There are lots of ways to discover new deals on books, including email newsletters like Bookbub and BookGorilla.
Amazon has their own mechanisms in place. Readers can sign up for a Kindle Daily Deals newsletter.
But did you know that Amazon features monthly deals for Kindle? It’s true! Every month, Amazon discounts titles among eight categories: Mystery & Thriller, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Biographies & Memoirs, Teen & Young Adult, Religion & Spirituality, and Business & Money.
I think there’s some overlap in those categories — for example, I’m pretty sure that the Literature & Fiction category includes all the other fiction genres mentioned.
But I thought it would be cool if at the start of every month, we round up a few of the most eye-catching titles. For me, they’re:
This is far and away the easiest choice on this list. This entry should (and will) get its own review, in fact. But under $2 for this one is a screaming steal for a hilarious and entertaining novel from a perhaps-unexpected source.
We’ll leave that one as the one with the preview, but others that stood out include (titles are clickable to the Kindle pages):
- Experimental Film, by Gemma Files – $2.99
It’s got a terrific cover and one helluva blurb for $3. And the opening sentence is not to be missed. Yowza.
- The Frame-Up by Meghan Scott Molin – $1.99
An even better cover, and the opening page is well written, with a narrator (and probably protagonist?) who’s got a strong voice. Very much looking forward to this one.
- The Night Crossing by Robert Masello – $1.99
I confess historical fiction is not usually my jam, but this sounds neat and features Bram Stoker among its characters.
- Bandwidth by Eliot Peper – $1
Sounds like a near-future-set thriller featuring hacked social feeds. Relevant and timely.
- Monster City: Murder, Music and Mayhem in Nashville’s Dark Age – $1
Serial killers who terrorized Nashville’s music scene in the early 80s and the detective on the “Murder Squad”? Sounds as scary as it does awesome. And I’m a big fan of movies like Zodiac and shows like Mindhunter, so here’s hoping.
- Shakespeare Saved My Life by Laura Bates – $2.51
A professor brings Shakespeare to a maximum security prison and the Bard changes both their lives? I’m a sucker for anything Shakespeare and this one sounds inspiring.
- We Killed: The Rise of Women in American Comedy by Yeal Kohen – $3.99
With Emma Arnold both a personal friend, a killer comedienne and an Exciting Press author (stealth link!), how could I not be interested in this one? The blurb mentions the “Are women funny?” question, which I hope it treats as the utterly ridiculous question it is (because: of course), and I love oral histories.
- Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass, and Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup – $1.54 and $1.93, respectively
Putting these two together in an entry because they seem to complement each other well. Powerful, evocative accounts of the lives and experiences of slaves. Required reading.
- The Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New Physics by Gary Zukav – $1.99
I got this a few years ago in a similar sale. The blurb compares it to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, which may be apt; I don’t remember how far I got into reading it, but I do remember it as rather dense. Worth a revisit for me, and for $2 definitely worth a try.
If you’ve read any of the above or know more about them, hit the comments to share your thoughts and any other suggestions!
You can check out the full list on Amazon!