We have good news for anyone who likes books and also sales
Both Amazon and Target are having 3-for-2 book sales right now, and the selection is great.
We love just about everything about books—well, except for paying for them. While the library is an amazing resource, there’s just something special about owning and collecting books, holding a new release in your hands, and marking up the margins at your own discretion. But the cost isn’t insignificant, especially for the newest hardcover releases. Catching a good sale can mean bring home three books instead of one, and catching a sale right at the beginning of summer can mean filling up your carry-on or beach tote for plenty of breezy vacation reading.
Below we will suss out the details of each sale and cover a few of the best picks at the Amazon sale, which includes a selection of about 600 titles.
We want to add as always: supporting your local indie book store and your library is vital to the book community—and we assume that you’re doing that in addition to catching great sales like these.
Book on sale at Amazon now
Amazon’s 3-for-3 sale items are listed here—and the discount will be taken when you check out. It’s a limited-time offer, though we’re not sure how long it will hang around.
Here are some of the stand-out titles that we love.
This book was voted the best novel released in 2020 on Goodreads, and if you haven’t heard people talking about it, check out this killer premise: when 35-year-old Nora dies, she wakes up in a strange library that includes an infinite number of books that represent her different choices in life. She gets to open a book and restart her life in a multitude of different ways—and she gets to learn about what it really means to live and love.
Written by the famed indie rocker, Crying in H Mart is a memoir filled with love, regrets, thoughtfulness and huge amounts of Korean food. Do not read this book when hungry, or you are in for it. Centered around the relationship between Zauner and her Korean mother, the book explores identity, belonging, and grief with deep feeling and humor.
If you are a fan of magical writing, magical people, and a sweeping storyline, look no further than Addie LaRue. It begins in 18th Century France, where Addie makes a deal with god in which she will live forever but be remembered by no one. But about 300 years into her journey, a man recognizes her in a bookstore. Both the book and the storyline will draw you in and make you never want to finish.
The wait for this groundbreaking book is about four months at the library here, so what better way to skip the line and also own a book that’s great to lend out or return to? In this piece of nonfiction, Isabel Wilkerson argues that the United States has a caste system much like the ones in India or Nazi Germany, where some people are classified in a way that they can’t even escape by marriage or through wealth. Along with How To Be An Antiracist and Between The World And Me, this book is a must-read for those looking to educate themselves about race in America.
Hollywood icon Evelyn Hugo wants to tell the story of her life, so she hires an obscure journalist to write her memoir. What unfolds next are two stories that run parallel: Hugo’s biography (including her marriage to seven men) and the story of the journalist as she tries to wrap her mind around her very unexpected project and unexpected brush with fame. Pick this one up if you love twist endings and Hollywood glamour.
Hannah has been married for a year when her husband disappears, leaving her a two-word note that simply says, “Protect her.” So begins a new, best-selling mystery and thriller that will have you in its grip until the last page while also exploring deeper ideas surrounding love, family, and truth.
A coming-of-age memoir by writer and podcaster Ashely C. Ford, Somebody’s Daughter focuses on what it’s like to grow up Black, poor, and with an incarcerated father—all while struggling against the things stacked against you because of who you are and what you look like. Vulnerable, honest, and beautifully written, we predict this will be one of the standout memoirs released this year.
Whether you have read everything Kristin Hannah has written or whether you’re dipping your toe in for the first time, The Four Winds is a sweeping drama that you won’t soon forget. Set during both the Dust Bowl and The Great Depression, follow Elsa as she struggles not only to survive, but to make a meaningful life for herself during one of the most trying times of our era.
If you kind of hate self-help books but need a confidence boost, we recommend this one. In it Glennon Doyle explains how she divorced her cheating husband after she falls instantly in love with pro-soccer player Abby Wombach—and what she learned about the experience. Very short version: women need to listen to themselves more and follow their hearts instead of the constraints of society. Agree.
This is on our list of most anticipated books of the summer, and there’s good reason. It’s an un-put-down-able romance that follows two writers who once dated for seven days and who get reunited 15 years later—again for a week. If you buy it now, you can still read it in June.
Kids books on sale 3-for-2 at Amazon
In addition to the great selection of adult fiction and non-fiction titles, there are a ton of great games, video games, DVDs, and books for kids that also count toward the sale. A few that we saw that you can save a ton on include box sets from Junie B. Jones, Percy Jackson, and Dog Man, plus a lot of other single titles.
Kinetic sand is also among the items listed but—we totally understand if you don’t open that Pandora’s Box of vacuuming kinetic sand for the rest of your life. Maybe send it to a “friend”?
There’s also a 3-for-2 book sale at Target right now
You can also head over to Target for their own version of the 3-for-2 book sale, which is a mix-and-match event that also includes games, video games, puzzles, activity kits, and crafts. There are over 2,000 items to choose from during the weeklong sale, so start browsing.
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