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The Book Corner / Amazon First Reads -- October 2020
« on: October 01, 2020, 10:56:22 am »
9 titles this month, and we get to pick 2 free (or reduced if not a Prime member)

The list and links: :)

First reads for October

Gothic Fiction: The Haunting of Brynn Wilder

Thriller: The Cipher

Book Club Fiction: The Magnificent Dappled Sea

Historical Fantasy: Spellbreaker

Suspense: Girls of Brackenhill

Historical Fiction: Th Last Correspondent

Memoir: The Boy Between

Contemporary Fiction:  Perfectly Impossible

Children's Picture book: Some Days

The Book Corner / Amazon First Reads -- September 2020
« on: September 01, 2020, 04:41:41 am »
8 titles again this month, and we get to pick 1 free (or reduced if not a Prime member)

The list and links: :)

First reads for September

Thriller: The Unspoken

Book Club Fiction: Millicent Glenn's Last Wish

Domestic Suspense: This Secret Thing

Literary Fiction: A Single Swallow

Humerous Non-Fiction: Welcome to the United States of Anxiety: Observations from a Reforming Neurotic

Romantic Comedy: Roommaid: A Novel

Supernatural Thriller: The Haunting of H. G. Wells

Children's Picture book: That Monster on the Block

All the Devils Are Here

I have literally been waiting for this since January when I pre-ordered it. There are not many authors I'm willing to pay full price for, but Louise Penny is one of them. I heard a rumor that paper copies may be delayed due to USPS issues, but the kindle edition should show up on time.

Here's the link to my gushing over Book 15 from last fall. :) This is number 16.,224393.msg3848119.html#msg3848119

edited: out today, Sept 1. :)

Let's Talk Kindle! / kindle edition now counts as paper edition
« on: August 11, 2020, 10:10:31 am »
So .... was that sufficiently clickbaity. :)

Here's the thing: I've had the kindle edition of the Washington Post from July 2009 when I got my first Kindle. At that time, the on line WaPo had no paywall. So if I read an article and wanted to see the pictures that went with it (kindle edition includes only a limited number and only in b&w) I could go on line and do so. I had to 'register' but there was no cost to do so.

Sometime around 5 years or so, give or take, the on line content began to require a paid subscription. You could pay just for on line, or it was included if you subscribed for home delivery of the paper edition. But a kindle subscription didn't count.  >:( Grumble grumble.

I complained -- in a very nice way, of course -- to both Amazon and WaPo and the responses were less than encouraging. Perfectly polite and full of commiseration but Amazon couldn't really do anything and WaPo basically said it wasn't the current policy. Mostly it was annoying because if someone linked to a WaPo article on social media, I could follow the link, but couldn't read more than the first paragraph or so without paying. Which I wasn't going to do.

But YESTERDAY I got an email from Amazon that said:

Thank you for subscribing to the Kindle Edition of The Washington Post. We are happy to announce a new reading benefit at no additional cost, called Digital Access. With Digital Access, you can read everything The Washington Post offers on its website and mobile apps by simply logging in with your existing Amazon user name and password.

Offer details
Your subscription to The Washington Post Kindle Edition now includes unlimited access to and The Washington Post apps. You also will continue to receive daily Kindle issues of The Washington Post that can be read with the free Kindle mobile app, on any Kindle E-reader, or on any Fire tablet.

So, YAY! I can now access all the WaPo content by virtue of subscribing to the publication in a Kindle edition.

