bookspry’s Thanksgiving 2018 Romance Recommendations!

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Thanksgiving is hurtling towards us, it’s only a few weeks away! It feels like summer has only just finished and now we’re already half-way through the fall! We here at bookspry need to get in the Thanksgiving spirit, and the best way to do that is, of course, to read a book! What’s better than a little Thanksgiving romance?

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Stuffed: A Thanksgiving Romance by Jessica Gadziala

This is brother’s best friend romance currently has 4.4 stars on Amazon, so you know it’s going to be good! Callie is returning home for the holidays and meets up with the man that she used to have a crush on back when she was an awkward and clumsy teenager. Will her crush ever see her as anything more than his friend’s geeky younger sister? Maybe, with a little Thanksgiving luck!

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Thanksgiving Protector (Texas Ranger Holidays) by Sharon Dunn

With 4.8 stars on Amazon and 4.11 stars on Goodreads, you know this is going to be good! Yes it is a romance, but it’s also about a lone wolf Texas Ranger learning how to be a father at Thanksgiving.

Her Naughty Holiday (Men at Work #2) by Tiffany Reisz

This has 4.6 stars on Amazon and written by a USA Today bestselling author. Clover is going home for Thanksgiving, already dreading the yearly ritual of explaining to her family that she is still single. Rather than go through that once again she decides to take along a fake boyfriend. This year Thanksgiving is going to be STEAMY!

Thankful for You by ID Johnson

This book covers all your Thanksgiving romance book bases. Set over Thanksgiving (look at that cover!), highly rated, part of the Heartwarming Holidays Sweet Romance series. Note that this is a “clean” romance book. Which I think is perfect for Thanksgiving, even if you like things a little…naughtier, I think it’s nice to do some seasonal reading from time to time and this one fits the bill!

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Cocky Thanksgiving by Faleena Hopkins

You probably have seen some of these “Cocky” books from Faleena Hopkins around. They’re very popular and tend to focus on very specific themes and topics…like Thanksgiving! This is part of a holiday themed series that Faleena has written and is receiving some great reviews. It’s short, sweet and really hits the Thanksgiving spot!

 

That’s it! There are lots more out there, but these are some of the best, most highly rated books you can find if you really want to get into the spirit of things this Thanksgiving!

If you think we missed anything, or have a book you think we should include, let us know at admin@bookspry.com. We read every email we get.

the bookspry team

Thanksgiving Reading List

What to read to get in the Thanksgiving mood!

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Google “books for Thanksgiving” and it’s easy to find children’s books that explain what Thanksgiving is, the history and traditions of it, etc. That’s great for the kids, but what about the adults? We need good books to read over Thanksgiving too! Who wants to deal with all that travel, family and general craziness that comes with the holidays without a book or two, and what better time to read some Thanksgiving classics!

The books we picked for our Thanksgiving reading recommendations are all set over the Thanksgiving weekend. They are the perfect way to get in the holiday spirit ahead of the…holidays. Or, if your Thanksgiving is as hectic as ours, these books are a great little break from the craziness of the holiday itself. 

strangers at the feast by jennifer vanderbes a thanksgiving novel

Strangers at the Feast by Jennifer Vanderbes

A family gathers for Thanksgiving, frayed relationships, marital strife and hidden secrets make this a Thanksgiving like no other. In Jennifer’s skillful hands this Thanksgiving tale about family dynamics is a thrilling read that you won’t be able to put down!

pumpkin muffin murder by livia washburn a thanksgiving novel

The Pumpkin Muffin Murder (Fresh-Baked Mystery) by Livia J. Washburn

This is the fifth in the Livia’s Fresh-Baked Mystery series, but it works well as a standalone and there’s no need to read any of the earlier books in order to understand what is going on. Although, once you’ve read one of Livia’s cosy series, you’ll probably want to go back and read some more! The Pumpkin Muffin Murder is a gentle murder-mystery that’s set over a Thanksgiving weekend. It’s the perfect book to keep you warm as you snuggle under the blankets on a cold November evening.

thanksgiving novel christmas memory by truman capote

A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote

Yeah, the title does not make this sound like a Thanksgiving book! But that’s because this is a book of three short stories, two of which are set at Christmas and the third at Thanksgiving. The acclaimed author of Breakfast at Tiffany’s brings us a heartwarming tale of Thanksgiving from his boyhood in rural Alabama. Then, after you finish reading the Thanksgiving story, you still have two short stories waiting for you to read when it closer to Christmas!

