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The Halloween Plan by Claire Saguy

It used to be that publishing a book was a feat only achieved by the select few, and it was restricted to major publishing houses.

Ebooks have completely shifted the way we think of publishing. Anyone who can write and has some technology knowledge can publish via Kindle Direct Publishing.

Now, we can take it even further, and open up the publishing process to children.  A child’s dream to be a writer can be a reality.

The Halloween Plan is a short story written by 10-year-old Claire Saguy, an avid Kindle reader and aspiring writer who is raising money for her school in Los Angeles.  Schools are facing funding cuts all over the country.  What a neat way to give back to her school and community.

The plot is a dilemma we all know well.  Sarah, a 5th grader, has to go to her younger sister’s Halloween show, but would much rather go to her friend’s birthday party instead.  Sarah and her friends team up to come up with a plan that will allow Sarah to come to the party without her mom knowing.  The plan takes some twists and turns that could go either way.

The Halloween Plan teaches a lesson on the importance of honesty and good communication.  It is a quick read, and the writing is quite good.

A great short story for all ages, and just in time for Halloween.  Hopefully Claire’s example will help encourage other kids hoping to become writers to publish their own ebooks as well.  The lure of technology could be a great boost for literacy.

This generation of children are pretty tech savvy. There are a number of children’s books on the Kindle, some with interactive content sure to make the story more fun and engaging.

 

 

 

Hunger Games Trilogy Named Best Selling Series of All Time on Amazon

Hunger Games Book 1Suzanne Collins’s mega bestselling series, The Hunger Games Trilogy, is now the bestselling series of all time on Amazon.  This series has even beaten Harry Potter.  All three books are available in the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library to to check out for free.  For those who aren’t Prime members, all of the books run about $5 each.

The trilogy takes place in post-war United States.  The new country is called Panem, and is composed of 12 districts that each provide different goods for the Capitol.  District 13 was supposedly destroyed when the Capitol took control.  The protagonist, Katniss Everdeen and her family live in District 12, the smallest and poorest district.

The Hunger Games is a lot like the Olympics, except that it is a group of teenagers who are put in an arena.  The 24 young tributes fight to the death until there is one remaining victor.

The Hunger Games

The first book in the dystopian series introduces the reader to the protagonist, Katniss Everdeen, her best friend Gale, and fellow tribute, Peeta, along with many other interesting characters.  Katniss and Peeta represent District 12 in the Hunger Games.

Catching Fire

Katniss and Peeta are in for another fight for their lives.  The whole country of Panem is stirred up, and on the brink of rebellion.  Surprisingly, this book sucked me in a lot more than the other two.

Mockingjay

The final book in the trilogy covers the full on rebellion in Panem, with Katniss as the Mockingjay.  The Mockingjay gives them hope for a better future.  Will the Districts succeed in taking the Capitol?  It is yet to be seen.

I’m keeping the summaries short to avoid risk of spoiling anything for those who have not read the series yet.  The obstacles that Katniss, Peeta and others face are just downright bizarre.  But, there is a very human aspect to the books as well.  That’s what drew me into Harry Potter, and has done the same with the Hunger Games Trilogy.

The writing style and Katniss’s point of view also makes this trilogy so easy to relate to despite the brutal circumstances.  The reader gets a glimpse of her thoughts, emotions, reactions to various situations, and her feelings for the people around her.  I also love the sense of humor.  The characters find humor despite the dire circumstances.

 

 

 

 

 

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Still Alice by Lisa Genova is a fictional account of a 50 year old Harvard psychology professor with early onset Alzheimer’s.  It is available in both Kindle and paperback editions.  This book has won numerous awards and had a long run on the New York Times Bestseller List.

I discovered this book while searching through Goodreads recommendations.  Goodreads has introduced me to a lot of different authors and genres I would never have heard of otherwise.

It is simple, yet poignant.  The book is written from the perspective of the Alzheimer’s patient as opposed to the more common caretaker viewpoint.  So, the reader gets a first hand glimpse into the daily tasks and emotions from the patient herself.

