I promised you free books and we will get there. But, there’s something I need to talk about first. Have you noticed my lack of book reviews lately? I think I’ve been down to 1 a week for the last while.
Scroll on down if you’d rather just get to the books 😉
Maybe, not. But I will pretend you did because I sure have. My lack of book reviews has been a thorn in my side over the last few weeks. I guess you can say I’ve been in a reading slump. As a book blogger, reading slumps are bad news.
What is a Reading Slump?
If you’ve been around the book blogging world for any length of time, you’ve probably heard the term reading slump. It’s a term that might not sound like a big deal to most people. But to a book blogger, an avid reader, those two words are the stuff of nightmares. A reading slump is what happens when you desperately want to enjoy a book but, for whatever reason, can’t.
As someone who reads all the time, someone rarely found without a book in my hand, reading slumps are distressing.
The worst part is, I think it’s the books fault. Not mine.
17 out of the last 25 books I’ve tried to read I’ve had to mark as DNF (did not finish). If that’s not bad enough, another 3 have been 1 star reviews. I don’t often publish negative reviews, but I’m so tempted right now, just so I’ll have something to post, even if it’s not positive.
It shouldn’t be a surprise when I say, I’m angry. There are a couple amazing things about being a book blogger. The first is getting to read books before they’re published. The second is finding new authors and stories I wouldn’t have paid attention to if it weren’t for my blog.
Right now, those amazing things feel like curses. See, sometimes the storyline just sucks, sometimes the characters are one-dimensional and unrelatable. Other times the book isn’t properly formatted or proofread. And, yet other time, the book is simply bad.
Last night, after my 17th DNF in 8 weeks I decided I was done. I was done suffering through poorly written prose, underdeveloped characters, and gaping plot holes.
I went to my bookshelf thinking I would find something readable there. Turns out I’ve read every physical book I own (I know, it’s impressive) and I don’t think I’ve ever liked a book enough to reread it. So I turned to the amazing selection of free e-books knowing I could find a few that were highly rated and thus not likely to end up on my did not finish list.
Here are the books I’ve added to my kindle. It would be super fun if you added them to yours as well, then we could talk about them when we’re both finished. If you have read any of these before, I would love to know what you thought. Are they worth my time?
Remember, prices tend to chance without warning so make sure the books are still free before you one click.
Once upon a time, there was a girl who dressed up and went to a big party at the palace. When she was there, she met a prince. They danced and fell in love…
Damn good line. Too bad I don’t believe a word of it anymore.
Haven’t we all been there? I’m sure everyone in the world has given up on love at one point or anything. Want to know what really sold this book for me? Look at the shoe on the cover! It’s beautiful, isn’t it?
Some people measure life in hours. Days. Weeks. I measure mine in kills. A covert military mission gone wrong robbed me of my memory and any link to my past. This is my existence now. I execute and survive. Nothing more, nothing less. I was ready to write Isabel Foster’s name in my ledger of unfortunate souls until she uttered the one word that could stop the bullet meant for her. My name.
Tell me you can read that and not need to know more? My goodness, I can’t. This is my current read. I have so many questions right now and I need them answered.
Sexy Australian billionaire Grant Devlin is ruining my life. He exercises shirtless in his office, is notorious for his lunchtime hook-ups, he even yawns sexily. If I didn’t need this job so bad, I’d take his black Amex and tell him where to swipe it.
He doesn’t even know I exist, but why would he? He jets off to Paris with supermodels, I spend Friday nights with Netflix and a chunk of Pepperidge Farm frozen cake–waiting for his call. Because every time he crashes his yacht, or blows $500k on a single roulette spin in Monte Carlo, I’m the PR girl who has to clean up his mess.
I’ll admit, billionaires are my second favorite book boyfriends and I do spend may Friday nights with Netflix and cake. Because of this, I plan to forgo my regularly scheduled Friday night Netflix and read this while eating cake. Who’s with me?
Something bad happened to Matinicus “Matt” Hawkins in Afghanistan.
The ex-SEAL was grievously wounded in an ambush that killed men under his command and almost ended his life. When he pushed for an investigation, he was kicked out of the Navy with a psychiatric discharge. The doctors put his shattered leg back together, but the bitterness destroyed his marriage.
We’re coming up to that time of the year, aren’t we? The time when we recognize the sacrifice made by those who serve in the various branches of the military. I think books are an amazing way to increase awareness not only of the horrors they experience but also of the struggles they face when they return home.
Dispatcher Zak Waller prefers working behind the scenes in the Sheriff’s Office of Lost Trail, Montana, but when a newcomer to the sparsely populated town is brutally murdered—and the Sheriff is quick to pin the death on an unknown outsider—Zak starts his own private sleuthing.
Living in a small town myself, I adore books that take place in communities like mine. As far as I’m concerned small towns are under-represented in most genres of literature. I’m looking forward to this one.
Danger lurks in tranquil surroundings…
The local church graveyard holds many secrets.
Dozens of people are searching for the truth.
With the body count rising, it’s not long before DI Sally Parker’s fears are realised… there is a serial killer on her patch.
Sally is a confident person but someone from her recent past threatens her new-found confidence with a harsh plan.
Can Sally overcome the obstacles fate has placed in her path to track down a brazen killer who is intent to derail the investigation at every opportunity?
There is something incredibly captivating about the cover. I just have to open the book and learn its secrets. Fall is the perfect time of the year to read a book about a serial killer, isn’t it?
There is only one light in my darkness, one bright ray in the storm of my life. Lucia DeMarco. And I’ll do anything for her. Anything except show her who I really am…an assassin. Well, former assassin. I don’t really do that anymore…usually.
Well, who doesn’t love a story that promises big secrets and reveals? Plus, would you look at that cover? I could look at it all day. Forget reading, I’ll just stare at it…
What happens when an angel falls?
Angel Lila is being hunted–she can feel the hunter closing in behind her. Every move she makes, he’s stalking after her. But does the werewolf on her trail want to destroy her–or can he protect her from the growing darkness that she is trying so desperately to fight?
I don’t often read paranormal literature but there is something about the cover. I just have to know the story.
There you have it, the newest additions to my Kindle. I hope they are all as amazing as the reviews suggest.
Have you read any of these books? Did you love them, hate them? Tell me everything, I need to know.