 

A Patchwork Planet by Anne Tyler

We’re big fans of Anne, she is so great at creating believable characters in an easy and subtle way that her characters start to become your friends because you simply know them so well. The way she writes is incredibly easy to read, but her stories stick with you for years. A Patchwork Planet is the perfect Thanksgiving pick as it features a potluck Thanksgiving dinner and the drama of a missing turkey.

thanksgiving romance ghost at the table by suzanne berne

The Ghost at the Table by Suzanne Bearne

This is tale of two sisters trying to put aside their differences to try and come together at Thanksgiving. The sisters squabble and hidden pains are slowly revealed at a climatic Thanksgiving dinner.

 

Model Behavior by Jay McInerney

This is not the traditional setting for a Thanksgiving book, it’s set in a fancy New York restaurant. However the familiar Thanksgiving theme of family coming together and drama ensues. Jay’s writing veers between humor and heartbreak.

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The Ice Storm by Rick Moody

This is a classic Thanksgiving tale that, in 1997, was made into a movie starring Sigourney Weaver, a young Elijah Wood and a whole host of other big Hollywood names. Set in 1970s New England, as an ice storm isolates two families over Thanksgiving. Secrets and lies are revealed and uncomfortable truths have unfortunate consequences.

The Lay of the Land by Richard Ford

This is actually the third book of a trilogy following our hero, Bascombe. However you don’t need to read the first two books to understand what’s going on here. Yes, this another story of a family coming together for Thanksgiving. Bascombe is spending the vacation with his two ex-wives, the disliked boyfriend of his daughter and his newly diagnosed cancer. However this is also book about the political climate in America in the early Bush years.

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An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving by Louisa May Alcott

Last, but by no means least, is an absolute classic. This is a very short story, only 30 pages long, telling the story of the Basset family’s Thanksgiving. It is heartwarming tale of a loving family simply enjoying spending Thanksgiving together. After all the more modern books on the stress and intrigue of family dynamics, this one is a nice change of pace!

 

That’s it. Hope you enjoyed our Thanksgiving reading recommendations! More than enough for anyone looking for a little reading escape over the holidays. As always, if you think we missed anything or have a book we should include, reach out to us at admin@bookspry.com or on Twitter.

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Reddit for Bookworms – The Best Subreddits for Readers

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Immersing yourself in a book is a brilliant feeling! It can feel like the characters are your friends and you’re living in their world with them. There are times that I genuinely hate coming to the end of a book, because I don’t want the story to ever end, I don’t want to leave this inspiring world behind. But every book has to end, and I find that one of the best ways to cheer myself up is to talk people who feel as strongly as I do.

Reddit is a great way of finding like minded people. It is a massive site, made up of countless subreddits. Each subreddit (or “sub”) is a community, created to bring people together over a certain topic. Now, because reddit is so big, it can be quite challenging to actually find the right subreddits, and it can take time to find the right ones for you. Not to mention it can be a bit daunting trying to use the reddit search engine or understand the “in-speak” of the reddit community.

So, we here at bookspry have curated a list of subreddits that you’re sure to love if you want to be part of a community of readers.

First, there are the obvious book related subreddits, the big ones with the names that are clearly going to be interesting to people who love books. I bring you…

The Big Dogs

/r/Books: ~15,300,000 subscribers

This is a massive subreddit! There’s plenty of activity and all kinds of lively topics of conversation. I would recommend that everyone subscribe to this! The only downside is that, because it is so big, and there are so many people in here, that there is a lack of cohesion. I love that there are so many book lovers in the world, but I’d recommend searching for other, smaller subs that can reflect more specialised interests.

/r/Literature  ~385,000 subscribers

This subreddit is about discussing the deeper meaning of certain books. It does tend more towards older books, which is unfortunate but this is still one of the most popular book related subs on reddit and is a great place to dig a little deeper into some classic books.

