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11 Jan Five Under £5 For January

I’m joining in with Julia this week over at Rainbeaubelle and linking up 5 Things for Under £5.  I’ve cheated a little to be honest as these books are not actually available in hard copy for under £5 but they are available on Kindle.  Is that cheating, I’m not sure, but here goes anyway…

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante


The first of four books in the series. My husband bought me all four for Christmas and I can’t wait to get started with reviews such as

“Her novels are intensely, violently personal, and because of this they seem to dangle bristling key chains of confession before the unsuspecting reader.” – The New Yorker

“Ferrante, beautifully translated by Ann Goldstein…writes with a ferocious, intimate urgency.” – San Francisco Chronicle

“Cinematic in the density of its detail.” —Times Literary Supplement

Do Story: How to Tell Your Story So the World Listens by Bobette Buster


I started this just before Christmas and am really enjoying it.  It is one of those books you can pick up and read a chapter of and put down, so it is perfect if you just have five minutes whilst you are waiting for something or someone.

The book is great for me as it is sharing the tools and principles used by some of the world’s best storytellers and helps you apply them to your own stories (or in my case blog posts).

Grief is the Thing with Feather by Max Porter


I’ve not started this book yet. I keep putting it off. Maybe it is the fact that I know it will make me cry, or maybe it is the thought that it might be too real.  I don’t know.  It is however short and apparently ‘dazzling’ a word not often used in book reviews.  I’ll let you know!

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen


Now this one can actually be bought in hard copy for £4.00, so is perhaps the only one that actually credibly fits the challenge.

This book is recommended if you loved The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones, and I LOVED both, so this is definitely a book for me.

I love this quote from Emma Watson ‘I had kind of said I would never do a franchise again, so I was desperate to hate it. Unfortunately, I didn’t sleep for about a week because I couldn’t put the bloody thing down. It would be fair to say I became obsessed with the role and the book.’

The First Bad Man – A Novel by Miranda July


The amount of reviews that are listed when you google this book means that it has to be read. The critics don’t seem to have a bad word to say about it, however the Amazon audience aren’t so sure. Cover wise, it looks totally different to the others on my list and I think it could be something a but unusual.  I don’t actually think I have a ‘type’ when it comes to books, I love them in all shapes and sizes.  Definitely going to give it a go!

My only problem with all these book, is which one I’m going to read next! I need a holiday to get through them all…

  • Julia @ Rainbeaubelle
    Posted at 14:51h, 11 January Reply

    Oh that isn’t cheating at all! Thanks for the recommendations, you certainly have enough books to keep you going for a while, I’m off to have a look at a few of them online now! Thanks for joining in with #fiveunder5 xx

  • The Reading Residence
    Posted at 15:50h, 11 January Reply

    Oh, you now have me wanting to try The Queen of the Tearling, as a Game of Thrones fan! I’ll look out for it, thank you.

  • Caro | The Twinkle Diaries
    Posted at 17:00h, 11 January Reply

    LOVE these Karen — I’m a sucker for a book — although these days I just don’t have the time to read, sadly! My boy bought me a Kindle Fire for my birthday last year, which I LOVE, but to be honest, it’s had more action from me using the WordPress app than using it as an E-Book!! Maybe this is the year I’ll be able to read a book from cover to cover??

  • Sarah Christie
    Posted at 19:58h, 11 January Reply

    Blimey Karen thats a years reading for me, it takes me so long to read a book. I will have to check some of these out x

  • Vicki
    Posted at 20:12h, 12 January Reply

    I love reading book reviews & I’m always on the look out for recomendations. January is the perfect month to get lost in a good book, the weather is crappy and its dark so early – no one wants to be venturing outside.

  • Lisa@Intotheglade
    Posted at 08:22h, 14 January Reply

    oh I keep meaning to join in with this, I love bargain finds. Great recommendations, I’ve almost finished my latest book so will bookmark this for later xx

  • Hayley @hayleyfromhome
    Posted at 13:48h, 14 January Reply

    I’m going to try that Queen of Tearling one, sounds right up my street and I’ve never heard of it before. With a quote like that from Emma Watson you can’t go wrong! Love that you have chosen books, perfect for January when we are all hunting for things to read. Always counts of Kindle too, I try to buy more on Kindle now as we have no room for all the books :) xx #fiveunder5

  • hannah brooker
    Posted at 21:13h, 17 January Reply

    I love the look of several of those books, The Queen of Tearling one mostly as I read a lot of books that I would imagine are not too dissimilar too this one. So nice to see so many books in a linky! #fiveunder5

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