Archive for June 2011

25 Most Wanted – Week of June 20

1. Water for Elephants: A Novel by Sara Gruen

2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

3. Go the F**k to Sleep by Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes

4. Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins

5. Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins

6. Riversong by Tess Hardwick

7. My Horizontal Life by Chelsea Handler

8. The Secret Holocaust Diaries by Nonna Bannister

9. Summer Secrets by Barbara Freethy

10. One True Love by Barbara Freethy

11. Switched (Trylle Trilogy, Book 1) by Amanda Hocking

12. Faking It by Elisa Lorello

13. The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

14. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

15. Ryan’s Return by Barbara Freethy

16. May Day (Murder-by-Month Mysteries, No. 1) by Jess Lourey

17. Don’t Say A Word by Barbara Freethy

18. Mended Heart by Mary Manners

19. Torn (Trylle Trilogy, Book 2) by Amanda Hocking

20. Hybrid by Brian O’Grady

21. Ascend (Trylle Trilogy, #3) by Amanda Hocking

22. The Bargain by Mary J. Putney

23. Little Miss Independent by Julia Templeton

24. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

25. Stolen by Lucy Christopher

Free Classics: “A Speckled Bird” by Augusta Evans Wilson

Every Friday, Marilyn Knapp Litt, who blogs at ClassicKindle.com, brings us her recommendation of a free classic book to discover (or rediscover) on Kindle. Find more of Marilyn’s recommendations at her blog, ClassicKindle.com, a guide to the best free and inexpensive classic literature for the Kindle. You can also get Marilyn’s blog on Kindle and I recommend that you “Like” the Classic Kindle Facebook page as well so you don’t miss anything. Here’s Marilyn’s post:

You know those rare books that you pick up and are captivated by the first lines? That is what I found in A Speckled Bird by Augusta Evans Wilson.

“Grandma, who named me Eglah?”

“My cousin, Bishop Vivian, when he baptized you.”

“Do you think he had any right to put such a label on me?”

“Certainly, because your father selected your name, and the bishop had no choice.”

“It is so ugly, I never can like it, and a little baby that can’t speak her mind ought not to be tied to something she must drag all her life and hate for ever and ever.”

“Eat your breakfast, and try to be a good, quiet child, then your name will not trouble you so much.”

“I never shall like it, any more than you do, and you know, grandma, when you call me your mouth twists like you had toothache.”

I can sympathize with “Eglah.” I had an aunt named Orga. I never heard her say she did not like her name, but it is never on any baby name lists.

This is one of those novels about an orphan left in the care of a grandmother who has no love for her. It is also a political novel, in that Eglah moves to Washington D.C.

“Is social life in Washington disappointing?”

“That is scarcely the right term. Life is certainly very brilliant, and gay and panoramic, and I enjoy music and dancing, and some dinner parties; above all, I find keen pleasure in following a spirited debate in the House, or listening to speeches in the Senate, but sometimes I catch myself wondering if this is indeed all—the veritable kernel of society, politics, diplomacy, or merely the shell partly cracked. Life here and in Washington does not seem so absolutely real as it was at home, at Nutwood.”

If you visit the Capital, you are unlikely to travel around by trap, but some things never change!

Download your free copy of “A Speckled Bird” by Augusta Evans Wilson here >>

25 Most Wanted – Week of June 13, 2011

1. Water for Elephants: A Novel by Sara Gruen

2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

3. Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins

4. Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins

5. My Horizontal Life by Chelsea Handler

6. Always the Baker, Never the Bride by Sandra D. Bricker

7. Switched (Trylle Trilogy, Book 1) by Amanda Hocking

8. Summer Secrets by Barbara Freethy

9. Faking It by Elisa Lorello

10. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

11. The Secret Holocaust Diaries by Nonna Bannister

12. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

13. Fireflies in December by Jennifer Erin Valent

14. Torn (Trylle Trilogy, Book 2) by Amanda Hocking

15. Ryan’s Return by Barbara Freethy

16. Blue by Lou Aronica

17. Sparks Fly by Lucy Kevin

18. Go the F**k to Sleep by Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes

19. Bull Street by David Lender

20. The Granite Key (Bones Of The Mother) by N. S. Wikarski

21. Riversong by Tess Hardwick

22. My Blood Approves by Amanda Hocking

23. Between the Lines by Tammara Webber

24. Maid for Love (The McCarthys of Gansett Island) by Marie Force

25. The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan