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Top Five Free Books on Amazon

Updated on May 29, 2012

Money is tight for many today--maybe you're sitting at home bored. The movies are expensive. You had to choose between cable or electricity. You're drinking water because you can't afford beer. Well, you could read! Does that sound boring? Well, all of these books are free on Amazon, and they're far from boring. In fact, many of them are sexy, terrifying, hilarious, and heartbreaking. Best of all, they don't cost a cent.

1. Anna Karenina

Tolstoy's 1877 novel will have your heart thumping like Fifty Shades of Grey--but you won't feel ashamed to be caught reading it. Recently, it's been hailed as the best novel of all time by a number of publications and critics. It's full of romance, but also explores a wide span of human emotion and experience.

2. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

You probably already know a lot about Sherlock Holmes. Maybe you've seen the recent films? But if you haven't read Arthur Conan Doyle's stories, you're missing out. Holmes is a detective, he's a forensic scientist, he wears a funny hat. He's also a drug addict and a little racist. Seriously.

3. Grimm's Fairy Tales

Yes, the Grimm's versions of favorite fairy tales are much gloomier than the Disney versions we grew up with, but that's why they're not just fairy tales. Their sadness and even horror make these stories more like poetry.

4. Dracula

Many of today's readers might find it hard to believe that a novel published in 1897 could be a page turner, but Dracula is. If you're at all interested in the current vampire craze, this book is a must. The story unfolds in the form of letters, and although Count Dracula is no sparkly-skinned teenager, he will have you mesmerized from the first.

5. War of the Worlds

When Orson Welles read from this novel in 1938 as a part of the Mercury Theatre on the Air radio series, panic resulted. Some people believed an alien invasion was at hand. What more do you need to know to realize this is no boring book? It was enough to make people kill themselves then--it's enough to make people excited now.


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      chrisinhawaii 5 years ago

      This is awesome...just awesome. I'm getting Sherlock Holmes...but didn't see an amazon capsule for it?

      I read your amazon food hub, too. FOOD?! No way. I never would have guessed...and some of those ingredients I buy here for much more than amazon charges. Great hub.

      Voted up, useful, and awesome. Thanks for these great little hubs! Aloha!

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      Poetic Fool 6 years ago

      Your hub brings up the point that there is a lot of great literature out there that is in the public domain. This means they can be downloaded and read for free from a number of sources. Already this year I have read Pride and Prejudice, Treasure Island, Crime and Punishment, Great Expectations and The Count of Monte Cristo, all for free. Thanks for raising awareness of these 5 great public domain works in your hub!

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      instantlyfamily 6 years ago

      I appreciate this Hub! Thanks for sharing. Voted up.