Yesterday - 29th September - is known in the book trade as "Super Thursday" this is because three times as many books are released than would normally be released in an average week - due to Christmas! For a book to get into the Christmas Bestseller Chart it needs to be out now so that sales can build up. So, almost 500 books (in all formats) are being published in UK and Ireland. There will be a second group of books released two weeks after this first release - on 13th October.
It's a very important time if you have a new book for sale - last year nine hardback books that had been released on Super Thursday took more than £1M through the tills during the twelve weeks leading up to Christmas.
I do love books and a book or two are my favourite Christmas presents - I also like giving books as presents for Christmas and try to find the most beautiful books to give as presents. I know Kindles and ipads are the most convenient way of reading a book but (and I say this as a person who has neither) a traditional book is by far the best present because of its beauty. Cookery books that I sit and read through as much for the photographs as for the recipes just wouldn't have the same impact for me.
I always buy my daughters at least one book each as one of their Christmas presents and sometimes more! It's just so hard picking out just one.
I have had a quick trawl of the new cookery books that went onsale yesterday on Amazon and found the following:
Home Cooking Made Easy by Lorraine Pascale
Jamie's Great Britain by Jamie Oliver
Short and Sweet by Dan Lepard
The Primrose Bakery Book by Martha Swift and Lisa Thomas
Made in Sicily by Giorgio Locatelli
Then I had a look at other books relating to Christmas and found hundreds!! The following list are just a few:
The Oxford Book of Christmas Stories
Night Before Christmas (Children's Book)
An Irish Country Christmas
Twelve Days of Christmas
Father Christmas Needs a Wee (Children's)
Letters from Father Christmas (Children's book and one that I have previously bought and it is lovely)
All I Want For Christmas
The Best Christmas Present in the World (Children's book and again one that I have already - lovely)
Last Christmas (Good Christmassy story about a woman who blogs)
The Xmas Factor
Happy reading to you all - hope you find a good book in your stocking and also that you find a good book to give as a Christmas present this year.