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Ebook Subscriptions that you will LOVE

The “right” subscription service feels like a a trove of gifts curated just for you. With so many options how do you pick the “BEST” ebook subscription?

Ebook Subscriptions – What are the best options?

Voracious readers celebrate! Everybody knows about Kindle Unlimited, but it comes with limitations. Authors having to commit to exclusivity cause many to turn away from participating, leaving fewer options for readers. But what if there were other ebook subscriptions? Ones where authors didn’t have to pledge exclusivity and readers could find an unlimited supply of ebook and audiobook options? Join me to explore these other ebook subscriptions that very much rival the beast!

Libby Subscription

This first one isn’t a subscription exactly. But it is one every voracious reader should be using! Did you know you could get almost any ebook or audiobook directly from your library? If you’re ok with waiting or perhaps not reading the newest release then Libby is most definitely for you. And did I mention it’s free? All you need to do is log in with your library card number and you’re set to go.Cost: Free

Scribd Subscription

Scribd is probably one of the best ebook subscriptions currently on the market. It provides unlimited access to ebooks, audiobooks, podcasts, magazines, news articles and more! It also has one of the most flexible platforms for access to the app. You can use it on any web browser, Android or iOS device. They also have apps available for download on Apple, Google Play and Kindle Fire so you can still read on your Kindle if you have one!Cost: 30 day free trial, then $12 a month

Bookmate  Subscription

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It is fast becoming one of the most popular ebook subscriptions. Its platform mixes social media with book shopping. Think Goodreads and Amazon mixed directly. Users can create friend lists and curated bookshelves to shop from. Imagine the next time you’re talking books with a friend, you can immediately share a book rec for them to purchase right there! They also offer both ebooks and audiobooks and have a HUGE free reads section! Again, they have extremely flexible ways to access the platform. You can log in from any web browser, Android or iOS device. And they also have apps for download on Apple and Google Play. Cost: $10 a month

Kobo Plus Subscription 

Kobo and Kobo Plus have been super popular in other countries for years already and have finally made their way to the US market. Many would argue they are Kindle Unlimited’s direct competition. They also rely heavily on their own e-reader devices where they directly load ebook purchases. But you can also read from their Kobo app on other devices. They offer a mix of ebook or audiobook only plans or a shared one for users of both. They also have a VIP program with rewards for dollars spent throughout the year.Cost: Free 30 day trial, then Kobo Plus Read- $7.99 a month, Kobo Plus Read & Listen- $9.99 a month, Kobo Plus Listen- $7.99 a month.

EPIC Subscription

Why should adults get all the fun? Epic is finally an ebook subscription just for kids. And it’s FREE for educators! Finally take the guesswork out, books are divided by reading ability and grade level for parents and educators to find the perfect book for their child. Epic also has Read to Me audiobooks, easy readers with highlighted glossary words for kids to click and learn new vocabulary, and interactive reading games. Available for download in the Apple Store and Google Play.
Cost: Free for schools and educators, For everyone else, Free for 7 days, then $11.99 a month.

I hope this provides some fun reading exploration for you!

Authors, follow me on my second part of this post next week on aggregators and distributors which will explain HOW you can get your book listed in these ebook subscriptions!

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My best summer reads 2023 list is in!

Dive into the Best Summer Reads 2023

These books were worth their beach bag weight and made a splash this summer!

Summer is sadly coming to an end here. We just returned from the last of our summer travels and my kids return to school next week. How fast it all flew by! But I was fortunate enough to enjoy some fantastic books this summer. I read a lot this summer, so trust me when I say I had plenty to hold these up against. These were my true favorites- all five star ratings! So join me below to see my best summer reads 2023!

Don’t Forget to Write by Sara Goodman Confino

I technically got this early as part of my Amazon First Reads program. But, it’s available for Pre-Order and comes out Sept 1st. 

What a fantastic read! I absolutely loved this book. Don’t Forget to Write, takes place in 1960 when twenty-something, Marilyn, gets caught kissing a boy during synagogue. Upon refusing to marry him, she gets sent to spend the summer with her strict, great-aunt, Ada. However, Ada is far from the punishment she expects and instead Marilyn ends up learning lessons about love and what she wants for herself that she’ll carry for a lifetime. 

