One in 5 Million Reads

5 Books to Read as the Kobo Catalogue Hits 5,000,000

Posted by Ben Landau May  11, 2016

We’ve come a long way since we were a handful of people in a small windowless room, dreaming of the day we’d reach 1000 books available on site.

Today Kobo deliver’s eBooks in 97 languages to millions of users in 190 countries around the world. Thanks to amazing readers like you, we have grown into a global bookstore, dedicated solely to digital reading and nothing else. Now, with a library of more than 5 million eBooks, plus eReader choices, and free reading apps suitable for any mobile device, we have something for any taste.

To celebrate the 5 million mark, we thought we’d look ahead—recommending 5 fantastic books, each from a different genre, for you to tackle next. One in a million reads to get you through the spring.

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LITERARY: Eligible (A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice) by Curtis Sittenfeld

This version of the Bennet family—and Mr. Darcy—is one that you have and haven’t met before: Liz is a magazine writer in her late thirties who, like her yoga instructor older sister, Jane, lives in New York City. When their father has a health scare, they return to their childhood home in Cincinnati to help—and discover that the sprawling Tudor home they grew up in is crumbling and the family is in disarray.

 

THRILLER: The Widow by Fiona Barton

There's a lot Jean hasn't said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing. She was busy being the perfect wife, standing by her man while living with accusing glares and anonymous harassment. Now her husband is dead, and there's no reason to stay quiet. People want to hear her story. They want to know what it was like living with that man. She can tell them there were secrets. There always are in a marriage.

 

NONFICTION: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, Abraham Verghese

At the age of 36, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a naïve medical student possessed, “by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life” into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality.

 

ROMANCE: Fire Bound by Christine Feehan

Flame-haired Lissa Piner is a skilled glass blower whose delicate gift conceals a burning inner strength that can destroy as exquisitely as it can create. Commissioned to design chandeliers for a string of luxury hotels, her remarkable skills have taken her to Italy. But Lissa’s real mission there is a secret. For her entire life has been a lie, leading to a chance to avenge a terrible wrong.

 

FANTASY: Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere... else. But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

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