Beyond Com-Pair: 5 Book Pairings You’ll Love

When it comes to books, two’s company and three’s never a crowd! Here are our suggestions for a double reading date the next time you’re out shopping for a new read:


Keeping Faith + Harvesting the Heart

RRP: RM43.95 each
BookXcess: RM17.90 each

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Author Jodi Picoult has been tugging on our heartstrings since her very first works – and if you’ve never known the power of her novels, there’s no better time to start. Get to know Paige, a new mother troubled by her own mother’s absence from her life since she was five. When an accident causes her to flee from her family, she returns to Chicago to finally track down her mother and the answers she has always needed. Then journey along with Mariah White: a woman with a cheating husband, and a daughter who now has an imaginary friend. Is Faith truly seeing God, and are the miracles she performs real, or is she simply a troubled girl seeking refuge from her parents’ divorce?


Every Woman for Herself + Could It Be I’m Falling In Love?

RRP: RM43.90 + RM43.95
BookXcess: RM17.90 each

9781847562821_everywoman 9780857387172_coulditbeThis one’s definitely for the girls – and all those romantic hearts out there! Follow plucky divorcee Charlie as she gets used to a newly single life on the Yorkshire moors and the freedom to live her own way – until brooding actor Mace North shows up. Then join Roxy Squires and Woody, ex-celebs forming a self-help group for other former luminaries. But both have very different ideas of a ‘normal’ life post fifteen seconds of fame. What fate awaits them before the credits roll? There’s only one way to find out…


A Sudden Light + Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire Prince

RRP: RM94.50 + RM28.90
BookXcess: RM9.90 each

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In Sudden Light, half of the Riddell family move to their stately ancestral home with plans to oust the ailing patriarch and sell the property. This is where young Trevor runs into the spirit haunting the premises and the love story that could lead everyone to their own redemption. Meanwhile in Cirque du Freak, vampire’s assistant Darren Shan faces certain death after being betrayed by a friend and branded a traitor in turn. He must outwit a Vampire Prince if he wants to survive, but the odds are against him from the beginning in a chilling tale of war, intrigue and lots of blood.


Making Rounds with Oscar + A Dog Walks Into a Nursing Home

RRP: RM76.90 + RM49.95
BookXcess: RM9.90 + RM17.90

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DK : The Baking Book + The Pollan Family Table

RRP: RM35.80 + RM165.90
BookXcess: RM14.90 + RM19.90

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Introduce your kids to the world of baking with basic techniques and simple, delicious recipes they can be proud of! Once they’ve caught the cooking bug, involve them in family feasts along with the Pollan family, who have gathered a treasury of warm, fresh and inspiring recipes delicious and sophisticated enough for company. There’s no food more delicious than that made for the family, with the family, and with plenty of love!


Got a craving for even more books? You’re in luck – you can buy 5 books and get one FREE in our retail stores, and get even bigger discounts on selected titles with #MYCYBERSALE on BookXcess Online! No matter how you choose to shop with us, we want you to be happy, #GEMBIRA and every kind of joy in between. 🙂

6 Things to Know about BookXcess

September’s been a whirlwind month, even here at BookXcess. It’s possible that some of the really cool stuff we’ve got happening right now might have passed you by, but that’s OK; here’s a recap of all the things you need to check out right now in our stores:

1. Our new look in Amcorp Mall

We’ve spruced up our store in Amcorp Mall, the place where we first began offering Malaysians books at ridiculously low prices. It’s gotten a lot friendlier and a whole lot cooler inside with work from local illustrators on our walls! Come see all that amazing art in person and soak in our new ambience – and let us know where your favourite spot is inside by taking pictures and tagging us online with the hashtag #myhappyspot.

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2. Jom #GEMBIRA promo – Buy 5 Free 1 (Retail Exclusive)

There are always plenty of reasons to smile at BookXcess, and now we’re giving you plenty more: Buy 5 books and get 1 free when you come shopping at our retail stores from now to 31 October! (The promo applies to all and any BookXcess books, and you get your lowest-priced book free.)

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3. Extra value with #MYCYBERSALE (28 Sept – 2 Oct)

BookXcess Online is proud (and excited) to be a part of #MYCYBERSALE, Malaysia’s biggest online sale gathering all the best deals from local e-tailers. We’re offering extra discounts on 29 selected titles…but there’s more!