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In 1960, a young woman discovers a freedom she never knew existed in this exhilarating, funny, and emotional novel by the bestselling author of She’s Up to No Good.When Marilyn Kleinman is caught making out with the rabbi’s son in front of the whole congregation, her parents ship her off to her great-aunt Ada for the summer. If anyone can save their daughter’s reputation, it’s Philadelphia’s strict premier matchmaker. Either that or Marilyn can kiss college goodbye.To Marilyn’s surprise, Ada’s not the humorless septuagenarian her mother described. Not with that platinum-blonde hair, Hermès scarf, and Cadillac convertible. She’s sharp, straight-talking, takes her job very seriously, and abides by her own rules….mostly. As the summer unfolds, Ada and Marilyn head for the Jersey shore, where Marilyn helps Ada scope out eligible matches―for anyone but Marilyn, that is.Because if there’s one thing Marilyn’s learned from Ada, it’s that she doesn’t have to settle. With the school year quickly approaching and her father threatening to disinherit her, Marilyn must make her choice for her future: return to the comfortable life she knows or embrace a risky, unknown path on her own.

Homecoming by Kate Morton

Ok, this is not a “light” read. I’m also going to lay out the trigger warning- there are child deaths in this book. And there is suspected filicide (mother killing self and children). I thought that would be a deal breaker for me, but Kate Morton’s writing is so magical and thoughtful, I needed to keep reading to discover what really happened. I’m so glad I did, because I loved, loved this book!

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Adelaide Hills, Christmas Eve, 1959: At the end of a scorching hot day, beside a creek on the grounds of a grand country house, a local man makes a terrible discovery. Police are called, and the small town of Tambilla becomes embroiled in one of the most baffling murder investigations in the history of South Australia.Many years later and thousands of miles away, Jess is a journalist in search of a story. Having lived and worked in London for two decades, she now finds herself unemployed and struggling to make ends meet. A phone call out of nowhere summons her back to Sydney, where her beloved grandmother Nora, who raised Jess when her mother could not, has suffered a fall and is seriously ill in the hospital.At Nora’s house, Jess discovers a true crime book chronicling a long-buried police case: the Turner Family Tragedy of 1959. It is only when Jess skims through its pages that she finds a shocking connection between her own family and this notorious event – a mystery that has never been satisfactorily resolved.An epic story that spans generations, Homecoming asks what we would do for those we love, how we protect the lies we tell, and what it means to come home. Above all, it is an intricate and spellbinding novel from one of the finest writers working today.

The Spectacular by Fiona Davis

If you’ve seen me in person this summer, I’ve most likely already recommended this book to you. Because I really have been recommending it to everyone I see. I love, love Fiona Davis. She’s on my auto-buy list and I had pre-ordered this book long before it came out. I’m so glad I did, because it truly was- Spectacular!

See below for what makes this book so awesome!

New York City, 1956: Nineteen-year-old Marion is over the moon to have been selected to be one of the Rockettes, Radio City Music Hall’s glamorous precision-dancing troupe. It’s an honor to perform in the world’s most spectacular theater, an art deco masterpiece. But with four shows a day as well as grueling rehearsals, not to mention exacting standards of perfection to live up to, Marion quickly realizes that the life of a Rockette has both extraordinary highs and devastating lows.Then one night a bomb explodes in the theater. It’s only the latest in a string of explosions around the city orchestrated by a person the press has nicknamed the “Big Apple Bomber.” They have been terrorizing the citizens of New York for sixteen years by planting bombs in popular, crowded spaces. With the public in an uproar over the lack of any real leads after a years long manhunt, the police, at Marion’s urging, turn in desperation to a radical new technique: psychological profiling.As Marion finds herself pulled deeper into the investigation, she realizes that as much as she’s been training herself to blend in—performing in perfect unison with all the other identical Rockettes—if she hopes to catch the bomber, she’ll need to stand out and take a terrifying risk. But she may be forced to sacrifice everything she’s worked for, as well as the people she loves the most.

I hope you enjoyed and feel inspired to pick up one of these great reads for yourself. Happy Reading!
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Bookish Travel Essentials List

Why You Need This Bookish Travel Essentials List!

Make your travel experience that much more relaxing with this bookish travel essentials list for Book Lovers!