The Specialists

But there’s a world of other, smaller subreddits that cater to specific book genres that are worth exploring as well. Smaller subs can offer a greater sense of community because you’re talking to the same people and you can really get to know them as you bond over your love of your favorite genre. It also means you know you’re reading comments and recommendations from like minded people, which is really one on the main strengths of reddit in the first place.

/r/Horror Lit ~21,000 subscribers

For those who love to be horrified.

/r/Dystopian Books  ~5,000 subscribers

For all your dystopian needs!

/r/Romance Books  ~1,500 subscribers

I wish this sub was bigger and more active, but there’s still enough happening here that it’s worth joining. There are weekly discussions about what you are reading, and what your favorite romance tropes are.

/r/Zombie Lit  ~200 subscribers

Yes this subreddit is tiny…but I love zombies, so I want to recommend this to everyone!

/r/Short Story A Day  ~3,600 subscribers

This is a small but vibrant sub! If you like short classic stories then you should subscribe! Most of the short stories that are recommended are in the public domain and you can access for free. This sub will link you to the right page on Project Gutenberg, which is very handy. Personally, I find these stories can be a little hit or miss. The stories can come from any genre and, as they are mostly public domain, are older. I still think it’s a great way to be introduced to a new book, and worth subbing.

The Bubble Breakers

Instead of just sticking with the genre that you usually read, it’s worth embracing the community aspect of reddit and asking for advice on what you should read next. These following subs are all about fellow redditors recommending books to you:

/r/Suggest me a book ~294,000 subscribers

This is a surprisingly large sub! The premise of this community is that you start a new post, saying what kind of books you’re interested in, or the title of a book you recently read and loved, and asking for other people to suggest another book, that they think you might like. I really love the communal spirit of this sub.

/r/Book Suggestions  ~105,000 subscribers

This sub has a similar theme to Suggest Me a Book, but I really like both. Although they are based on the same principle, this sub is less about specifics.When you ask for a book recommendation here you don’t need to say what you’ve recently read. Instead you can be much more relaxed. Perhaps you want to start reading non-fiction books, and you don’t know where to start. Or there’s an historical era that you interested in learning about and you’d like some help getting started.

/r/Book Lists ~12,000 subscribers

Have you ever wanted to really delve into a topic or genre, but you just weren’t sure where to start? You read one book in a genre, and you’re hungry for more but you’re not sure what else is out there? Then this is the sub for you!

This is a surprisingly active sub, with people submitting book lists on all sorts of topics every day. This is a subreddit you have to try if you want to understand the value.

/r/Currently Reading  ~4,000 subscribers

This is a smaller subreddit, and it isn’t as active as I think it should be! This is a place for you to talk about the book that you are reading at the moment, and let the world know whether you’re enjoying it, what you think of the story so far.

/r/What to Read When  ~2,400 subscribers

This is another smaller, less active sub, but I just love the idea of it so much that I had to put it in here! This is the place where people say what they are going through in their life right now, and ask for book suggestions to help them with their situation. The top post at the moment is from someone saying that they’re at a difficult point in life and want something comforting to read. While I’m sorry that person is going through a rough time, I do love the idea of fellow readers helping each out with book recommendations.

/r/First Page  ~2,000 subscribers

Have you ever been really unsure if you should start reading a book? You’re not sure if you should even buy it, and you’re not ready to commit the time and money to reading it. This sub can really help you out. Posters write out the first page of a book, letting you read it and see if you like it. Sure it’s just a small taste, but it’s enough to get a taste of the prose style, and sometimes even enough to hook you. The only downside to this sub is that they don’t have more books on here!

/r/What’s That Book ~16,800subscribers

Have you ever got that feeling, where you can kind of remember the plot of a book, but you don’t remember the name of the book? Or what the characters were called? Or how it ended? But you remember that you enjoyed it, and that you’d kind of like to read it again. Well, then this is the sub you need! Here you can post whatever details you remember and someone is sure to come along and tell you the title of the book. I have to say, it is amazing how often these guys can work out what books people are trying to remember!

Do you want to read more books this year? I know that I do! There are some subreddits that are all about community support and encouragement as we all try and read more books over the course of a year:

/r/52 Book ~28,000 subscribers

This is for anyone who wants to read more! The name of the community is 52 books, but your aim can be higher or lower. It doesn’t matter what books you’re reading. This is a great place to keep you on track with your reading goals.

