Thursday, July 9, 2015

Kindle Summer Sale - Purchases and Recommendations!


Earlier today, I was alerted to the fact that Amazon's Kindle Summer Sale is in full swing by my friend (and fellow blogger/bookworm) Chloe. You can check out her picks by clicking her name, she has some great suggestions!

Despite only placing an order with the Book Depository yesterday and downloading about 9 books last week on my kindle - I said I'd have a little look. Yeah. You know what that means......

Firstly, I'm going to let you know about some I own already, there's some really great value in the sale if you look through all the books. You can click each individual book cover to go to my Goodreads review (except for the Tana French one because I still haven't read it).

Now - the ones that I bought in the sale today:

The Day We Disappeared by Lucy Robinson. Available here for £1.79 (€2.58)
A story about two old friends both running from their past.

How I Lost You by Jenny Blackhurst. Available here for £0.70 (€1.01)
A woman has served time in a psychiatric unit after killing her twelve-week-old son. She is now living under a new identity - but she receives a picture of a toddler, and a note saying that her son was never killed at all...this has some dodgy reviews, but at that price I'll chance it.

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Available here for £1.99 (€2.87)
Set in the 1960s, this focuses on the lives of five people during the Biafran struggle for Independence. I'm reading Americanah by the same author at the moment and I really like her writing style, so I was delighted that this was in the sale.

Sophia's Secret by Susanna Kearsley. Available here for £0.99 (€1.43)
I've wanted to read this for a while - I'm a big fan of timeslip novels and this one is about a love story and secrets set 300 years apart in the ruins of a Scottish castle.

Now You See Me by Emma Haughton. Available here for £0.99 (€1.43)
Three years ago, a thirteen year old boy disappeared. His parents are desperately trying to find out what happened. It focuses on Danny's best friend Hannah and how she copes too. It's a psychological thriller, one of my favourite genres at the minute.

Now - wasn't that very restrained for a book addict? Five books out of a possible 600. I thought so too.

So I went back for five more.

Reflection by Diane Chamberlain. Available here for £1.49 (€2.15)
Rachel left her Dutch Pennsylvanian hometown of Reflection twenty years ago after a tragedy. However, now she must because of  a family member in need - but will the townsfolk be happy about that? And what happened? I really like Diane Chamberlain's writing, it's very easy and I love her books as palate cleansers in between thrillers.

The Three by Sarah Lotz. Available here for £1.49 (€2.15)
Four simultaneous plane crashes in different areas leave the world reeling. In three of the four, the only survivor was a child. The three children exhibit similar problems afterwards - leading a religious cult to dub them three out of the four harbingers of the apocalypse. As they go into hiding, their guardians begin to wonder why they survived and why their behaviour is getting worse....

The Last Summer of Us by Maggie Harcourt. Available here for £0.99 (€1.43)
I've heard a lot about this book from some Booktubers I follow, so I was really happy to see it included in the sale. It's a YA novel about three friends on a road trip during Summer and their friendships and relationships.

The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides. Available here for £1.99 (€2.87)
I had a hard copy of this years ago and I remember reading it as a teen but can barely remember it now. It's a coming-of-age story about five sisters who all take their own lives, and about the five men they dated once as young boys reflecting on the tragedy.

The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman by Denis Thériault. Available here for £0.99 (€1.43)
A story about a very lonely postman who takes to steaming people's letters open to get some companionship - he soon stumbles upon a relationship between two people who send Haikus to each other via letters. When he witnesses the male of the partnership being tragically killed, he decides to continue the correspondance in his place. A quick read that looks quirky. Could be total shite but it's about the same price as a bottle of water, so...

Altogether, I got 10 books for €19.35, which is pretty darn good.

Now to get the time to read them and all the other ones already on the kindle and waiting on Netgalley and waiting in my room and the press and the living room and the ones on the way from Book Depository and the ones under the bed and in the kitchen window.

Sweet. Jesus.

Could everyone just stop writing books for a few years until I catch up? 2018, maybe. That'd be great. Thanks.


  1. The Ocean at the End of the Lane is probably one of my favourite books ever, the imagery created is so vivid!

    1. It's fantastic, a proper up-to-date Fairytale, it reminded me a lot of Tim Burton's 'Big Fish' for some reason, same kind of atmosphere! Sure at 70p it's nearly free x

  2. I went on a bit of Kindle book spree the other night and I can't wait to get stuck in! I'm interested now to check out Love Letters to the Dead. x

    1. I love a good Kindle spree! Love Letters to the Dead was a lovely book, sad but really beautiful too x

  3. I was humming and hawing over that peculiar life of a lonely postman too! At those prices I think you can't really go wrong to be fair!!

    1. There's serious value to be had at the minute! I keep threatening to write a list of all the books on my kindle and on my shelf to read but I think I'd drop dead at the thought of getting through my TBR list any time this century x


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