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Deals of the Moment- August 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.

Chocolat- Joanne Harris

I was on a bit of a Joanne Harris kick for a few years pre-uni, and have read a fair bit of her since, but I haven’t read anything by her for ages. Chocolat is my favourite of what I have read, I especially love the descriptions

Buy it for just £0.99

Shades of Grey- Jasper Fforde  

Shades of Grey (not to be confused with 50 Shades of Grey) is my favourite Jasper Fforde book (and I love Jasper Fforde). I just wish he’d get that sequel out! Set is a dystopian world where people can only see some colours- and the social hierarchy is based on that.

You can buy it…here (only £0.99)

Jacob’s Room is Full of Books

And Howard’s End is on the Landing- Susan Hill

I love books about books so I’m interested these which are essentially  reading journals by author Susan Hill. I do wonder if not having read anything by her may effect my reading.

Buy Jacob’s Room (only £4.29) and Howard’s Ending (only £8.89)

Why Not Me?- Mindy Kaling

I love Mindy Kaling so I really enjoyed this second biography. The first was better but I think mainly because it had a lot of before she was famous in it.

You can buy it…here (only £1.99) 

Every Note Played- Lisa Genova

I somehow missed this Lisa Genova Novel being released. It is the story of a pianist diagnosed with ALS which takes away his ability to play. What tends to give Genova’s books something special is her background in neurology, so I fully expect this one to be the same.

Buy it…here (only £3.49)

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine- Gail Honeyman

So many people have raved about this book. It’s one I would probably eventually get around to- maybe now is as good a tine as any?

Buy it…here (only £3.99 with audio)

…this also happens to be the same price in paperback

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Shades of Grey- Jasper Fforde

Synopsis (from Amazon)

Hundreds of years in the future, after the Something that Happened, the world is an alarmingly different place. Life is lived according to The Rulebook and social hierarchy is determined by your perception of colour.

Eddie Russett is an above average Red who dreams of moving up the ladder by marriage to Constance Oxblood. Until he is sent to the Outer Fringes where he meets Jane – a lowly Grey with an uncontrollable temper and a desire to see him killed.

For Eddie, it’s love at first sight. But his infatuation will lead him to discover that all is not as it seems in a world where everything that looks black and white is really shades of grey . . .

If George Orwell had tripped over a paint pot or Douglas Adams favoured colour swatches instead of towels . . . neither of them would have come up with anything as eccentrically brilliant as Shades of Grey.


I will happily call myself a Jasper Fforde fan. I love the Thursday Next series and really like the nursery crimes series, when I heard Fforde had a new series coming out I was really excited but managed to hold myself off from actually buying it until it came out in paperback.I had heard that Shades of Grey was different from anything else by Jasper Fforde so was a little concerned that I might not like it. Initially I did find things a little confusing, probably because the world that Shades of Grey is set it is so similar but so different from our own, but after a while I began to understand a little more and as the story got going I began to get gripped by it, finding it difficult to put down.I would still say I prefer the Thursday Next novels because they’re a bit easier to get your head around but there are also things that I prefered about Shades of Grey. Overall I found the character’s more engaging. I especially liked Jane- she was so strong and didn’t care about what others thought of her so long as she was doing what she thought was right. I think she could quite easily be seen as a bit of a feminist icon. I liked Violet too because she was so beautifully horrible and manipulative, in some ways she was quite similar to Jane but she directed that energy in different ways. It was more serious than Thursday Next to in that it looked at issues we have in our world but from a different angle, I liked that because I like books that make you think, but it still had the familiar Jasper Fforde humour so wasn’t depressing,

I can’t wait for the next in the series.



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