Over the last few months, especially in December with special deals from Kindle and Google Play, I’ve picked up several ebooks on the cheap. Some are books I’ve wanted to read for a while; others, I’ve only just heard about, but thought they were worth the $1.99 or so to check out. Will I get to them first thing this year? Doubtful, since I’m still reading The Lord of the Rings: One Volume (which also is one of the books) and have at least one other ebook checked out from the Free Library of Philadelphia. But someday, some week, some month this year, maybe I’ll get to one or more of the other 18 ebooks:
- All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
- All Things Bright and Beautiful by James Herriot
- All Things Wise and Wonderful by James Herriot
- Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
- Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody Book 1) by Elizabeth Peters
- Don Quixote: A New Translation by Miguel de Cervantes and Edith Grossman
- H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
- Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
- Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
- IQ by Joe Ide
- Lord Foul’s Bane (The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever Book 1) by Stephen R. Donaldson
- The Lord of the Rings: One Volume by J.R.R. Tolkien
- Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan
- Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker
- Mrs. Saint and the Defectives: A Novel by Julie Lawson Timmer
- Punishment (Detective Barnes Series Book 1) by Scott J. Holiday
- A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick
- You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir by Sherman Alexie
To make it an even 20 for the year, I already did read one of the books I purchased: The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Douglas Carlton Abrams, and it was one of My Top 5 Favorite Books Read In 2017.
As for the rest, going down the list from top to bottom:
- I picked up the first Herriot book and then got all three on another deal because I remember watching the PBS show years ago and liking it, and I don’t think I’ve ever read the books.
- The deGrasse Tyson was on a whim.
- I bought the Peters book because a friend recommended the series and while it is available at our library, this way, I thought I’d get to it on my own timetable.
- I read a translation, I think it was abridged possibly, by Walter Starkie years ago of Don Quixote and enjoyed it. We have this translation at the library but it’s so huge that I’d rather have on ebook.
- I tried to read H is for Hawk last year, but didn’t get to it so now I have a copy for when I try it again.
- Yes, it would be better to have a print copy of the Hamilton book but now that I have a Fire, I think I’ll be able to see the pages well enough.
- The Hate U Give was on a lot of bloggers’ “Best Of” lists for 2017 so I felt obliged to get and see for myself what all the fuss is about.
- Hidden Figures: I actually got for my wife. The only bad thing is that it’s on Google Play Books, which we only can read on our phones, but at least we have it.
- IQ is another one I picked up on Google Play Books, one of only three on this list not on Kindle. I was on hold for the longest time from the Free Library of Philadelphia that I just decided to go ahead and buy it.
- Lord Foul’s Bane will be a reread…if I ever get to it.
- Likewise, LOTR is a reread and I’ve only started it last month.
- I think I read about the Sullivan book on some blogs and thought, “Why not?”
- Mindhunter: Kim and I watched the show and loved it, so I thought I’d go back to the source, also on Google Play Books.
- Mrs. Saint and The Defectives? To be honest, this was one I accidentally hit “Buy” on and didn’t go back to get rid of. I have no idea.
- Punishment was purchased, I think, last week and was on a whim too. I think it might have been one that Kindle featured for January.
- A Scanner Darkly, I have heard of it and want to read some PKD so why not this?
- I love Sherman Alexie, what can I say?
Have you read of these books? If you have or haven’t, which one would you start with?