Fab Five Free Books

Fab Five Free Books

I love ebooks! I love physical books as well, but something awesome about ebooks is that you can get a lot of public domain books for free! So listed here are the fab five free public domain books, in my opinion.

1. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle: Although I am a huge Sherlock Holmes fan, I must say it can be difficult to get through his full-length novels. However, I’m a huge proponent of his short story collections! The mysteries move quickly and the cunning plan is revealed more quickly. Get your free eVersion here:

2. Emma by Jane Austen: As I have shared with you all before here,Emma is the best Jane Austen book I have read. She is a flawed heroine, but her escapades make for an interesting read. The love interest in the story is the only one who sees her for who she really is. Not only can you get it for free for your eReader, you can also download on audio version at librivox.org. Get your free Kindle version here:

3. The Works of Edgar Allan Poe: Volume 2 by Edgar Allan Poe: Poe is the genius behind such tales as “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Raven,” and “The Pit and the Pendulum.” This particular collection includes 19 short stories, including “The Pit and the Pendulum,” “The Black Cat,” “The Masque of Red Death,” and “The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar.” I listed only the stories I myself have read. :) Beware, there are many eBook versions of Poe’s stories that are not free (don’t know why!). However, they are in the public domain and I scoured the internet to find a free version for you here:

4. The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry: Speaking of short stories, The Gift of the Magi is the classic Christmas story of two newlyweds. It’s O. Henry’s best-known short story and one of the few I could find free. If you end up enjoying this free tale, I suggest you read The Last Leaf and The Ransom of Red Chief.

5. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens: The Gift of the Magi made me think of Christmas tales, which led me to this classic! Everyone knows the classic story and it has been re-done in various TV shows and movies, but that doesn’t make the original any less fun to read. It’s truly a story that warms your heart and puts you in the Christmas mood! The free version is here:

Bonus book: You can also read Little Women by Louisa May Alcott free on Kindle! Read it here:

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Throwback Thursday- Emma by Jane Austen

Emma by Jane Austen

This book gets five out of five chickadees singing! I have read Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, and Persuasion by Jane Austen and this is by far my favorite Jane Austen book out of the three. Emma is the main character. She is well-to-do and lives with her peculiar and strongly opinionated father. Emma has no interest in getting married, but that does not stop her from interfering with everybody else’s love lives. Her matchmaking attempts for her dear friend Harriet (a very naive, but sweet girl) go hopelessly and hilariously awry. As the reader, you probably know what’s going to happen, but you remain interested because you want to see the characters’ reactions to Emma’s misunderstandings.

Emma vows not to get involved in others’ lives anymore under the advice of her good friend Knightly. A new character and possible love interest for Emma arrives to town in the character of Frank Churchill. Will Emma actually end up with someone or stay single forever like she plans?

I feel that Emma is certainly Austen’s most humorous book. Austen is always witty, but particularly so in the character of the very clever and witty Emma. The characters in this novel are more interesting and realistically flawed in this book than in her others. They also add to the novel’s humor. For example, Emma’s father is so very particular and quite distressed when others don’t share his opinion (to gruel being one of the best dinners to the fact that people ought not to get married). The other characters do their best to humor his odd tastes. I also enjoyed the possible love interests in Emma, without giving any spoilers away. Additionally, the book has an important message about not messing around in other people’s lives.

After reading Emma, you’ll be amazed at the similarities of its plot compared to many current chick lit books and movies (which I will not name for fear of spoiling their endings). You’ll also understand why this charming book continues to be a model for authors today.

 

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