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Friday News: 52 Books in 52 Weeks; Amazon’s numbers are in; USA Today’s year in review; Iron Maiden’s anti-piracy strategy; and Alice Walker’s awesome best-of list

Friday News: 52 Books in 52 Weeks; Amazon’s numbers are in;...

“Read Around the World:  You can read books set in and/or written by an author of a different country each week.  You can hang out in one country, exploring their history and culture or strike out across the world, mixing and mingling.  It’s entirely up to you how fast and how far and how many books you want to read.  Have fun exploring!  “ Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks

“After several years of explosive growth, e-book sales are flattening out, dampening speculation that print books are dying. At Barnes & Noble, physical bookstores did better than the chain’s e-reader, Nook. Publishers Weekly saluted the “resurgence of independent bookstores” by giving its Person of the Year award to American Booksellers Association CEO Oren Teicher and his board.” USA Today

“As far as celebrity year-end lists go, this is almost certainly the most unique offering. And when it comes to explications of reptilianism, its hard to imagine they come in much more eloquent form. Though, you know, its still an advocacy of reptilians.”The Wire

Daily Deals: Rockstars and Werewolves

Daily Deals: Rockstars and Werewolves

That David Sedaris book is on sale at Amazon now for $2.99. Blurb: David Sedaris’s beloved holiday collection is new again with six more pieces, including a never before published story. Along with such favorites as the diaries of a Macy’s elf and the annals of two very competitive families, are Sedaris’s tales of tardy trick-or-treaters (“Us and Them”); the difficulties of explaining the Easter Bunny to the French (“Jesus Shaves”); what to do when you’ve been locked out in a snowstorm (“Let It Snow”); the puzzling Christmas traditions of other nations (“Six to Eight Black Men”); what Halloween at the medical examiner’s looks like (“The Monster Mash”); and a barnyard secret Santa scheme gone awry (“Cow and Turkey”).

No matter what your favorite holiday, you won’t want to miss celebrating it with the author who has been called “one of the funniest writers alive” (Economist).

Rock Hard (Sinners on Tour Series #2) by Olivia CunningRock Hard by Olivia Cunning. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Trapped together on the Sinners tour bus for the summer, Sed and Jessica will rediscover the millions of steamy reasons they never should have called it quits in the first place…

I find Cunning’s initial books entertaining because you get a really good feel for the rock star life and road trips. The interaction between the band members is hilarious and profane. I was less enthused by the romances as the stories went on but the first two are pretty entertaining. At $1.99 it’s probably worth adding to your library. Also on sale is Hot Ticket, Double Time, and Backstage Pass.

Backstage Pass is the first one. I lost interest after Rock Hard because the romances weren’t as convincing and the characters less dynamic.

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Don't Know Much About History: Everything You Need to Know About American History but Never Learned by Kenneth C. DavisDon’t Know Much About History: Everything You Need to Know About American History but Never Learned by Kenneth C. Davis. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Who really discovered America? What was “the shot heard ’round the world”? Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: Did he or didn’t he?

From the arrival of Columbus through the bizarre election of 2000 and beyond, Davis carries readers on a rollicking ride through more than 500 years of American history. In this updated edition of the classic anti-textbook, he debunks, recounts, and serves up the real story behind the myths and fallacies of American history.

This is the book you want to read before you go to NYC so Jay Leno can’t catch you on camera looking less knowledgeable about American History than your average 2nd grader.

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Kiss of Steel by Bec McMasterKiss of Steel by Bec McMaster. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Most people avoid the dreaded Whitechapel district. For Honoria Todd, it’s the last safe haven. But at what price?Blade is known as the master of the rookeries—no one dares cross him. It’s been said he faced down the Echelon’s army single-handedly, that ever since being infected by the blood-craving he’s been quicker, stronger, almost immortal.When Honoria shows up at his door, his tenuous control comes close to snapping. She’s so…innocent. He doesn’t see her backbone of steel—or that she could be the very salvation he’s been seeking.

I think everyone enjoyed this series more than I did but you can check this imaginative steampunk series out yourself. The first two books are priced at $1.99:

Heart of Iron
Kiss of Steel

Also on sale for $2.99 are

My Lady Quicksilver
Tarnished Knight

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Terry Spear's Wolf Bundle  by Terry SpearTerry Spear’s Wolf Bundle by Terry Spear. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Launched with no less than a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year award, Terry Spear’s wolf series has given thrills and chills to readers worldwide.

Now find out where it all started with the first three books in Terry Spear’s series for one low price. This bundle includes the award-winning first book in the series, The Heart of the Wolf, plus Destiny of the Wolf and To Tempt the Wolf, each delivering a story that sizzles and satisfies.

Sensing a theme here? Yep, these are all Sourcebooks deals. It seems like the entire Sourcebooks romance catalog is on sale for $1.99. This is a great deal because it is three full length titles in one bundle.

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