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10 Best Book Gifts to Give & Receive this Season.

Check below for the “A” list of what the jolly good chap can bag in as Christmas gifts at Chapters!

GO SET A WATCHMAN by Harper LeeGo set a watchman book image

Wrap up your literary year with the most anticipated fiction title of the year – the book that was never meant to be published. Read it as a sequel to “To Kill A Mockingbird” and you will be disappointed. Instead read it as it should be read as a work of a novice author and gain an interesting insight into how TKAM one of the most read and remarkable modern classics of our time was crafted. 
“Too many people have been left disappointed to their own mis-imaginings of this book, but if you read it with an open mind (and try not to compare it too much to TKAM) I think you’ll be surprised. It was a wonderful story, filled with a range of ideologies and opinions that are great to sink your teeth into” – The Guardian   

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The Girl In The Spider’s Web- David Lagercrantz Girl in the spider's web book image

In this second most anticipated book of the year Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy heroine Lisbeth Salander returns in what is already the most controversial crime noir of the year. Love her or pity her this avenging female fury and Mikael Blomkvist from ‘The girl with the dragon tattoo’, ‘The girl who played with fire’ & ‘The girl who kicked the hornet’s nest’ are back to fight violent crime the millennial way.

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Girl on the train book coverThe Girl on the Train by  Paula Hawkins

The blockbuster fiction of the year. Starting out as
Amazon’s best book of January 2015 this book maintained its rank throughout the year on every best seller list. Just recently this was voted as one of the best books of 2015 by the Goodreads community which is the only forum made up of avid readers.

This much lauded psychological debut thriller with a most unusual central character is worth a close examination as a top contender on your gift list.

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Mr Mercedes by Stephen KingMr. Mercedes book image

“The novel, in which a retired cop is taunted by the perpetrator of a massacre he never managed to solve, sees King steer clear of paranormal elements to focus on a very human evil. It beat titles by more traditional practitioners of crime writing including Ian Rankin, Stuart Neville and Karin Slaughter to be named best novel at the Edgar Awards in New York.”- The Guardian April 2015. 

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CHARLES THE HEART OF A KING by Catherine Mayer
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The unofficial biography that made headlines around the world and is a #1 best seller.

He has lived his whole life in the public eye, yet he remains an enigma. He was born to be king, but he aims much higher. A landmark publication, ‘Charles The Heart Of A King’ reveals Prince Charles in all his complexity: the passionate views that mean he will never be as remote and impartial as his mother; the compulsion to make a difference and the many and startling ways in which the heir to the throne of the United Kingdom and fifteen other realms has already made his mark.

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THE OUTSIDER: MY LIFE IN INTRIGUE by Frederick ForsythFrederick Forsyth Book image

Former RAF pilot and investigative journalist, Frederick Forsyth defined the modern thriller when he wrote The Day of The Jackal, described by Lee Child as ‘the book that broke the mould’, with its lightning-paced storytelling, effortlessly cool reality and unique insider information. This is his story.

‘We all make mistakes, but starting the Third World War would have been a rather large one. To this day, I still maintain it was not entirely my fault. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

During the course of my life, I’ve barely escaped the wrath of an arms dealer in Hamburg, been strafed by a MiG during the Nigerian civil war, and landed during a bloody coup in Guinea-Bissau. The Stasi arrested me, the Israelis regaled me, the IRA prompted a quick move from Ireland to England, and a certain attractive Czech secret police agent – well, her actions were a bit more intimate. And that’s just for starters.

All of that I saw from the inside. But all that time I was, nonetheless, an outsider.’

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The Road To Character by David Brooks

Book imagePicked by ‘The Economist’ as one of the best books on society & culture in 2015 – The best-selling author of “Social Animal” David Brooks  in this urgent and soul-searching book, explores the road to character. We live in a culture that encourages us to think about how to be wealthy and successful, but which leaves many of us inarticulate about how to cultivate the deepest inner life. We know that this deeper life matters, but it becomes subsumed by the day-to-day, and the deepest parts of who we are go unexplored and unstructured. The Road to Character connects us once again to an ancient moral tradition, a tradition that asks us to confront our own weaknesses and grow in response, rather than shallowly focus on our good points.

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 The Elephant Complex – J. Gimlette

Elephant Complex Book Cover ImageA perfect gift book for Christmas for any Sri Lankan or for a traveler.

