What Readers Should Love From Amazon

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I don’t know about you, but I am a huge Amazon fanatic. I’m also a huge book fanatic. Well, it’s pretty great that the two can go hand-in-hand!

Let’s start with Amazon Prime (Try it free for 30 days!). I’ve been an Amazon Prime member for a few years now, and while I don’t necessarily order a lot from Amazon (like many people who take advantage of their free 2-day shipping and order pretty much everything, all the way down to soap and toilet paper, from Amazon), I do enjoy other perks that come with Prime, like Prime Reading! Each month, Prime members can select from a number of Kindle eBooks that are chosen by Amazon to read for free or at a discount! I’ve found some of my favorites through Prime Reading like The Best of Friends, or my current read, Every Last Secret. If you don’t own a Kindle, no problem! Download the Amazon Kindle app for your Android or iPhone/iPad.

Now that I’ve mentioned the Kindle, let’s talk about it! I’ve been very back and forth about eReaders for over a decade. I remember my first eReader was the original Nook from Barnes & Noble. I LOVED IT! I thought I was so cool carrying it around and bringing it everywhere I went, reading wherever and whenever I wanted to. After awhile, I missed reading physical books and growing my bookshelves, so I went back to hard copies until I was eventually gifted a newer Nook a few years later, known as the Nook Color. The screen was black and white, but it had a colored touch screen across the bottom where you could access your library, the app store, etc. Again, I thought I was super cool. Now, this was around the time I was getting into my late teen years/early 20’s and reading for longer periods of time (and for those wondering how old I am considering I just said “early 20’s” like it was forever ago, well, I’m closer to 30 than you think LOL). If there’s one definite pro to reading a hard copy of a book, the hard copy doesn’t have a battery life. That was my last e-reader for many many years… Throughout my 20’s, I have grown my physical book collection exponentially. Now, I don’t have an amazing wall-to-wall bookshelf like some of my favorite BookTubers/Bookstagrammers out there (shoutout A Clockwork Reader, Hailey in Bookland, and Brittany the Bibliophile), but to be fair, I haven’t lived in a space (ever) that would accommodate one. SOMEDAY!! A few months ago, my fiancé and I moved from Massachusetts to Florida and are currently living with my family (temporarily) until we buy a home of our own. With that being said, all of my precious books are up in a storage unit in Massachusetts and my bibliophile heart is weeping everyday over it. Since I can’t make a collection right now, I had to settle for an eReader once again and I was given the new Amazon Kindle Paperwhite for my birthday this year. Ok… I’M OBSESSED. First of all, it’s so lightweight, I can’t even feel it in my bag. Second of all, it’s nice and small, fits in one hand, and even fits in my fanny pack when I decide to go for a walk and maybe stop in the shade and read for a bit. Third, the battery life is… absolutely incredible. I read pretty much a few hours a day or listen to an audiobook for a while and I can actually go over a week without charging. If I happen to go a few days without reading for some reason, the battery does not dwindle. It maintains its power. Lastly, it’s water resistant! Call me crazy, but yes, I bring it in the bathtub (don’t have to worry about getting pages wet or keeping my hands dry!), in the shower when I really can’t put the book down, and to the pool and beach! While I know I will someday be buying physical books again, I know for a fact I will never let my Kindle collect dust. Did I mention it’s water resistant?!

So, I’ve fallen in love with Amazon Prime and the Kindle Paperwhite. Am I done being hooked on Amazon yet? NOPE! Let’s talk Audible, shall we? So not only am I a Prime member, but I’m also an Audible member. For under $15 a month, you are given credits to use towards any audiobook on the market. If you think about it, it’s a steal! Audiobooks can be pricey, some up to over $50! One Audible credit is good for any audiobook available through Audible. If you don’t use your credit this month, no problem! It will still be there next month, in addition to your new credit. Credits do not expire and will continue to roll over. Have you racked up 9 credits and there’s a nine-book series you want to listen to? Go listen to the whole thing for free! My favorite audiobooks I’ve listened to through Audible are pretty much anything by Debbie Macomber and the Sweet Magnolias series by Sherryl Woods. You can also access your Audible library on your Kindle Paperwhite. I love being able to connect my Bluetooth headphones to my Kindle and listen to my audiobook to save battery on my phone if I’m out and about. Try Audible now FREE for 30 days!

There’s one more membership on Amazon I am considering joining now that I do own my Kindle and that’s Kindle Unlimited. Now, I don’t know too much about it, so if you are a member, please enlighten me! As far as I know, Kindle Unlimited is a membership for avid readers like myself and you can read an unlimited amount of eBooks! From what I see on the Kindle Store, though, it seems like only certain books are eligible for Kindle Unlimited. So, I’m not sure if it’s something I want to do – I want to hear more about it from others!

Who else is an Amazon junkie?! I can’t be the only one.

Comment below and let me know how you relate! If you decide to try any of these products/memberships after reading my post, please come back and tell me what you think!

