There are an incredible number of books out there. And it’s pretty easy to get overwhelmed, especially when you’re browsing Amazon, the home of books I did not even know could exist (does the world really need a children’s book explaining the O’Reilly Factor?). But there do seem to be some hidden gems, and today, I thought I’d help you find a few of them.
While I’ve always been intrigued by the Kindle – particularly the magical Paperwhite – I couldn’t justify owning one in addition to my iPad. And that’s in large part because it cost me absolutely nothing to add the Kindle app to my iPad (and my iPhone and MacBook), making it easy as pie to download and read Kindle books anywhere. And, since my physical TBR has taken on a life of it’s own, I recently decided to pay more attention to their digital counterparts, and maybe save a few trees.
Here are a few books available on Kindle or the Kindle app on my TBR that happen to cost less than a latte at Starbucks (each title is linked to the Kindle book):
Crimes Against a Book Club by Kathy Cooperman. As a Prime member, I get to choose one free Kindle book a month (from a selection of six), and this was my pick for April. It’s about two women who decide to scam a book club full of wealthy women. It just sounded like a fun beach read, and I’m looking forward to relaxing with this book and a glass (or bottle) of wine.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. This one is cheating a bit because the Kindle price is $5.01 (as of my writing this), but I had to include it, because it’s actually on my physical TBR as well (you know, that pile of books that might one day kill me). I’ve heard so many amazing things, and I need to read it soon. Plus, $5.01 isn’t really breaking the bank. It’s still less than my venti soy latte.
The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig. I’ve had this one on my TBR for a while, and, for $2, I couldn’t resist grabbing a copy. I don’t know too much about it other than it’s historical fantasy, and I really enjoy Heidi Heilig on Twitter. Plus, I’ve heard great things about this book, which is the first in a duology. And what better way to jump into a series than for less than $2?
The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett. I’ve been meaning to read a Pratchett book for a while, and am planning to start with this one, which is the first in his well-known Discworld series. It sounds like a lot of fun, and I’m hoping to jump into this one soon!
Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen by Alison Weir. Back when I read exclusively historical fiction, Weir was a staple in my reading lineup. I’ve been meaning to get back into a lot of the authors I loved back then, and was excited to get an ARC of Weir’s new Anne Boleyn novel (out next month). And for $2, this one is definitely going to be next.
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. I’ve heard so much about this book that I just want to read it and decide for myself. In it’s own way, this book is a classic, and while I’m not sure if I’ll actually gain anything from it, I feel like I need to see what the hype is about in this case.
If you haven’t already, I definitely recommend downloading the Kindle app. If only because there are a ton of free classics available, and having a book on your phone means having a book on you at all times. Rory Gilmore would be proud.
Do you read ebooks? And, if you do have a Kindle, let me know: is it worth it (when I have another e-reader)?