Reading and Meeting My Goal
I (Susan) entered October ahead of schedule. According to Goodreads, I was more than on track to meet my 2014 goal to read 65 books this year. But by the end of October, I had slipped to a precarious position. The root cause can be traced to two factors: I hooked up cable TV after a 10-year hiatus. And the Kansas City Royals made a thrilling post-season all the way to Game 7 of the World Series.
Last week, I realized I had six weeks to read 12 books. Doable, but not easy. I charted out a plan to finish two books a week for the rest of the year. This means my Township may be neglected. This is where reading on the Kindle has a disadvantage. It’s not so easy to look at the shelf and pick out the skinniest books to tackle. A little more research is required to plow through to the goal. I’m stacking up a few sweet Christmas stories and adding some by favorite authors.
Any other tips to get through to the goal? How is your progress going with your reading goal?
Prime Christmas Music
It’s beginning to SOUND a lot like Christmas thanks to a new feature introduced in Amazon Music. Amazon invites site visitors to “listen while you shop.” Click the music note icon at the top of the page to hear the selected playlist. It’s even more fun if you’re a Prime members, which offers free access to playlists loaded with Christmas music.
Lots to like about these playlists: You can put them in your Amazon Music Player to listen on just any device. I’ve already had them on my Kindle Fire and the television. Mix and match options allow you to throw out particular songs you don’t like (Nutcracker Suite, anyone?). Plus, you can upload music from your computer to get true Christmas harmony. Amazon has put together a wonderful blend of classics and contemporary hits. Playlists like “Holiday Movie Favorites,” “Christmas Morning” and “Christmas Road Rage” (don’t worry, it’s a soothing blend of instrumentals) add some great tunes.
Black Friday Deals
Amazon and publishers have dropped hints that Black Friday Deals will be forthcoming. We’ll be here checking for the best deals and posting them on Daily Cheap Reads. Check the site throughout the day to see the updates we post.
These three cheap shorter reads (only 99 cents each) are a great way to start your holiday reading.
Bruno and the Carol Singers (99 cents) St. Denis is experiencing its coldest winter in years and Bruno is occupied with his Christmastime duties. From organizing carolers to playing Father Christmas for the local schoolchildren, Bruno has his hands full . . . at least until some funds raised for charity go missing.
Can’t Wait (99 cents) Though she is the woman of his dreams, Caleb Bowden knows his best friend’s sister, Summer Turner, is off-limits. Summer shares a connection with Caleb she’s never felt with anyone else. Summer will have to take matters into her own hands if she wants her cowboy for Christmas.
Merry Christmas from . . . (99 cents) Karen Robert has spent the last several years tracking down the wonderful and wacky Christmas cards represented in this book—the best out of tens of thousands she has reviewed.
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Set in Boston at the end of the First World War, bestselling author Dennis Lehane’s long-awaited eighth novel unflinchingly captures the political and social unrest of a nation caught at the crossroads between past and future. Filled with a cast of unforgettable characters more richly drawn than any Lehane has ever created, The Given Day tells the story of two families—one black, one white—swept up in a maelstrom of revolutionaries and anarchists, immigrants and ward bosses, Brahmins and ordinary citizens, all engaged in a battle for survival and power.
Coursing through some of the pivotal events of the time—including the Spanish Influenza pandemic—and culminating in the Boston Police Strike of 1919, The Given Day explores the crippling violence and irrepressible exuberance of a country at war with, and in the thrall of, itself. Buy this historical novel today for only $1.99.
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Trenton, New Jersey’s favorite used-car dealer, Jimmy Poletti, was caught selling a lot more than used cars out of his dealerships. Now he’s out on bail and has missed his date in court, and bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is looking to bring him in. Leads are quickly turning into dead ends, and all too frequently into dead bodies. Even Joe Morelli, the city’s hottest cop, is struggling to find a clue to the suspected killer’s whereabouts. These are desperate times, and they call for desperate measures. So Stephanie is going to have to do something she really doesn’t want to do: protect former hospital security guard and general pain in her behind Randy Briggs.
Death threats, highly trained assassins, highly untrained assassins, and Stark Street being overrun by a pack of feral Chihuahuas are all in a day’s work for Stephanie Plum. The real challenge is dealing with her Grandma Mazur’s wild bucket list. A boob job and getting revenge on Joe Morelli’s Grandma Bella can barely hold a candle to what’s number one on the list—but that’s top secret.
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A Dixie Christmas ($1.99) Laughter and love combine in Sandra Hill’s Blue Christmas–with a touch of Elvis magic. Wealthy Wall Street businessman Clayton Jessup III steps in trouble–literally–when he confronts the bizarre group of Elvis impersonators who’ve set up a living Nativity scene on his property.
In Jinx Christmas, sexy NASCAR star Lance Caslow makes a last-ditch effort to win back his ex-wife Brenda. he will do anything to prove he’s worthy of Brenda’s trust again–even join the Cajun Christmas show starring a raucous Cajun family whose menfolk dance for charity events in little more than a smile . . .