Most people think of Alzheimer’s as affecting only the elderly.  In a majority of cases those people are beyond retirement age.  Before Alzheimer’s struck, Alice held a jam packed schedule full of lectures, research, and teaching.  The aggressive disease took all of that away from her.  It not only takes a toll on her life, but on her family and friends as well.

The writing itself is really direct, with no frills.  Sometimes there is a bit of disorganization in the flow of the plot, but in a sense, it represents Alice’s train of thoughts.

Still Alice has glowing reviews.  Many of the reviewers suggest that everyone affected by Alzheimer’s in some way should read it.  I also saw multiple reviews saying how accurate Genova’s depiction of the disease is. The fictional account has a loose connection to the author because she is a Harvard educated neuroscientist herself.

Vicki Evans

“Wow! This book is so realistic and, for me, a real tear-jerking read. I teach high school and I have always told my students that if a book can draw you in, make you live vicariously through a character, and somehow help you with life experiences, then it’s a good book. This book did that for me and so much more.”

Genova has another bestselling novel: Left Neglected out, and will release Love Anthony on September 25th.

Personal Finance for Dummies

I just finished a book called Personal Finance in Your 20’s for Dummies on my Kindle.  I recommend this getting started guide for anyone setting out in the working world, or those who are looking for learn more about financial matters.

This book covers everything from health insurance to investing.  It is geared for high school or college graduates more so than someone in their late 20’s like myself, however, many of the tips ere very relevant since recent graduates are having a harder time finding jobs.  That in turn puts them getting into the workforce later.  The work force also looks a lot different now than it did even 10 years ago.

The book also gives suggestions for different companies or organizations that are good options to use in each category.  It includes a variety of choices, so there’s something for everyone.

There is another one called Personal Finance for Dummies, as well as Investing for Dummies.  Those go more in detail on the the topic than the 20’s one does.

Seems like there’s a Dummies book for everything.  The language used is written in a way that explains whatever the topic is, really well.  It takes good writing for me to stay engaged, and these do.

You can about all of these on the Kindle for less than $10.  I’ve been switching between my Kindle and iPhone Kindle app a lot.  Quite handy since I use these books as a reference for both personal and professional reasons.

Aimee Elizabeth


“This book covers a wide variety of general personal finances. It’s a great starter book for anyone just getting out of school, just entering the workforce or better yet while still in school, before any financial mistakes have been made! And also a great book for anyone to read BEFORE they get their first credit card or any other type of debt. Highly recommended!”

 

 

Tis the Season for Beach Reads

When I have a lot going on, I tend to go for lighter reading.  Several books I’ve read lately make great beach reads.  If you’re looking for some mostly inexpensive books to take to the beach, I recommend books by Karen McQuestion.  Other bestselling authors to note of are Jennifer Weiner and Sarah Pekkanen.

Karen McQuestion, the author of the bestselling Kindle e-book, A Scattered Life, has a new book out called The Long Way Home.  Four women of varying ages embark on a road trip to Las Vegas.  Along the way, they face past fears and tragedies, form close bonds, and of course have the adventure of a lifetime.

A good author puts you into the circumstances and gives you a full idea of their character’s personalities.  McQuestion does a good job of this in The Long Way Home.  There is even a supernatural element to the story.

Sarah Pekkanen writes classic chick lit, but I enjoyed These Girls more than most chick lit books I’ve read because the characters had real personalities.  It also boasts great reviews.  They dealt with real issues and showed compassion for each other.  There wasn’t a snooty tone to this book like there usually is in a book about working at a magazine.  That’s not to say that These Girls doesn’t give insight to the cutthroat nature of the competition for higher jobs within a magazine.

Jennifer Weiner is the bestselling author of In Her Shoes.  It was developed into a hit movie a few years ago.  I think my favorite part about Jennifer Weiner’s books is the humor.  Usually she writes from the point of view of a “second best” who give their funny take on another popular, “have it all” type, that doesn’t really have it all.  Her latest, Then Came You deals with fertility issues from different perspectives.

