Win a Kindle Paperwhite!

It’s competition time! We’ve teamed up with the well-read folk over at Waterstones to give one lucky reader the chance to win a Kindle Paperwhite!

The Kindle Paperwhite has been praised by critics for its appealing design, substantial battery life and beautiful high resolution screen. These facts, along with its light weight and durability, contribute to its reputation as the best dedicated e-reader on the market.

With space for 1,100 books, you will never be short of something to read ever again, and features such as the integrated dictionary will make understanding unfamiliar words a cinch.

To enter, simply comment below letting us know which book you’d download first and we’ll pick our favourite literary selection as the winner. Be sure to leave your email address so we can get in touch!

Good luck!

Competition terms and conditions:
– UK entrants only
– Our decision is final
– Closing date is Tuesday 18th June 2013
– No cash value or alternative prize available
– Winner will be contacted by email, should they fail to respond in 48 hours an alternative winner will be chosen
– Winner will received their prize 14 working days from supplying their address


  1. Hannah

    I would download The Great Gatsby, I watched the film recently and loved it but feel the book would provide more detail and give an insight to the deeper themes running through the novel. (plus it’s a well know fact the original books are always better than the films, your imagination has no boundaries!)

    • Ben

      I would download Money by Martin Amis. It’s one of those books I feel like I should’ve read before and this would give me that little extra push to make me read it.

  2. Philip Strafford

    I’m dying to read ‘Take It Like A Man’ by Boy George – glamour, glitz at the blitz – a true 80’s disco terrorist!

  3. Lauren Gorst

    I would download Miranda Hart- Is it me? Been wanting to read it for ages! But no doubt my 2 year old daughter would fill it with Peppa Pig books before I got a chance to read anything! I can’t knock it though. I love the fact that she reads books and I am sure she would love it on a kindle!

  4. Yazz Newman

    I really would love to read ‘& download What Katie Did’, I always had the book as a little girl (my mum gave it to me!) but sadly our dog chewed through it many years ago and I never got a chance to read it. Got to love a good old classic!

  5. Charley Foulds

    A good old classic… pride and prejudice, never fails to make me laugh, cry and scream at the craziness of the characters!

  6. Rebecca Rosendale

    I would download Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, it is my favourite book made even more special as it is my name too.

  7. Naomi Howells

    It has to be Middlemarch by Gearge Elliot. The book was great and the TV adaptation with Rufus Sewell was a delight!

  8. David Vessey

    George Orwell, The Road to Wigan Pier.

    Orwell’s examination of the urban poor in the north of England between the two world wars makes history come alive.

  9. stephanie thornley

    My favourite book. The great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald (much loved even before the recent film release! 😉 ) Such a classic book with such an amazing story to tell.

  10. Lyn Bosomworth

    I would download Joe Hills new book NOS4R2, he is Stephen Kings son who is my favorite author but I read his son’s first book and was hooked

  11. The entire Roald Dahl collection – back to back. I want to get lost in a crazy world of children’s books if only to forget about the trials and troubles of our adult world for a short time!

  12. jenny hayes

    Mine would be A Christmas Carol. I read it without fail twice a year but my book is starting to fall apart!

  13. Rebecca Woods

    I’d love to download The Hobbit by J.R.R.Tolkien. Instead of just basing my love of all-things-Mordor on the films!

  14. Valerie Falconer

    I’d have to agree on Jane Austen. Our “real” books are getting decidedly tatty and are falling apart by now!

  15. Laura Kingham

    Shades of Grey by the marvellous Jasper Fforde (not to be confused with the similar sounding kinky book!)

  16. Joe Hill

    I would download The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and no I am not the Joe Hill mentioned in the above post lol

  17. Diana Shepherd

    I really want to read the Game of Thrones books, ive seen them on the tv and wow they blow you away and ive always known books are far better than tv!!!

  18. Robin Harris

    I would download the incredible A Million Little Pieces by James Frey that a friend borrowed and never returned, so that I need never be without it again! Love it! 🙂

  19. Jennifer Romano

    I would download Stephen Kings ‘Desperation’ It’s one of my favourite books and could read it it over and over 🙂

  20. Heidi Lee

    I devour books, simply love to read everything, but my next must buys are the Song of Fire and Ice series by George R. R. Martin. Have been an avid watcher of the Game of Thrones series on the telly, which is based on these books. Apparently the books are even better than the series, which is simply amazing!

  21. Rebecca

    The entire Roald Dahl collection – back to back. I want to get lost in a crazy world of children’s books if only to forget about the trials and troubles of our adult world for a short time!

  22. Andrew Campbell

    I would download Papillon by Henri Charriere, I read it as a teenager and it was the first time a book drew me into another world. I would love to read it again and can’t think of a better way than on a Kindle Paperwhite.

  23. Michelle

    Do you know what, I really want to give “The Great Gatsby” a go. I’ve heard so much about it and i’m keen to see the film as well. I’m intrigued…..

