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The Book Corner / Amazon First Reads -- June 2020
« on: June 02, 2020, 04:45:04 am »
First reads for June

Crime Thriller: Find Me

Suspense: The Bone Jar

Contemporary Fiction: Someone Else's Secret

Thriller: Never Look Back

Book Club Fiction: The Lending Library

Epic Fantasy: Scarlet Odyssey

Historical Fiction: Opium and Absinthe

Children's Picture book: Kat and Juju

A couple of possibilities here, for a change. (For me, anyway). Epic Fantasy is new! I'll check back in a few days for reviews.

The Book Corner / How are you doing on your GR challenge?
« on: May 23, 2020, 01:06:17 pm »
Just saw an update that came across my GR feed that a friend of a friend finished his goal of 75 books already. So I figured I'd check where I stand, just to see.

In 2019 I made my goal 100 books. Which I thought was about right. I think I ended up reading 120 or so. So, for 2020, I figured I should officially up my goal to 110. Not that I am really interested in reading just to see 'how many'. Mostly, I just want to enjoy my leisure time. But it's a thing, so what the heck? :)

Anyway, it's just about the end of May and I've finished 50 books. And there have been at least a half dozen that were DNF.

So, I guess I'm on track. :D  GR says I'm 7 books ahead of the pace.

So, I regularly read on a PW kindle but at night I use an Oasis. So I'm syncing to most recent page regularly.

This morning, when I picked up my PW to update it based on my reading before bed last night, instead of the small pop up in the middle, there was a popup at the bottom. I could tap the sentence to go to where I left off -- it gave the specific page -- or tap an X to close the dialog. Once I tapped it to go, it gave me the option to change my mind. There was also a line marking the two 'stops' -- where I left off on the two devices.

Off to play and see what else randomly changed over night. ;) AND to see if the Oasis is doing the same thing -- last night it was still doing it the old way.

The Book Corner / Amazon First Reads -- May 2020
« on: May 01, 2020, 05:52:34 am »
Thriller: Don't Make a Sound

Contemporary Fiction: If You Must Know

Legal Thriller: Legacy of Lies

Book Club Fiction: Sorry I Missed You

Historical Fiction: Golden Poppies

Memoir: Your Blue is Not My Blue

Literary Fiction: A Man

Children's: The Refuge

The Thriller, Legal Thriller, and Literary Fiction are possibilites for me. Will wait for the reviews. Alas, still no Cozy or Historical mystery.

The Book Corner / Amazon First Reads -- April 2020
« on: April 02, 2020, 10:55:01 am »
Thriller: The Girl Beneath the Sea

Contemporary Fiction: Stories We Never Told

Psychological Suspense: What We Forgot To Bury

Romance: Love on Beach Avenue

Contemporary Fiction: Little White Secrets

Memoir: In the Shadow of the Valley

Science Fiction: A Girl From Nowhere (actually, the blurb makes it read more like Fantasy)

Children's: Bear and Fred

(Sorry no pictures: the link maker wasn't working so I had to just build 'em myself.)

The Book Corner / Amazon first reads -- February 2020
« on: February 01, 2020, 06:18:44 am »
Amazon First Reads

Back to picking 1 this month.

Contemporary Fiction: Dead teenager as a ghost following a horrific accident?

Psychological Suspense:   A damaged person being exploited/ gaslighted.

Memoir:   Not really a memoir person. Especially of someone I've never heard of.

Thriller:   Serial Killer, copycat, FBI procedural. A possibility. First in a series.

Historical Fiction:   Post WWII, this time East Germany.

Mystery: Single mother with a past whose investigation is one step ahead of the cops. But not a cozy. Still, a possibility. Also first in a series.

Fantasy: Unprepared young woman on a quest to fullfill a dire prophecy.

Children's Picture Book: Billed as for new parents.

