KDD: “Summer Reads” $1.99 each
One of today’s
is what Amazon is calling “Summer Reads”…50 (!) books for $1.99 each.
Every once in a while, the KDD pulls out the stops like this, and gives a great big selection…woo hoo! 😉
They may call these summer reads, but there is very likely to be something here that you want to read…and something that you want to give as a gift. Remember that you can delay the arrival of a gift to a date you choose: this is a nice way to add in a little extra something on a birthday or other occasion.
Check the price before you click or tap that “Buy button”. These prices may not apply in your country (I have readers around the world), and it’s possible for a book to move in and out of the list. Also, this is a Daily Deal. Come Monday, these prices will likely be higher again.
I’m just going to point some that caught my eye:
- Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely
- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
- Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank
- Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin
- The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester
- The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
- The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
- The Yiddish Policeman’s Union by Michael Chabon
- The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
- Truth & Beauty by Ann Patchett
- The Writing Life by Annie Dillard
- A Brief History of Thought: A Philosophical Guide to Living by Luc Perry
- Dust Tracks on the Road by Zora Neale Hurston
- The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood by Jane Leavy
- The Round House by Louise Erdrich
- The Summer of Naked Swim Parties by Jessica Anya Blau
- The Devil and Miss Prym by Paulo Coelho
- The Secret of Chanel No. 5: The Intimate History of the World’s Most Famous Perfume by Tilar J. Mazzeo
- The Templars by Michael Haag
- Everything Is Wrong with Me: A Memoir of an American Childhood Gone, Well, Wrong by Jason Mulgrew
Again, that’s only a partial listing. 🙂
While I could write about several of these, I’ll just call out Alas, Babylon (at AmazonSmile) in particular. 4.5 stars out of 5, 733 customer reviews at the time of writing…that’s a very good score, and indicates contemporary interest in it.
Why do I mention the latter?
The book is about fifty-five years old, having been first published in 1959.
While certainly informed by its period, it still affects modern readers with its post-nuclear war setting.
It’s also been said that it impacted John Lennon’s anti-war stance.
I’m not quite sure why it would be more appropriate in summer than in winter, though. 🙂 Many people actually have read it as school reading over the years.
That’s an interesting question for me: do you look for different things to read in the summer? Traditionally, that’s a time for lighter fare, for “popcorn books” and “beach reads”.
I think the idea goes back to having been in school. Supposedly, during the school year, your mind is focused on heavy studies…and then it needs a “vacation” during the summer.
That never quite worked for me: I read recreationally during the school year, too, and might actually read more intellectual books during the summer. The books that were assigned weren’t always stretching my mind, so I might find more challenging ones on my own…and when I wasn’t as tied up with other school obligations.
Oh, I suppose there might have been some desire to have some lighter books that were easier to pack. 😉 However, I generally traveled with one suitcase just for books, and taking hardbacks was certainly something I did.
How freeing e-books are for that! I can easily take a hundred books, and ones that are a thousand pages long, without worrying about baggage overweight charges. 😉
Anyway, take a look at the full list of these books today…
What about you? Do you read differently during the summer? Do you want something lighter or heavier? Which book(s) on this list would you recommend? Are you buying any of them for gifts for people? I always suggest that, and I do it myself, but I wonder how many people actually buy something in July to arrive in, say, December? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.
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