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Deals of the Moment- May 2018


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.

There are so many books that are/look good this month and I’ve been busy and procrastinating, so it’s a bit late…but hey impulse buying is a thing right?


All the Light We Cannot See- Anthony Doerr

I read this a while ago but never reviewed it even though I enjoyed it. It’s a bit of a different war story and has been widely praised. It follows two characters; a clever German orphan who falls into working with the Nazis and a blind french girl who is fleeing from the occupation in Paris.

Buy it for just £2.99



Why Have Kids?- Jessica Valenti  

This one has been on my deals of the moment before, and I didn’t buy it. I’m mainly interested because the writer is one of the contributors to the amazing ‘Yes Means Yes’. The feminist in me is interested to read it, but I’m unsure of the actual subject matter.

You can buy it…here (only £0.99)



The Horologicon and The Elements of Eloquence– Mark Forsyth

I love the opportunity to rave about Forsyth’s entertaining and interesting books all about language. If you buy anything on this list it should be one of these.

Buy The Horologican (only £3.09) and The Elements of Eloquence (only £3.49)


Oddjobs 2: This Time it’s Personnel- Heide Goody and Iain Grant

I bought this to read on holiday because I loved the first in the series. Funny, and at times moving, definitely a good holiday book. Follows a government department who are trying to manage the end of the world.

You can buy it…here (only £0.99) (The first is only £2.99 so you may as well buy that too.)


The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas- John Boyne

 Another well received war book, this one about a concentration camp. Very moving but simple enough for children.

Buy it…here (only £2.99)



Room- Emma Donoghue

Very sad, and moving, and hopeful book about a woman who has been imprisoned by her captor since being a teenager, and their son.

Buy it…here (only £0.99)




Talking to my Daughter About the Economy- Yanis Varoufakis

I’ve looked at this one a few times, instore and online but am very much on the fence about whether to read it or not. I like the idea of an easy to understand book about economics, but I also worry it will just bore me.

Buy it…here (only £1.99)


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Deals of the Moment- February 2018


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.


Oddjobs- Heide Goody and Iain Grant

Odd jobs is the story of a government agency trying to coven up the end of the world, and everything that comes with it. Like all of Goody and Grant’s books it’s a good chuukle

Buy it for just 99p



I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman- Nora Ephron

I’ve heard this one is good, but I’d forgotten about it until I saw it on the monthly deals.

You can buy it…here (only £1.99)



Love in the Time of Cholera- Gabriel Garcia Marquez

I’ve somehow never read any Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and I really should. This one is about unrequited love

You can buy it….here (only £1.99)



The Rosie Project- Graeme Simsion

Don is looking for love, in a rather unconventional way- a questionnaire to find the perfect woman, but then he meets Rosie- who doesn’t seem like the perfect woman at all!

I loved this book.

You can buy it…here (only 99p)


Armada- Ernest Cline

Armada is the other book by the author of the very popular ‘Ready Player One’. It focuses around a boy who is a big video game player, but one day the alien ship he has been playing as really exists.

Buy it…here (only £1.99)

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Oddjobs- Heide Goody and Iain Grant


Disclaimer: I was given this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis (from amazon)

It’s the end of the world as we know it, but someone still needs to do the paperwork.
Incomprehensible horrors from beyond are going to devour our world but that’s no excuse to get all emotional about it. Morag Murray works for the secret government organisation responsible for making sure the apocalypse goes as smoothly and as quietly as possible.
In her first week on the job, Morag has to hunt down a man-eating starfish, solve a supernatural murder and, if she’s got time, prevent her own inevitable death.

Review

I’ve been really enjoying the Clovenhoof books by Goody and Grant (I’m reading Hellzapoppin’ at the moment) so when they sent me an offer to read the first book from their new series I jumped at the chance.

Oddjobs has the same humourous tone that the Clovenhoof books do but I think it has a bit more of an edge to it.  It’s a little bit political, about work in general and probably a lot about more about government work (I’ve only ever really worked in that sector so I’m not sure how true it would be of other sectors).  Basically about red tape and silly ideas.

It has more action throughout that the Clovenhoof books too, which makes it readable in a different way.

Clovenhoof is probably a bit more easy going, but I think overall this might be a more interesting series, I’ll be looking forward to the next one.

4/5

Buy it:

Kindle (£3.50)

Paperback (£6.99)

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