Top Ten Holiday E-Books

So you finally gave in and decided to give yourself a shiny e-reader as an early Christmas present. And why not? E-readers are portable, lightweight and leave a lot of space in your bag for more stuff. Here are our 10 top e-book picks to get you e-reading right away!

1) Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson: While much has been written about Steve Jobs since he passed away, this is the book to read. With unrestricted access to Steve Jobs and the people who knew him, Walter Isaacson sheds light on the type of person Steve was and how determination (and sometimes stubbornness) is the key to success.

2) 11/22/63 by Stephen King: The latest novel by Stephen King tells the story of Jake Epping, an English teacher, who is tasked with preventing the Kennedy assassination. At 3lbs, this is a hefty hardcover; fortunately it weighs nothing in e-book form, meaning you can enjoy a riveting read without suffering bodily harm.

3) The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma: Since writing this book, Felix J. Palma has become a key figure in the science fiction and fantasy world stage. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells is the inspiration for this tale in which Felix takes us back to Victorian London. This is a time and place where technology was considered magic and everything was thought to be possible. With a touch of humor Felix tells us the stories of an aristocrat in love with a murdered prostitute from the past; a woman bent on fleeing the strictures of Victorian society by searching for her lover somewhere in the future; and a fourth-dimensional plot to murder celebrated authors in order to steal their fictional creations. (Note: The Map of the Sky, Felix’s second book, is coming out Summer 2012!)

4) Atlas of Impossible Longing by Anuradha Roy: Anuradha Roy brings us the story of Mukunda and Bakul, two people who find each other when abandoned by everyone else. It is a love story characterized by the strife, longing, and tragedy that follow the impossible. Definitely a book that will move you and make you consider whether you are truly ever with someone or if you are always longing for something lost.

5) Time in Between by Maria Duenas: The Spanish world has known of this amazing story since 2010; it made its debut in North America on November 8, 2011. Comparisons to Casablanca and John Le Carre have led to the development of a serial for the Spanish TV market and a movie deal.

Set  in Madrid, Tetuan, and Lisbon before the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War through the Second World War, this story follows Sira Quiroga, a poor seamstress from Madrid who, after being abandoned in Algiers by her lover, forges a new identity and becomes the most sought-after couturiere in North Africa for the idle rich and the wealthy wives of German Nazi officers. But she is soon embroiled in a world of spies, working for the British Secret Service through a secret code stitched into the hems of her dresses. The Time In Between is one of those rare, richly textured novels that keeps you hoping it won’t end.

6) Wither by Lauren DeStefano: If you are tired of angsty vampires falling in love with angsty teens, this is the book for you. Set in a world where the goal to achieve immortality has only caused the reverse, Rhine Ellery at sixteen finds herself with only four years to live. She is kidnapped and becomes the bride of Linden, a boy, who will only live until he is twenty-five.  What she doesn’t know is that Linden’s father is an eccentric doctor bent on finding an antidote to the disease, and that her strangely colored eyes hold a clue to curing it.  Will Rhine be able to escape and find her twin or will the world continue to spiral into anarchy?

7) The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman: In 70 CE, nine hundred Jews held out for months against armies of Romans on a mountain in the Judean desert, Masada. According to the ancient historian Josephus, two women and five children survived. Based on this tragic historical event, Hoffman weaves a spellbinding tale of four extraordinary, bold, resourceful, and sensuous women, each of whom has come to Masada through a different path. The lives of these four complex and fiercely independent women intersect in the desperate days of the siege, as the Romans draw near. All are dovekeepers, and all are keeping secrets—about who they are, where they come from, who fathered them, and whom they love. This novel is Alice Hoffman’s masterpiece.

8 ) Wildflower Hill by Kimberley Freeman: Spanning three generations and half the world, Wildflower Hill is a sweeping, romantic, and compelling story of a ballerina who inherits an estate in Tasmania where long-forgotten secrets reveal the way to a more fulfilling life and love. This is a novel about about finding out who you really are and what you really want and discovering that the answer might be not at all what you’d expect.

9) Carte Blanche by Jeffery Deaver: Bond, James Bond. That should be enough for you to read this book. But if you need more information all we are allowed to tell you is that James Bond is his early thirties and already a veteran of the Afghan war. He has been recruited to a new organization. Conceived in the post-9/11 world, it operates independent of MI5, MI6 and the Ministry of Defense, its very existence deniable. Its aim: to protect the Realm by any means necessary. After Headquarters decrypt an electronic whisper about an attack to British interest, Agent 007 is given carte blanche to do whatever it takes to fulfill his mission.

10) Guilty Plea by Robert Rotenberg: Bestselling author Robert Rotenberg is back with his next razor-sharp legal thriller. Rotenberg’s insider knowledge of the behind-the-scenes courtroom machinations and his mesmerizing trial scenes make this another scorching page-turner.