Read the previous article now if you haven’t. Don’t worry, I’ll wait!
Now that you’ve done that, let’s proceed. Amazon has done a good job making all the classics available for free and (unlike Google Play Books) you don’t need to provide card details to download these free books from Amazon. There is a vast library of free books on Kindle and many of them are so great, it’s a crime to read them for free! I’ve assembled a bunch of free books that I enjoyed reading on my Kindle Paperwhite.
Check out the summaries and I guarantee you will find at least one book in this short list that will draw you in and leave you wanting to read more!
All these books are completely free and you can read them either on a kindle device or even on your android devices and PCs by downloading the Kindle app. Click on the images for direct links to the books. If you prefer physical copies instead, you can also select that after clicking on the image.
Dracula by Bram Stoker (Horror)
Young lawyer Jonathan Harker journeys to Transylvania to meet with the mysterious Count Dracula only to discover that his nobleman client is a vampire who is thirsty for new blood. After imprisoning Harker in his castle, Dracula travels to England to seduce Jonathan’s fiancée, Mina, and the battle against an ineffable evil begins. Led by philosopher and metaphysician Professor Van Helsing—Dracula’s most indomitable adversary—Harker, Mina, and a band of allies unite, determined to confront and destroy the Count before he can escape.
It surprised me how much this book scared me even when it is so old. The book is mostly written in the form of diary entries and letters by the main characters. This lends a unique first-person perspective to this book and adds to the horror. You might wanna read this in the day time to avoid nightmares! This is probably the earliest books to start the trend of vampires as scary creatures and it holds up today as an excellent horror book. Definitely read this one.
Three Men in A Boat by Jerome K Jerome (Comedy)
George, J., Harris and Montmorency, the dog, are the best of friends.
Armed with interesting anecdotes, their quirky personalities and a
boat, the three men and the dog decide to go on a boat trip across
River Thames. But they discover that their fancy ideas of a boat trip,
which includes visits to many famous riverside towns of England in
the 19th-century, are very different from the reality!
Jerome K Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat is a comic tale of friendship,
misadventure and fun. It is a delightful story for all ages and seasons.
Hidden within the seemingly funny incidents and comments are
the writer’s opinions on the foibles in England’s history and society.
The book offers a refreshing look at the various places, people and
mannerisms in the country.
Back when I read this book as a kid, I had enjoyed it but only when I read it as an adult did I understand the full genius of the author! This book is hilarious! I found myself having to stifle a laugh in the train as I read this book, lest people think I’m an idiot (No reason to let people to know that). The book is in the form of an adventure narration with the main characters taking a trip together and having a jolly time. Overall a feel-good book to curl up with!
The Hound of the Baskervilles
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Mystery)
Sir Charles Baskerville is dead. His body was discovered on the grounds of his Devonshire estate, face frozen in fright, not far from the footprints of a large beast. The cause of death has been determined to be a heart attack, but family legend tells another tale, and Detective Sherlock Holmes is determined to uncover the truth. So whodunit on the foggy moors of Baskerville Hall? In one of literature’s greatest original page-turners, the answer is a classic.
I had first read this mystery in sixth or seventh grade in the hilly town of Darjeeling. It was an illustrated and abridged version that could fit in a pocket and I totally associate that vacation with this great book. At first we get the impression that Holmes is dealing with a supernatural foe here that he can never defeat but then of course, Mr. Sherlock Holmes has much greater powers that we could fathom! I would recommend you to read the complete collection of Sherlock Holmes for the eccentric detective Sherlock who solves crimes with his uncanny deduction abilities and minute attention to detail which are unparalled by any of the other detective fiction books ever made.
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