Santa Viking ($1.99) A fun, romantic romp yule love!
Boltor’s Bride: Bolthor the Skald has been there for his fellow warriors. Enter the sexy, Saxon widow Katherine of Wickshire Manor, a woman in need of a strong man to take care of her, her four children, not to mention about two hundred chickens. When Viking meets Saxon, the sparks do fly.
A Viking for Christmas: Bodyguard Erik Thorsson, a fiftieth generation Viking, meets Jessica Jones, dressed as a cute Santa Claus, when she stages a righteous attempt to rob the local Piggly Jiggly. For the first time in five years, since his beloved wife died, Erik finds himself head over Santa boot heels in love, but how to convince Jessica that he’s not her Christmas curse, but instead a Christmas miracle.
They’re Watching ($2.99 Audiobook $0.99) Kindle Book: Patrick Davis is a man with troubles. First his Hollywood dreams crumble and then his storybook marriage hits a snag. Now, DVDs start being delivered to his house—DVDs which show that someone is watching him and his wife, that the two of them are being stalked and recorded by cameras hidden in their house.
Unto These Hills ($1.99) Kindle Romance: From its vivid evocation of mill hill life to its pitch perfect rendering of the complexities of family and relationships, Unto These Hills is at once epic and intensely intimate.
College (Un)bound ($1.99 Audiobook $0.99) Kindle Non-Fiction: Incisive, urgent, and controversial, College (Un)bound is a must-read for prospective students, parents, and anyone concerned with the future of American higher education.
Red Alert ($1.99) Kindle Sci-Fi/Fantasy: Peter Bryant’s 1958 novel Red Alert tells the terrifying tale of just how close to nuclear destruction the world can be. Here, we are faced with the worst possible of all worst-case scenarios in the Cold War.
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Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($0.99) Audible Deal of the Day (price ends at 11:59pm Eastern): Steve Rogers, known to the world as Captain America, continues his affiliation with S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury and the Avengers. But Steve struggles to fit in the modern world, and now his past will come back to haunt him…
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They killed her best friend. Now they are chasing Rachel Anderson through the streets of Cape Town. The young tourist doesn’t dare trust anyone – except her father, back home in America. When he puts pressure on the politicians, they know that to protect their country’s image, they must find Rachel’s hiding place before the killers.
So Benny Griessel – detective, maverick and father of teenagers himself – has just 13 hours to crack open a conspiracy which threatens the whole country.
Buy this white-knuckle thriller for $1.99 today.
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The cheer in Fool’s Gold, California, is bringing out the humbug in dancer Evie Stryker. An injury has forced her to return home to her estranged family. So she won’t add to the awkward scenario by falling for the charms of her brother’s best friend, no matter how tempting he is. When she’s recruited to stage the winter festival, she vows to do as promised, then move on, anywhere but here.
Jaded lawyer Dante Jefferson is getting used to the town he now calls home, but the pounding of little dancers’ feet above his office is more than he can take. When he confronts their gorgeous teacher, he’s unprepared for their searing attraction. Evie is his best friend’s sister—off-limits unless he’s willing to risk his heart. Dante has always believed that love is dangerous, but that was before he had to reckon with the magic of a certain small town, where miracles do seem to happen….
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Bourne’s friend Eli Yadin, head of Mossad, learns that Ouyang Jidan, a senior member of China’s Politburo, and a major Mexican drug lord may have been trafficking in something far more deadly than drugs. Yadin needs Bourne to investigate. Bourne agrees, but only because he has a personal agenda: Ouyang Jidan is the man who ordered Rebeka–one of the only people Bourne has ever truly cared about–murdered. Bourne is determined to avenge her death, but in the process he becomes enmeshed in a monstrous world-wide scheme involving the Chinese, Mexicans, and Russians.
Bourne’s increasingly desperate search for Ouyang takes him from Tel Aviv to Shanghai, Mexico City, and, ultimately, a village on China’s coast where a clever trap has been laid for him. Bourne finds himself pursued on all sides and unsure whom he can trust. As he moves closer to Ouyang, closer to avenging the woman he loved, he also moves ever closer to his own death . . .
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Whether it’s sleek leather pants, a shiny new Apple computer, or a designer toaster, we make important decisions as consumers every day based on our sensory experience. Sensory appeals are everywhere, and they are intensifying, radically changing how Americans live and work. The twenty-first century has become the age of aesthetics, and whether we realize it or not, this influence has taken over the marketplace, and much more.
In this penetrating, keenly observed book, Virginia Postrel makes the argument that appearance counts, that aesthetic value is real. Drawing from fields as diverse as fashion, real estate, politics, design, and economics, Postrel deftly chronicles our culture’s aesthetic imperative and argues persuasively that it is a vital component of a healthy, forward-looking society.
Intelligent, incisive, and thought-provoking, The Substance of Style is a groundbreaking portrait of the democratization of taste and a brilliant examination of the way we live now. Buy this book today for only $1.99.
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