Sign up as a new customer with BookXcess Online before 28 September, and you get an exclusive 15% off coupon code to use during #MYCYBERSALE.  Don’t miss out on your extra savings – they’ll only last for five days!

4. New arrivals on BookXcess Online

We’re always looking for new books to offer our fans and customers, wherever they might be! Tuesdays and Fridays are new arrival days on BookXcess Online. Keep an eye out for shiny new titles twice a week!

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5. 5 word book reviews

Book reviews are great to gauge whether that hot new title is right for you. But the less time you spend reading reviews, the more time you get to spend reading actual books – and the more time you get to read books, the more #GEMBIRA we think you’ll be! That’s why we’ve introduced our shortest, snappiest recommendations yet. Check out our 5 word book reviews and decide if a title’s for you in just seconds!

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You’ll find our latest review videos on Facebook and Instagram. Watch out for more!

6. New book highlights

Ready for a happy bookshelf? We’ve got plenty of suggestions, but try these out first:

1A Sudden Light by Garth Stein

RRP: RM94.50
BookXcess: RM17.90

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 The troubled, haunted Riddell family confronts long-suppressed secrets as they strive for a measure of redemption and love.


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Seriously…I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres

RRP: RM86.40
BookXcess: RM17.90

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The bubbly comedienne shares more of her humour, wit and wisdom.


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I Can Make You Happy by Paul McKenna

RRP: RM90.30
BookXcess: RM19.90

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The key to immediate, measurable happiness may just lie in one man’s psychological techniques and exercises.


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Jamie’s Italy by Jamie Oliver

RRP: RM122.50
BookXcess: RM39.90

Travel with the chef and feed your stomach, your eyes and your soul with the charm of Italy, her cuisine and her people.


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Animal Party Pack from Miles Kelly

RRP: RM220
BookXcess: RM39.90

This school holidays, make learning fun with this collection of eight fascinating books for young children and assorted animal masks for playing pretend!


Look out for more exciting reasons to be #GEMBIRA at BookXcess, and more new titles and highlights in our stores. We’ll see you at Amcorp Mall and fahrenheit88!

 

The King of Horror – Stephen King Highlights

There’s no bigger name in horror than Stephen King himself. Known for thrilling psychological horror (mostly set in small Maine towns), his tales are sure to send shivers up your spine…or at least keep you reading into the wee hours. Ready to face your darkest fears on the page? These titles are good places to start:

 Revival

RRP: RM104.90
BookXcess: RM17.90

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After Charles Jacobs’ wife and child are killed in a gruesome accident, the former preacher denounces religion and begins pursuing darker forces. Jamie Morton, whose drug addiction was ‘cured’ by Jacob’s unorthodox treatments, is caught up in his plotting and discovers the Secret Electricity behind his gruesome final experiment to connect with the world of the dead. But what awaits both of them will be beyond all faith or comprehension…


 Doctor Sleep

RRP: RM104.90
BookXcess: RM17.90

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Set 36 years after King’s classic The Shining, the book follows the journey of Dan (Danny) Torrance, trying to drown his traumatic childhood experiences in alcohol. In New Hampshire, he finds purpose easing the suffering of a local retirement home’s dying inmates. But he’s not the only one with special powers; young psychic Abra is being targeted of the True Knot, who have maintained their immortality in the most grisly ways. Dan must act fast to save her and take down the Knot once and for all.


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Under The Dome

RRP: RM63.95
BookXcess: RM17.90

The town of Chester’s Mill is abruptly (and gruesomely) cut off from the surrounding world by an invisible semipermeable barrier. Political power struggles and gruesome plots ensue as former Army Captain Dale Barbara and his associates race to find out what’s powering the Dome…and what put it there.


9781444753448_thinnerThinner

RRP: RM35.90
BookXcess: RM17.90

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The last novel King released under his Richard Bachman pseudonym, Thinner relates the tale of Billy Halleck, who is cursed when he kills a woman and escapes the charges. After the woman’s father strokes his cheek and whispers one word, “Thinner”, Halleck starts rapidly losing weight to the point of emaciation. If he wants to break the curse he’ll have to find the old man and the Rroma band he belongs to, and even then there may be a high price left to pay.


