Hi! I'm a member of a few book clubs, and last year we all switched over to ebooks when the libraries shut down and we couldn't get together. All of the ebooks we read are 99 cents or free with Kindle Unlimited and I'm happy to share these recommendations with you! There's a good variety in here, I think something for everyone. These might make great Christmas presents too! Use those digital credits and pick up something for you or a loved one to read for the winter!
1) The Jekyll Revelation
Here's a fantastic thriller from a few years back. I can't believe I didn't post this one here before. No spoliers here but YES, it's about Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde but in contemporary times. This one is a bit slow in parts but please stick with it. The story works and I hope you'll try it!
2) The Broken Circle: A Memoir of Escaping Afghanistan
Here's one our group read last year - if I had to describe this book in one word I'd say "controversial". The story is very important, I think, especially with everything that recently happened in Afghanistan, but that doesn't mean this is a perfect book. The author's story is compelling but has a few holes and the ending might leave you shaking your head or banging your head on the wall. Either way it was a GREAT book for discussion. A few tears were shed but mostly this one stirred a lot of conversation which is why we read!
3) All the Breaking Waves
Grab a glass of wine and sit by the fire, this book has it all: compelling characters, great setting, style, and dare I say some characters have telepathy? The story isn't quite a thriller but it has plenty of suspense. Good reading for a rainy afternoon. My bestie Ray brought this book to our attention a couple years back. It's one of those few books that we all agreed was worth a read and I'm happy to recommend it to you.
4) To Die in Vienna
My neighbor Rochelle brought his one to our group a couple years back. She's our resident expert on spy novels and she highly recommended this to the group. I liked the setting and the premise. The story is solid even if the rhythm is uneven. Overall I liked it enough to check out some other books by the same author.
5) A Man
Here's a book I don't think I'd ever have found on my own. It's another one recommended by Rochelle. Not a spy novel, but a solid detective story. It's a recent translation from a famous Japanese author whose prose is nothing short of gorgeous. The characters feel and sound authentic, and the story works on every level. Please give it a try.
6) All Those Things We Never Said
Ok, here's on that you will love or hate, there seems to be no middle ground on this one. Our group was split down the middle. The author is a hugely famous French writer whose work have been translated all over the world so he has some talent. It's humorous at times, sad in others. But this story relies on a hook you've seen before and you'll either love it or hate it. Please DON'T read the reviews, the spoilers are everywhere!
7) Help Is on the Way (Nothing Like I Imagined)
Ok, two things: first, this is by Mindy Kaling the comedienne and actress whom you've probably seen around over the last decade or so. So you'll either want to read this right away or not at all. Second: this isn't an ebook really, it's an article. It's part of a series and altogether they form a book I suppose, but each is an independent read. Sorry for the long explanation. I'm a big fan of hers so I was happy to read th whole series. Like I said, if you like her work this for you.
8) Fat Chance
Here's another great read for the club, it split us right down the middle and that makes for great conversation. Half of us were unimpressed, the other half were in tears laughing it up. That's actually very common for comedy though isn't it? You either get it or you don't. This book is kind of like an episode of "Biggest Loser" for couples. The author is British so maybe the humor doesn't always translate? I dunno. I liked it and maybe you will too.
9) The Bette Davis Club
Here's a roadtrip novel for the midlife crisis crowd. It touches on all those feelings most adults eventually experience and does so with a bit of comedy and a few tears along the way. The premise is solid, the characters are engaging, and the story works from cover to cover. Our club enjoyed this read and I hope you will too.
10) Life's What You Make It
Friendship. Romance. Ireland. What's not to love? The premise might not be completely original, but it's a formula tried and true. The author spins a good yarn as we say and the setting is delightful. Grab some wine, put your feet up and enjoy this fun read. We certainly did!
Here's a few old favorites. Can't believe these are still 99 CENTS after all this time. Be sure to grab some of these before the price goes up.
11) Last Train to Cairo
I just read this ebook for the second time, and I gotta say I still love it! This travel memoir tells the story of a couple's journey across Egypt after the revolution. The author's prose captivates with vivid descriptions and engaging dialogue. It's NOT a travel guide but you'll learn what it's really like to visit the pyramids and many other sights. To be honest, the trip doesn't always go right but the author is very open about where they go and the mistakes made along the way. That made the book even more enjoyable to me. I hope you like it.
12) Don't Lie to Me
Wow, my book group loved reading this book. Is it perfect? Nope. Is it a good read? Heck yah! It's not Silence of the Lambs level of FBI procedural but its got good characters, mystery, and suspense. This is Book One in a series but you can read it as a standalone. No cliffhangers to force you into reading the whole series (unless you want to!).
13) The Good, the Bad, and the Pugly: A Little Tombstone Cozy Mystery
Ok, this has the cutest title ever and that's all I needed to know when my club picked this ebook a couple years back. I love the setting and the premise and the characters. As I often say, this isn't Shakespeare, it's not Harper Lee, and it's not gonna change the world. But what a fun read! This is book 1 in a short series, and like a lot of books I post here, they're all FREE with Kindle Unlimited. Hope you love it.
14) The Hidden Hand of Death (The Jack Ryder Mysteries Book 1)
Another great mystery and murder book series. Start here with Book 1. Setting is World War 2 in New York City. There are Nazis and Mobsters and Bad Cops and Good Cops and great moody settings and characters and dialogue. It's like reading your fave film noir or TV detective. A short book you'll finish in a couple hours and move on to the next I bet. There are 7 books in the series they're all 99 cents each so the price is right.
15) Lay Me to Rest: A quiet village. A missing woman. A haunting apparition
We picked this one for our group a couple years ago. It's a haunted house mystery that takes place in Wales. The setting is gorgeous, the story moves quickly, and the ending is worth the wait. Not something I typically read in summer but if you're looking for a chilling read here you go!
16) The Cosy Cottage in Ireland
My old coworker Grace recently joined one of my book clubs and had a couple quick recommendations. I haven't read this one (yet) but she absolutely recommends it. She says it's fun, breezy, and light reading. It's part of series but she says you can read it on its own if you want. The book is about food, romance, travel, and Ireland so it seems like a good bet to me!
17) The Old Ducks' Club
Here's one more from Grace. This is a fun comedy about a few women who reach a certain age and decide it's time to make some life changes. I'm sure it's a subject that we all understand. Getting older doesn't mean you have to slow down. Not at all!
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