Sunshine Deals – Kindle Books for $2.99 or Less

I wrote a post on a Kindle $3.99 or less sale recently, but now the sale is even better with some great Kindle books going for $.99, $1.99, and $2.99.  The sale on over 600 books ends on June 15.

Just going on the books I’ve read out of this list, I highly recommend Choosing to SEE by Mary Beth Chapman, The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy, Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, and According to Jane by Marilyn Brant.

Choosing to SEE is an emotional autobiography written by Mary Beth Chapman, the wife of famous Christian singer, Steven Curtis Chapman.  It covers the beginning of their marriage, adoptions, and covers a great deal of the grief surrounding the accident that killed their daughter Maria.

The Prince of Tides is of course full of Conroy’s usual humor, violence and relationship drama.  One thing that really amazes me about his books are how he can make situations so hilarious, but also terrifying at the same time.

I am currently working on reading Cat’s Cradle. Vonnegut’s style is pretty dark, yet I found myself laughing out loud at his dry sense of humor.  Cat’s Cradle is about a writer who is doing research on the atomic bomb.  The novel is one of love, lies, and self destruction, as well as science fiction.  When I searched for this book, there is another edition for $11.99, so make sure you go through the sales page to get this particular version.  There are other Vonnegut books on the list as well.

According to Jane was a free book on the Kindle for a brief time, and I managed to snatch it.  I am not a big Jane Austen fan overall, but really enjoyed Brant’s easygoing writing style and the interactions between the main character and Jane.  Jane comes to visit Ellie in her subconscious and they become fast friends.  Ellie is a modern day Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice and the this story takes the reader through many twists and turns until she finally meets her Mr. Darcy.

There are a number of other great books to choose from in fiction and literature, mystery and thriller, health and beauty, and nonfiction.  Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) does a great job of featuring the best rated books and the editors’ picks.


Pat Conroy Kindle Books

After reading South of Broad by Pat Conroy on my Kindle last year, I was disappointed to find out that none of his other books besides My Losing Season were available on the device.  This circumstance recently changed however, with the release of The Prince of Tides for Kindle on August 10.  The Lords of Discipline, The Great Santini and The Water is Wide will follow on August 17, 24 and 31st respectively.

For those of you familiar with Conroy’s works, his books are for the most part set in Charleston, and have an uncanny ability to provide hilarity mixed in with some extremely deep and troubling circumstances.  He deals with murder, prejudice, rape, family issues and the power of friendship.  The Lords of Discipline is especially intense, set in a military academy, but even it manages to have comic relief.

South of Broad is Conroy’s first book in 14 years.  The reviews are all over the place.  Conroy manages to touch on all of the themes of his previous books, but some reviewers say that the book is jumbled and even a bit trashy.  I thought the humor in South of Broad covered up the troublesome issues a little more than his earlier books, and Leo, the main character, sure is a smooth talker.  The deeper issues in this book were tinged by comical moments so much so that I didn’t take them as seriously as I took the events in say, The Prince of Tides.

Leo, or Leopold Bloom King, is the narrator of the book and is stumbling is way through life following the death of his brother.  His dialogue with his overly religious mother cracks me up.  This book has a strong Catholic undertone and the plot runs from the 1960’s to the 1990’s.  The plot takes such unexpected twists and turns that it definitely keeps you on your toes.

Conroy has a new book called My Reading Life coming out in November that features anecdotes from his own reading experiences.  I am sure there will be plenty of humor.  Overall, I really enjoy Conroy’s books and his ability to add humor into such troublesome situations, but I can’t really decide which one is my favorite.  Has anyone read his books and have one they particularly like best?