All of these books are $9.99 or less in the Kindle Store.  Karen McQuestion’s book is available in the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library.  Happy reading!

Thunder and Rain by Charles Martin

Charles Martin is one of my favorite authors.  I hate that he only comes out with a new book once every two years, but you can tell that he puts a lot of thought into each book he writes.

Thunder and Rain is his latest, and I’d say, one of his best.  This is the first of his books that I’ve read on my Kindle.  I heard him speak a few years ago and took all of my books to be signed.  Makes me wonder what will happen to book signings once e-readers become the norm?

Thunder and Rain is set in Texas.  Martin’s books have been set in different parts of the country, which I find very refreshing.  The narrator is Ty Steele, a third generation retired Texas Ranger.  This book takes the reader through all of the emotions from sorrow to joy, and touches on many controversial issues.

Ty Steele is highly respected in his community, and cares deeply for his family, friends, and random people he meets on the side of the road.  He goes out of his way to help out those who are down on their luck.  His selflessness and service to others shapes the direction of the book as a whole.  Chivalry is not dead!

Now, I will admit that Martin can get a bit sappy at times, but the depth of the story and the easy going nature of his writing help make it more real.  I always feel like I’m right there with the characters because his writing is so conversational.

Charles Martin’s most recent book prior to Thunder and Rain, The Mountain Between Us, didn’t capture my attention as much as some of his other books, but it was still a good book.  It is currently in the process of being made into a movie.

Reviews of Thunder and Rain are overwhelmingly positive.  Many reviewers are with me on the writing style observation.  So, if you’re looking for books to stock your Kindle with for the summer, I recommend adding this one to the pile.

Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin

Emily Giffin is best known for her book, Something Borrowed.  It was made into a movie and is now out on DVD.  I saw it recently.  I wasn’t overly impressed.  However, I’ve read three of the books so far, and have enjoyed them.  You can find them on the Kindle for reasonable prices.

Something Borrowed is the first in a series that is follwed by Something Blue, then Heart of the Matter fits in there somewhere in the line up.  All include the same characters, but each is narrated by a different character.

Heart of the Matter has two narrators: Tessa, the wife of a plastic surgeon, and Valerie, the mother of the surgeon’s patient.  Valerie is also “the other woman” so to speak.

Cheating is a common theme in Giffin’s books.  I get kind of tired of seeing it addressed over and over.  But, she presents both sides of the issue.  She also portrays the stay at home mom vs working mom culture.

I think what keeps me reading is her writing style.  It is very conversational and you can see how each of the characters’ personalities mesh together.

The summer is coming up.  Heart of the Matter would be a good book to load on your Kindle for some lazy beach or pool side reading.

The reviews are pretty good overall.  I think many echo my thoughts regarding the point of view and beach read writing style.

Kenlah0406

“Just when you think you have a clear cut view of what life is all about or about what you will or won’t do, you find that it is very rare for any person to be all good or all bad. There are more areas of gray in this life than just black or white. This book speaks to what it means to human, which mean to be imperfect. It speaks to the choices we make and the reasons for those choices and how they shape our lives, as well as the people’s lives around us. ”

 

 

Harry Potter FInally Arrives on the Kindle

J.K. Rowling’s hit Harry Potter series finally became available on the Kindle on March 27th.  I admit, this announcement does sound a  bit anticlimactic since all of the books and movies have been released already.

For those who are not familiar with the actual plot, it features a boy wizard named Harry who must defeat the Dark Lord, otherwise known as Lord Voldemort.  The seven books in the series take readers through many adventures that result in both sad and happy endings.

I’m not usually one to read fantasy, but this series sucked me in along with most of the rest of the world.  I think the endearing characteristic of these books was that despite the supernatural element to the story, the characters were very human.  The issues that Harry and his friends Ron and Hermione faced were not all that much different than our own.  Relationships, doing well in school, death, rejection, and more were very evident throughout the series.