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RRP: RM38.45
BookXcess: RM17.90

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King’s fourth novel and his first to be published involves is a troubled, sheltered young girl living with her unstable mother and bullied by her peers. When unexpected joy turns into unparalleled humiliation, Carrie’s budding psychic powers explode outward with deadly results. Raw and terrifying, Carrie takes a young girl’s coming of age to new extremes.


9781476754451_mrmercedesMr. Mercedes

RRP: RM104.90
BookXcess: RM17.90

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Bill Hodges is a retired police detective, fed up with life until he receives a letter signed by a “Mr. Mercedes”: a man who claims to have been responsible for an unsolved case where a car ploughed into a crowd and killed eight people. Hodges begins his own investigation into the mysterious killer, but can he track them down before they strike again with deadlier results? One of King’s rare crime novels, Mr. Mercedes will leave you on the edge of your seat.


The Green Mile

RRP: RM53.90
BookXcess: RM17.90

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It is the year 1932. Paul Edgecombe is block supervisor on Cold Mountain Penitentiary’s death row, nicknamed The Green Mile. When 6-foot-8 black inmate John Coffey joins the prisoners, Edgecombe finds him unusually shy and sensitive for a purported child murderer. And when Coffey reveals he has healing powers, the incidents that follow change the lives of all around him for better and for worse.


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RRP: RM34.90
BookXcess: RM17.90

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If you’re in the mood for the taste of revenge, settle in for this collection of four novellas dealing with retribution, from unsolved murders to rebalancing the scales of fortune. Full Dark, No Stars won the 2010 Bram Stoker Award for Best Collection and was also nominated for the 2011 British Fantasy Award.


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RRP: RM32.90
BookXcess: RM17.90

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The Trenton family have recently moved to Castle Rock from New York, with both parents strained by work and romantic tensions. When their neighbour’s dog Cujo contracts rabies and Donna Trenton’s car breaks down in their yard, it’s only the beginning of the nightmare for her and her son, four-year-old Tad. Trapped in their vehicle and baking under the sun, Donna must choose whether to attempt escape or face the rabid hound head-on.


These titles and many more are waiting for you on BookXcess shelves! And if you’re ready for a Stephen King binge (we won’t judge, we promise), there’s no better time to start! For every 5 books you buy, you get one FREE with our Jom Gembira promo! The promo ends October 31st, and applies to any BookXcess book from any genre. (The lowest-priced book in your purchase will go free).

Visit our stores at Amcorp Mall and fahrenheit88 today, or shop online with us at www.bookxcessonline.com.

Staff Picks: Outrunning the Wolves – Predatory Thinking

Predatory Thinking PREDATORY THINKING by Dave Trott

RRP: RM35.90
BookXcess: RM17.90

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Anyone who has struggled with the demands of a creative life–or one unfortunately peppered with more problems than most–will get a kick out of this new book on our shelves. Predatory Thinking is the result of a lifetime of experience from Trott, a copywriter and creative director involved in many memorable ad campaigns, former Chairman of The Gate London, and recipient of the 2004 D&AD President’s Award for lifetime achievement in advertising. You don’t live your lifetime on the cutting edge of creativity without amassing incredible insights, presented here for all creative minds to mull over and turn into actual practice.

At the heart of the book is the idea that even the most unsurmountable problems can be outrun or outthought, and changed into problems you can solve. All these paths and examples are presented through stories and anecdotes instead of raw lessons to be memorised. The result is a leanly-edited collection of true tales from history and design, encompassing Eastern and Western philosophies, and a wide range of characters from wartime fighter pilots to modern artists and powerful economists.

Trott’s simple, uncluttered and incisive writing will get your gears turning in a whole new way–or even just a slightly different way. But that change can be enough to overcome creative challenges, outwit and outlast your competition, and enrich your mind for life. Check it out at BookXcess now, and take a big bite out of your obstacles!

Sheer(an) Delight: Ed Sheeran: A Visual Journey

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RRP: RM35.90
BookXcess: RM17.90

English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has captivated international audiences, both with his raw voice and lyrics that sound innocuous but end up delivering a sucker-punch to the gut. While he is adamant that at the age of 24 (23 when the book was published), he is too young and too private a person for an autobiography, Ed Sheeran: A Visual Journey is a well-crafted retrospective of his musical career, accompanied with illustrations from Butah, a friend of his from childhood who also produces the artwork for Sheeran’s albums and singles.