  24. anthony harrington

    I would like to read Scapegoat by Daphne Du Maurier, really enjoyed Jamaica Inn and Rebecca, this is next on my list.

  25. Vikki Armstrong

    Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann. Great reviews and it would be the perfect summer holiday reading, with a wee cocktail in hand, waves lapping at the shore in the background. And the kids playing quietly on the beach lol!!

  26. Glenn Hutton

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl:

    This was the first book that I read as a child, approx 40 years ago, and thus introduced me to reading

    It has not, in my opinion ever been surpassed for the magical thoughts it created in my mind.

  27. steve stewart

    120 Days of Sodom by The Marquis de Sade- like The 50 shades of grey but much worse!!! AS with the 50 shades of Grey, something that couldn’t really be read on the tube before the Kindle.

  28. Anne Thompson

    I’ve previously enjoyed Mark Haddons books, and so would love to read this A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon’

  29. Natalie White

    I would download any of Martina Cole’s books. Fantastic author. The books of hers I have read have had me hooked from start to finish.. i haven’t been able to put my book down… would be great to read them on a Kindle!


    I’d download ‘For One More Day’ by Mitch Albom. His books are amazing and that’s the next one on my ‘to read’ list.

  31. Kate Cole-Hamilton

    I would download The Velveteen Rabbit. It’s a touching story that I remember from my childhood and I like to have a copy with me on holiday and by my bed so I can read it whenever the mood takes me – this would save me space on my dresser and in my luggage!

  32. Rachel Mccraith

    The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult. I’m a huge fan of her novels, but haven’t gotten around to reading this yet so it would be the first on my list. It sounds like one that will really get you wondering ‘What would I do in that situation?’

  33. Joanne Baldwin

    The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. I have been meaning to re-read it for ages as it is one of the most powerful books I’ve ever read about faith, family, and Africa.

  34. Sally Carter

    It would have to be Mammy Walsh’s A–Z of the Walshes. by Marian Keyes. It’s e-book only and I’m dying to read it as I love all of her books.

  35. Joseph Watson

    My first download would be ‘Pillars of the Earth’ by Ken Follett, I enjoyed the TV adaptation but I’m sure that the book will be so much better.

  36. Emma H

    My first download would be The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett it would quickly be followed by the rest of the Discworld series.

  37. Jacqueline Fawcett

    Oh that’s so hard! Hmm.. Ok.. the kid in me will always go straight for Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone. Seriously, I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of those books!

    Fingers crossed, thanks! 😀

  38. Kerry A Chaston

    My first download would be The Power by Rhonda Byrne – amazing book all about personal motivation and the Law of Attraction – this book never fails to lift me up if im having a down moment 🙂 x

  39. Lynne Rudd

    Having just finished my end of year exam for my English literature Open Uni degree, I haven’t read for pleasure since september, so I have a long list of books I want to read over the summer! I guess the first one would be something that is the complete opposite of all the ‘heavy literature’, so Jilly Cooper’s Rivals 🙂

  40. Julie Graham

    I’m waiting for ‘Turning Forty’ by mike Gayle to be released in a few weeks. His books always make me smile – plus my dear husband is 40 on 25th June – it would be fun to rub it in!!!

  41. jennie jackson

    Getting Rid of Matthew by jane fallon = its a really good romantic comedy. Everybody needs love and laughter in their life!

  42. Julia Wulff

    I would download Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene as I’ve exhausted all of Raymond Chandler and Dashiel Hamnett and am in need of another espionage thriller.

  43. kelly harper

    The Business by Martina Cole, I have just finished reading my first ever Martina nove ‘the family’ and i couldnt put it down

  44. Tracey Clarke

    Would have to be ‘Me before You’ by JoJo Moyes. I borrowed it a few months ago from a friend and it is the only book i have read which made me cry. It was so emotional and so would love to read it again to see if it still has the same effect on me

  45. Kelly Dudley

    I’d download Villette by Charlotte Bronte. Not an obvious choice but… a very long time ago, this was one of my set texts for A Level English Literature. And I hereby confess that I never actually finished it. Gothic horror novels draw me in as a rule, but this tome could not compete with the joys of teenage hedonism. My life is considerably less hectic now, so I could happily settle down with it for a few evenings with a brew and find out exactly how it ended.

    Still scraped a decent grade in my exam on it though!

  46. Laura Harris

    The Hundred Year Old Man Who Jumped Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson. Upbeat, funny, moving, I LOVED this book about the centenarian Forest Gump!!

  47. FionaLynne Edwards

    I would download the Complete Sherlock Holmes – I’m longing to read the books after watching the excellent Sherlock series.

  48. Paula

    I would download Adam Ant’s Autobiography, keep meaning to re-read it and I could do with some 80’s nostalgia

  49. laura banks

    i would like flowers in the attic by virginia andrews as my copy is lookin a little bit worse for wear and this way i would be able to preserve it

  50. Rosie Dharamsi

    Americanah Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie… I read Half a Yellow Sun a while ago, and til today regard it as one of my favorites, the new Americanah promises to be just as irresistible

  51. Michael Parker

    A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute.Maybe not a great literary classic but simply my all time favourite book.The story inspires one to hope for a moment of happiness for it’s characters,always brings a tear.

