King James Bible from 1613

We love it when we find a rare old book here at AwesomeBooks and few have been more exciting that this! It’s among the first King James Bibles ever published.




Back in 164 King James commissioned 47 scholars who were members of the Church of England to come up with another English translation of the Bible. It took 7 years and the first King James Bible was published in 1611 by Robert Barker, the King’s Printer. Our copy was published just 2 years later, also by Robert Barker.







We’ve Found Another Rare Book!

Our lovely R&A department do work hard and they’re always finding loads of great old, rare and antique books which we sell through ebay here. This last week they’ve been lucky enough to find one of the best books we’ve ever had – it’s very old, very rare and has an incredible history!

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It might not look much from the outside but this this gem was published in 1758 by the Vatican.

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It contains a list of all books they banned along with some pretty fantastic illustrations.

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The cover is vellum which is made from Calf skin and has aged incredibly well for a book that’s over 250 years old!

Our Favourite Book Covers of 2014

2014 was a fantastic year for us book lovers – not only were some incredible books released but there were tonnes that also looked great! Here we’ve made a compilation of our favourite book covers of the year.

Missed your favourite? Let us know what it was in the comments!

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How To Read More in 2015

1. Don’t Just Read. Make it a social activity instead.

Discuss the books you read with friends, recommend books to each other, tell each other when you’ve just finished a book. It’ll  motivate you to read more and you’ll enjoy it more because you’re not just reading but you’ll start to think about what you’ve read, develop your tastes so you’ll know how to pick books you’ll enjoy again in the future.


2. Skip What Doesn’t Make You Happy.

Not enjoying a book? Don’t feel you have to keep pushing through it. You’re much better off just putting it aside and starting something else. You can always come back to it later if you feel like it, or not – it’s completely up to you, but there’s no point wasting time on a book you’re not enjoying or not getting anything out of!

3. Always Carry A Book.

Yeah everyone says this but it really does work! I read on the bus, I read on my lunch breaks, I read when my computer’s decided to freeze and I need something to calm me down while I worry about having lost the last half hour’s worth of work… Whenever I get some spare time when I’d otherwise be doing nothing, when I’m in the mood, I just pull out a book and have a read – you’d be surprised how quickly you can get through a book this way!

Plus, with e-books and apps on your phone or tablet for reading them, there’s literally no excuse you could carry an entire library around in your pocket if you wanted to!

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4. Always Have A Back-up. 

If you know you’re nearing the end of your book, have at least one waiting for you to read next. There’s nothing worse than finishing a book and being in the mood to read even more then just having to sit there without anything for a few days until you can get to the shop and buy another…

5. Keep Track…

I always find I’m much more motivated to do anything when I can see the progress I’v already made. That’s why I started keeping a reading journal so I can keep track of everything I read. It gives me a great sense of accomplishment and means I know how close I am to the reading goals I set myself each year!



Our Top 10 Christmas Songs

It’s that time of year again when the radio and music channels are playing non-stop Christmas songs! And as much as much as some people moan about them, we know everyone loves them really!

For me personally, the best Christmas songs are catchy, happy and just give you that warm, fuzzy Christmas feeling which are the criteria I used for putting together this list of my favourite Christmas songs!

1) All I Wonderful Christmas Is You – Summer Camp

A bit of an alternative one to kick off the list but anyone who knows me will know I adore Summer Camp – they are fantastic and they’ve done a couple of great Christmas covers over the years, however this has to be my favourite! It’s an acoustic mash-up of All I Want For Christmas Is You and Wonderful Christmas Time and it’s brilliant. Even if you’ve never heard of Summer Camp before, give this a listen.

2) All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey

I figured while we were talking about a similar song it’d be a good time to add this into the list – it’s the one Christmas song you can guarantee everybody knows all the words to, which every girl will admit to singing along to drunkenly (or not-so-drunkely) at some point in her life.