Sri Lanka is a small island with a long, violent and enthralling history. Home to thousands of wild elephants, this is a place where natural beauty has endured, indifferent to human tragedy.

Journeying through its many regions – some haunted by war, many rarely seen by our eyes – award-winning travel writer John Gimlette interviews ex-presidents and cricketers, tea planters and terrorists, negotiating the complex relationships of Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslim communities and the more sinister forms of tourism.

“A quest to understand the country, and not a mere description of it. . . While many travel writers on Ceylon often tended to trim and twist the country to fit it into their own neat narrative, Gimlette does not hide the incongruities and battlements he encountered — Sri Lanka Sunday Times

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Daily Joy: National GeographicDaily Joy Book Image
 365 days of inspiration from a trusted best friend – The National Geography

This books is the first in National Geographic’s 365-photo-a-day line of inspirational books, Daily Joy unites inspiring words of joy with lovely National Geographic images of the world–a perfect gift to keep on your bedside table to read just before bed or first thing in the morning. Crafted in the tradition of the successful ‘Offerings’ series from Abrams/Stewart Tabori & Chang, Daily Joy’s elegant design features 365 days of gorgeous National Geographic photography, each one paired with a meaningful quotation, meditation, or thought that will help readers find joy everyday of the year. Each month has a theme, and all the quotes are centred on it: Other titles in this series – Daily Gratitude and Daily Calm are available at Chapters.

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REVIEW: ACROSS THE BARRICADES by Joan Lingard

Across the Barricades is quite unlike most teenage fiction novels. Of course, we see the usual themes of young love and the inevitable issues that come along with it, but the setting and issues dealt with in the book are the main attributes that set it apart in the meantime. Across the Barricades is Joan Lingard’s second best-selling book of the Kevin and Sadie series now available at Chapters.

Set in the 1970’s, in Belfast, the book explores the ties between a Protestant girl, Sadie Jackson and Kevin McCoy, a Catholic. The two fall in love but sadly; timing is not their strong suit. Amidst a backdrop of violence and prejudice, Sadie and Kevin just want to be together. The condemnation they experience makes us ponder on the irony that the reason for all this violence boils down to religion. The innocent romance between the two is soon misconceived and they are forced to be apart. The violence continues.

Sadie Jackson, as portrayed so strikingly, is a resolute and daring young girl who does not fear her neighbor’s accusations but she worries for Kevin, who is relatively reserved and is in more danger of being attacked in his part of the town. At just the right moment, however, the two receive an unexpected source of help from Sadie’s neighbourhood. But would this last long enough to save the two of them from further trouble?

The novel is an excellent depiction of the prejudices and bias that continues to plague the lives of many, due to religious intolerance and narrow-minded arrogance. Will Kevin and Sadie separate themselves for the greater good or realize that their inseparable bond is stronger than the problems they face? Joan Lingard’s thrilling novel is a must-read for pre-teens and young adults alike. The book is a wonderful portrayal of everyday life in 70’s Ireland, and it certainly stands the test of time.

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Quotable-quotes: Books for Personal Growth

Chapters pick of influential books on personal growth, written by best-selling authors are bound to be life-changing…

Here are hand-picked powerful quotes and reviews to help you get a glimpse of what’s in store.

  • Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives“The biggest waste of time is to do well something that we need not do at all.”
  • “For a happy life, it’s important to cultivate an atmosphere of growth—the sense that we’re learning new things, getting stronger, forging new relationships, making things better, helping other people. Habits have a tremendous role to play in creating an atmosphere of growth, because they help us make consistent, reliable progress.”
    Gretchen Rubin, Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives

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” Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.” -VoltaireDaily Gratitude 365 DAYS OF REFLECTION

“Gratitude is one of the least articulate of the emotions, especially when it is deep.”