The movies overall did a good job at capturing the magic of the books.  I think the final one, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was my favorite book and movie.  Well, part 2 of the movie that is.  It is heartbreaking, but it ties everything up nicely.

Future Harry Potter readers will have it easy because the Kindle weighs next to nothing compared to the print editions.  I remember when Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix came out.  It is the thickest book in the series, and the ones to follower were not all that much thinner.  Especially considering that most Harry Potter fans will sit and read the book for hours on end.  It always was such a let down when the book ended.

I didn’t get on the Harry Potter bandwagon until after the fourth book was published, but I fondly remember eagerly waiting for the new ones to arrive.  Now Rowling has finally joined the growing digital book world, and her beloved Harry Potter will be enjoyed by readers of all ages for many years to come.

 

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

All three of the books in the Hunger Games Trilogy have been on top of the Kindle Bestseller list longer than any other books I’ve seen.  Suzanne Collins is one of the few authors who have managed to reach one million Kindle books sold.

The movie based on the first Hunger Games book will be released this weekend.  The excitement is comparable to the Harry Potter movie releases.  I hope that this movie will do the book justice.  I am particularly excited about this because North Carolina is the primary setting for the movie, and several scenes were shot in my hometown.

For a brief overview of the trilogy, see the post I wrote about it a couple years ago: Hunger Games Trilogy: Kindle Edition.

The setting is a futuristic world.  The country is a post war United States, and is divided into 12 districts.  The Hunger Games are sort of like the Olympics, except that it involves teenagers, and only one survives.  Each districts sends a male and female to the Games.  It sounds pretty brutal, and it is, but it shocks me sometimes how much science fiction or futuristic writing can address issues that we deal with today.

If you are an Amazon Prime member, you can check out all three books in the trilogy for free through the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library, Unfortunately, it limits you to one each month,   Otherwise, each book is about five bucks.  Considering how addicting the reviewers say the books are, I can’t imagine wanting to wait a whole month for each one.

Mia

“The author has a way to do what so many writers cant. She brings you in, keeps you there and then rocks your entire world. I am really good at predicting where a story is going to go, however, just when I was thinking it would go one way the book went in a completely different direction. Fantastic series, if I could give more stars I would. If the movie is a tenth as good as this trilogy I think it may become my favorite!! ”

 

How the Digital Revolution has Changed the Nature of Reading

I’ve been reading a lot of good books lately.  Some kept my attention better than others though.  I just finished Tina Fey’s hit autobiography, Bossypants.  It has been awhile since I’ve laughed out loud so much while reading a book.  I highly recommend this one.

After reading an article about how distractions from social media and YouTube have changed the nature of reading, it made me realize how true that is just from observing my own recent reading habits.  The whole social media is distracting concept is not new, but sometimes we just have to be reminded how much of a time suck it really is.

I have always been a voracious reader.  I used to could lie on a couch immersed in a book, or in more recent years, my Kindle, for hours on end.  I have always liked how the e-ink Kindle has managed to continue to create a quality, relatively distraction free reading experience. Enter the iPhone, and later the iPad and those days were mostly gone.

Books don’t grab my attention like they used to.  I’m finding that it is harder and harder for me to focus on one book for a length of time.  Even with one as good as Bossypants, I was still mindlessly checking my email or Facebook every so often.

So what will instant access to other forms of media do to reading?  It has and will continue to become more fragmented.  Twitter has introduced the idea of saying what you need to say in just 140 characters.  We go in to get what we want, and move on.  The good thing about this is that more people than ever before have access to information.  Most people are reading something, even if it is just blog articles.  So, this is a big step in the right direction for literacy efforts.

With that said, I do hope that good books hold their charm for years to come.  There are times when our overstimulated brains just need a break from the mindless social media checking.  I sometimes like to leave everything behind and go sit in a park on a nice day and just read.  Hide your phone, or revoke your Kindle Fire’s wi-fi access, and escape into another reality for awhile.