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    Happy Early Valentine’s Day or Something: 25 Free Kindle Books

    January 30, 2013 by Brandy Vencel

    It’s not customary to give Valentine’s gifts to readers, but perhaps you are loading a Kindle for someone you love? A little boy, perhaps? If so, good news: I’m sharing 25 more free Kindle books, books I will soon put on my own 10-going-on-11-year-old son’s Kindle. He’s the type that is always starving for books. I considered limiting his reading time, but when I timed him, I found he didn’t spend too much time reading. He’s just very, very fast.

    25 Free Kindle BooksAnd also voracious.

    We gave him a {used and very inexpensive} Kindle for Christmas back in 2011. I had loaded it with 100 free Kindle books. He also received real books.

    You know.

    The kind you put on a shelf.

    So with all the real books we have, it has taken him until about now to finish the 100 books. He’s almost done, and this list is preparation. I didn’t want everything to be fiction, but honestly that was what was easy for me to decide upon at this point.

    Besides, I am also giving him the letter A of his Gran’s encyclopedia set. That should keep him busy!

    Like my last list, I’ve checked it against the Ambleside Online book lists so that I don’t give him a book that should be saved as an assignment someday {which I have accidentally done–and regretted–before}.

    Also: beware that, when it comes to Kindle books, sometimes you get what you pay for. I cannot guarantee that there are not major problems with some of these books, that there are linked tables of contents, or anything of the sort. I can say, however, that out of the extensive last list, my son only complained about a couple of the books. And, honestly, free is the price I am willing to afford when it comes to digital copies. Some of these are titles I’m looking to add to our family library eventually, but for now this will do.


    Tiger and Tom and Other Stories for Boys
    What Katy Did by Susan Coolidge
    The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington
    The Gentleman from Indiana by Booth Tarkington
    Ramsey Milholland by Booth Tarkington
    Alice Adams by Booth Tarkington
    The Phantom Ship by Frederick Marryat*
    The King’s Own by Frederick Marryat*
    Masterman Ready by Frederick Marryat*
    Main-Travelled Roads by Hamlin Garland
    A Son of the Middle Border by Hamlin Garland
    Prairie Folks by Hamlin Garland
    The Deerslayer by James Fenimore Cooper
    The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
    The Spy by James Fenimore Cooper
    Pathfinder; or, the Inland Sea by James Fenimore Cooper
    Twilight Land by Howard Pyle
    Stolen Treasure by Howard Pyle

    Science Fiction

    The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne
    A Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne**
    Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne

    Fables and Faerie

    Tales of Troy and Greece by Andrew Lang

    Myths of the Norsemen from the Eddas and Sagas by H.A. Guerber

    Australian Studies

    The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay
    Seven Little Australians by Ethel Sybil Turner

    *Technically, “others” by Marryat are suggested as free reading for Ambleside Online Year 10. I skipped the actual assigned title, but offered these because they are suggested for grades 4-6 on the 1000 Good Books List.
    **I have heard some complaints about bad Verne translations, and I have no idea of this is a good one. If one of you has an opinion, I’d love to hear it.

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  • Reply Brandy @ Afterthoughts January 31, 2013 at 12:02 am

    I apologize for the awkward comment. My comment form is buggy today…

  • Reply Brandy @ Afterthoughts January 31, 2013 at 12:01 am

    THank you Jeanne! Here is that title on Kindle for free, Jeanne! Thank you. We are excited to read some of the books you suggested. Well, I say “we” but I have no guarantee that he will share that gadget with me. 🙂

  • Reply ...they call me mommy... January 30, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Ooooo…thanks, Brandy!

    Btw, I love your new bloggy layout! 🙂

  • Reply Jeanne January 30, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    One more: Martin Hyde: The Duke’s Messenger by John Masefield.

    We all adored this exciting historical adventure story.

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