Tip on how to get discounted books

the body electricToday in my mailbox was a delightful email telling me about a book deal on a book that I’ve been wanting to read but have yet to buy yet.  The Body Electric by Beth Revis was her follow up book to her brilliant series Across the Universe and today it’s only $0.99.  I’ve been wanting to read it because I loved her first series but I also the story of sounded interesting.  What can I say,  I like to read people with special powers.  If you are looking for great deals on ebooks, bookbub is the way to go.  You can set up emails to be send you deals once a week or every day.  You can also set up alerts for when deals come available from your favorite authors. It’s a economical way to keep your book habit growing and also gives you suggestions for books and authors that you might not have considered but maybe you’ll try for $0.99.  Why not?  So a little tip on where to find affordable ebooks, I recommend bookbub. One caveat.  The deals only last for a day so if you see something that catches your eye you better act fast before the deal ends. Where do you find good book deals?  Let us know in the comments below.

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Diverse Stacks, Diverse Lives Update: Preferences on Bookish Emails

I am working on putting up a page that will contain links to books and authors that can serve as suggestions for anyone looking to diversify their reading stacks this year. I was just going through my BookBub emails from the weekend and I googled all of the authors of books that interested me and noticed that they were not all that diverse. So, I went to check what my preferences were set to. There are categories that are just LGBT and African-American interest. I just changed my settings today, so hopefully this will bring a little diversity to the subjects and authors in my daily emails.

It does, however, raise a really obvious question: If LGBT and African-American interest are separate categories, then who is served by all of the other categories (which are subject based and not demographic based)? This is why diverse reading challenges are important. Books with African-American characters aren’t only of interest to African-Americans and until readers start demanding diversity in the genres they read, this kind of categorizing won’t change.

(That being said, since African-American and LGBT voices aren’t well represented in broader categories, I think this kind of categorization is needed and important.)

The Bone Season is on Sale!

The Bone Season

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon, a favorite of both Beth and I, is on sale on bn.com and in the apple itunes bookstore until the 14th. This book is the story of Paige Mahoney. She is a psychic and part of a gang in a future where psychics are banned from plying their trade. Paige and the others must avoid detection because they are hunted by the government. When Paige is whisked away to a secret prison her world is turned upside down. She is confronted with the real power behind the government and why psychics are so dangerous and important. She must decide who she can trust and who is the real danger in order to regain her freedom.

The second book in this series is due out at the end of the month. I can’t wait!

Thanks to BookBub from bringing this to my attention!