416iCMQaBpLThe book presents Sheeran’s own account of his life, spanning early childhood experiences (including the time a family friend bought an Eminem album for a nine-year-old Ed), the music that influenced his own artistic journey, his start busking, recording and touring, and the eventual release of his second album, x. He also writes about the forces that drive him to create, how he strives to constantly evolve, and coping with success in the music industry.

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The straightforward prose, paired with Butah’s evocative illustrations, provides a fascinating journey through the life of this bright young star. With almost 100 photos and illustrations, this book is a must-have collectible and visual treasury for all his fans!

Making It Work – #Enjoy Our Top 8 Business Picks

Every great entrepreneur can gain wisdom from a few well-selected books. Here are the top 8 titles for the tycoon in you, straight from BookXcess shelves:

TOP DOG by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman
RRP: RM76.90
BookXcess: RM19.90

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For over a decade, students, employees, corporations and nations have heard the same call: we must all be more competitive. But nobody had a true understanding how to begin…until now. Top Dog exposes the hidden factors behind all kinds of wins and losses, from Olympic-level sport to national-level exams, from flight training to ballroom dancing. Branson and Merryman explore the psychology of rankings, the neuroscience of mistakes, and the genes of fearlessness. This book is a must for those eager to sharpen their competitive edge and understand what drives us forward to be the best at our game.


ENCHANTMENT by Guy Kawasaki
RRP: RM86.30
BookXcess: RM19.90

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In this book, Kawasaki proposes a powerful, valuable new idea to capture hearts and minds. Enchantment is not about manipulation; it transforms situations and relationships, and can be more powerful than plain persuasion, influence or marketing techniques. The goal is to enlist other people’s hopes and desires, thereby changing their hearts, minds and actions. Deemed one of the best titles on interpersonal relationships since How to Win Friends and Influence People, Enchantment will capture your attention – and show you how to capture your customers’ attention too.


BUSINESS STRIPPED BARE by Richard Branson
RRP: RM117.60
BookXcess: RM19.90

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Iconic entrepreneur Richard Branson gives readers the honest, no-mess and no-fuss look at his life in business. With invaluable advice, insights and candid stories about the successes and setbacks he’s experienced with Virgin businesses, this book will be invaluable to businesspeople of all stripes.


THE INNOVATORS by Walter Isaacson 
RRP: RM122.50
BookXcess: RM19.90

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After his stunning biography of Steve Jobs, Isaacson now turns his eye to the visionaries whose work resulted in the Internet and the modern face of personal computing. This history of the digital revolution profiles such great minds as 18th century programming pioneer Ada Lovelace, Alan Turing, Bill Gates, Tim Berners-Lee and Larry Page. Each page delves into the workings of their mind, their inventive solutions and how they succeeded where others might have failed. For those who seek to foster innovation, creativity and cooperation, The Innovators shows just how they can all happen.


GANDHI CEO by Alan Axelrod
RRP: RM58.80
BookXcess: RM17.90

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What management lessons can be learned from one of India’s most famous leaders and non-violent revolutionary? Plenty, as it turns out. Axelrod lays out 14 principles for success based on Gandhi’s own personal leadership and management skills. Fluid and conversational, this book combines solid lessons along with quotes and vivid examples from Gandhi’s life. A must for those seeking to learn from the greatest minds in history.


DELIVERING HAPPINESS by Tony Hsieh
RRP: RM31.90
BXS: RM17.90

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Tony Hsieh achieved material and entrepreneurial success at an early age – yet still felt unfulfilled. When he became an investor in Zappos, he began to make the changes that would lead to the online retailer earning USD 1 billion annually in gross merchandise sales – without sacrificing the happiness, well-being or motivation of their employees. Here he chronicles the actions he took, including insights and lessons on the importance of corporate culture, higher purpose and inner passions, and how they all lead to happier, more productive people, companies and communities – while still turning a profit. Budding entrepreneurs and large companies alike will find much to take away from this amazing book that has sold over 600,000 copies since 2010.