/r/52 in 52  ~9,000 subscribers

This sounds like it’s related to the previous subreddit, but it is actually quite different. 52 in 52 is a book club, where you can read a particular book every week and then discuss it together at the end of the week. Every week you have a choice of three books, so you’re not forced to read anything you don’t want to.

If you’re an avid reader then you can probably appreciate a good looking book. Here are some subreddits dedicated to the beauty of books.

/r/Book Shelf ~23,400 subscribers

This isn’t about just one beautiful book, it’s about a whole shelf of them! If you’re anything like me then one of the first things you do when you’re at a friend’s house is to look and see what is on their bookshelf. On this sub people post pictures of their bookshelves and I get to look at them.

/r/Book Haul ~9,400 subscribers

This the place where people boast about their recent book purchases! They post pictures of their most recent shopping spree. Is that weird? Maybe, but I love looking to see what books other people have just bought! There’s a vicarious thrill to it that I find addictive, and I think you will too!

/r/Book Collecting ~5,800 subscribers

This is the sub where all aspiring book collectors -wait, isn’t that all of us!?! – can post pictures of the start of their collection. I can’t get enough of these subs that let me see what other people are reading!

There it is! Reddit for book lovers! This list should give you a great starting point for anyone looking to use Reddit to get great book recommendations and reviews, but let us know if you have any questions or think we missed anything!

Until next time. The bookspry team.

What books to read this Halloween

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Wondering what to read this Halloween? Looking for the spookiest (but also the best) Halloween reading recommendations? As usual, the bookspry team is here to help!

I have to admit, I have a soft spot for horror (and general spooky) fiction. I think it started with Halloween when I was young. Who doesn’t love free candy and getting to dress up as a superhero!?! But it really took off when I read Frankenstein and Dracula in high school. Every year, around Halloween, I always make sure to read something that will give me the creeps. I guess that’s why I was picked to write this year’s Halloween’s reads list!

So…light some candle, put the Ouija board away for a minute and have a look at our recommendations for the best Halloween reads!

bookspry’s best Halloween books of 2018!

best halloween reads haunting of hill house by shirley jackson

Culturally Relevant: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

If you haven’t read this book (and you should) you’ve probably been hearing a lot about it recently due to the new Netflix tv show based on the Hill House universe. Whether or not you’ve seen the show, this book is a must-read for horror fans. The atmosphere, the characters, the classic horror themes. It becomes obvious very quickly why Shirley Jackson is considered one of the great masters of horror literature.

 

best halloween reads frankenstein by mary shelley

Classic: Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley

This one might seem obvious, but if you’ve read it, you know why it’s on the list. Aside from the incredible historical context (arguably the first science fiction novel ever written that has spawned uncountable movies, books, comics, etc), it’s a legitimately terrifying story.

It’s also worth remembering that Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is in the public domain and is available at one of our favourite free ebook sites, Standard ebooks, for free!

 

best halloween reads night shift by stephen king

Short stories: Night Shift by Stephen King

Obviously there was going to be some Stephen King on this list and, considering the sheer volume of books King has written, choosing one was always going to be tough. We aren’t saying that this is the best Stephen King book, but if you’re looking for some short, fun, spooky/creepy/gross Halloween stories, this is the book for you. The stories range from silly to sad to creepy to scary but all of them are great for this time of year.

best halloween reads i am legend by richard matheson

Quick read: I am Legend by Richard Matheson

Don’t have much time to read this Halloween and looking for a quick Halloween read? Give this novella by Richard Matheson a try. Considered to be one of the main influences behind the zombie movie genre, this book is a quick read, but packs enough real human emotion and atmosphere to satisfy the most discerning of horror customers. Don’t worry if you’ve seen the movie, the book is different enough (and better enough) that you should read it anyway.

best halloween reads the little stranger by sarah waters

Modern Classic: The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

This book might actually be the scariest on the list. I remember reading this for my book club and there were several members who admitted to skipping through certain sections of the book (Note: I don’t recommend skipping anything, ever!!). It’s an award winning novel that reads as a cross between Shirley Jackson, Stephen King and Edgar Allen Poe.

best halloween reads the haunted mask by R.L. Stine

For Kids: Goosebumps: The Haunted Mask by R.L. Stine

Looking for good Halloween books for kids? Hard to beat the Goosebumps series.

