Waterstones launches paperback sale perfect for holiday reading

Maisie Bovingdon
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Waterstones launches huge sale on paperback books.  (Getty Images)
Waterstones launches huge sale on paperback books. (Getty Images)

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We love a good holiday read. Switching off our phones and computers, to sit down with a good book helps us unwind and relax.

If you, like us, still prefer the “old fashioned” way of reading and would choose a crisp paperback book over a Kindle, then you’ll be pleased to learn that Waterstones has launched a huge sale on their paperbacks.

With 20% off selected hard copies, this is the perfect time to get your hands on that novel you’ve read rave reviews about.

While some may be on the hunt for a gripping thriller to get their teeth into, others may be looking for a funny romp that will have them belly laughing at every page.

Bookworms may be tempted to stock up on contemporary books for their next book club sessions. While others may want to use this time in lockdown to educate themselves, in which case non-fiction buys covering everything from tech to historical events may be more appealing.

Children’s books and biographies are also included in the sale.

Whatever genre you may prefer, we have curated a selection of discounted reads to help you whittle down your reading wish list.

Shop our top 10 picks in Waterstones’ paperback book sale

Around the World in 80 Trains: A 45,000-Mile Adventure by Monisha Rajesh | £7.99 (Was £9.99)

Around the World in 80 Trains: A 45,000-Mile Adventure
Around the World in 80 Trains: A 45,000-Mile Adventure

Around the World in 80 Trains depicts author Monisha Rajesh and her fiancé’s journey from London’s bustling St. Pancras station across Russia, North Korea, Canada and many other destinations. It captures their encounters along the way, which is ideal for those looking to satiate their travel bug or gain inspiration for their next trip post-lockdown.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens | £7.49 (Was £8.99)

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

This coming of age novel is a huge hit with readers. The plot follows rumours around the “Marsh Girl”, Kya Clark, and the witch hunt that begins when she is suspected of murder in a small town in North Carolina.

Normal People by Sally Rooney | £6.99 (Was £8.99)

Normal People by Sally Rooney
Normal People by Sally Rooney

Sally Rooney’s coming of age novel Normal People has garnered huge praise, and has been adapted into a BBC series starring Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar Jones. If you’ve yet to read the story everyone is talking about, it follows Connell Waldron and Marianne Sheridan as they navigate their changing relationship from school through to university.

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo | £7.49 (Was £8.99)

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

Girl, Woman, Other depicts the lives of 12 black British womxn over the years; from relationship woes, to family and friendship issues, their interwoven stories are captured in this captivating novel.

Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson's Journal by Jeff Kinney | £5.49 (Was £6.99)

Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson's Journal by Jeff Kinney
Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson's Journal by Jeff Kinney

For those looking to buy a book for their child, the Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid is a top-rated text. The book chronicles Greg Heffley’s middle school years, but from his best friend, Rowley Jefferson’s perspective.

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari | £8.99 (Was £10.99)

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

World History expert Yuval Noah Harari’s depiction of the species of humankind, from the Stone Age right up to the present day, makes for an insightful and thought-provoking read.

The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold | £7.99 (Was £10.99)

The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold
The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold

The Five depicts the devastating experiences of five Victorian women who were killed by the infamous Jack the Ripper in 1888. One review reads: “Wow! now this is definitely a 5* read. I couldn't put this book down, throughout reading I was just wanting more and more, you can definitely tell that a huge amount of research went into every inch of this book.”

One More Croissant for the Road by Felicity Cloake | £7.49 (Was £9.99)

One More Croissant for the Road by Felicity Cloake
One More Croissant for the Road by Felicity Cloake

Felicity Cloake merges her travel experience with food as she seeks out the best French cuisines during her 2,300 km cycle across France. Not only does this text document her trip, but it also includes recipes for how to make each dish too.

Airhead: The Imperfect Art of Making News by Emily Maitlis | £8.49 (Was £9.99)

Airhead: The Imperfect Art of Making News by Emily Maitlis
Airhead: The Imperfect Art of Making News by Emily Maitlis

Emily Maitlis uncovers what goes on behind the scenes in broadcast media in a truly insightful, and shocking, expose. It is no wonder this has been described as a “very entertaining” book.

On Chapel Sands: My mother and other missing persons by Laura Cumming | £7.99 (Was £9.99)

On Chapel Sands: My mother and other missing persons by Laura Cumming
On Chapel Sands: My mother and other missing persons by Laura Cumming

On Chapel Sands is a captivating memoir, which depicts author Laura Cumming’s journey to uncover the mystery behind her mother’s kidnapping as a child. The text sees two narratives run alongside one another; Laura’s mother’s story, as well as Laura’s own journey to find out the truth.