Slice of Life: Weekly Book Deals, Links and Tidbits


Slice of Life is a regular update on the latest in my life. This is where I write about my books, movies, tv, food, fashion, family or whatever subjects are on my mind this week. It’s just a little glimpse of my slice. (“But what about the great deals on books?!” Just keep on scrollin’.)

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  • The past week has been hard. I do not feel qualified or in the right position to speak about race. Instead, I feel like I need to open my heart and ears and listen. Really listen. I will also point to this post which outlines very aptly a few important ways one can actively be a force for good on race issues. I am more of an escape reader, but even I know the importance of not sticking your head in the sand when the world around us is quite literally falling apart. One book I read last year in an effort to better understand this issue was The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas. I need to read more of these kinds of books, but I recommend this one and have committed to reading more books by people of color this year. Specifically, I plan to read: Notes from a Young Black Chef (ordered), Bluebird, Bluebird (ordered) and Their Eyes Were Watching God (on my hold list at library). Is it enough? No, but it’s a start.
  • The hot weather is here in Texas (and it’s only going to get worse). We are trying to get outside in the mornings and save the afternoon (heat of the day) for inside chores, minimal (educational) TV programs, reading and audiobooks (we are loving this app), and my oldest (8 years old) is even showing some interest in cooking (we bought this book and are working our way through it). What are you doing to beat the heat?
  • Our local library opened back up this week (Praise God!) for curbside pickup and we picked up our first group of books of the summer yesterday. It felt good.

Weekend Reading: The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman

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Amazing Book Deals

Whether I have read (and loved) it, heard about it from fellow bookish friends or actually have it on my own “to be read” list, each book below made this list because it’s on my radar (AND because it’s on sale). Note: Book bargains are subject to change so act fast!

NOTE: My weekly book deals list will soon be moved out of “Slice of Life” and onto to its own page on my site. The new book deals page will be updated (and emailed to my mailing list) on a weekly basis.

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Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child

How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

The Girl With the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

Last Day by Luanne Rice

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Don’t Overthink It by Anne Bogel

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

Rebecca by Daphne de Maurier

A Separate Peace by John Knowles

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

How to Walk Away by Katherine Center

Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe by Heather Webber

The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms (FREE with PRIME)

The Beantown Girls by Jane Healey (FREE with PRIME)

What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon (FREE with PRIME)

El Deafo by Cece Bell

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

The Widow by Fiona Barton

Daughters of the Lake by Wendy Webb

The Quiet American by Graham Greene

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson (free with PRIME)

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

If You Tell by Gregg Olsen

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

The Whisper Man by Alex North

Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Audiobook Deals

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell

The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson

Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney

Gulp by Mary Roach

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Guns, Germs & Steel by Jared Diamond

1984 by George Orwell

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

An Everlasting Meal by Tamar Adler

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

Middlemarch by George Eliot

Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Virgin River by Robyn Carr

Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce

Dracula by Bram Stoker

The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

The Guest Book by Sarah Blake

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson

Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart

Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan Elia Macneal

What’s happening in YOUR slice?

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