Bookish Travel Essentials List

Top Five Bookish Travel Essentials List

Getting ready for a much needed vacation? Book Lovers – you can now relax even while packing! This Bookish Travel Essentials List will make both your packing and vacation experience that much easier and more enjoyable!

A Sleeve for Your Book

You have a cover for your E-reader. Don’t you also want to protect that cherished physical book? Think of the abuse your book can get when it’s tossed in a suitcase or backpack! These special sleeves are easy to slip on your book and can keep it safe from moisture, dirt and wear and tear to keep it looking fresh!

Bookish Travel Essentials List

Bookish Travel Essentials List

Magnetic Bookmarks

When you’re traveling a boarding pass, receipt– anything can become a bookmark! I remember once grabbing a pretzels wrapper on the plane in desperation! And these often can fall out and get left behind when you’re on the go. Enter a magnetic bookmark! These are lightweight, yet sturdy and come with a bunch in the pack so you can always have one at the ready! They’re also an extreme bargain! 😉

The Book Seat

Ok, this one ticks many boxes for it being a must-have. It’s great for on the go when you’re on an airplane and potentially using your tablet. But it’s also great for at home reading. It helps with arthritis and carpal tunnel from holding your book for long periods of time and is even helpful for neck and shoulder pain from holding your head at an awkward angle for extended periods.

Overall, it’s a handy tool to have around!

Book Lovers

Book Lovers

Clip on Light for Book

So, I definitely got this one for home as well as travel. I NEED to read at night before I can go to sleep. It’s just part of my routine. So when my husband goes to bed before me it’s very difficult to achieve this without disturbing him. Enter this perfect Clip on Light. I get my few pages in and he gets his undisturbed Zzzs.

I figured this would also be perfect for car trips or airplanes when you don’t want to put on the overhead light and disturb the other travelers around you. I’m envisioning this as being perfect for my red-eye flight to Europe. 🙂

Portable Charger

Who else has been reading and at a pivotal point in the story only to have their e-reader die? I know this is definitely one of my pet peeves with reading on my kindle! But having one of these portable chargers with you can be game changing– not to mention it can also keep your phone fully charged for pictures!

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Romantic Book Lover Gifts for Valentine's Day

Romantic Book Lover Gifts for Valentine’s Day

Looking for a romantic gift for the Book Lover in your life? Check out these Book Lover Gifts for Valentine’s Day!

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Romantic Book Lover Gifts

Romantic Book Lover Gifts

Valentine’s Day has been stigmatized as a Hallmark holiday. And in so many ways it is– we roam the aisles, grab that customary heart shaped box of chocolates and cheesy card and call it a day. But what about if we took the time to really celebrate the purpose behind the day again? What if we actually used the day to court our partner again? What are their hobbies and loves? What is something that will make their eyes light up with joy? What about using it as an opportunity to craft your own love letter to your significant other? I know for me, I’d love something book related. As I’ve said in other places– I’m a self-proclaimed book nerd. And I know I’m not alone in that. So for all the other book nerds out there– here is a round up of romantic Book Lover Gifts for Valentine’s Day. I hope it helps bring that spark of joy to their eyes.

Love Letters of Great Men

What could be more romantic than reading some of the greatest love letters of all time? Written by men nonetheless! Imagine that, men actually pouring their hearts out onto the page for their loved one.

This book celebrates the idea of wearing your heart on your sleeve– or the page and is a beautiful collection including letters from some of the most inspirational men in history– like Napolean Bonaparte, Beethoven, Winston Churchill, Pierre Curie, Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson and more!

Even if you’re reluctant to express yourself– these letters could be a way to use someone else’s words to say you care. You could even highlight some of your favorite passages before presenting it– a way to truly connect with your partner through the words of others!

Fun fact: This book was actually featured on Sex and the City and was actually a central plot point in one of the episodes!

Romantic Book Lover Gifts for Valentine's Day

I Wrote a Book About You

Want to attempt to express your feelings yourself, but are just unsure where to start? This fantastic fill in the blank book is a great template to help!

It offers personalized prompts that allows you to remember and record inside jokes, special moments, honest views of your feelings and more!

Book Lover Bath Caddy

Does your book lover like to relax and read in the tub? Check out this perfect way for them to enjoy all their favorite things safely in the tub without having to reach and grab.

There’s a slot to hold a glass of wine, or a cup of tea etc. A snack, their phone and most importantly- a place to prop their book or tablet!