TODAY MATTERS by John C. Maxwell
RRP: RM99.80
BookXcess: RM19.90

We tend to overlook our todays in favour of fretting over what has passed and worrying over what might be, when the true keys to success lie in the here and now. This solid, uplifting book will prove revolutionary for those eager for success, clarity and more fulfilling lives. Within these pages, Maxwell offers his daily dozen: 12 decisions and disciplines that anyone can master and learn to achieve greater success in concrete key areas.


THE 3RD ALTERNATIVE by Stephen R. Covey
RRP: RM89.60
BookXcess: RM19.90

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Stephen Covey, bestselling author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, now turns his formidable insight to conflict resolution and problem solving. This book introduces a breakthrough approach that transcends traditional approaches by forging a path toward a third option: one that allows both parties to emerge from even the fiercest debate in a far better place than imagined. This book reveals a new, mutually beneficial way of thinking that negotiators and leaders alike will truly appreciate.


You’ll find all these books more than worth their price, especially with our extra anniversary discounts this weekend only! Visit our Non-Fiction Anniversary Weekend Sale (our very last in August!) or look up the details on www.bookxcess.com.

Live Life Stories – #ENJOY Our Top 8 Biography Picks

Every person has their story, and these are some of the most exciting of our times. We’ve picked out our favourite selections from our range of biographies in BookXcess:

STEVE JOBS by Walter Isaacson
RRP: RM64.00
BookXcess: RM17.90

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Isaacson’s biography is a stunning, definitive account of the man behind the revolution in personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing and digital publishing. Steve Jobs stands as the ultimate icon of inventiveness and imagination, and this book speaks candidly about the man, his life, his associates and his professional journeys. Whether you’re an all-round tech buff or inspired by Jobs’ drive and determination, this book has many lessons to impart on innovation, character and leadership.


 

LENNON by Tim Riley
RRP: RM109.90
BookXcess: RM19.90

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In his time with The Beatles, and beyond, John Lennon revolutionised modern music and the face of celebrity. Riley guides readers through Lennon’s journey from troubled child to art student to worldwide celebrity, drawing from a rich pool of new and exclusive interviews with his friends, enemies, confidantes and associates. A brilliant, dense portrayal of the contradictory, brilliant musician that delves deep into his personality and the intricacies of his music.


BRANSON: BEHIND THE MASK by Tom Bower
RRP: RM110.00
BookXcess: RM19.90

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The world knows Richard Branson as the charismatic, wildly creative billionaire behind Virgin. But how much of the man is really smoke, mirrors and impeccable marketing? In Bower’s most explosive work yet, he explores the reality of the Branson empire and the gripping stories of his latest exploits, from mobile phones to airlines and space vacations for multimillionaires, and asks whether he truly remains Britain’s heroic buccaneer.


LONG WALK TO FREEDOM (vol 1 and 2) by Nelson Mandela
RRP: RM58.80
BookXcess: RM17.90

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Nelson Mandela is hailed as one of the great moral and political leaders of our time, an international hero whose fight against racial oppression in his native South Africa earned him the Nobel Peace Prize and the presidency of his country. Here, for the first time, he tells the story of his life. An epic of courage, struggles, hope and triumph, The Long Walk To Freedom is a must read for modern history buffs and all who have been inspired by Madiba’s fight for racial equality and human rights.


THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE THUNDERBOLT KID by Bill Bryson
RRP: RM63.20
BookXcess: RM19.90

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Bryson’s autobiography details his life growing up in 1950s middle America: a time when cars and electrical appliances were booming (along with nuclear weapons), cigarettes were still considered harmless and the world was full of possibilities. Young Bryson takes us into the lives of his loving but eccentric family, including his sportswriter father, editor mother, and his adventures as the imaginary superhero, The Thunderbolt Kid. This cast of warm, amusing characters is rounded out by the immortal Stephen Katz, last seen in Bryson’s earlier work A Walk in The Woods, and the fiendishly sharp Willoughby brothers, as full of genius as gleeful urges of destruction. Laugh-out-loud funny and packed with astute observations, this book will enchant both the ex-young and the young at heart.


HARD CHOICES by Hillary Rodham Clinton
RRP: RM122.50
BXS: RM19.90

After her 2008 presidential run, Hillary Clinton expected to return to the U.S. senate. Instead, she was asked to serve as Secretary of State. Hard Choices is her chronicle of how she faced the choices and challenges before her: broken alliances, ongoing wars, foreign threats and a global financial crisis. Clinton offers her views on what it will take for the USA to survive and thrive in a manner that’s serious, shrewd and full of substance.


