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Deals of the Moment- April 2019

Every month amazon has a set of kindle monthly deals. Whenever there are deals of interest I post on here. Links are associate links but money goes back into the blog.

So I’m going to briefly talk about the books I’ve read which are on offer, and those that I have bought myself. Why I liked them/bought them, and what they are about. End links are to the amazon page, any other links are to my reviews.

Please note prices are correct at time of publishing and may be subject to change.

The 8th gen. kindle is also currently on offer for £49.99

and the Paperwhite for £99.99

Grief is the Thing With Feathers- Max Porter

Is a strange, sad, and beautiful book about a family comforted by a crow after the death of their mother/wife.

Buy it for just £2.59

The House at Riverton- Kate Morton

The Story surrounding the suicide of a poet and family secrets. An engaging mystery which I really enjoyed

You can buy it…here (only £0.99)

Moab is my Washpot- Stephen Fry

The first of Stephen Fry’s autobiographies detailing his childhood years. I love Fry’s wit and comedy so this was a really enjoyable one for me, although I possibly prefer his second.

Buy here (only £0.99) 

Oddjobs- Heide Goody and Iain Grant

The government knows the apocalypse is coming, but they want it to go smoothly. That’s why they set up an agency for it.

This is a funny book with its share of excitement. Plus it’s set in Birmingham, which is always a plus!

You can buy it…here (only £0.99)

Like Water for Chocolate- Laura Esquivel

I remember very little about ‘Like Water for Chocolate’ except that it was strange, about love, and had recipes in it. I must have enjoyed it though because I still have it even after my move

Buy it…here (only £1.99)

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Malinche- Laura Esquivel

Synopsis (from Amazon, edited by me)

An extraordinary retelling of the passionate and tragic love between the conquistador Cortez and the Indian woman Malinalli, his interpreter during his conquest of the Aztecs. Malinalli’s Indian tribe has been conquered by the warrior Aztecs. When her father is killed in battle, she is raised by her wisewoman grandmother who imparts to her the knowledge that their founding forefather god, Quetzalcoatl, had abandoned them after being made drunk by a trickster god and committing incest with his sister. But he was determined to return with the rising sun and save her tribe from their present captivity. Wheh Malinalli meets Cortez she, like many, suspects that he is the returning Quetzalcoatl, and assumes her task is to welcome him and help him destroy the Aztec empire and free her people.


I must admit I found this book a bit hard going. The writing was undeniably beautiful but difficult. There was a mystical and almost poetic quality to it. Plot wise there isn’t really much to it, there is a plot but most of the book is taken up with writing (I know that kind of sounds odd, but it sort of builds an atmosphere as much as telling a story I suppose). What there was of plot wasn’t really very detailed, and that was kind of disappointing. Somehow tough I did feel I knew Malinalli, almost to the extent that I felt I was her. I hated what the Spanish were doing but somehow I couldn’t hate them because she didn’t, and I think that’s something powerful. I don’t think this is a particularly easily accessible book but for the beautiful writing it’s worth a read, although you may find it best when you have few distractions (I tend to read on the bus and in my lunch break and I found I had to re-read a fair bit). If you’re after something more accessible try Like Water for Chocolate instead, it’s almost as beautifully written but is easier.


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