-Daily Gratitude: 365 Days of Reflection- The third entry in National Geographic’s popular daily inspiration series

“Families are ecosystems. Each life grows in response to the lives around it.” – Mary ShmichDaily Calm 365 DAYS OF SERENITY

“Work while you have the light. You are responsible for Daily Joy 365 Days Of Inspriration Photos and wisdom to Lifethe talent that has been entrusted to you.” – Henri Frederic Amiel

“The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.” – Carl Jung A Year Of Daily Joy A Guided Journal to creating Happiness Every Day

The Road to Character - David Brooks“We are called at certain moments to comfort people who are enduring some trauma. Many of us don’t know how to react in such situations, but others do. In the first place, they just show up. They provide a ministry of presence. Next, they don’t compare. The sensitive person understands that each person’s ordeal is unique and should not be compared to anyone else’s. Next, they do the practical things–making lunch, dusting the room, washing the towels. Finally, they don’t try to minimize what is going on. They don’t attempt to reassure with false, saccharine sentiments. They don’t say that the pain is all for the best. They don’t search for silver linings. They do what wise souls do in the presence of tragedy and trauma. They practice a passive activism. They don’t bustle about trying to solve something that cannot be solved. The sensitive person grants the sufferer the dignity of her own process. She lets the sufferer define the meaning of what is going on. She just sits simply through the nights of pain and darkness, being practical, human, simple, and direct.”

“Wisdom isn’t a body of information. It’s the moral quality of knowing what you don’t know and figuring out a way to handle your ignorance, uncertainty, and limitation.”
― David Brooks, The Road to Character

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Walking through several such work spaces recently, I couldn’t help but notice Beyond Measure: The Big Impact of Small Changes (TED)- Margaret Heffernanhow hard everyone was working to simulate privacy. Plugged into headphones, surrounded by stacks of books and temporary dividers, defensiveness was more evident than openness. Architecture alone won’t change mindsets and tearing down physical walls won’t demolish the mental silos that trap thinking.”
― Margaret Heffernan, Beyond Measure: The Big Impact of Small Changes

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The seven habits of highly effective teenagers - Sean Covey“Isn’t it kind of silly to think that tearing someone else down builds you up?”

“If you decide to just go with the flow, you’ll end up where the flow goes, which is usually downhill, often leading to a big pile of sludge and a life of unhappiness. You’ll end up doing what everyone else is doing.”

“Education must be a lifelong pursuit. The person who doesn’t read is not better off than the person who can’t.”
― Sean Covey, The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Teens

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Favourite Quotes from our YA selection! #1

The following are some of the most highlighted passages from our best-selling teenage-young adult collection at CHAPTERS.

“Because I haven’t yet learned the simplest and most important thing of all: the world is difficult, and we are all breakable. So just be kind.”
Caitlin Moran, How to Build a Girl

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“As you know, there are several classes of truth. There are the truths that pour out on confessional blogs and YouTube channels. There are the supposed truths exposed in gossip magazines and on reality television, which everyone knows are just lies in truth clothing. Then there are the truths that show themselves only under ideal circumstances: like when you are talking deep into the night with a friend and you tell each other things you would never say if your defenses weren’t broken down by salty snacks, sugary beverages, darkness, and a flood of words. There are the truths found in books or films when some writer puts exactly the right words together and it’s like their pen turned sword and pierced you right through the heart. Truths like those are rare and getting rarer.”

Susan Juby, The Truth Commission 

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“He was the crazy one who had painted himself black and defeated the world.

She was the book thief without the words.

Trust me, though, the words were on their way, and when they arrived, Liesel would hold them in her hands like the clouds, and she would wring them out like rain.”
― Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

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Brown Girl Dreaming

 

“But on paper, things can live forever.
On paper, a butterfly
never dies.”
Jacqueline Woodson, Brown Girl Dreaming

 

 

 

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Here’s what I know about the realm of possibility—
it is always expanding, it is never what you think
it is. Everything around us was once deemed                              The Realm of Possibility By DAVID LEVITHAN
impossible. From the airplane overhead to
the phones in our pockets to the choir girl
putting her arm around the metalhead.
As hard as it is for us to see sometimes, we all exist within the realm of possibility. Most of the limits are of our own world’s devising. And yet,
every day we each do so many things
that were once impossible to us.

 “Remember that at any given moment there are a thousand things you can love.”

David Levithan, The Realm of Possibility

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SPIRIT ANIMALS Series

Set in the world of Erdas, the four child protagonists; Conor, Abeke, Meilin and Rollan find their unique spirit animal bond which gives incredible powers to both, once linked. The Spirit Animals series explores the adventure of these four legends who set out on a quest with their animals with the aim of saving the world of Erdas before it falls apart.

All seven Spirit Animals books are high-quality hardcover books authored by award-winning writers. They are bound to be an all-time favourite for fans of Beast Quest and other adventure novels; the books also allow the readers to unlock a game and discover their own spirit animal online at scholastic.com/spiritanimals

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