MESSI by Guillem Balague
RRP: RM69.90
BookXcess: RM19.90

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Since scoring his first goal for FC Barcelona at the tender age of 17, Lionel Messi’s star has risen unstoppably. This biography delves into the heart of the modest and private Argentinian player, from that first winning season to his being crowned FIFA World Player of the year 4 times running. Here is the compelling, authoritative account of one of soccer’s finest players and what makes him the best there is.


THE REAL JANE AUSTEN: A LIFE IN SMALL THINGS by Paula Byrne
RRP: RM58.70
BookXcess: RM17.90

Jane Austen is well-known as the complex, beloved author of Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and many other well-loved novels. Literary biographer Paula Byrne has put together the most intimate and revealing portrait of her yet. True to the title, Austen’s life is explored through the small, significant tokens that were held important in Austen’s life: scraps of paper, jewellery, miniatures. Fresh, compelling and always surprising, this biography transports viewers into Austen’s world with vivid detail, revealing the times that shaped her and the life she lived.


Check them all out – along with many others! – during our Non-Fiction Anniversary Weekend Sale this weekend. The discounts will continue right up to 31 August, so don’t miss out! You’ll find more info on www.bookxcess.com.

Seri(e)ous Fun – #ENJOY our Top Young Adult Series

Some stories are just too big for one book to hold. Check out these top picks for outstanding young adult series in our stores:

hungergamesTHE HUNGER GAMES TRILOGY by Suzanne Collins
RRP: RM119.80
BookXcess: RM49.90

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Katniss Everdeen’s Panem is a merciless world to live in, split into 12 districts and ruled with an iron fist by the aristocrats of the Capitol. When her sister Primrose is picked for the Hunger Games, an annual death match populated by children from every district, she volunteers herself instead. Katniss’ decision to step forward will change her life, her values and the world around her as she rises to the top of a long-simmering revolution.


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THE ENEMY SERIES by Charlie Higson
RRP: RM219.70
BookXcess: RM59.90

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The world’s adults have been turned into zombie-like creatures by a mysterious pandemic, and the children that remain have banded together to survive. As the survivors wander London, facing danger both from zombie grown-ups and within their own ranks, can they find a cure for the disease before it claims them too? A must for fans of horror and post-apocalyptic tales.


mazerunnerTHE MAZE RUNNER SERIES by James Dashner
RRP: RM175.90
BookXcess: RM59.90

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Dystopia fans will be eager to sink their teeth into the final book of the The Power of Five series. The earth has been nearly destroyed by darkness, and its survivors are left drifting in a world of hunger and violence. The last remnants of hope survive in five teenagers: the Gatekeepers, who must unite and make their final stand against Chaos, King of The Old Ones. But there is a traitor in their midst, and the others know that without them, they cannot win the battle that awaits them in frozen Oblivion.


lastvampTHIRST SERIES by Christopher Pike

The world’s last vampire is 5,000 years old, having survived the ages through strength and cunning. When others of her kind rise, along with other, even stranger threats against humanity, Alisa (one of many names) must plumb every reserve of her strength to defend the world. Intrigue, drama and mystery lace the pages in this must-read for any fans of vampires and other supernatural creatures.


mortalinstrumentsTHE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS by Cassandra Clare

This contemporary urban fantasy comes with a cast composed of every creature imaginable. Clarissa Fray thinks she’s just another ordinary human until a chance encounter reveals that she can see the normally invisible mythical creatures that share our world. Pursued by a demon-hunter turned evil and the rest of his forces, Clarissa must uncover the truth hidden within her own and her parents’ past while making sure the three Mortal Instruments stay out of the hands of evil. For older readers looking for a little more bite to their reading.


ozTHE COMPLETE OZ COLLECTION by L. Frank Baum
RRP: Varying
BXS: RM17.90

There’s much more to the magical land of Oz than what we saw in Dorothy’s first adventures. Take a trip back to the Emerald City, Munchkinland and beyond with the original books compiled in a five-volume package! Readers young and old will delight at a wide cast of fantastic characters including the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion from the original The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to Tik-Tok the mechanical man, Scraps the patchwork girl and Glinda the Good Witch of the South. Recommended for fans of whimsical fantasy and those seeking the definitive Oz experience.


harrypotterHARRY POTTER SERIES by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter’s is no stranger to young readers, but the books are still ready to captivate with tales of magic, action and the power of love and hate. After Harry, (a.k.a. The Boy Who Lived) discovers his magic powers at 11, he begins his wizard schooling days at Hogwarts, where he will find his truest friends, his greatest challenges, and the strength to finally defeat the dark wizard Voldemort, who is connected to him in unexpected ways.