  52. Bethany

    I would download the Game of Thrones series.

    I never jumped on the TV show bandwagon, but every one raves about it, so I bet the books are better!

  53. R. McCarthy

    Would have to be ‘The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse’ by Robert Rankin, as I’ve worn out my paper copy!x

  54. Aimee Carter

    I would download Stephen King’s Shining. I love the film but have heard the book is better. Really enticed by him and the genre but the books are sooo thick!

  55. Lese Adkins

    i would download The Night’s Dawn Trilogy by Peter F Hamilton. A weighty tome it should keep me occupied for a while!

  56. Hazel Christopher

    I would download Iliad – it’s something I have wanted to read for a long long time as I find the subject fascinating, the fact it was written around 760–710 BC means it really is an astonishing piece of history. It’s quite amazing to think you can read work written so long ago on such a modern device, it’s like a meeting of two worlds!

  57. Emma

    In my excitement if I won this prize the first book I’d download would be ‘The Northern Lights’ by Phillip Pullman, brilliant trilogy…

  58. Moss Braun

    Definitely Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, I’ve had seven different friends rave about it and the subject matter really interests me but the hefty weight of the book makes it a bit unwieldy for the morning commute. Thank goodness for the digital age!

  59. Barrie

    The first book I would download onto my new kindle paperwhite would be the first Harry potter novel as I must be the last person in the known universe to have not read it. And I’m getting fed up of being bullied by all the muggles!

  60. tamalyn roberts

    i have moved on to the zombie, end of the world, apocalyptic genre and after having read Wool by Hugh Howey which i loved! and Extinction Point by Paul Antony Jones which i also loved and alot of other new authors recently, i would download the new book 5th wave by Rick Yancey on to it as it looks really interesting!

  61. Joanne Mapp

    The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. It is my all time favourite book and no film could ever do it justice.

  62. Phil Darling

    I’d download the kindle edition of – Win Competitions Online: The Sky’s The Limit: 2 – by MR David Fuentes – because I could get used to winning great products

  63. Jenny

    I would download Gone Girl – amazing reviews and I can’t wait to trial such an exciting book on my lovely new Kindle Paperwhite!

  64. Hazel Wright

    I’d download A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson. Its a lovely book to dip into when life feels a little mundane and I fancy a spot of adventure!

  65. jaycee2

    The Secret Race by Tyler Hamilton…it seems compelling, engrossing and its also award winning (William Hills Sports Book Of The Year). Its a definitive truth.. and I want to read all about it.

  66. Will B

    I would download Danny Wallace’s “the yes man”. Despite being full of laugh-out loud moments, it changed my life the first time I read it. Unfortunately I lost my hard copy.

  67. liz denial

    I would download The Public Confessions of a Middle Aged Woman aged 55 3/4 It’s a brilliant read & Sue Townsend once again proves she’s one of the funniest writers around. It’s easy to pick up where you left off as it’s written as a series of short essays. I can relate to this book too as a woman of a certain age. An unmissable read & one that I could read over & over again

  68. kayleigh white

    The Hunger Games. It’s so gripping! I wore away a few pages, as I’ve read it so many times, at least with a Kindle I’m not able to do that!

  69. Zoe Hermitage

    I’d like to say i’d download a classic like to kill a mockingbird or such but I’m afraid I cant as the first book would be Dan Browns new book inferno i’ve read all his other books and cant wait to see if his writing is just as gripping in his latest novel as with prof langdons other adventures

  70. jodie Chambers

    I would download the Girl who kicked the Hornets nest from the Millenium Trilogy. THe first two books were exceptional.

  71. Charlotte Ingham

    I would download ‘Wedding Night’ by Sophie Kinsella – love her books, can’t wait to read this new one!

  72. Susie O

    What a great competition – thanks for the opportunity to win!
    If I did, the first book I’d download is Dreamweaver CC for Dummies by Janine Warner – I watched her do a day’s class recently online and it was excellent.

  73. Amanda

    I would firstly download ‘Emma’ by Jane Austin. I’m in the process of reading all her books and loving them! Emma is one of a few left.

  74. Mandy Rawlinson

    I would definitely download Hitchhikers’ Guide To The Galaxy and its sequels. Anything by Douglas Adams cheers me up no end.

  75. Janie H

    I’d download Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfield – I have loved her other books, especially the American Wife. I have been looking forward to this new one for a long time now.