I wanted to include something the family could share, but I have to warn you, the Haunted Mask scared me enough as a kid that I basically consider it a book for adults.

I grew up ordering Goosebumps books through my local Scholastic book fair, and I can’t recommend them enough. They take the stories seriously enough that they can provide some legitimate scares for kids, but are fun enough that you don’t have to worry about.

Halloween is a great time to dip into genres that you usually don’t think to read, and while there are hundreds and hundreds of books you could read this year, if there are any books on this Halloween reading list that you haven’t read yet…you could do a lot worse.

 

If you have some recommendations for our list, or disagree with some of our books (or just want to say hi!) drop us a line at admin@bookspry.com.

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How to Find Cheap and Free e-books online

Ereaders are a god send for those of us that love to read, but keeping one filled up with books to keep our reading obsession happy is difficult, time consuming, and expensive.  For that reason, we’ve put together this article on how to find and download cheap and free ebooks for your e-reader!

Book promo sites

This one might seem obvious since this is what we do here at bookspry, but hear us out…using promo sites gives you access to cheap books you wouldn’t find otherwise for a couple of reasons.

One, some daily deal sites (like bookspry) are scouring the internet for great book deals all the time and then report the cream of the crop back to you. This lets you take advantage of someone else’s work and all you have to do is check the site, or even better, sign up to the newsletter and check your email whenever you’re in the mood for more deals.

The other benefit of following book deal of the day sites, is that authors will often reach out to these sites and alert them when they have a release coming up. This relationship means you’ll often see new releases listed on promo sites before they make bestseller lists or review sites.

Public Domain Collections

Sites like the Gutenberg Project and Standard ebooks have hundreds of volunteers who have spent thousands of hours building and cleaning books that are in the public domain, in order to make them available for free. Classics like Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre are all available for free and are available in various formats. You won’t find any recent bestsellers here, but it’s an amazing resource for older classics you haven’t had a chance to read yet.

Amazon Daily Deal lists

One of the beautiful things about ebooks (especially self published ebooks) is that the prices can change constantly and quickly (this is also one of the most frustrating parts of reading ebooks). That means that checking the Amazon Daily Deals page can often result in finding cheap and free books for your Kindle that will only be on sale for a limited time. Bookmark it and check it often!

Author mailing lists

A lot of authors give out free books, epilogues, short stories and bonus chapters to people who are signed up to their mailing lists. All you need to do is go to your favourite author’s website and sign up to their mailing list. The good part of this is that the stories you receive are hyper-specific to you. They’ll all be written by an author that you know you like, so the chances are you’ll enjoy them. The downside is that not every author has a mailing list and some that do, don’t send out freebies. Still, it’s worth checking out your favourite author’s websites to see if they do.

Ebook giveaways

A lot of authors will join together to giveaway free or cheap books en masse in order to gain new readers or draw attention to a new release. There are websites like Instafreebie that offer these giveaways to readers. Simply find a giveaway that matches your interests and look through the books. Note that a lot of these giveaways will require you to give them your email address. That’s a small price to pay for free books, but if that makes you uncomfortable, this one may not be for you.

Libraries

Saved the best for last. I know we’re an online daily ebook deal site, but we’ll always have a soft spot for our public library. A lot of people don’t know that most libraries have extensive online ebook and audiobook collections that are completely free. Sites like Overdrive can help you find libraries that have online ebooks, but their list isn’t complete, so make sure to search for libraries in your area or, better yet, go and talk to your librarian to understand everything they have to offer!

What to avoid…

Hopefully this list of places to get free ebooks is more than enough, but we thought it would be a good idea to include what to avoid.

Beware of websites that claim you can download new or bestselling books for free. It’s very rare you can get free bestsellers from anywhere but the source (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, etc) and that’s only when they’re having a promotion. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Also avoid torrenting books! Someone might tell you it’s a free way to get books, but lots of torrents are filled with malware and if you are downloading a book that isn’t free elsewhere, you’re stealing it. Downloading your cheap and free ebooks from legitimate sources makes sure that the authors and promoters will continue to offer these books!

That’s it. Happy reading!

The bookspry team