Black Friday deals for book lovers

Black Friday deals for book lovers

I was surprised when my husband told me that outdoor retailer REI has had a campaign the last few years to #OptOutside on Black Friday. They don’t open their stores, at all. I’m taking inspiration from them today: I’d rather be reading, and decorating the tree, and making Chex Mix with my kids than shopping. I walked to one local shop earlier this morning, and have a few online purchases I’d like to make, but today my big plans are decorating, coffee, and books.

 

If you want to do some shopping–gift giving or otherwise–or score a great bookish deal, we are running a sale in the MMD shop.

For the first time ever, classes are on sale for $10 each.

Choose from:

Book Journaling for Book Lovers
1 Hour to a Better #bookstagram
What’s your reading personality?

You can take these classes on your schedule, and watch and replay as many times as you’d like. We’ve gotten terrific feedback on all three, and know that each class can make a real difference in your reading life, whether you start today or in the new year. Choose the one that most grabs you, or snatch up all three while they’re cheap.

Journal sale

Our fabulous Leuchtturm journals are buy one, get one half off with the code BOOKMAIL. These are my very favorite journals, whether you use yours for your to-do list, deep thoughts, bullet journal, or reading log.

It’s Black Friday every day

If you’re looking for something to read, we curate a list of the best ebook and Kindle deals almost every day. You can get the latest hand-curated deals emailed to you every day by signing up right here.

As you can see below, today’s deals are particularly good (no surprise). I hope you find something great to read at a great price. (We post deals every day right here, and recommend you subscribe to the deals email for updates.)

PLEASE NOTE: Amazon says we can’t include prices on our site, but we assure you these prices are solid. (We curate based on U.S. prices; international readers can follow these steps to find deals that will always be valid in their region.) Click here to see all prices in one place, or click through the buy button on each book for details.

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

Author:
It's the beginning of the nineteenth century, and people believe magic is dead in England. They are wrong. In this alternative history, Clarke introduces us to her two eponymous magicians, drawing inspiration from literary greats like Austen and Dickens. What you need to know: The New York Times called this modern classic "Hogwarts for grown-ups." An impressively diverse assortment of readers have heartily recommended it. After you finish the book, check out the BBC's miniseries. More info →
Buy from Amazon Kindle
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Native Son

Native Son

Author:
This gritty novel wrecked me when I first read it in high school: Wright's story is raw, violent, emotionally wrenching, and utterly unforgettable. Through the eyes of Bigger Thomas, a twenty-year-old black man living in Chicago in the 1930s, we see the extreme racial inequalities his family experiences— and how they first harden, and then desensitize Bigger. This was Wright's first novel, and on its publication in 1940, it became one of the fastest-selling novels in America's history, and remains incredibly timely today. More info →
Buy from Amazon Kindle
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All Creatures Great and Small, All Things Wise and Wonderful, All Things Bright and Beautiful: Three James Herriot Classics

All Creatures Great and Small, All Things Wise and Wonderful, All Things Bright and Beautiful: Three James Herriot Classics

Author:
A collection that's easy to read one short story at a time. From the publisher: "James Herriot's timeless bestselling series is a delightfully fun look at a country veterinarian and the creatures that populate a charming English town." More info →
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Underground Airlines

Underground Airlines

Author:
A big award winner. If you loved The Underground Railroad and want another novel in the same spirit, this is your answer. In this alternative history, Winters imagines a world where life is very much as we know it now, with one major exception: the Civil War never occurred. More info →
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The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

An atmospheric Midwestern version of Hamlet. Edgar Sawtelle lives with his parents on a farm in northern Wisconsin. Born mute, he communicates via sign language and helps his family raise and train "Sawtelle dogs," a fictional breed. Edgar's peaceful world is disrupted when his uncle Claude returns to the farm. When his father dies unexpectedly, and Claude romances Edgar's mother, Edgar tries to prove his uncle played a role in his father's death, but flees to the wilderness when his plan fails. After coming of age in the north woods, Edgar turns toward home. More info →
Buy from Amazon Kindle
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Buy from Audible.com
Buy from Libro.fm
Buy from IndieBound
Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War

Author:
I recommended this one in WSIRN Episode 20: Southern classics, sweeping sagas, and spunky women with Sarah Russell Giglio. Abbott brings four little-known stories to life—four women who were spies in the Civil War. Confederate spy Belle Boyd used her southern charms to seduce men into telling their secrets. Emma Edmonds went undercover as a male enlisted soldier. Rose O’Neale Greenhow used her connections and status as a prominent widow to gather intelligence, and abolitionist Elizabeth Van Lew covered an entire espionage ring, tricking rebel soldiers with her proper manners. Well-known characters enter the narrative, like Walt Whitman, Pinkerton, and the Lincolns as Abbott takes you inside the war and undercover with these incredibly bold women. More info →
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I’m off to read now. Happy reading to you!

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  1. Chrissie says:

    Man’s Search For Meaning by Victor Frankl is in my top five most important books of all time. Read this book if you are coping with a never ending trial. Read this book if you are in the middle of a crisis. Read this book if you are grieving. Read this book if you tend to worry about what might happen in the future. Read this book before you need it. Then, read it again once a year for good measure. Collect copies to give to people who are facing any of the above. Happiness comes and goes. What we really need and want is to find is meaning in life and in suffering. In the age of Freud, Frankl, a psychiatrist, parted ways with his hero and developed logotherapy to treat the suicidal teens in his care. He discovered that if these teens could be taught to find meaning in their suffering and meaning in life, they could get well. This was in Austria in the 1930’s. A Jew, he was given the opportunity to leave because of his renown. But he couldn’t take his parents and family so he refused to go. When he and his entire family were divided and sent to different Concentration Camps he was sent to Auschwitz where his theory was tested in unimaginable circumstances, amid suffering and loss. After being liberated, he spent the rest of his life caring for survivors. With all that, this is a hopeful book. It reminds us to be less focused on fleeting personal happiness, and dedicate ourselves to living life with meaning and purpose, in the ordinary and extraordinary.

  2. I remember reading Reading People: How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything by Anne Bogel and it was really interesting especially for my psychology background. I ended up buying a few things for Black Friday especially a few books that I wanted. I am going to be looking into the other books that you mentioned because they had great plots. Thanks for the recommendations!

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