As the days grow shorter and the nights stretch longer, there’s no better time to catch up on books that maybe you’ve heard a lot about but haven’t yet had the chance (or time) to read. Here’s your prime opportunity to dive into five page-turners that have won praise from readers and critics alike. Light a candle and get cozy on the couch in your favorite wool socks—it’s reading time.
Prime Reading titles rotate frequently, so check back often for the latest selection. The following titles will be available in Prime Reading through at least November 22, 2018.
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman putting his own fingerprints on the Norse myths? Cue the hyperventilation of delighted readers. That reaction is genuinely earned in this tight retelling, as Gaiman darts between a Tolkien-esque tone in the epic origin stories and Gaiman's own bright wit in the tales centering on the adventures of Thor, Loki, and Odin. This volume is the perfect leaping-off point into a strange and mesmerizing world of Norse gods, giants, undead goats, betrayals, a slanderous squirrel, elves, dwarves, and Valkyries. As of this writing, Norse Mythology enjoys a 4.4 average star rating from over 1,500 Amazon customer reviews.
The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
Rupi Kaur's subtle yet powerful volume of poetry will more than satisfy her readers who have clamored for more since the debut of her best-selling collection Milk & Honey. Split into five movements — wilting, falling, rooting, rising, blooming — Kaur’s poems glide up from the depths of heartbreak and hurt to embrace the strength and joy that can flower on the other side of hardship. The Sun and Her Flowers has a 4.5 average star rating from nearly 1,000 Amazon customers.
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
Sci-fi master Philip K. Dick won the much-coveted Hugo Award for The Man in the High Castle in 1963, but one of Dick's many strengths is that his vision that feels contemporary long after his works are published. In this harrowing alternate history, Japan and Germany have won World War II, and the U.S. is split in two and occupied by the victors. Even if you're a dedicated viewer of the television series, the original book is well worth savoring.
Abigail and John: Portrait of a Marriage by Edith Gelles
The first full-length joint biography of John and Abigail Adams explores the relationship of the dynamic couple who had a profound impact on the growth of the new United States. Letters between the two in Portrait of a Marriage demonstrate how they complemented each other intellectually and emotionally, even as Abigail had to keep the household afloat as best she could during the tumultuous war and John's months away from home. “I give my highest praise and recommendation to this book,” writes one Amazon customer review. This is a fascinating glimpse of a remarkable partnership spanning 54 years and hundreds of miles.
Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
Butler's vision of 2025 is not a comforting one: people live behind walls for safety, drug use is rampant, and virtual entertainment anesthetizes the population. After Lauren is forced out of the enclave that has protected her community, she travels north toward uncertain safety, and develops a new philosophy that could revitalize humanity. Gripping and thought-provoking, Parable of the Sower brings emotional heft to a dystopian future. “Butler tells her story with unusual warmth, sensitivity, honesty and grace,” said Publishers Weekly in its original review.
This article was originally published on Amazon Charts on October 24, 2018.
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