3) Santa Tell Me – Ariana Grande

A new one for this year but it’s looking like it could be a classic. It’s catchy and fun and makes you want to embarrassingly bad dancing in a bright Christmas jumper! People are comparing it to Mariah’s All I Want For Christmas… for reasons which are obvious when you listen to it, but undoubtedly it’s a great fun song which is nice and Christmasy!

4) My Only Wish – Britney Spears

I also figured I’d get all the super-girly pop songs out of the way first but I promise this is the last! I’m not sure this is one of the most well-known here in the UK, but it’s definitely another catchy and fun little Christmas song!

5) Step Into Christmas – Elton John

Ok let’s get go back to another classic with Step Into Christmas – this song always takes me back to Christmas parties at my junior school when this would always be played and everything just felt like Christmas.

6) Christmas Time – The Darkness

One that wasn’t played so much at my junior school…. but one that I still love is The Darkness’ Christmas Time – it’s a seriously fun little Christmas that doesn’t take itself seriously at all and it’s fantastic. If you don’t like this you clearly have no Christmas spirit!

7) Christmas Wrapping – The Waitresses

Ok I lied, I’m throwing another slightly girly track but I think this one is necessary. Now I’m ashamed to say I didn’t actually discover this song until last year but when I did, I fell in love with it. That chorus is crazy catchy and the song itself tells a pretty cute story, as a cute Christmas song should!

8) Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Michael Bublé

Another fantastic song which is a classic, however I chose Michael Bublé’s version because I think he does a really great job of bringing the track up to date and, of course, he has an incredible voice!

9) Merry Xmas Everybody – Slade

This is another song that reminds me of being back at school – a bunch of the teachers, including my incredible physics teacher Mr Brain, used to form a band and perform in the ‘Christmas Concert’ for us every year. Mostly they played cheesy stuff and it should have been really cringy, however, you could see how much fun they were having and their covers of Merry Xmas Everybody and Breakfast at Tiffany’s always used to be fantastic!

10) Fairytale of New York – The Pogues

Another classic Christmas song which I think most people would include in their top 10 lists. I don’t really need to say much about this, just go listen to the awesomeness:

What do you think of this list? Of course there are so many more I could have included and so many more I wanted to include, so let us know your favourite Christmas songs in the comments!

Until then, check out our collection of Christmas albums.



Winner of our Halloween Competition

We had some incredible entries for our Halloween competition this year – we asked you to share your spooky Halloween costumes with us to be in with a chance to win a bundle of 13 books and t-shirts!

It was such a difficult decision to pick a winner because there were so many we loved, so we did have to pick a winner at random, however here are a few of our favourites:

















And our winner from @Luckyladyhaz…

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Win 13 Horror Books And Films!

Halloween Competition 2014

This Halloween, here at AwesomeBooks, we’re giving you the chance to win some of the best and more terrifying horror books and films with our creepy competition!

To enter all you have to do is send us a photo of your Halloween costume – bonus points if it’s book-themed ;) – via Instagram or Twitter! It couldn’t be simpler:

  • If you’re entering via Twitter simply follow us and Tweet the photo to @AwesomeBooksUK
  • If you’re entering via Instragram, follow us and tag @AwesomeBooksUK in the photo or comments!

The Prizes
A selection of 13 Horror books and films of your choice from our Horror Collection.

Terms and Conditions
1. You must be following @AwesomeBooksUK on Twitter or Instagram to be eligible to win
2. Your tweet must tag @AwesomeBooksUK to be eligible to win or your Instagram photo must tag @AwesomeBooksUK in the photo or comments
3. The competition will run from Tuesday 28th October until midnight on Monday 3rd November
4. After 04/10/14 one winner will be selected at random from all entries. The winner will be contacted first and then posted publicly.
5. Prizes: 13 Horror Books and Films from the products listed at: Only used and bargain bin books, or used DVDs are permitted. New books are not included in the prize. Prize is non-transferable and no substitutions or cash equivalents are permitted.
6. By entering you agree that, if selected as a winner, your name can be used on the Awesome Books blog and social media platforms for publicity purposes, and to send us a photo of your prize when it arrives for use on our blog.
7. Only one entry allowed per person.
8. Photographs must be your own. Only enter with photographs you have permission to use. Only enter photographs of people with their expressed permission.