This is a must have for any bath loving reader!

Book Paper Rose Bouquet

Skip the prescribed red roses and be original this Valentine’s Day! Get some roses your book lover can keep and enjoy all year long! These book paper rose bouquets are made from old copies of Jane Austen and other famous love stories. Connect with your loved one by showing you not only know their favorite story– but are expressing your love with their story’s words!

Lovingly folded into a paper rose bouquet, they can be displayed and enjoyed for years to come!

Pride and Prejudice Quote Cuff Bracelet

Have a Pride and Prejudice fan in your life? Even if they’re not a specific Jane Austen fan– this particular quote can describe the feeling of love for many happy couples. (Hopefully!)

Reader I Married Him Quote Mug

Jane Eyre fans get to delight for this adorable mug! This one can be perfect for a bridal shower or wedding gift as well!

Just think, if Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester could weather the storm to a happy ending– we all can as well!

I hope you enjoyed this Romantic Book Lover Gift round up! Hopefully it gave you some creative ideas for the book lover in your life!

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Book Lover Baby Gifts

Book Lover Gifts for Babies

Have an upcoming baby shower? Do you want something different that will stand out from the usual assortment of bottles, diapers and onesies? Then, this is your place! Read below for some great Book Lover Gifts for Babies!

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Book Lover Gifts for Babies

Book Lover Gifts for Babies

I have been to enough baby showers at this point to be able to fill that Bingo sheet in my sleep. I mean we all know the typical gifts- onesies, bibs, hats, blankets, booties etc. And yes, the baby does need those! But, is there a way to make ours stand out from the usual cute little animal themed ones? What about fostering that early love for reading? And I don’t mean by giving another copy of Good Night Moon. (It is a great book, but haven’t we all been at a baby shower where the mother-to-be gets at least two copies?) I’m talking some other creative book lover gifts for babies!

If you follow me on social media, you know my children are huge book lovers. Let’s be real, that’s probably because they have me for a mom lol. But I honestly also think it was because they were exposed to book themed items from an extremely young age. Some of their first recognizable characters were from books. The caterpillar from The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Corduroy etc. They even had a Good Night Moon matching game! By having these “characters” in places outside of the books themselves, I really feel it made them more accessible and a part of their early developing world.

Lucky for you, I’ve put together a list of some great ideas to help get this book loving start for the young ones in your lives!

Clothing Book Lover Gifts for Babies

There are so many adorable options to choose from! From book themed socks, to book cover or future bookworm onesies– they’re out there! Your only problem will be weeding through and choosing your favorites. Here are a few of mine!

I love these library card socks from Out of Print. They’ve got TONS of options for children and adults. They’re actually where I’ve gotten most my T-shirts, socks, and mugs myself!

But, I’ve also gotten many favorite book themed clothing items for my children from there. One that springs to my mind was my son’s Snuggle Puppy shirt that he wore for his first birthday party. We were HUGE Sandra Boynton fans in our house. That book still makes the occasional appearance at bedtime. 😉

A couple other favorites-

Book Lover Gifts for Babies
Book Lover Gifts for Babies

Other Great Options for Children’s Book Themed Clothing

Personalized Children’s Books

Book Lover Gifts for Babies

I’ve given and received these adorable personalized books and they’ve always been a huge hit! My kids still love reading these books. In addition to the benefit of seeing their own name in print, the books also have positive messages in the story as well. It might be hard to give these gifts ahead of time at the shower, but they’re fantastic for once the baby comes! Shop these great personalized books below!

Book Baby Blankets and Bibs

What could be cuter than a baby wrapped in text from your favorite book? Check out some of these adorable hats, blankets and bibs from both children’s and adult books below!

Book Lover Gifts for Babies

Something Fun for Mom and Dad

Book Lover Gifts for Babies

Let’s be real, these gifts really are for the parents more than the babies themselves. So have fun with them and let the parents get a laugh! One of my favorite baby shower gifts was Good Night Mr. Darcy a Jane Austen Good Night Moon parody.My newborn had no clue what I was reading anyway and it made me laugh at 2 in the morning!

Book Lover Gifts for Babies

I hope this helped get your creative juices flowing! Have some fun and enjoy giving these book lover gifts to your new little ones and their parents-to- be!

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