These boxsets and series will be waiting for you at BookXcess’ Young Adult Anniversary Sale starting this Friday! Get more details on www.bookxcess.com.

The Young Guns – #Enjoy Our Top Young Adult Picks

Our teen/pre-teen readers and fans of young-adult literature are in for a treat with this list of the most gripping Young Adult titles on our shelves! Here are our top picks for adventure, drama and coming-of-age on the pages:

8THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green
RRP: RM42.31
BookXcess: RM17.90

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Hazel has no illusions about how the cancer at bay inside her will, eventually, end her life. But when Augustus Walters waltzes into her life at Cancer Kid Support Group, she finds her story about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, witty and raw, Green explores being young, being in love, and living to one’s fullest even under the darkest of circumstances.


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INHERITANCE by Christopher Paolini
RRP: RM33.90
BookXcess: RM14.90

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Inheritance concludes the four-book journey that began with Eragon, where a young farm boy finds and hatches a sapphire-blue dragon, a race previously thought to be extinct. As he grows into his destiny as the last of the Dragon Riders, Eragon and his dragon Saphira must now wage the final battles against the evil King Galbatorix. The road, however, will not be easy…


1OBLIVION by Anthony Horowitz
RRP: RM48.60
BookXcess: RM14.90

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Dystopia fans will be eager to sink their teeth into the final book of the The Power of Five series. The earth has been nearly destroyed by darkness, and its survivors are left drifting in a world of hunger and violence. The last remnants of hope survive in five teenagers: the Gatekeepers, who must unite and make their final stand against Chaos, King of The Old Ones. But there is a traitor in their midst, and the others know that without them, they cannot win the battle that awaits them in frozen Oblivion.


3PERFECT by Ellen Hopkins
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High school seniors Cara, Kendra, Sean and Andre each have differing ideas of perfection. All four are ready to give up anything it takes to reach their goals…but how much is too much to give up, even if it is to be perfect? Written in free verse, Hopkins’s novel is a blunt, unflinching take on what it takes to grow up and grow into our true selves.


5WITCH AND WIZARD: THE FIRE by James Patterson
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The third book of the Witch and Wizard series chronicles the continued adventures of siblings Wisteria and Whitford as they fight back against the totalitarian regime that grips their world, along with its supreme leader. Misty knows the time has come for her to face this final evil, but the more she fights, the more power she channels to him. Despite the odds, the two must prepare to defeat The One Who is The One before he can destroy their world – again. With sly references to pop culture and constant action, this book will keep readers on the edge of their seats.


7THE TERRIBLE THING THAT HAPPENED TO BARNABY BROCKET by John Boyne
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For the child or young teen who has problems with fitting in and conforming to ‘normal’, this book will be a comfort and inspiration. 8-year-old Barnaby Brocket is perfectly normal in every way…except for the fact that he floats. His parents are horrified, but despite his best efforts to keep them happy, he can’t help who he is. When the unthinkable happens, Barnaby embarks on a journey round the world that leads him to new people, new friends, and the discovery of who he really is.


6STOLEN NIGHT by Rebecca Maizel
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Former vampire queen Lenah Beaudonte has become fully human, through the sacrifices of her soulmate Rhode. But now Rhode has reappeared, and a vampire from her past seeks to learn the secret of her human ritual. Leah must now navigate the perils of boarding school, the dark vampiric plots that threaten those close to her, and the loss of the men she loves. Fans of Twilight, House of Night and Night World will enjoy sinking their teeth into this heart-wrenching title.