Awesome Horror Films

Horror films can be a bit of a divider for people – you either love them or hate them. Personally, I love them! They’re dark, exciting and full of suspense. I might be a little bit of a horror film snob, but I’m not really a fan of mindless-gore; I much prefer something that really gets in your head. Psychological thrillers, anything with a real back-story and well explained plot, films that focus around mental illness, old asylums, the paranormal, creepy children or even serial killers with a real motive are my sort of thing.

Because we love horror films so much here at AwesomeBooks, we’ve decided to bring you the best of our horror collection with our list of the top 5 scariest horror films.

The Blair Witch Project Blair Witch Project

It’s a classic that everyone needs to see. It was one of the first films that popularised the use of handheld cameras in horror films (think of more recent ones such as Cloverfield) making it feel even more real and unsettling – you see what the characters see and literally have no idea what’s going on outside the frame.

Final Destination 

The Final DestinationIf you want to be put off aeroplanes, motorways, rollercoasters and just about every other mode of transport / room / object you might come across in day-to-day life then this is the series for you. The Final Destination series follows several groups of individuals reminding them that you can never escape death.

The Village

If you like films with a twist you’ll like The Village. A small village in 19th Century America, is terrorized by unknown beasts from the forests that surround them; the edges of Shutter Island
the forest are patrolled every night to keep the villagers safe. However, things start to change when one man decides to enter the forest…

Shutter Island 

Shutter Island messed with your head. It’s as simple as that. US Marshall, Teddy Daniels, is sent to investigate an escaped patient from Ashecliffe Hospital – an asylum for the criminally insane. However, as he uncovers more and more secrets you’re left questioning what almost Drag Me To Hell
everything you’ve seen. Like I said, it seriously messes with your head but is absolutely incredible.

Drag Me To Hell 

If you’re looking for a film that’s going to make you jump and squirm and just be pretty creepy and disturbing then this is the film for you. The plot is simple enough, Christine refuses to give a bank loan to a old gypsy woman who, as a result gets mad, puts a curse on her and threatens to send her to hell – only after being terrorized by demons for 3 days. This is your typical horror film, except there’s nothing typical about it.

You can check out the rest of our AwesomeHorror collection, including both books and films, on AwesomeBooks

The Horror Collection

Top 8 Creepiest Fairy Tales

With Halloween approaching (and I hope you’re all getting your creepy costumes ready!) this week I’ve been thinking about some of the scariest stories out there. I was thinking about blogging about some of the legends of horror like Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Edgar Allen Poe… but then I got thinking about some of the creepiest tales out there which perhaps, especially at Halloween, aren’t quite given the credit they deserve.

I am of course, talking about fairy tales! And no, I don’t mean your Disney girl meets prince and lives happily ever after fairy tales. I’m talking the original, gruesome tales with real villains, the stories which didn’t always have a happy ending!

So here we have my countdown of the Top 8 creepiest fairy tales you don’t want to tell your children this Halloween.

8) Snow WhiteSnow White
So the original isn’t too different from the tale we all know and love. Snow White’s evil step-mother gets jealous, Snow White runs away and meets the dwarves and ends up being poisoned by the apple and falling into a deep sleep. Her prince comes along and saves her… not so bad, right?

That is, of course, until you hear the Queen’s punishment which was being made to dance whilst wearing red-hot iron shoes until she falls down dead. Strange and gruesome, but I’m still not convinced it was exactly a punishment fitting of the crime…

7) Sleeping Beauty
Sleeping Beauty’s one of those stories which, once you hear the original, you’ll be surprised they ever made a kids film of it. And to be honest, for me this is one of the scarier ones because besides all the magic and people trying to kill other people, lets just say it deals with a lot of issues which are still scarily relevant today…
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