I didn't actually pick anything last month. Two possibilities here this month but I have SOOOOO much to read already! :o

Introductions & Welcomes / MOVED: Kindle vs. Amazon Prime
« on: January 27, 2020, 12:28:00 pm »

The Book Corner / MOVED: Twist of Fate by Anita Fisk
« on: January 24, 2020, 03:46:55 am »

The Book Corner / Amazon first reads -- January 2020
« on: January 01, 2020, 04:14:30 am »
Amazon First Reads

Looks like we get to pick 2 this month.

Psychological Thriller:   Blurb doesn't grab me; I'm not in the mood for 'disturbing'.

Contemporary Fiction:   Looks like a "love at last" type romance.

Suspense:   She's 'tortured' and feeling 'trapped'. Can't we just have a cozy mystery?

Domestic Suspense:   This one looks promising -- 20 year old mystery now current again.

Nonfiction:   Meh. I don't read much nonfiction and this one doesn't appeal.

Thriller:   A spy novel. Maybe. I think this author has been featured before.

Historical Fiction:   NOT WWII. Rather, a post WWI suspense/romance, it looks like.

Children's Picture Book:  

Once again nothing that leaps out and says "Pick Me!" though one or two possibles.

The Book Bazaar / Free Book Finds 2020
« on: January 01, 2020, 03:50:31 am »
Post free* book finds here.   No self-promotion please!

To search Amazon for free books, click here.

This thread is for members to post their Free book finds, no self-promotion please. Posts about an author's own books will be removed. Also, please don't post your friend's book as a "find."  You didn't just  "find it," did you? ;) 

And please do not link through other sites:  use KBoards affiliate links (link-maker above) or generic Amazon links. :)

If you have a book of your own to promote, you may start a thread all your own in the Book Bazaar to promote your book, to post news and to talk to your fans!  Of course, you may also list the book in your Avatar and signature.  And you may list your temporarily free books in our Links to Free Books thread. Thanks!

Tip: typing in the title in addition to including the cover helps when doing searches!

We generally try to keep this thread on topic with book posts only, off-topic posts will be "pruned"!  This helps members who use the "new post" indicator or who have subscribed to the thread.  Thanks for your cooperation!

*buyer beware:  though books are free when posted here, prices on Amazon can change without warning so be sure to look before you click!
**international members:  these books are free in the US, but may not be free in your country.  Again, be sure to look before you click

Did we mention No Self Promotion?

The Book Bazaar / Bargain Book Finds 2020
« on: January 01, 2020, 03:47:48 am »
Post your found bargain* books here.

(Link to the 2019 thread:,307749.0.html)

This thread is for all to post their Bargain book finds, no self-promotion please**.  Please do not link through other sites -- use KBoards affiliate or generic Amazon links.

We generally try to keep this thread on topic with book posts only, off-topic posts will be "pruned"!  This helps people who check the thread whenever they see the "new post" indicator or who have the thread set up for "notify."  Thanks for your consideration!

If you have a book of your own to promote, you may start a thread all your own in the Book Bazaar to promote your book, to post news and to talk to your fans!  Please do not post here or ask someone to do so on your behalf.  You may post in the bargain book threads open to authors, found here:
I'd Buy That Book for a Buck
Bargain Books Under $3
(These links may also be found in the Book Bazaar Threadipedia & FAQ sticky thread.)  Of course, you may also list the book in your Avatar and signature.  Thanks!

Tip:  typing the title of the book in the post as well as adding the image will help people searching for the book!

*'bargain' generally means under $5 (inside US - price may vary in other countries) . . .but, buyer beware:  prices can change without notice so look before you click!

**"Self-promotion" includes books that the poster has a vested self-interest in--books by friends and family or books that the member is posting on behalf of the author, to include paid or unpaid promotion

The Book Corner / Random free $5 from the Zon
« on: December 24, 2019, 11:36:18 am »
Just got an email that said, "go buy that book on your wish list, we'll give you $5 off". Sadly, the book referenced I'd already borrowed from the library and read, but I clicked through anyway and then went and did some clean up on my wish list. Turns out, there were a number of books the $5 could go against, so I got something else. Yay me. :)

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