What Books Should I Get With All of These Amazon and Barnes & Noble E-Credits?

3 years ago

Though all the bookshelves in my house look like they were frozen in time sometime in 2009, I adore the convenience (and the instant gratification) of reading everything on my devices. This week, my ebook addiction scored me some extra perks in the form of credits from Amazon and Barnes & Noble as part of the settlement of an ebook price-fixing suit.

DUDES. I got about $75 from Amazon and $35 from Barnes & Noble. I'm rich! Funneling every single gift card right into ebooks over the last five years (and apparently, overpaying as I went) has paid off.

So now I need your help: What books should I get with all this credit? What have you read lately that you loved? I like literary novels, intelligent and witty genre fiction, interesting fiction or history about food, and all sorts of gripping nonfiction. But I want to stretch out and try some new things with this surprise loot. Bring on the recommendations!

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And in case you're in the market to spend some credit yourself, here are a few books I've read and loved lately:

  • Sous Chef: 24 Hours on the Line by Michael Gibney. Puts you in the role of chef-manager at a fine-dining restaurant for 24 hours in the biz. Stressfully compelling, and very well written.
  • Sleep Donation by Karen Russell. A sci-fi dystopia about insomnia by the author of Swamplandia. I think Russell is an uneven writer, but I really liked the premise of this novella.
  • Our Happy Time by Gong Ji-Young. A bestseller in South Korea available in translation on July 1, this book came to our slush pile, and I'm glad I read it; it's an interesting look at violence and redemption.
  • Claire De Witt and the Bohemian Highway by Sara Gran. The latest in a quirky, San Francisco-set mystery series about the world's best (psychic) detective who is also a (charming) mess. It's hard to explain; sort of The Intuitionist meets Carl Hiaasen meets Tales of the City with a little Dashiell Hammett and a little Nancy Drew.
  • Shelf Discovery: The Teen Classics We Never Stopped Reading by Lizzie Skurnick. If you grew up as a reader in the '70s or '80s, you'll remember every stop on this walk through vintage YA, from Betsy-Tacy and A Little Princess to Lois Duncan and V.C. Andrews.
  • The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri. This novel of brothers, family, obligation and fate set in India and the U.S. in the turbulent '60s is just gorgeously vivid, though a bit more meandering than her previous books.

So: What should I read? What have you read recently that you loved? Have you read any of my recent faves?

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