  76. Cecelia Allen

    Codex – Adrian Dawson followed by Sequence, I have read snippets and the reviews and I really want to read it

  77. Alexia

    I’d like a crisp new release for a crisp new Kindle – why not return to a firm favourite of mine. The eccentric, funny and very entertaining Thursday Next series of books written by the inimitable Jasper Fforde. Just released on Kindle on 6th June: The Thursday Next Collection Books 1-3: The Eyre Affair, Lost in a Good Book, The Well of Lost Plots. What better way to get ‘lost in a good book’ than this!! 🙂

  78. Ian

    I will download the final novel in Stephen Kings Dark Tower series… The Dark Tower. Ive read all the rest, and would love to read the final book on a Kindle.

  79. Emma

    I’d love to read The Cleaner of Chartres by Salley Vickers. I’ve not read any of her books before but I want to. So that would be my first download.

  80. Thomas L

    Would love to download Game of Thrones! But no, I think my first would be a non fiction option in Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future. Looks an interesting read with solid reviews.

  81. C Parkin

    Delighted to see Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin is available for Kindle, so this would be my first download. The adventures of Mary-Jane, Mouse et al are heartwarming and funny. Who cares if they may be slightly dated and contain huge coincidences, these add to the charm.

  82. Barbara Ward

    I would download ‘A Suitable Boy’ by Vikram Seth…I really want to read this book again ( and again)but it has 1474 pages and at almost 3 inches thick it is such a heavy , bulky paperback to hold in comfort.The story is wonderful with all the sights , sounds ,smells and the romance of India beautifully described it really is the best book I have ever read.It is, without doubt, a perfect Kindle book.

  83. Laura P

    The first book I’d download is The Quarry by Iain Banks, a brilliant author and can’t wait to read this, I think it will be great and very touching

  84. Anna Markwell

    I’d download Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall – I must be the only person in the country who hasn’t read it!

  85. Gillian Shiels

    The first book that I would download would be Wilbur Smith River God. I have always wanted to read this but it’s such a long book it would be hard to pop into my handbag and I love reading when I am out and about travelling.

    Having a Kindle would mean I could transport it with ease and finally get round to reading it in comfort.


  86. I would download The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. The story sounds really touching, and it’s been recommended by many of my favourite authors (like Jodi Picoult). And there’s a lot of hype around it, and I’m a sucker for popular new fiction 🙂

  87. Ann Mckenna

    I must be one of the few people who have never read To Kill a Mockingbird, so that’s the first book I would download.

  88. Rob Butler

    I would reread Watership Down – great bedtime reading, under the covers with the light from the paperwhite.

  89. Donna Davies

    I would love to re-read William Golding’s, Lord of The Flies. I last read it at school when I studied it for my English exam, so it would be nice to read it for ,y pleasure this time!

  90. Nicola P

    For me it’d have to be The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – one of the best fantasy books I’ve read after falling in love with the genre at about 10 years old thanks to David Eddings and Stephen King. Masterfully written!

  91. Amy Ripley

    I would have to download my favourite book of all time – A Streetcat Named Bob. It’s current and true and makes me love London.

  92. Rachel Quinn

    I’d download Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier as I read it for the first time late last year and was blown away by it. Am keen to read it again and see what stuff I missed out on first time round as there was so many hints that made no sense at the time…

  93. Nina Motylinski-Davies

    The Help by Kathryn Stockett, I’ve heard it’s a brilliant read and would be perfect to read on a kindle by the pool on my holiday!

  94. Andrew Halliwell

    Boneyard. By Alan Garner.
    If you ever read The weirdstone of brisingamen and the moon of gomrath as a kid… This is a sequel aimed at the same audience (adults now).

  95. Arabella Bazley

    I would mix new with old and return to the beginning of great literature with a download of Homer’s Iliad. The Kindle would become my history of great literature in 1,100 books!

  96. Pat Aiken

    I would like to re-read the Dennis Wheatley books, starting with The Devil Rides Out. His stories captivated me in my thirties

  97. Christopher Jones

    I would download James Patterson’s Private down under, I have read all of the Private novels to date and everyone is amazing, the pages turn themselves I can’t wait to read the next edition in the series.

  98. Richard Claydon-Park

    Miranda Hart – “Is it just me?” Miranda is a highly skillled observer of people and her attempt at a manual for life is as useful as it is funny.

  99. karmaperle

    The Whisperer by Donato Carrisi – amazing book I could read again and again. Hoping he will write a sequel.

  100. Theresa Rees

    I would download ‘The shadow of the moon’ by M M Kaye – it’s got everything – history, adventure, romance and the most wonderful ending – I love it!

  101. Kate Leigh

    I’d download ‘The Wasp Factory’ by Iain Banks, read so much about it since his death and it’s a chunk of literary fiction that’s passed me by (a terrible thing as I’m an English teacher).

  102. brenda heads

    I would download Inferno the Dan Brown book I have read the other three books and look forward to reading this one.

  103. Jill Osborne

    The Wind in the Willows. I loved it as a child, my son loved it and I would like to read it to my little granddaughter.

  104. Luisa Lauren

    To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I had it read to me at middle school by our teacher, who I think was one of the coolest teachers ever, as he read and introduced us to some amazing books. Whilst the other classes were reading The famous Five etc, we were being introduced to some amazing literature that blew our minds.

  105. Rhydian P

    I enjoyed the film Behind the Candelabra so my first purchase would have to be:
    Behind the Candelabra: My Life With Liberace by Scott Thorson.
    I want to see whats in the book that they left out of the film!

  106. helen spillett

    It would have to be George’s Marvellous Medicine… I can read it to my son, he just getting old enough to see the wonder of book and so he can see why I love reading!

  107. Sheila Shepheard

    A Prayer For Owen Meany by John Irving. A great American novel by an author at his finest. The ending is signposted throughout the novel but still comes a shock. Masterful.

  108. Sharo Hingley

    I’d download Live By Night by Denis Lehane. He is an amazing storyteller and so under rated in the UK.

  109. Katie Kingsbury

    Lord of the Rings to (re)read while I’m on holiday in Iceland, I think the surrounding landscapes will fit perfectly 🙂 .

  110. Roger Owen

    The Concise English Dictionary: in order to ‘learn’ some good Scrabble words when I have a moment to spare during the day.

  111. Joanne Higgins

    would have to download p.s I Love You by Cecelia Ahern, i love this book so it would have to be the first of many i download xx

  112. felicity

    ‘Charles Dickens – a life’ by Clarie Tomalin becuase I am dying to read it but have beenn on the waiting list at the library for ages!

  113. Jamie Berwick

    It would have to be Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee. It was one of the most memorable books of my childhood. I borrowed a paperback edition from school then was given a beautifully illustrated hardback version for my 18th birthday and so a download would be the natural next step.

  114. claire marsh

    The first book I would download is Catcher in the Rye, one of those books I should have read somewhere along the lines but never have.

  115. Sarah S

    I love everything Kate Atkinson has written but I haven’t got round to reading her new book, “Life After Life” yet so I would rectify this immediately if I won the Kindle Paperwhite.

  116. aj

    I would download The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky as I am a lover of quotes and found many insperational quotes inside this book for example ‘We accept the love we think we deserve.”

  117. Peter Whittle

    Hard Times – Dickens
    Just seems appropriate for today’s world of cutbacks, the rich getting richer, and the poor getting poorer!

  118. kristy brown

    I would have to download Janet Evankovich’s Take Down Twenty as I love the Stephanie Plum series and didn’t realise I had missed one.

    • kristy brown

      lol, haven’t missed it, that was the release note I have just read but I have missed No 19 in the series 🙁

  119. Nancy Bradford

    I would download Wuthering Heights. I haven’t read it for a few years but there are bits that always evoke an emotional response.

  120. Victoria

    I’d download “The Velveteen Rabbit” first. It’s my favourite book and I always like to carry a copy with me 🙂 I’ll be leaving to travel around the world for a few months soon so it would be great to have a Kindle so my backpack won’t be weighed down with books!

  121. Sue Harrison

    I have started reading the Lee Child, Jack Reacher series and am only up to book 3 so lots more to go 🙂

  122. Patricia Edwards

    I would first download And the Mountains Echoed by Khalid Hosseini, I enjoyed the Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns which gave such an insight into the lives of people from his troubled land

  123. ROS IRWIN

    I would download Crime and Punishment by Dostoeysky – it is a book I like to reread because each time I get something more form the experience. My hardback copy is very “worn” now.

  124. kam

    The first book I would download would be War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. I’ve always wanted to read it but at over 1400 pages it’s just too big for the daily commute!

  125. Lucy Gameson

    I’d download Game of Thrones: A Feast for Crows by George R R Martin first I think, the books are so huge that it’d be lovely to be able to have it at the touch of a finger! 🙂

  126. Diana Neal

    The Book Thief by Marcus Kusak, this is the most beautifully moving book i have ever read. I have just found out this is being made into a film which worries me slightly as the book is so descriptively wonderful a film will simply NOT do it justice. Please read it.

  127. Sarah-Jane Laycock

    After watching the opening episode last night, would love to read The White Queen by Philippa Gregory

  128. Lynsey Ward

    I would download the secret garden, it was my favourite when I was younger and I would love to read the classic again and my daughter would be able to read it too.

  129. Lisa Ellison

    I would download the new Dan Brown book, I loved his other four and I’ve heard that the new book contains Robert Langdon.

  130. Lauren Ketteringham

    I would for sure download Little Women first. It was the first novel I ever read so it see fitting that it would be the first book I download. It has such a special place in my heart.

  131. Helen Keene

    I’d download A Game of Thrones – I’ve watched it on TV but never read the book so would like to see how they compare.

  132. Bohdan Kuczynski

    The first book I’d download should I be lucky enough to win would be To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

    I’ve read this book so many times and now read this with my children and it never disappoints. For me it brings back memories of studying this in school and reading for pleasure at University and now to my children, so this book will rekindle so many memories for me. Why do I love the book so much? It has everything in one tome; social history, class conflict, highs and lows, suspense and intrigue, overcoming adversity, the fight of good versus evil, horror (let’s knock on the Radley house) and laughs (great fancy dress Scout).