The Book Corner / Amazon First Reads -- August 2020
« on: August 01, 2020, 05:45:10 am »
Back to 8 titles available this month, and we get to pick 1 free (or reduced if not a Prime member)

Here's the list and links :)

First reads for August

Thriller: Interference

Psychological Suspense: Girl Gone Mad

Mystery: Deadly Waters

Crime Fiction: Don't Ever Forget

Book Club Fiction: Honeysuckle Season

Young Adult: Find Layla

Literary Fiction: The Woman in the Moonlight

Children's Picture book: Rosie the Dragon and Charlie Say Goodnight

The Book Corner / Amazon First Reads -- July 2020
« on: July 01, 2020, 07:28:07 am »
NOTE: There are 9 titles available this month, and we get to pick 2 free (or reduced if not a Prime member)

Haven't looked any more thoroughly just yet, but here's the list and links, at least. :)

First reads for July

Crime Thriller: White Out

Suspense: Trust No One

Contemporary Fiction: Cleo McDougal Regrets Nothing

Thriller: Her Final Words

Book Club Fiction: The Last of the Moon Girls

Memoir: The Son and Heir

Historical Fiction: Across the Winding River

Children's Picture book: Clover Kitty Goes to Kittygarten

Essays: Tomboyland

Let's Talk Kindle! / Library Extension for Firefox
« on: June 21, 2020, 04:47:08 am »
I think I've shared this before but here it is again in case I'm misremembering and/or people didn't see it.

I mostly use Firefox as my browser and there's an extension/add on called "Library Extension" that you can get for it. Once activated, and set up with your libraries, it works with both Amazon and GoodReads (probably other sites as well).

So, when you're on a book page, the extension does a check of the libraries you've listed and shows you, right there on the product/information page, whether the book is available at the selected libraries. It will look for both eBooks and audio books. If it's available immediately there will be a 'borrow' button; if not there's a 'view' button. Either one takes you to the libarary's page where you can borrow, wish list, or hold it.

Again: it works both on Amazon AND on GoodReads. I suspect it works on other book selling sites as well and maybe other book organization/review sites as well. It is, for me, the easiest way to figure out if a book that's caught my eye is available to borrow!

Let's Talk Kindle! / Library borrowing on Kindle -- a PSA
« on: June 21, 2020, 04:40:54 am »
So, most of us know that we can borrow kindle books via Overdrive from many libraries -- at least in the US. Shortly after the feature became available, they added the ability to return the books directly from the Kindle. Many of us embraced this as quicker than having to go to the library/overdrive site to find the book and manually return it. BUT, I've discovered it doesn't always work.

I noticed it a month or so ago -- I'd returned a book and it was gone from my kindle and shown as 'borrow expired' on the manage content page of Amazon. BUT I happened to be at the library website which showed it as still checked out to me. Which, of course, means that my copy isn't available to anyone else. :( Since then I've paid closer attention and made a point of checking and it's consistent: you 'return' it from kindle and it shows 'borrow expired' in you content, but the book is still checked out per the library website.

I assume it will automatically return at the end of the borrowing period. But if you, like me, would like to return it early so it's available for another library patron, you might want to check directly via the library site. I am pretty sure that it used to work properly; no idea when it stopped.

Let's Talk Kindle! / 8GB PW w/ special offers on sale
« on: June 15, 2020, 06:57:06 am »
$99.99 today!

Kindle PaperWhite

Or get the 32GB version for $124.99 ... which is $5 less than the price for the 8GB model regularly.

It's called either Rivers of London or the Peter Grant series. Essentially, it's a 'police procedural' set in and around London in the present day. EXCEPT, this particular police constable is assigned to a specialist unit where they investigate crimes with unusual connections. Basically, his boss is the last registered wizard in the UK (who looks to be middle aged but has stories from very early in the 20th century that feel very like he was actually there) and he's become a wizard in training. As such, he learns to examine crime scenes for traces of magic usage and/or not completely human involvement. It's told from Constable Grant's point of view and he's got a down to earth and quirky sort of humor -- much like in the St. Mary's series. Also, he's decided to bring the study of magic into the 21st century, using science to analyze how magic works and what effect it has on modern conveniences.

It's quite a fun series -- there are currently 8 full length books as well as a couple shorter ones. In addition, there are apparently some 'graphic novel' titles that connect to the series. All the novel length ones are available via Overdrive, but the older ones aren't priced too badly, currently $7.99. I've linked to the first one below.

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

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