Kindle Unlimited is better than ever. Chris already wrote about the books he loves that are currently available in the program, but because there are so many good ones, I'm also sharing some favorites.
There’s something for everyone in Kindle Unlimited—serious nonfiction, page-turning thrillers, feel good rom-coms, historical fiction, and so much more. The list that I put together includes Pulitzer Prize Winners, Man Book Award Winners, novels turned into Oscar-winning movies, bestsellers—in short, books that critics and readers love.
And if you need a refresher on how Kindle Unlimited works: with a monthly subscription of $9.99 per month, you can select from millions of books, thousands of Audiobooks, and even read magazines and read them for free.
Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman
I don’t think there’s another book that captures the heady, intense experience of falling in love for the first time quite like André Aciman’s Call Me Be Your Name does. Unfolding over the course of one summer, Aciman tells the story of a young adolescent boy who falls head over heels for the American grad student who comes to stay at his family’s Italian villa. The novel, and movie by the same name (which won an Oscar for best screenplay), made headlines for the physical and emotional portrayal of two young men in love. Last year, Aciman returned to Elio and Oliver with the sequel, Find Me, which gave this fan the opportunity to chat with the author about his books. Here is a snippet from our conversation:
Before writing the sequel to Call Me By Your Name, you talked about wanting to return to Elio and Oliver and that they never left you. What made Elio and Oliver stand-out?
André Aciman: Elio and Oliver are special. One can’t read about them without falling in love with the intensity of their love. Their summer together in the “mid-eighties” is still with me, and when I hear a piece of music I listened to while writing Call Me by Your Name I am immediately transported to their love and to the summer I wrote that novel. There was something so genuine, so visceral, so immediately gripping in their love, that it stays with me, the author, as it does with both my readers and those who saw the film. The story itself becomes like the memory of a first love, and, like all loves, stays with you forever.
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
Since the publication of Wolf Hall in 2009, the first in what was to become a trilogy, readers have come under the spell of Thomas Cromwell—the schemer, dreamer, henchman, and political mastermind/pawn of Henry VIII. In Wolf Hall readers met the young Cromwell fighting his way from the streets to the ranks of Henry VIII's court, where he smoothed the way for the King's second marriage (blasphemy!) to Anne Boleyn. Both Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies (the second in the series, which is also available through Kindle Unlimited) won the prestigious Man Booker Prize—a remarkable feat. This year saw the publication of the final book in the series, The Mirror & the Light, which gave me the opportunity to interview the great Hilary Mantel. Here’s an excerpt:
What do you think makes readers so enamored with Thomas Cromwell? Is it the same reason you were initially drawn to him?
Hilary Mantel: I think readers were surprised that you could escape the genre trap, and write historical fiction that works in the same way as contemporary fiction. What drew me was the arc of his story—everything’s against him, but he battles his way to significance. That’s a story everybody understands.
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
Jhumpa Lahiri’s debut won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2000 and twenty years later, it remains a classic to be read and celebrated. Across these nine stories, Bengali men and women grapple with civil war, marriage, relationships, new homes and cultures. With each story, Lahiri provides a new lens, a new eye, a new voice to investigate displacement, and the "malaise of men and women," as Domenico Starnone writes in his new introduction of the collection. Lahiri’s writing is lyrical and precise, which allows the everyday lives of the characters to resonate and breathe. It is no wonder that this collection captivated the Pulitzer Prize jury.
The Art of Eating by Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher
Does anyone else feel like all they do these days is eat? I’m not complaining—I love food, and am relishing this time at home to cook and create delicious meals at all times of the day. But, I’ll also be honest: sometimes I have an omelet for dinner and pizza as a midmorning snack; today’s lunch was coffeecake with blueberries. So, it will come as no surprise, that I am upside down in love with M.F.K. Fisher’s The Art of Eating. With resounding wit and gumption she skewers that which does not make sense to her, and savors that which makes her mouth water. She also, conveniently, would not condemn my eating habits of late: “one of the stupidest things in an earnest but stupid school of culinary thought is that each of the three daily meals should be ‘balanced.’” I mean, how can you not fall in love with this woman and her pluck and predilection towards food, glorious food? I’ll leave you with this… “The winter of 1927-28 was one of conscious gourmandise for me, or perhaps 'gluttony' would be the word.”
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
We named Ninth House one of the Best Books of the Year in 2019, we loved it so much. Here's Seira Wilson's review: "Leigh Bardugo made her mark writing bestselling young adult fantasy, but now she’s doing something a little different with Ninth House, her first adult novel. Bardugo uses Yale’s secret societies—their hidden rituals and the power of membership—to create the perfect setting for a story where elitism and the occult are intertwined. In Ninth House we meet Alex Stern, a young woman with nothing left to lose, who is given a strange second chance at a different life—as a freshman at Yale. Alex has been selected to attend not for her academic achievement, but rather to perform a dangerous task for which she is uniquely qualified: finding out who among the secret societies is resurrecting ancient dark magic. Ninth House is an epic read—sharp, dark, and incredibly atmospheric, with a gutsy protagonist and a conclusion that leaves the reader eager for more.
Kindle Unlimited is better than ever and here are some books that prove it.