You guys, there is a lot to enjoy today in your book shopping, should you be unwrapping a new device for reading purposes, or reading like you always do. I hope your celebrations, whatever kind, are festive and enjoyable with many good books. Shall we have a look at today's sales?
Today only, all books are 50% off at Harlequin's bookstore! Use coupon code SP51225C at checkout to save. I tested the coupon code on ebooks and print books, and they both work. So when they say “all,” they mean “ALL.”
Over at Amazon, the first seven Diary of a Wimpy Kid books are $1.99 today only. My 8 year old, Freebird, adores these books both in audio and in print. Because of the illustrations, I don't think they're optimized for iPod Kindle appls, but I haven't tried to read them there yet.
Either way, I'm going to buy them for him so can bring all the books with him without carrying the hardbacks. (Nice binding, but dude, they're heavy!)
ETA: BN is pricematching books 1-7 at $1.99! WOO!
I purchased a few from Amazon, and this sale does not seem to trigger a reduced price for the Audible audiobooks – which Freebird and Baba O'Riley also love. Ramon de Ocampo is a fantastic narrator, so if those ever drop in price, I'm all over it. But having the full digital set is terrific. I wish there were an easier way on Amazon and BN to “Buy All.”
RECOMMENDED: The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared bu Jonas Jonasson is $1.99 at Kindle today as a KDD. SO MANY DIFFERENT PEOPLE have told me about this book, and told me how much they loved it, that I'm listing it as “Recommended.” I have so purchased this already.
A reluctant centenarian much like Forrest Gump (if Gump were an explosives expert with a fondness for vodka) decides it's not too late to start over . . .
After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash, some unpleasant criminals, a friendly hot-dog stand operator, and an elephant (not to mention a death by elephant).
It would be the adventure of a lifetime for anyone else, but Allan has a larger-than-life backstory: Not only has he witnessed some of the most important events of the twentieth century, but he has actually played a key role in them. Starting out in munitions as a boy, he somehow finds himself involved in many of the key explosions of the twentieth century and travels the world, sharing meals and more with everyone from Stalin, Churchill, and Truman to Mao, Franco, and de Gaulle. Quirky and utterly unique, The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared has charmed readers across the world.
Shadow of Night is $1.99 as a KDD and is price matched so far by BN only – though others may follow later today. This is book 2 in the All Souls trilogy, which started with A Discovery of Witches – a book that ended on a cliffhanger (yuck). The first book is full price, but with the sale on book two, you can get both for about $12. The third in the trilogy, The Book of Life, comes out July 2014.
J. K. Rowling, Stephenie Meyer, Anne Rice—only a few writers capture the imagination the way that Deborah Harkness has done with books one and two of her New York Times–bestselling All Souls trilogy. A Discovery of Witches introduced reluctant witch Diana Bishop, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and the battle for a lost, enchanted manuscript known as Ashmole 782.
Harkness’s much-anticipated sequel, Shadow of Night, picks up from A Discovery of Witches’ cliffhanger ending. Diana and Matthew time-travel to Elizabethan London and are plunged into a world of spies, magic, and a coterie of Matthew’s old friends, the School of Night. As the search for Ashmole 782 deepens and Diana searches for a witch to tutor her in magic, the net of Matthew’s past tightens around them, and they embark on a very different—and vastly more dangerous—journey.
Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World is $1.99 as a KDD and oh, happy day, it's being pricematched elsewhere! This is a nonfiction memoir about a cat who became world-famous, and the librarians who cared for him.
How much of an impact can an animal have? How many lives can one cat touch? How is it possible for an abandoned kitten to transform a small library, save a classic American town, and eventually become famous around the world? You can't even begin to answer those questions until you hear the charming story of Dewey Readmore Books, the beloved library cat of Spencer, Iowa.
Dewey's story starts in the worst possible way. Only a few weeks old, on the coldest night of the year, he was stuffed into the returned book slot at the Spencer Public Library. He was found the next morning by library director, Vicki Myron, a single mother who had survived the loss of her family farm, a breast cancer scare, and an alcoholic husband. Dewey won her heart, and the hearts of the staff, by pulling himself up and hobbling on frostbitten feet to nudge each of them in a gesture of thanks and love. For the next nineteen years, he never stopped charming the people of Spencer with his enthusiasm, warmth, humility, (for a cat) and, above all, his sixth sense about who needed him most.
As his fame grew from town to town, then state to state, and finally, amazingly, worldwide, Dewey became more than just a friend; he became a source of pride for an extraordinary Heartland farming town pulling its way slowly back from the greatest crisis in its long history.