliver Sacks

The Thrill Seeker

Gathering Prey by John Sandford

The History Buff

Last Call by Daniel Okrent