January Kindle Monthly Deals: My Top Picks

As a new month rolls around, one of my favourite bookworm activities involves getting my Kindle out and doing ALOT of scrolling – a new month means new Kindle book deals over on Amazon. Now, I’m well aware of the seemingly age-old debate between the page turning devotees and the tech-loving ebook converts but, putting these arguments aside for just a moment, I can’t help but declare that I’m a sucker for a great Kindle book deal. In the spirit of savy saving in conjunction with a little book hoarding, I thought a monthly round up of Kindle Deal Highlights on the blog might give you as much joy in snagging a bestseller at a steal as I do.

These monthly deal round-ups will consist of books I’ve either read, want to read in the future or they’re just a really great deal for a great read, and will be sectioned into the relevant genres. As I buy my Kindle Books on Amazon.co.uk, these deals with be relevant to the UK marketplace and affiliate links* will be included (please see the bottom of the post to know more about this). So without further adieu, here are my January Kindle Deal Highlights:

Fiction/Contemporary/Crime and Thriller:

The Mothers by Brit Bennett
Buy the book: Amazon.co.uk

From the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Vanishing Half. The Mothers is a dazzling debut about young love, a big secret in a small community and the moments that haunt us most. It’s the last season of high school life for Nadia Turner, a rebellious, grief-stricken, seventeen-year-old beauty. Mourning her own mother’s recent suicide, she takes up with the local pastor’s son. Luke Sheppard is twenty-one, a former football star whose injury has reduced him to waiting tables at a diner. They are young; it’s not serious. But the pregnancy that results from this teen romance – and the subsequent cover-up – will have an impact that goes far beyond their youth. As Nadia hides her secret from everyone, including Aubrey, her God-fearing best friend, the years move quickly. Soon, Nadia, Luke and Aubrey are full-fledged adults and still living in debt to the choices they made that one seaside summer, caught in a love triangle they must carefully manoeuvre and dogged by the constant, nagging question: what if they had chosen differently? In entrancing, lyrical prose, THE MOTHERS asks whether a ‘what if’ can be more powerful than an experience itself.

The Last Mrs Parrish by Liv Constantine
Buy the book: Amazon.co.uk

How far would you go to make all your dreams come true? Amber Patterson is tired of being a nobody: an invisible woman who melts into the background. She deserves more. She deserves a life of wealth, luxury and leisure. Daphne Parrish is the golden girl of Bishops Harbor, Connecticut. With her model looks, her picture-perfect mansion and her millionaire husband, Jackson, she has everything Amber wants. Amber’s envy could eat her alive—if she didn’t have a plan. Before long, she has become Daphne’s closest friend, and is catching the eye of Jackson. But a skeleton from her past could destroy everything, and if discovered, Amber’s well-laid plan may end in disaster…

While The Vanishing Half took the literary world by storm last year, appearing on Obama’s list of Top Reads and making Reese Witherspoon’s monthly bookclub pick, The Mothers is Brit Bennett’s debut novel and a great one to pick up if you’re either a fan of her previous work or looking to discover a new and exciting author. If, like me, you were in a huge series hangover after binge watching Big Little Lies, look no further than The Last Mrs Parish. This one is absolutely on my reading pile for the year!

Romance:

The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgerton Book #2) by Julia Quinn
Buy the book: Amazon.co.uk

Our mother was dead. Our father had fled. From New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn comes the second novel in the beloved Regency-set world of her charming, powerful Bridgerton family, now a series created by Shonda Rhimes for Netflix. 1814 promises to be another eventful season, but not, This Author believes, for Anthony Bridgerton, London’s most elusive bachelor, who has shown no indication that he plans to marry. And in all truth, why should he? When it comes to playing the consummate rake, nobody does it better…–Lady Whistledown’s Society Papers, April 1814. But this time the gossip columnists have it wrong. Anthony Bridgerton hasn’t just decided to marry–he’s even chosen a wife! The only obstacle is his intended’s older sister, Kate Sheffield–the most meddlesome woman ever to grace a London ballroom. The spirited schemer is driving Anthony mad with her determination to stop the betrothal, but when he closes his eyes at night, Kate’s the woman haunting his increasingly erotic dreams… Contrary to popular belief, Kate is quite sure that reformed rakes do not make the best husbands–and Anthony Bridgerton is the most wicked rogue of them all. Kate’s determined to protect her sister–but she fears her own heart is vulnerable. And when Anthony’s lips touch hers, she’s suddenly afraid she might not be able to resist the reprehensible rake herself…

As if the Bridgerton series needs any further introduction – if you’re not in the know yet just head over to Netflix and we’ll see you in 24 hours. Once you’ve consumed the series in its entirety and you’re looking for what comes next, you just have to pick up a copy of The Viscount Who Loved Me. Dive back into the Regency era of England with the whole Bridgerton book series – you’ll be happy to know that there are 8 books to keep you busy.

