I remember when I first got my Nook, how excited I was to download cheap books…until I realized that they aren’t all that cheap. I searched for ways to find the less expensive books and was faced with a whole lot of half naked men and women in the “under $2.99” section.
But we all know we are on the hunt for a deal, whether it’s because we’ve enforced a book-buying ban, or the hubs/wife isn’t happy about another bookstore bag, or because we just can’t help ourselves and need a book right now.
Well, depending on what you guys think (let me know if you like this in comments), I’ll cull the “under $2.99” bargain bin and tell you which ebooks I loved and on which I’d just risk it. Hey, the most you’re out is one morning’s latte. 🙂
Lamb by Christopher Moore $1.99
I remember reading this the first time in college after a teacher recommended it. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Friend is easily one of the funniest books I’ve read. Ever. Because we all know about Jesus changing the water to wine and all that jazz, but what about those in-between years? You know, when Jesus was practicing how to raise things from the dead.
Lamb is a wildly fun and heartfelt look what could have happened and how Biff influenced Jesus.
The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey $2.99
So…this is awkward. I just wrote a post on how ridiculous I think retellings of Jane Eyre are. And then I go and add it here. Let me say this: the cover of this one intrigued me long before I knew it was based on Jane Eyre.
Then, Natalie of Coffee and a Book Chick reviewed it.
At $2.99, I find myself tempted.
Ireland by Frank Delaney $1.99
This is one I bought ages ago and haven’t read yet (I should actually go on a book-buying ban), but I thought it sounded amazing. It’s a stories about stories:
From Barnes & Noble: In the winter of 1951, a storyteller, the last practitioner of an honored, centuries-old tradition, arrives at the home of nine-year-old Ronan O’Mara in the Irish countryside. For three wonderful evenings, the old gentleman enthralls his assembled local audience with narratives of foolish kings, fabled saints, and Ireland’s enduring accomplishments before moving on. But these nights change young Ronan forever, setting him on a years-long pursuit of the elusive, itinerant storyteller and the glorious tales that are no less than the saga of his tenacious and extraordinary isle.
Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear $1.99
Oh, Maisie Dobbs, I love you so. Elegy for Eddie is the 2012 installment of the Maisie Dobbs series, and the storm clouds of World War II are gathering. In the midst of this is Eddie, a young man with developmental problems but a way with horses. When he’s killed in an accident that his friends think is anything but, Maisie determines to bring dignity and justice to Eddie. But even Maisie has to admit that sometimes justice fails in the face of something much larger.
Highly recommended. (Buy it, and then check out the rest of the series.)
Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin $2.99
Tales of the City reads like the best of gossip columns. Mrs. Madrigal is the landlord of 28 Barbary Place, overseeing her tenants like Mary Poppins, but instead of a spoonful of sugar, she gives out the harder stuff, but only when necessary. Under her benevolent gaze, Mary Ann, a quiet midwesterner new to San Francisco; Michael, a gay romantic; and Brian, the swinger all have a chance to bloom and come into their own. Magical and addictive, Tales of the City is a fantastic reading experience.
The Financial Lives of the Poets by Jess Walters $2.99
From Barnes & Noble:
A few years ago, small-time finance journalist Matthew Prior quit his day job to gamble everything on a quixotic notion: a Web site devoted to financial journalism in the form of blank verse. When his big ideaâ€”and his wife’s eBay resale businessâ€” ends with a whimper (and a garage full of unwanted figurines), they borrow and borrow, whistling past the graveyard of their uncertain dreams. One morning Matt wakes up to find himself jobless, hobbled with debt, spying on his wife’s online flirtation, and six days away from losing his home. Is this really how things were supposed to end up for me, he wonders: staying up all night worried, driving to 7-Eleven in the middle of the night to get milk for his boys, and falling in with two local degenerates after they offer him a hit of high-grade marijuana?
Or, he thinks, could this be the solution to all my problems?
I haven’t read this, but I’m intrigued, especially as Jess Walters is getting a lot of attention right now for the novel Beautiful Ruins.