This may not be news to anyone in the 21st century, but….FREE ebooks! 🙂 Yes, it is true that I could go on and on about the wonderfulness of the (hard) printed word, but as someone who also enjoys the content of a book and free stuff, I find the concept revolutionary and the, occasional, e-printed word quite acceptable.
I have also found that there are e-books that are temporarily free and there are e-books that are permanently free. So, please, if you do have the technology, but like me, you’ve been using your computer predominantly as a typewriter, check it out.
( I do realize that there are loads of other “permanently free” books hanging around the internet, but I have yet to check them all out.)
And now back to my musings on the topic of “what exactly is a blog” and “how exactly does it work”….
Many residents in the building are retired and elderly, so many of the books are from the 70’s, 60’s, 50’s, 40’s and even the 30’s, the odd time. The ones from the 30’s and 40’s feel like historical artifacts and I like to browse through them just for that reason.
Little Bee is not one of them. (I saw a copy of it at Coles just the other day.)
This book is one of those that you can’t put down even after just the first few paragraphs. The novel is clever, light and profound. The story is told alternately from the perspective of a Nigerian refugee, Little Bee, and an English magazine editor, Sarah.
Little Bee has narrowly escaped the militia of her native land and heads for England, where she is detained at an immigration detention center for two years and escapes only because a fellow detainee exchanges their freedom for sexual favours with a detention officer. Sarah is on her way to her husband’s funeral with her 4-year-old son Charlie (a.k.a Batman), when Little Bee appears on her front step.
As the story unfolds, we find out that an earlier chance encounter between the two women changed the course of both of their lives and they need to deal with issues of suicide, betrayal, murder and what is to become of Little Bee.
What other bloggers thought: Little Bee, Reading Challenge Book #2, Little Bee, Bookslist: Must Read Travels.
….is an absorbing read, which is part fantasy, part reality, part history and altogether fiction.
Willie Upton, a brilliant graduate student, returns home disgraced, pregnant by her married professor. Her family has deep and illustrious roots in the small town of Templeton and through letters, journals and first-hand testimonies of the deceased, Willie’s heritage comes to light as she searches for her real father and tries to figure out what to do next.
Here’s more from the author.
And, what another blogger thought: Monsters of Templeton,
…Like many condo buildings, it has a library; a little one, in the corner of the laundry room. This corner is rather special to me, simply because it has books and books have always had a magnetic effect on me….
…Since before I could read, books were my refuge; libraries and bookstores, my places of worship. Visiting them was an emotional and multi-sensory experience….ahh, the loftiness of my favourite childhood bookstores; the creak in their wooden floors; the hushed atmosphere; just being surrounded by such vast stores of knowledge and possibilities! My grandmother’s permission to handle a book was a gateway to experiencing something sacred….
…The library in the laundry room became especially special when I retired thanks to a chronic illness. Going to a full-sized library has often not been an option. But, going downstairs to see if there were any new contributions often is. And, so, I began to read….