It’s no secret I’m a massive book lover. Just this weekend, I picked up my first library card as an adult! It’s all part of my effort to not spend so much money, but not really have to give up on something that I love. I am pretty old school in the sense that I still love a physical book. Yes, I finally gave in and got a Kindle, but nothing will replace the feeling of a good book in your hand.
With that being said, there are some GREAT apps out there to help with your book obsession. Best of all? They’re all free!
I’m terrible about keeping my Goodreads account up to date, but I’m trying to get better about it. If you haven’t heard about it, it’s essentially social networking around books. You can connect with friends, read and write reviews, and keep everyone up to date on what you’re currently reading. It’s also an endless catalog, so you can keep track of books you want to read in the future! Make sure you follow me!
This is the real reason I got a library card. With a library card, you can use Overdrive/Libby (I don’t quite understand the difference) to get eBooks from your local library and download them right on your Kindle or phone or whatever device! I’ve found some great titles so far, but there is a pretty extensive waitlist ahead of me.
This goes without saying. Even if you don’t have an actual Kindle, you can download the app on any smartphone and read from your phone. They have some free books too! Not NYT Bestsellers, but free books nonetheless.
Maybe you think books themselves are wasteful. It’s a lot of paper. You can still listen to books! Audible is a great option. It’s a monthly subscription, but you can get two free audiobooks just for signing up. My brother in law is a big fan of audiobooks, though I have difficulty getting into them.
“I don’t have time.” or “I don’t have money.” can no longer be your excuses for not reading. Stop scrolling through Instagram or Facebook. Learn something new on something you already have with you all the time.