Free Kindle Books - Recommended
This is a list of Kindle ebooks that are free to buy and download. I will be listing them by date, as some of the books will be free for short periods of time only... I will be creating a shorter Recommended list, while these were free when I added them they might not be free permanently.
On a side note you do not need a Kindle to be able to read these books, as you can download a Kindle reader for your computer, you can also read any of the books in your Kindle "library" online by going to " Your Account > Manage Your Kindle" and using the "Action" button next to each book to choose to read them online.
As you can tell from the title to this page, these are the books I am making a point of recommending to everyone :)
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Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. (Jerome Klapka) Jerome
A classic masterpiece of British humor since its first publication in 1889. The funny boating trip of three men – Jerome and his two friends Harris and George and their dog Montmorency – along the River Thames in Oxford, crossing the absurdities and traditions of late XIX century England.
Why do I recommend Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome?
Because it is a really enjoyable and light read. I read it after reading the Connie Willis book To Say Nothing of the Dog, which was inspired by Three Men in a Boat – in fact if you are a Connie Willis fan I do think reading Three Men in a Boat adds a lot to Say Nothing of the Dog :) Though I do think Three Men in a Boat would be enjoyed by a larger range of readers of course.
Three Men on the Bummel by Jerome K. (Jerome Klapka) Jerome
Three Men on the Bummel is the story of a Victorian bicycle trip gone wrong - then wrong and wrong again! A group of British gentlemen attempt a cycling expedition in Germany's Black Forest. Confusion about the differences in language and culture get them into continual trouble, whether it's boarding a train, buying a present for an aunt, or simply trying to get safely from one place to another. Will they ever get back to their own lives - and will they really want to? Reprising the characters from Jerome's hugely popular Three Men in a Boat, this gently humorous book will delight anyone who has ever had an unpredictable vacation.
Why do I recommend Three Men on the Bummel by Jerome K. Jerome?
I have included Three Men on the Bummel a large part due to the fact that I enjoyed Three Men in a Boat as much as I did and the fact that this book is still pretty to very good as well, though not as good as Three Men in a Boat in the end I think. The fact that I don’t rate this book as highly as I do the first book just shows how much I enjoyed Three Men in a Boat :)
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank (Lyman Frank) Baum
Dorothy Gale and her little dog Toto are in for the ride of their lives when a tornado drops them off in the Land of Oz. Can Dorothy and her new friends survive the perils of Oz to reach the Wizard and find a way home?
Why do I recommend The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum?
For starters I did enjoy reading The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and I do think that people should read it given how prevalent the movie is. It’s always worth seeing what was left out or adjusted/changed when comparing the movie version with the original book. With the book there is also the opportunity of starting to read the rest of the books he wrote based on Oz and (some of) the characters there. On a side note I really enoyed the Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (Wicked Years) book by Gregory Maguire and I do think reading the original Oz stories ads a lot to Gregory Maguire’s stories set in the same universe...
The War of the Worlds (Atria Books) by H.G. Wells
"No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's..."
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
A Victorian scientist develops a time machine and travels to the year 802,171 AD. There he finds the meek, child-like Eloi who live in fear of the underground-dwelling Morlocks. When his time machine goes missing, the Traveler faces a fight to enter the Morlocks' domain and return to his own time. The first novel by the father of modern science fiction, this classic story has proved hugely influential.
Recommended books that are currently not free
I've decided to start listing the books that had been free previously, here as well.
The Sherlock Holmes Collection: 4 Novels and 44 Short Stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Why do I recommend The Sherlock Holmes Collection: 4 Novels and 44 Short Stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle?
Because I’ve been a big fan since I was a teenager, combined with the increasing popularity of the TV shows Sherlock and Elementary means that I do think that fans of these shows should read the short stories and novels they are based upon.
The Noodle Kittens Art Series by Ryoko San (Author, Illustrator)
In a whirlwind tour which includes thirteen stops, the Noodle Kittens explore a variety of artists, art works, and art movements. Most of the stops are at points located within the modern art movement; however, there are a few enticing detours into other periods of art history. Join the clowder as they embark on a journey through Expressionism, Art Nouveau, Cubism, Suprematism, Art Deco, Neo-Plasticism, Regionalism, Concrete Art, Pop Art, Conceptual Art, Pop Surrealism, and Graffiti Art with a finale that is inspired by the Renaissance and Wonderland.
Why do I recommend The Noodle Kittens Art Series by Ryoko San?
Because I have always liked well done art books, (though this being described as a comic on Amazon which is understandable given the style of the art work done by Ryoko San), that show art in a different light. While this book could be described as simple and is defiantly different art styles done in a comic form, it does provide an interesting and slightly different view point on the popular styles of art in an accessible way. It is a very short book though and the vast majority of the work has gone into the art work in it rather than the written sections.
Pandemonium on the Potomac by William C. Anderson
"It was the man from Venus (at least that's where he said he came from) who caused all the pandemonium on the Potomac. Actually it started in the Pentagon and it spread all over..."
Originally published in 1966, this classic goofball-satire tells the story of a man from Venus trying to convince the Pentagon to stop underground nuclear testing because it would knock the Earth from its axis and imperil the galaxy.
With fantastic details taken from the author's own experiences working at the Pentagon, including directives that read, "The attached memorandum was sent you for coordination by mistake. Please erase your initials and initial your erasure." This novel has stayed a cult favorite among Anderson's fans.
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