Archive for August 2011

25 Most Wanted – Week of August 22

1. Water for Elephants: A Novel by Sara Gruen

2. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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. Love Will Find A Way by Barbara Freethy

7. Eternity by Maggie Jaimeson B0050YUTDY

8. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

9. The Fallen Star (Fallen Star Series) by Jessica Sorensen

10. Stealing Faces by Michael Prescott

11. Compromising Positions by Jenna Bayley-Burke

12. My Horizontal Life by Chelsea Handler

13. Megan’s Way (2011 Beach Book Festival Award Winner, 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist) by Melissa Foster

14. [NSFW] Bunny And The Bear by Eve Langlais

15. Almost Married by Carol Grace

16. The Mill River Recluse by Darcie Chan

17. Alison Wonderland by Helen Smith

18. BLIND FAITH by CJ Lyons

19. The Trouble With Love (Texas One Night Stands) by Joan Reeves

20. Just The Way You Are by Barbara Freethy

21. Daniel’s Gift by Barbara Freethy

22. A Modern Witch (A Modern Witch Series: Book 1) by Debora Geary

23. Welcome to Paradise by Carol Grace

24. No Shoes, No Shirt, No Spells (Mystic Cafe Series) by Rose Pressey

25. [NSFW] Southern Comfort by Mari Carr, Jayne Rylon

Free Classics: The Tin Soldier by Temple Bailey

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:

The Tin Soldier by Temple Bailey is a 1916 novel that was on the bestseller list in 1919. (Who even knew there were bestseller lists then? Thank you Wikipedia!)
The subject is WWI, and the title is inspired by Hans Christian Anderson.

“I cannot bear it,” the Tin Soldier said, standing on the shelf, “I cannot bear it. It is so melancholy here. Let me rather go to the wars and lose my arms and legs.”

HANS ANDERSEN: The Old House.
Here is a bit from near the beginning:

“I am going to knit socks next,” she told her father.
He looked up from his paper. “Did you ever stop to think what it means to a man over there when a woman says ‘I’m going to knit socks’?”
Jean nodded. That was one of the charms which her father had for her. He saw things. It was tired soldiers at this moment, marching in the cold and needing—socks.
Hilda, having no vision, remarked from the corner where she sat with her book, “There’s no sense in all this killing—I wish we’d kept out of it.”
“Wasn’t there any sense,” said little Jean from the hearth rug, “in Bunker Hill and Valley Forge?”
Hilda evaded that. “Anyhow, I’m glad they’ve stopped playing the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ at the movies. I’m tired of standing up.”
Jean voiced her scorn. “I’d stand until I dropped, rather than miss a note of it.”
Doctor McKenzie interposed: “‘The time has come,’ the Walrus said, ‘To talk of many things, Of shoes—and ships—and sealing wax— Of cabbages—and kings—'”
“Oh, Daddy,” Jean reproached him, “I should think you might be serious.”

You might think this book had a lot to do with the soldiers, but the heroines go overseas, too.

Hating the war, Drusilla yet loved the work she had to do. There was, of course, the horror of it, but there was, too, the stimulus of living in a world of realities. She wondered if she were the same girl who had burned her red candles and had served her little suppers, safe and sound and far away from the stress of fighting.

Yes, Drusilla is a heroine, not an evil step-sister!
You might wonder how I ran across this book. The TV series “Boardwalk Empire” has a WWI vet character, Jimmy Darmody, and he was reading it in a scene set in a veteran’s hospital. The show has a lot of detail and I started noticing the books the characters were reading when I started watching the series for the second time.
And in case you wondered, here are the top ten of 1919:

    1. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalpse by V. Blasco Ibanez
    2. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad
    3. The Desert of Wheat by Zane Grey
    4. Dangerous Days by Mary Roberts Rinehart
    5. The Sky Pilot in No Man’s Land by Ralph Connor
    6. The Re-Creation of Brian Kent by Howard Bell Wright
    7. Dawn by Gene Stratton-Porter
    8. The Tin Soldier by Temple Bailey
    9. Christopher and Columbus by “Elizabeth”
    10. In Secret by Robert W. Chambers

Download your free copy of “The Tin Soldier” by Temple Bailey here >>>

25 Most Wanted – Week of August 15

1. Water for Elephants: A Novel by Sara Gruen

2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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

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

5. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

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

7. Stealing Faces by Michael Prescott

8. [NSFW] A Piece of Me by Yvette Hines

9. Caribbean Moon (A Manny Williams Thriller) by Rick Murcer

10. Shattered (Dream Realms Trilogy, #1) by Sophia Sharp

11. Under the Cowboy’s Control (Contemporary Western Romance, Texas) by Lynda Chance

12. Moon Child (Vampire for Hire #4) by J.R. Rain

13. Betrayal by Fern Michaels

14. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1) by Rick Riordan

15. Michael’s Family by Kathryn Shay

16. Moon Dance (Vampire for Hire #1) by J.R. Rain

17. Miss Match (Lauren Holbrook Series, Book 1) by Erynn Mangum

18. [NSFW] Defying Pack Law by Eve Langlais

19. Megan’s Way (2011 Beach Book Festival Award Winner, 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist) by Melissa Foster

20. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

21. Shattered: A Daughter’s Regret (Secrets) by Melody Carlson

22. My Horizontal Life by Chelsea Handler

23. [NSFW] Sought (The Brides of the Kindred) by Evangeline Anderson

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

25. Vampire Moon (Vampire for Hire #2) by J.R. Rain