    This book grows with me and I continually find aspects of the book that I missed the first few times, for instance now as a father of two I appreciate the real depth in the description of the relationship between Atticus and his children, especially where Jem is looking for something or indeed anything he can look up to Atticus for. In Jem’s eyes Atticus was old boring and not sporty so in his young eyes a bit of an embarrassment (I’m sure at some point most fathers can associate with this) until the day of the mad dog….won’t give too much away in case there is still someone who hasn’t read my favourite book.

    It definitely will be the first loaded onto my kindle (if I’m lucky enough to win) and at least this version will never have a bent spine or well thumbed pages

  133. Probably something completely girly and pointless! I have 5 children so time to read is few and far between so I think a little indulgent reading of either Vivians Heavenly Ice Cream Shop or Chocolate Shoes and Wedding Blues is on the cards!

  134. Hannah

    I would download the following:
    The twelve tribes of Hattie – as my new read book as it looks really interesting
    The secret garden – as my nostalgic read, I always loved this magical book as a younger reader
    Lorna Doone – as my gritty read.

  135. sam bailey

    Although i have read them before, i lent them out and never received them back so im opting for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo trilogy as never before have i read a book so gripping and would love to be lost in it again

  136. trevor linvell

    I would download Heir to the empire by Timothy Zahn. I am a hughe Star Wars fan and this classic book is one of the best ever written!

  137. Emma Buckley

    I’d download Operation Mincemeat by Ben Macintyre – an absolutely fascinating read about “the man who never was” who changed the course of World War 2.

  138. Rebecca Shelton

    River god by Wilbur Smith would love to reread this as it has been many years and i enjoyed it so much the first time round,took a lot of arm twisting from my partner as its so out of my usual genre,but so glad i did its good to step out of your comfort zone occasionally .

  139. Claire Butler

    Anything by James Patterson they all fab so would read again ones i have and still lots to read i havent yet

  140. Chantel

    1984 (or Nineteen Eighty-Four) by George Orwell.
    This is a book that I have never got around to reading and yet is always featured in any ‘must-read’ articles I’ve seen. Plus it somewhat inspired the Big Brother series which is a bit of a tv guilty pleasure!

  141. Sarah Williams

    Well it would have to be Stephanie Meyers ‘Twilight’. I know its for teenagers but I love the story !!!

  142. tracy messenger

    I would download Yes Man by Danny Wallace, I loved the movie with Jim Carey and it was loosely based on this book, I have often seen Danny Wallace in interviews and he has a fantastic sense of humour.

  143. Susan Willshee

    I would download Calculated in Death by J.D.Robb – the only problem is that I need to wait until the release date in July! I love the ‘In Death’ series of books – and also love Kindle because I can carry every single one of the series and still have plenty of room for the classics I often re-read such as Pride and Prejudice and Dracula.
    I initially read the J.D. Robb books in paperback format but going away on holiday was a nightmare when I had to choose which of the books I could take with me and which had to be left at home. I am so pleased that these books are now available electronically because I can read and read and read for the whole of the time I’m away – and my husband can’t try to convince me to leave books in the hotel’s book exchange area to avoid overweight on the way home. (Overweight luggage that is, obviously there’s not a lot he can do about my own weight limit!) Whenever he’s forced me to leave books behind in the past I felt almost as awful as if I had abandoned one of the kids!
    So I can’t wait for my next dose of ‘In Death’ – in fact the publication date is when I am away on my next holiday so thank goodness for wi-fi and kindle so I can download it the moment it is released!
    I’m obviously already a Kindle convert so you might wonder why I want a new one. The answer is obvious – so that I can convert my hubby to the joys of electronic books too!

  144. The very first book I would download would be ‘Confederacy of Dunces’ by John Kennedy Toole hotly followed by Voltaire’s ‘Candice’, they are two standby books that if I had the luxury of a portable library I would have on the virtual shelves for times when I wanted to read an old standby that I knew would amuse me when I needed cheering up and engross me when I wanted to escape. I would then download the new Neil Gaiman novel ‘The Ocean at the End of the Lane’, which I have not read yet but which if it is anywhere near as good as his novel ‘Neverwhere’ I am sure I will enjoy … if it isn’t, luckily I will have one of my two standby’s to choose from!

  145. helen rosbotham

    I would download the complete Borrowers set of books it was a childhood favourite and I could relive them in secret!

  146. Rob Kelly

    I would download “The Lord of Rings”, been meaning to read it for 30 years, absolutely love the films, but they wouldn’t be a patch on the books.

  147. Wendy Tolhurst

    I would download 12th of Never (Women’s Murder Club 12) by James Patterson – I love reading this series but have not yet read the latest in this series.

  148. Jeremy Hards

    I would download Lord Of The Rings as I love the book but it is too large and heavy to carry around or take oin holiday

  149. Janine Atkin

    id download the delerium trilogy by lauren oliver. These books are the kind you cant put down and thought provoking and exciting and books that ill read again and again as time goes on. If you do read these books, make sure you have all three, ready to go as the cliff hangers are a killer

  150. Clare Wilson

    I would download The Hobbit. I read the Lord of the Rings trilogy just before the films came out and now, as I prefer to read the books first before seeing the film to make up my own mind about the characters, I need to read this one – and soon!

  151. susan surgeoner

    For me it would have to the The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C S Lewis. It’s been my favourite book since I was about 8 years of age and I never tire of reading it 🙂

  152. Deanne Harrison

    Enid blyton Five go to demon rocks !! This was my childhood favourite, i would love to read it to my girls at bedtime xx

  153. Nicola McC

    Les Miserables. I’ve loved the musical since I was little and really should get round to reading the book.

  154. I would download The Hobbit – I refuse to watch the film until I’ve read the book, same as The Lord Of The Rings – I read the books before seeing the films.

  155. sj wesley

    I would download Matilda by Roald Dahl – my favourite book from my childhood which captivated my imagination. I would love to re-read it from an adult perspective and enjoy it all over again!

  156. John Foster

    I’d download To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee – it’s the book that made the biggest impression on me when I read it when I was younger, and it’s still an amazingly powerful story. I have a ‘proper’ book, but it’s looking worse for wear now, with pages torn & falling out, so a downloaded copy would bring this timeless classic right up to date.

  157. divya

    I would download the Game of Thrones books. Recently got hooked on the series and after the red wedding massacre i’m dying to know what happens next…

  158. Hannah Smith

    I’d download ‘Revenge Wears Prada’ the sequel to ‘The Devil Wears Prada’!! I can’t wait to read it!

    I would love to win this!


    My first book would have to be something from Barbara Erskine I really enjoy her books can’t put them down.

  160. I would download The Tempest as it’s the first shakespeare play I had to learn at school, and it’s been following me round since, infants, secondary then A-Level English Lit!

  161. Faye Huntington

    The Wasps by Aristophanes! I studied classics for my A levels and absolutely loved it, however I’ve sadly found myself drifting away from the subject now.. having a copy of this gorgeous book on my Kindle would be a definite step in the right direction (and an enjoyable one!) With love, Faye xx

  162. leemc

    The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera is the first book id download.
    Although many wont of heard of it you may of seen a film by the same name, if so like me you’ll probably be dying to read the book..
    Briefly it centers around the artistic and intellectual life of Czech society during the Communist period, from the Prague Spring to the Soviet Union’s August 1968 invasion and its aftermath. The main characters are Tomas, a surgeon his wife Tereza, a photographer anguished by her husband’s infidelities Tomas’s lover Sabina, a free-spirited artist; Franz, a Swiss university professor and lover of Sabina; and Šimon, Tomáš’ estranged son from an earlier marriage.
    In 1988, an American-made film adaptation of the novel was released starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Lena Olin, and Juliette Binoche! (p.s the book was actually written first in czech in 1982 although not published until 2 years later, then in 1985 it was converted to us and gb.

  163. Kimberley Howes

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky. As I have seen it has amazing reviews and is a very deep, emotionally gripping read.

  164. Julie Guy

    I’d download the Harry Potter books, as my daughter read them whilst at school, and said they are brilliant, much better than the films.

  165. Josh

    I would download No-One Ever Has Sex On A Tuesday by Tracy Bloom. Simply because on a kindle I could read it safely on a train without getting weird looks because of its cover!

  166. Helen Milner

    If I won the kindle I would secretly download Fifty Shades of Grey and read at my leisure. I have hinted now for my birthday and christmas that I would like it, but not got it. I don’t think my hubby wants me to read it! At least if I had a kindle I wouldn’t have the pages turned over on the best bits !!!!!!!!!!! Ha Ha Ha

  167. Jennifer Turnbull

    It would have to be Dan Brown’s new book….Inferno, I’m dying to read it. I loved his other books!

  168. Denise Gunn

    Anna Karenina, I love Tolstoy and this is such a classic and gives a real insight into the wealthy Russian aristocracy of yesteryear.

  169. Vicky-Louise Robinson

    I would download The Great Gatsby – we did it for our English GCSE many years ago & it would be interesting to re-read it again in the light of the new film. I wanted to re-read it any way & it would be the perfect excuse. I also want to re-read To Kill A Mockingbird because I feel I would get more out of the books as an adult compared to what I did as a child.

  170. Rob Brighton

    Think I would have to go for the Game of Thrones books. It has completely passed me by and I think I need to find out what all the fuss is about.

  171. Sue Warr

    I think I’d download the Twighlight saga – as I’m told the books are really good…….closely followed by the Hobbit, and then the Lord of the Rings……

  172. Heather Jenkinson

    For me, the first book I would download would be Adrian Mole, The Prostrate Years, by Sue Townsend, Adrian has kept me company all through my adolescent years so would be my first choice.

