12 BOOKS CUSTOMERS SAY ARE “MUST READS”

Half Price Books recently launched Reviews on our website, where customers can leave their thoughts on books, movies and music to help other shoppers choose their next great read, watch or listen. We are happy to report that we have received thousands of reviews from people just like you! Overall, the responses have made us laugh, cry and definitely want to sink our teeth into some fantastic books, movies and music. Below we’ve compiled a list of 12 books that have earned five star ratings from our customers, making them the ever-coveted “Must Read”!


World War Z: An Oral History Of The Zombie War  by Max Brooks

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Helpful Resources for Our Homebound Booklovers

Running out of ideas for things to do while stuck at home? Half Price Books is here to help! We’ve compiled a list of resources that include a little bit of everything, including inspiration for homeschool activities, fun virtual story times and book lists for those who don’t know where to start. We hope this lists helps, and remember to stay home, wash your hands and keep reading!


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Children’s Learning Activities/Resources

Half Price Books’ Feed Your Brain– This year we’re kicking off our reading program early with a collection of activities and book suggestions to help keep your children’s minds active while at home! Check back frequently for more downloadable content. Continue reading

A Book Nerd’s Look at the Best Books of the Decade (2010-2019)

As 2019 comes to an end, “Best Books of the Decade” lists are bound to start popping up everywhere. This is ours; along with a list of the best books I’ve read this decade. Of course, as a used book store we also want to remind you that every book is new if you haven’t read it yet!

2010

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot—A nonfiction book and winner of the National Academies Communication Award (published 2/2/2010)

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  • Honorary mention: Room, by Emma Donahue (published 8/6/2010)
  • Best book I read in 2010: Red Harvest, by Dashiell Hammett (published in 1929)

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50 Greatest Love Stories Ever Told (in a book)

Every great love story has a bit of conflict. You know? That moment of angst when you want everything to work out so they can live happily ever after. Life, not just romance fiction of course, has a chapter or two of conflict as well. But luckily, August 25 is “Kiss and Make Up” Day.

Here are the 50 Greatest Love Stories Ever Told (in a book) to inspire you to do just that. Start reading and get ready to pucker up!


1. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen • 2. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell • 3. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë • 4. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy • 5. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare • 6. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen • 7. Emma by Jane Austen • 8. Atonement by Ian McEwan • 9. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte • 10. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier • 11. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen • 12. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Márquez • 13. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden • 14. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald • 15. Cold Mountain by Charles Fraizer • 16. Bridges of Madison County by Robert James • 17. The History of Love by Nicole Krauss • 18. The Sound of Waves by Yukio Mashima • 19. Possession by A.S. Byatt • 20. The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough • 21. Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel • 22. Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak • 23. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje • 24. Troilus and Criseyde by Geoffrey Chaucer • 25. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres • 26. The Odyssey by Homer • 27. The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andia • 28. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett • 29. The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles • 30. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green • 31. Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding • 32. The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillipa Gregory • 33. The End of the Affair by Graham Greene • 34. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger • 35. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins • 36. The Princess Bride by William Goldman • 37. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen • 38. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt • 39. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion • 40. Ask the Passengers by A.S. King • 41. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell • 42. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta • 43. P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern • 44. The Post-Birthday World by Lionel Shriver • 45. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson • 46. Love Story by Erich Segal • 47. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon • 48. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh • 49. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks • 50. The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer

What’s your favorite love story (in a book)? Your #greatestlove?

Meredith is Associate Creative Director at Half Price Books Corporate.
You can follow her on Twitter at @msquare21.