Archive for September 2011

25 Most Wanted – Week of August 29

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. Who Needs A Hero? by Jennifer L. Hart

6. The Mill River Recluse by Darcie Chan

7. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

8. Hurricanes in Paradise by Denise Hildreth Jones

9. Thorn in My Side (Kindle Single) by Karin Slaughter

10. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

11. Growing Up Amish by Ira Wagler8

12. ABDUCTED by T.R. Ragan

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

14. Medical Error by Richard Mabry

15. Sorry I’m Not Sorry by @SororityProblem

16. Steppin’ into the Good Life by Tia McCollors

17. My Horizontal Life by Chelsea Handler

18. Compromising Positions by Jenna Bayley-Burke

19. A Knight in Central Park by Theresa Ragan

20. Love Will Find A Way by Barbara Freethy

21. Don’t Say A Word by Barbara Freethy

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

23. Borrowed Time by CJ Lyons

24. The Ultimate Choice by Lisa C Hinsley

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

Free Classics: Cranford by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

Every Friday, Marilyn Knapp Litt, who blogs at, brings us her recommendation of a free classic book to discover (or rediscover) on Kindle. Find more of Marilyn’s recommendations at her blog,, 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:

Some of you may have enjoyed a show on PBS Masterpiece (née Theater) called Cranford. It was a story of genteel English countryside meets the modern age. I enjoyed the show and was surprised to find out it was based, in part, on an 1849 novel now out of copyright.

In the first place, Cranford is in possession of the Amazons; all the holders of houses above a certain rent are women. If a married couple come to settle in the town, somehow the gentleman disappears; he is either fairly frightened to death by being the only man in the Cranford evening parties, or he is accounted for by being with his regiment, his ship, or closely engaged in business all the week in the great neighbouring commercial town of Drumble, distant only twenty miles on a railroad. In short, whatever does become of the gentlemen, they are not at Cranford. What could they do if they were there? The surgeon has his round of thirty miles, and sleeps at Cranford; but every man cannot be a surgeon. For keeping the trim gardens full of choice flowers without a weed to speck them; for frightening away little boys who look wistfully at the said flowers through the railings; for rushing out at the geese that occasionally venture in to the gardens if the gates are left open; for deciding all questions of literature and politics without troubling themselves with unnecessary reasons or arguments; for obtaining clear and correct knowledge of everybody’s affairs in the parish; for keeping their neat maid-servants in admirable order; for kindness (somewhat dictatorial) to the poor, and real tender good offices to each other whenever they are in distress, the ladies of Cranford are quite sufficient. “A man,” as one of them observed to me once, “is so in the way in the house!” Although the ladies of Cranford know all each other’s proceedings, they are exceedingly indifferent to each other’s opinions. Indeed, as each has her own individuality, not to say eccentricity, pretty strongly developed, nothing is so easy as verbal retaliation; but, somehow, good-will reigns among them to a considerable degree.

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