  173. Hannah Whitling

    50 Shades Of Grey. I’ve heard so much about it but never have had the chance to get it to read it myself, so I’m really wanting to finally read it.

  174. Becci Cleary

    I would download Dan Brown’s Inferno. Have read all of his other books but not this one yet – have dropped enough hints to my other half aswell but seems like they have fell on deaf ears!! My Birthday tomorrow so there is still hope – fingers crossed 🙂

  175. Sue Robinson

    George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones – having been gripped by the TV series I can’t wait to read the books.

  176. Julia Morris

    Having just visited the Globe Theatre in London, I’m keen to read more of Shakespeare’s plays. I would definitely download The Complete Works of Shakespeare to learn more about the Bard!

  177. donna maclean-walker

    I would download The Life of Pi, I watched the 3d film the other night but have a feeling the book would be much better 🙂

  178. Emily Hutchinson

    I’d download Treasure Island. It’s one of those books I didn’t read as a kid but feel like I should have. I think it would be the perfect classic easy reading book to read on holiday in the sun 🙂

  179. Natalie Holland

    Papillon …A memoir by convicted felon and fugitive Henri Charriere.
    Such an amazing story, all the more meaningful when you know that it’s a true story!
    Gripping, I couldn’t put it down!

  180. Faye Lester

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey. A life affirming classic from the 1960’s, with one of the most memorable main characters McMurphy, A fun-loving rebel who takes over a mental hospital. I love this book and could read it over and over again 🙂

  181. Sheila Reeves

    The Crow Road by Iain Banks as my son has raved about his writing and although I have watched a tv adaptation of this, I have never read any of his books

  182. Lee Wright

    Jerome K Jerome’s ‘Three Men in a Boat’ one of the few books that made me laugh out loud. This book has been my life’s constant companion since first reading it when I was at school.

  183. Susie Clayton

    George Orwell 1984. It was a set book in school, and of course being in school I never paid much attention to it, so I’d like to give it another go now as a ‘grown up’!!

  184. Kerry Pool

    I’m new to this booker reader milarky, as I love the smell and feel of books. However, storing my book collection (and taking them on holidays) is proving a challenge… so I’d start with dowloading 1984. Such an amazing book!

  185. David Clarke

    The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson as I been read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and I enjoyed it so much and of course when I finish reading my first-time download book without papers, then I bet I’ll go for last one novel of Millennium series.

  186. Samantha lee

    I would download The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy, I read it in school and would love to read it again. I’ll never forget Eustacia Vye

  187. Janet Dixon

    I would first download the book of the family in “The impossible” , the film was intense and I think the book will be amazing.

  188. Karen Parker

    Forever Amber

    The first grown up book my parents bought me, the paperback has been so well loved, it has fallen to pieces

  189. Natalia

    Harry Potter whole collection. Have got paper version. Would like to read it again but need something more compact

  190. Craig

    I would download Lord of the Flies by William Golding. One of my favourites, and I think its about about time I re-read it!!

  191. jennifer elliott

    I have an older version of the Kindle and I downloaded a free version of Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice.

    If I got this (which would also mean I could read when the light is off) I would downoad “The Short History of Britain” becuase I am a teacher and the new History curriculum is changing and as I am passionate about teaching history I would refresh my knowledge.

  192. Holly Detre

    I would download any one of Paulo Coelho’s books as I love his writing style, but my initial choice would probably be Veronika Decides to Die. I am not religious, but if you look past this the religious content in his writing there are wonderful messages of hope, forgiveness, self belief and morality.

  193. Victoria oram

    Okay, so it would not win any literary award, but I would download THE DIRT. An autobiographical account of Mötley Crues rock and roll years. I’m not sure exactly if the truth is extremely stretched but it makes for a light entertaining read. The open paragraph alone should go down in history along with the introduction of Frankenstein’s monster. It’s just ridiculous and makes you want to continue. Bet you’re going to check the opening paragraph now 🙂

  194. Fiona Oldham

    I would download ‘The Age of Miracles’ by Karen Thomson Walker because I’ve read reviews and it sounds like a really interesting idea – the world slowing on its axis!

  195. Lydia Houghton

    My 15 year old really struggles with English Literature so in the last couple of months I’ve read a few of his set GCSE books so that we can discuss them together – and I have to say I’ve really enjoyed reading them because they’re so different to what I would normally choose. I’ve read ‘1984’, ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ and ‘An Inspector Calls’, but my favourite by far has been ‘Of Mice And Men’ by John Steinbeck. I’d love to read Steinbeck’s ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ which many people believe was his greatest work.

  196. Darren Baldwinson

    ‘Addie Pray’ by Joe David Brown, (on which the film ‘Paper Moon’ was based).
    It’s about a little girl and her daddy who live by their wits and scrape a living by various scams and confidence tricks. It was my favourite book as a teenager. I’d love to ‘re-kindle’ a few memories.

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