4WAKE by Amanda Hocking
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Gemma Fisher has it all: her swimming skills, a budding romance and a lovely family. But then three mysterious, alluring sisters invite her into their exclusive circle—and everything changes. As Gemma uncovers the truth behind her new strength, speed and beauty, she will be forced to choose between staying with the people she loves, or delving into a new world full of dark hunger and secrets beyond imagination.


Check out these titles, and many others, at BookXcess’ Young Adult Anniversary Sale starting this Friday! You’ll find more information on our website, www.bookxcess.com.

Asian Sensation – #Enjoy Our Top 8 Asian Literature Picks

In this next Top 8 post, we’re looking closer to home with authors and stories from across Asia. Our top Asian Literature picks are:

4FIVE STAR BILLIONAIRE by Tash Aw

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The lives of five Malaysian Chinese individuals intertwine in dazzling Shanghai as they look to make their dreams come true. They are all linked by the shadowy five star billionaire of the title, whose lessons for success wreak havoc on their lives. A story with insights not just into Malaysian life, but also the heart of China, a country in constant transformation and full of possibilities. Long listed for the Man Booker Prize.


1DREAMS OF JOY by Lisa See

RRP: RM48.00
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The story of sisters Pearl and May from Shanghai Girls moves on to the next generation with Pearl’s strong-willed daughter Joy. In the wake of newly-uncovered family secrets, Joy runs away to Shanghai in early 1957, searching for the birth father she never knew. Pearl is determined to save her from the rapacious influence of the new Communist China, no matter the cost. But even as their journeys finally converge, one of the nation’s most tragic historical events threatens both their lives…


6SOLO by Rana Dasgupta

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Ulrich’s passion for chemistry leads him to Berlin, but his studies are cut short when he must return home to look after his parents. He never leaves Bulgaria again – except in his daydreams, where his imaginary children, born of Communism, must make their way in a post-communist world of celebrity and violence. A masterful exploration of redemption and self-worth that blends fantasy and harsh reality into a single, colourful world.



8LUKA AND THE FIRE OF LIFE by Salman Rushdie

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Luka is 12, just the age when the folks of his family cross over into magical lands on untold adventures. Just ask his older brother Haroun, who once travelled to the Sea of Stories. When the boys’ father falls into a sleep so deep he cannot be awakened, it is the start of young Luka’s quest to retrieve the Fire of Life, the only thing that may awaken him. Even as he is accompanied by Dog the bear, Bear the dog, and various fantastic companions, will he succeed?



2WHERE THE SERPENT LIVES by Ruth Padel

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Rosamund was once the darling of her world. Now she’s estranged from her zoologist father, at the mercy of her charismatic, philandering husband and despairing at the silences of her teenage son. She decides to embark on a journey back to the forgotten world of her Indian childhood, but will her family survive the changes she makes to save herself?



7THE VALLEY OF AMAZEMENT by Amy Tan

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Amy Tan weaves another of her trademark cross-generational epics, spanning over forty years, two continents, and the lives of Violet and Lulu Minturn, mother and daughter powerfully linked to Shanghai’s most exclusive courtesan house. Both women search for love, identity and penance from North America to bustling Shanghai, but will they be reunited as a family?



3THE WEIGHT OF HEAVEN by Thrity Umrigar

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Thrity’s third novel is a gripping take on race, privilege, grief and family. When the Bentons lose their seven-year-old son, a move to India gives them a new opportunity to heal and move on. But Frank befriends Ramesh, their housekeeper’s son, and affection becomes dark obsession…



5THE MOUSE DEER KINGDOM by Chew-Siah Tei

RRP: RM49.45
BookXcess: RM17.90

When Chai Mingzhi arrives as an immigrant to Melaka in 1905, he takes indigenous boy Engi out of the jungle to live with him. Bewildered by a world he does not recognise and Mingzhi’s increasingly bitter personal affairs, Engi learns to take on the shape of a mousedeer to survive. Twenty years on, a now-grown Engi sets out to unravel the mystery of Chai’s past, his tireless quest for a specific plot of land, and the tragedy that heralded his downfall. The Mouse Deer Kingdom presents an unflinching look at the early immigrants who would put down roots in Malaysia, making it their descendants’ homeland, and the native peoples around them.


Dive into these stories from the region – and many more – during our Anniversary Fiction Weekend Sale, starting 7 August! Members get extra discounts, so #ENJOY your extra perks with us!

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