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Deals of the Moment- March 2016


Every month amazon has a set of kindle monthly deals. Usually I tweet about the interesting deals and leave it at that, but a couple of months ago I decided to try sharing them more widely. There was nothing of interest last month but this month they have holiday offers too and there are a few interesting offers there

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 End of Your Life Book Club- Will Schwalbe

Thoughtful and a little sad memoir about the last month of Schwalbe’s mother’s life.

You can buy it…here (only £0.99)


Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close- Jonathon Safran Foer

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close has been on my wishlist since I read, and loved, Everything is Illuminated. Just goes to show how long things stay on my wishlist. Will almost definitely be buying this one. It’s about a kid who finds a key in his Father’s closet (his father was killed in the 9/11 attacks) and tries to find out what it is.

You can buy it…here (only £1.99)


Chocolat- Joanne Harris

Chocolat was the first Joanne Harris book I read, and still the best. About a woman who opens a chocolate shop in a French village during lent. It’s a little bit magical, and draws a great picture of the town, and also the chocolate!

You can buy it…here (only £1.99)

 


Thirteen Reasons Why- Jay Asher

This is another one which has been on my wishlist for a long time, I think after reading a review on another blog. It’s about 13 reasons why a teenager committed suicide. Not sure I’m up for it at the moment, but may buy it for the future.

You can buy it…here (only £1.99)


Nineteen Minutes- Jodi Picoult
I love Jodi Picoult and I’ve read all her solo novels. Nineteen Minutes is about a school shooting. The shooter and an important witness, who doesn’t seem to be able to remember some key information.

You can buy it…here (only £0.99)



Love Anthony- Lisa Genova

This is another one I’m seriously considering. After really liking Still Alice and enjoying Left Neglected. I like Genova’s blend of informative medical information and human emotion. This one is about a mother who looses her autistic son.

You can buy it…here (only £0.99)


Plain Truth- Jodi Picoult

Another Picoult. This one about an Amish woman accused of the murder of her new born, and illegitimate baby.

You can buy it…here (only £1.99)


The Mother Tongue- Bill Bryson

Another I’m very tempted by. I’ve been meaning to read more Bryson, and I like books about language so this one about the English language seems ideal.

You can buy it…here (only £1.99)


My Sister’s Keeper- Jodi Picoult

Yeah, another one. This is one of my favourites. About a girl, who, after a lifetime donating for her sister with cancer, decides to say no.

Buy it …here (only £1.49)

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Review of the Year 2013- Non-Fiction


I’ve only read 4 non-fiction books this year. I thought I would list them all, although the best of these is clear for me.


The End of Your Life Book Club- Will Schwalbe is about a mother who is critically ill, and her son who connect through books as she reaches the end of her life.

 

 


The Elements of Eloquence- Mark Forsyth. Is about writing and speaking style and how to make what you say beautiful.

 

 


Friends like These- Danny Wallace. Is about Danny finding all of his childhood friends.

 

 


1,227 QI Facts to Blow Your Socks off. Another book by the QI team, full of interesting facts.

And the winner is…

The Elements of Eloquence

I love Mark Forsyth’s stuff. Always interesting, but told in an easy to read tone and with a lot of humour. I’m pretty sure reading this during NaNoWriMo helped my writing too.

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The End of Your Life Book Club- Will Schwalbe


The end of your life book club, will schwalbe, book, book review, cancerSynopsis (from amazon)

Mary Anne Schwalbe is waiting for her chemotherapy treatments when Will casually asks her what she’s reading. The conversation they have grows into tradition: soon they are reading the same books so they can have something to talk about in the hospital waiting room. Their choices range from classic (Howards End) to popular (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), from fantastic (The Hobbit) to spiritual (Jon Kabat-Zinn), with many in between. We hear their passion for reading and their love for each other in their intimate and searching discussions.

Review

This book is about books, it’s about dying, and it’s about building a relationship. Will uses books to connect with his Mum. Sometimes they just choose books which they enjoy, but other times books are used to communicate with each other. Some things can be said so much more easily in words.

Mary Anne has a great belief in the power of words. She knows books which explain what she has seen during her work for international charities much better than she can see herself explaining. The books are also used for her a lot of the time as an opening to a wider topic. One of the last things she wants to do before she dies is to see the project she has been working on come to fruitation- that is the building of a library in Kabul, I think that says a lot about what she believes about the power of words.

There was something very admirable about Mary Anne. She had spent most of her adult life going to dangerous places, most notably Afghanistan, to help others, she’d been shot at, she’s caught diseases, she’s seen people in great suffering, but she’s not given up. Even when she is diagnosed with terminal cancer she has no self pity. She just worries that she won’t be able to do everything she wanted to do. She still says she is lucky in comparison to others. She is suffering, but she doesn’t complain and keeps trying to do everything she did before.

The book is really one which makes you pause and think, and it added a few books to my ever increasing wishlist. However I did find it was dragging a little in the middle, so if you can cope with two books at a time I’d recommend having something else on the go too (for me it was Dearly Devoted Dexter, which is about as far from this book as you can get!).

3.5/5

Buy it:
Kindle (£3.99)
Paperback (£5.75)
Hardback (£10.87)

Other Reviews:

Have I missed your review? Post a link in comments and I will add it here

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