Anonymous Books For Summer Reading

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Anonymous books for your summer reading.

Summer’s time and the reading’s easy! Filled with lazy days on the beach, vacation, barbecues – you get the picture, which makes it an ideal time for reading. We’ve grabbed a potpourri of books believed to be in the public domain and written by anonymous authors for you to download and read for free. They might be a little different from what you’re used to grabbing for a summer read, but they’re also a super way to freshen up the titles in your book list.

Pamela Censured (1741)

Once upon a time, author Samuel Richardson published Pamela a hugely popular novel that became an instant bestseller. Additionally, it spawned several parodies and anti-books that chastised the subject matter for being shameful and capable of tarnishing one’s mind. Pamela Censured is one of the alternative books released to favorable reviews. Its take on the importance of a young woman’s virtues and has a more modern and sincere viewpoint in contrast to the original novel.

American Indian Fairy Tales

For younger readers looking for something beyond the Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Anderson try this collection of native American Indian Fairy Tales that come with a set of vintage illustrations. Stories about children who live in the clouds, a fairy bride and the boy who snared the sun round out this book of amusing short stories.

That Mother-in-Law of Mine (1889)

A humorous book that looks at how to appropriately navigate your relationship with an overbearing mother-in-law. Although this novella is more than 125 years old the topic and associated challenges stand the test of time. That Mother-in-Law of Mine Is a fun and different read to pass the time with.

The Arabian Nights

A vast collection of ancient stories from the Islamic Age including Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Aladdin and Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor, The Arabian Nights is a wonderful of anthology of literary gems for readers young and old.


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Sarah Hartshorn is a marketing, public relations and social media professional with Vuze. She blogs about content, torrents, social media and a number of other tech topics. Sarah has been involved with traditional and digital marketing since 1998.