Non Fiction:

The Comparison Cure by Lucy Sheridan
Buy the book: Amazon.co.uk

Lucy Sheridan, the world’s first and only comparison coach, has helped thousands of people go from compare and despair to #comparisonfree, and now she has condensed all of that liberating knowledge into The Comparison Cure. With a three-step tried and tested methodology to help you improve your self-worth and self-confidence (#1 recognise the symptoms; #2 start practising the remedies; and #3 keep your good new habits going), you will soon be able to let go of procrastination and start living a comparison-free life. Packed full of tips, examples and exercises to help you take back control of who you are and what you want, this positive and empowering book is the timely and necessary antidote we all need to the toxic comparison culture we’re living in.

How to Break Up With Your Phone: The 30-Day Plan to Take Back Your Life by Catherine Price
Buy the book: Amazon.co.uk

Is your phone the first thing you reach for when you wake up? And the last thing you see before you sleep? Do you find the hours slip away as you idly scroll through your social media timeline? In short, are you addicted to your phone? If so, How to Break Up with Your Phone is here to help. How to Break Up With Your Phone is a smart, practical and useful plan to help you conquer your mobile phone addiction in just 30 days – and take back your life in the process. Recent studies have shown that spending extended time on our phones affects our ability to form new memories, think deeply, focus and absorb information, and the hormones triggered every time we hear our phones buzz both add to our stress levels and are the hallmark signs of addiction.

In How to Break Up with Your Phone, award-winning science journalist Catherine Price explores the effects that our constant connectivity is having on our brains, bodies, relationships, and society at large and asks, how much time do you really want to spend on your phone? Over the course of 30 days, Catherine will guide you through an easy-to-follow plan that enables you to identify your goals, priorities and bad habits, tidy your apps, prune your email, and take time away. Lastly, you will create a new, healthier relationship with your phone and establish habits and routines to ensure this new relationship sticks. You don’t have to give up your phone forever; instead you will be more mindful not only of how you use your phone, but also about how you choose to spend the precious moments of your life.

There is no better way to kick off a New Year than by acquiring some useful and positive tips to change your lifestyle. While I know there are hundreds of self help gurus out there, spewing all sorts of mumbo jumbo, I can guarantee that these two books will be worth their weight. As a the world shifts more and more into tech focus, and we spend our lives on handheld devices, it’s good to remember the importance of digital detoxes and the traps of comparison. These are a great addition to any Kindle this month and I highly recommend that you check them out.

Teen/Young Adult:

The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Buy the book: Amazon.co.uk

The first novel in the #1 bestselling RED QUEEN series by Victoria Aveyard. THIS IS A WORLD DIVIDED BY BLOOD – RED OR SILVER. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power. Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime. But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart . . .

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Buy the book: Amazon.co.uk

A compelling and beautiful story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who wants to die. Theodore Finch constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself, but each time something good stops him. Violet Markey exists for the future, counting the days until she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief for her late sister. When they meet on the ledge of a tower, what might have been their end turns into their beginning. It’s only with Violet that Finch can truly be himself – a funny guy who’s able to find the joy in life. And when Violet’s with Finch, she forgets to count away the days and starts to live them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink. He’s trying to cling on to all the good things in his life, but will it be enough this time?

If you’re a little late to the YA game then not to worry! These two books will have you caught up in no time! If you devoured The Hunger Games awhile back, then The Red Queen is your next adventure waiting to happen. It contains many of the addictive qualities as seen in the Suzanne Collins trilogy but with the added aspect of high fantasy world building. And the best part is that the story continues on in a 4 part series, so you’re in for a wild ride. In an about turn-of-events, All the Bright Places fills the gap left by John Green’s aching beautiful Fault in Our Stars. I consumed this in a matter of days and fell in love with the characters and issues that it addresses. Highly recommend if you’re into getting your heart ripped out and torn to shreds.

Fantasy/Sci-Fi:

The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas
Buy the book: Amazon.co.uk

1967. Four female scientists invent a time travel machine. But then one of them suffers a breakdown and puts the whole project in peril…2017. Ruby knows her Granny Bee was the scientist who went mad, but they never talk about it. Until they receive a message from the future, warning of an elderly woman’s violent death…2018. Odette found the dead women at work – shot in the head, door bolted from the inside. Now she can’t get her out of her mind. Who was she? And why is everyone determined to cover up her murder?

After reading the synopsis for The Psychology of Time Travel I have to admit I’m thoroughly intrigued. Time Travel, empowered women and murder to boot?! This looks like it will be a blast to read and so I’m absolutely picking up a copy – I hope you do too.


Please note: All titles mentioned above are listed as Kindle Monthly Deals at the time this post is published. A full list of Kindle Monthly deals on Amazon.co.uk can be found Here

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