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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  • This week, I took a few days off from social media. While I feel there are so many good things about the current race discussions happening in the country right now, I also am seeing some who are intent on further division. My response is simple: don’t let it happen. We CAN find ways to bridge the gap by really listening, looking hard at ourselves and taking steps to be better. Our Black brothers and sisters are literally screaming out for it. Isn’t that a good enough reason to listen?
  • I am largely an escape reader, but something I have realized after entering and being active in this space is that just reading books that look good to me and not actively seeking out diversity in my reading is not acceptable. There are so many amazing and important books by Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) authors across ALL genres and publishers do not do a good job on their own of putting these books out to the masses. It is up to us as readers to demand this and we can do that by finding them, reading them, buying them and talking about them with our friends. I recognize this and am taking steps to do better in my own reading life. If you, like me, are looking to do better at this, I really like this list of books by BIPOC authors that includes books across many genres.
  • Our garden is overflowing with vegetables and our fridge produce bins are quickly filling up with squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, jalapenos and green beans. Mr. BLP has the green thumb in the family and he has big plans to get started canning very soon (this helps us enjoy our garden all year long)! We have (and love) this canning book, and I am particularly excited to try my hand at making fermented pickles this season. Stay tuned for more!
  • We bought our kids these Crocs sneakers for the summer and Mr. BLP was so impressed, we got him a pair!
  • Weekend plans include home improvement projects, reading (see below: this book has been on my “to be read” list for a long time, and I am excited to get to it) and enjoying the cooler temps we have been blessed with the past few days (next week, it’s back to 100+ degrees!).

Weekend Reading: Notes from a Young Black Chef by Kwame Onwuachi

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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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Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Last Day by Luanne Rice

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Don’t Overthink It by Anne Bogel

Rebecca by Daphne de Maurier

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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 Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

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

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

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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