BOOK REVIEW: This Will Be Funny Someday by Katie Henry

Never have I ever read a Katie Henry book until This Will Be Funny Someday after it came up while browsing on my Kindle Paperwhite. The reviews said it was “laugh-out-loud funny” and I knew I just had to give it a shot. WELL… let me tell you… this book was absolutely hilarious. I think part of me found it even more funny because I relate to the main character/narrator more than anyone could possibly understand! Let’s get started on what I thought…

Isabel Vance (or Izzy V to the comedy club world) is not your typical 16 year old girl. Born and raised in Chicago with her hot-shot attorney mother, hard-working father, and older twin siblings Charlotte and Peter, Isabel feels isolated from people, including her family. She’s not too social, other than around her boyfriend, Alex, who is extremely controlling and specifically chooses her friends. She’s been made to feel like her voice can’t be heard, so why try speaking? Everyone talks over her – her parents, her siblings, classmates, even Alex sometimes.

Until one day, when plans with her ever-busy mother fall through and she had already told Alex she couldn’t get together, Isabel is hiding from him when she sees him out on the street so he doesn’t catch her in a lie. She runs to hide in a small building, which we soon find out is a comedy club. Next thing you know, Isabel is on the stage.

After, she meets some friends, local college students – Mo, Jonah, and Will. They hit up local comedy clubs in their free time and perform stand-up. After seeing Isabel “perform” that day, they invite her to tag along sometime on their next comedy excursion (assuming she’s also a fellow college student, and not a 16 tear old high school junior).

Long story short, so as to not ruin the whole story, we see “Izzy V” transform through this book. She learns how toxic her relationship is with Alex, recreates an old friendship she had with her classmate Naomi, and also has relationships blossom with both her sister Charlotte and her mother. Eventually, after many nights out together, helping Izzy prepare for stand-up gigs, and performances in different clubs, the truth comes out about Isabel’s real age and real life. Will Izzy and Mo remain as tight knit as they were?

GO READ IT! This book made me LOL on multiple occasions. I read 20 pages one day and a few days later read the other 380. SO so awesome.

Follow Isabel Vance, the shy, quiet, isolated teen on her journey to becoming Izzy, the bold, confident, outspoken woman she always should have been.

Has anyone else read this one?! What’d you think??

Weekend’s just about over. Keep reading!!

BOOK REVIEW: Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman

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Hello, readers!

I’m sure many of you have read this book, as it was one of the top books of 2020 on many different lists. That happens to be why I read it – many raving reviews, top rated, etc. Well… here is my review of Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman.

On Goodreads, I gave it 4 out of 5 stars, which overall, is a pretty good rating. I thought long and hard before I rated and reviewed this book because I wasn’t sure what to think or say. It took me over 100 pages to finally be drawn into the story; over 210 pages to finally say “OH! WOW!” and want to binge read the rest.

This story follows the life and thoughts of a young woman, Eleanor Oliphant. She lived a traumatic childhood and is learning how to finally navigate society and have a social life as an adult after isolating herself for many years. While the writing style of the book makes it entertaining as you follow Eleanor through drunken stupor and fantasy-like thoughts, I felt as though throughout the whole novel I was left wondering why she was this way. She has weekly Wednesday phone calls with her Mummy readers are led to believe is in prison, which we (SPOILER) later learn, towards the end of the book, are not real and have been a figment of her imagination this whole time.

Most of this story revolves around Eleanor’s secret fantasy of meeting and falling in love with local “rockstar” Johnnie Lomand – as readers learn as the story goes on, Eleanor truly has no idea how real life works and how the social world works, and come to find out, Eleanor learns too, the very hard way. She turns to alcohol as her coping mechanism on many occasions and you read through many pages of wondering how this could possibly end if this is how bad she truly is.. Lying nude, alone, on the floor of her apartment looking for at least one bottle of vodka that isn’t empty. WOOF!

I think my favorite character I met and followed in this story is Raymond, Eleanor’s coworker and eventual “pal.” Raymond helps Eleanor adjust to social life and the real world, without even knowing Eleanor is afraid of the world or why she is the way she is. We are also introduced to Sammy, the elderly man Raymond and Eleanor find lying in the street with his groceries. He’s not a long-lived character in the story, but he brings a lot of joy and love by welcoming Raymond and Eleanor into his life and family, and Eleanor grows a fondness to him as well.

Let’s just say, I felt like this book was all over the place, much like this review. I’m spitting out my thoughts because I felt like the book spit out pieces of the true story, while we tiptoed around it with Eleanor. The whole time I’m thinking, “Just get to the point already! Why is she like this? What happened to her? Why does she have a scar on her face she keeps mentioning? Hellooooo??” BUT by the end, everything finally came together and I thought, “Ok, that all makes sense, but there was really no reason for it all to be drawn out that long for that point.”

It’s a great story, written in a very odd manner, in my opinion. You might find you think differently! (Also, maybe I should’ve given it 3 out of 5 stars based on my actual review…?? I’m still confused on my own level of love for this book.)

Happy Thursday!

Keep calm and read on! The weekend is almost here 🙂