Do you like to read? It is one of my most FAVORITE things to do when I have down time. Now I don't have much down-time (LOL) but I do read every night before bed no matter what. The house is quiet, everyone is in bed and no one is needing me....so you can usually find me reading late into the wee hours. I have been known to read a book until 4 am..shhhh..but if its truly a page turner I HAVE to finish it. Books have never ever put me to sleep..instead they keep me awake LOL! I try to read 3-5 books a week...I'm a pretty fast reader and I have a lot of books begging to be read on my Kindle. And I usually have 2 books going on at once...yes I know that's odd but its what I do.
To me books are like the best on-going movies in your head...you read the story, you picture what they look and sound like and you pretty much get to be the imaginary set designer. You get to visit all these places you might not be able to in real life, envison what the past may have been like to live in, and wonder what the world may be like in the future. I think that's why so many times the movies based on books are not as good...because we've already set up the characters, the sounds, the sets and more in our heads ever so diligently and beautifully right? And with a book there is so much more description of characters and sets, more back story, so much more emotion going on than can ever be displayed on a big screen. Although some book-based movies take on their own flavor and work their own magic like The Help, Fried Green Tomatoes, Charlotte's Web, and Narnia to name a few.
I am a Kindle addict although I will admit when they hit the market a few years ago I was skeptical. But my husband got me my first Kindle for Christmas that year and I was hooked within hours. Yes there is nothing like the FEEL of a book or the smell of an old book...but there is also nothing like being able to download a book in 5 secs and easily carry 200 books in your purse ;) Ask my mom..she was a slow convert but she's hooked now hahaha! I've graduated from that first Kindle to a Kindle Fire and Alexa has one as well...we both are the readers in our family. My son and husband do not read for pleasure and I always thell them they are so missing out. I also share books with my mom and sister as well, they are linked to my account so I can easily do that. So if you share books with your family you may want to link accounts and there is more info on Amazon Help about that.
Work the System---Free/Discounted Books
SAMPLE a book...if you aren't sure of the author, the way they write or how the story will flow then click on "SEND SAMPLE NOW" and Amazon will send a sample of the book to your Kindle. Usually 1-2 chapters so you can check it out before you purchase.
Lending Library: If you are an Amazon Prime member you can also "borrow/rent" books through Amazon's Lending Library. There is no deadline date for reading it however you can only loan one out at a time. See more info on that HERE.
A lot of Classic novels are offered for free on Amazon and other websites as well. So if you want to read Pride & Prejudice or Call of the Wild you can find them for free or under $3.
Most libraries do loaning of books to those with E-Readers...just check with your local library to see how to sign up and what they have to offer.
FUN TIP: in the Amazon or Barnes & Noble search box type in 0.00 and a list of all free books will come up at once
Some authors do pre-book stories or short stories and offer them for free on Amazon. Lots of times these are lead-in stories for their next book and usually very good. Or they may just be some short stories the author wanted to share. I'm reading Sarah Addison Allen's new book "Lost Lake" which came out a few days ago. But in December she offered a FREE story "Waking Kate" (still free) that was a lead-in to the book I'm reading now. So it gives a bit more back story and prepares you for the book to come.
I do pre-order books from my favorite authors on Amazon..there is something super exciting about getting the book at midnight before its even hit the shelves..its gives me a bit of a thrill. Because I am THAT book geek kinda gal! So if you know your favorite author has a book coming out, check to see if you can pre-order it. Do NOT ask me how much I spend on books and magazines...its not pretty...however it is something I enjoy and something I've always budgeted for.
discounted books daily
lists all the free Kindle books offered up daily
free and discounted books daily
If you've bought ANY hardcover books thru Amazon from 1995 till now, they
offer the E-Reader version heavily discounted if you want to get it for your Kindle.
Free copies of classic books and many others
GOODREADS & AUTHORS
I list a lot of the books I've read, want to read or am currently reading on Goodreads...if you aren't a member it is free to join and you can follow friends and others to see what they are reading. Its great for new book and author recommendations as well. I have also gotten free books from new authors on that site as long as I review it when I'm done.
If you really love, love, love the author or book you've read go and LIKE them on Facebook so you can keep up with them and any new releases or snippets of new books. They also list any book signings or places they may be to meet them..that's always fun. One of my fave authors who isn't hugely known is Kathryn Wall and her books are all set in Hilton Head, SC (one of our fave vacation places that we visit each year)..she writes mysteries with a woman heroine named Bay Tanner and they are really good, but read them in order..I believe there are 12 so far! She goes to a local restaurant (Jump & Phils) some evenings and signs books and chats with readers...she's a hoot and I so enjoyed meeting her. We were lucky that we were the only ones there that particular night so she joined us for dinner and a nice chat...very memorable!
Most authors are on Twitter as well...if you tweet that is..and I've conversed with many of my fave authors on there. They like to hear from their readers I assure you and its fun to pick their brains a bit as well! :)
So what's on your Kindle these days? Reading something so good that you have to share?
TELL ME!!! I love to hear new recommendations!
TELL ME!!! I love to hear new recommendations!