I love to read, but have always had a hard time A) finding time to read, and B) affording the expense of all the books that I'd like to read. I recently discovered Amazon's "Kindle Unlimited", and let me tell you...I am in love. I have been reading so many books that have been on my "want" list, and am starting to have a hard time NOT downloading everything onto my iPad. AND, it only costs me $10 a month. The time issue has been solved by downloading the Kindle app on my phone and reading while I nurse my baby to sleep, while I'm on the elliptical, or when the kids are playing and I have a little down time (which, let's face it, doesn't happen as much as I'd like it to!). Mostly, I've just gotten creative with finding time to read. Since I always have my phone with me, it's easy to read a few pages here or there.
If you want to use Kindle Unlimited, here are a few things you should know:
First, you don't need to own a Kindle device to download Kindle books. You simply need to download the Kindle app (it's free) to your computer, phone, tablet, etc. and you're good to go!
Secondly, you can usually get a free 30 day trial , so look for that and use that first (though don't forget to cancel before the end of your 30 days if you don't want to continue subscribing).
Lastly, if you choose to subscribe, it's only $10/month for unlimited qualifying books. Not all books qualify, but there are a ton. Also, you can only "check out" 10 books at a time. Then, you just "return" a book to get another book.
So, what have I been reading with my new found Kindle Unlimited Subscription? LOTS of fiction. In the last 2 months I've read:
*The Mockingjay (book 3 of the Hunger Games Series)- I'd read the first two books years ago, and now with the soon to be released third movie, I figured I should finally read this book, too.
*Gathering Blue-This book is part of the "Giver Quartet." Though it's not a continuation of the Giver; it's a separate story. This book was also really intriguing, but not as great at the Giver, in my opinion.
*Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban, and Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire- These books are amazing, and I'm disappointed that I refused to read them all these years. Book 4 was by far my favorite, followed closely by book 2. I'm currently working through the 5th book.
*The Divergent Series (Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant)- I totally loved these, and really enjoyed the first movie, as well. This series, however, is not currently in Kindle Unlimited, but after watching the movie, I figured that I had to read them anyway!
*Water for Elephants- I'm not even providing a link for this book because I quit it half way through. I didn't enjoy (and wasn't expecting) the unnecessary sexual content in this book. Just as I don't think looking at porn would be acceptable for my husband, I don't think literature packed with sexual scenes should be appropriate for me. And with that, I quit the book.
I do have some nonfiction books I'd like to read, but fiction is just so much easier to get through when I'm tired (which is currently: Always). Nonfiction usually makes me use my brain to think, and thinking makes me even more tired. So for now, fiction is perfect.
Overall, Kindle Unlimited solves the "I don't have enough money to buy all the books" problem, and their free Kindle app on my phone solves the "I never have any time to read" problem. It's a perfect solution, and I love how inexpensive it is!
Have you tried Kindle Unlimited yet? Do you have any books you'd suggest?
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