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12 Best Selling Ebooks of 2019 to Read Right Now

Are you looking for something great to read? A great place to start looking for your next favorite book is the best selling ebooks of 2019. You’ll find out what’s popular right now, and you can join in on the conversations unfolding online and in your local book clubs. You might also find your next favorite author, and expand your horizons by trying a new book in a different genre! Here is a selection of fifteen Kindle best sellers 2019, taken from Amazon’s list of top 100 Kindle bestsellers. 

The Storyteller’s Secret by Sejal Badani

In the wake of a miscarriage and facing the dissolution of her marriage, Jaya takes a trip to India to better understand her family’s history. There, she meets her grandmother’s friend, who reveals the surprising story of her family’s strength and resilience, giving Jaya the confidence to face her life back home.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margarat Atwood

Atwood’s dystopian novel is a modern classic about a near-future where women and their bodies are harshly controlled in a fiercely patriarchal society, told from the point of view of a handmaiden who can’t forget her past life. The Hulu TV show has caused a resurgence in popularity, and a sequel called The Testament will be released this fall!

Say You’re Sorry by Melinda Leigh

When Morgan returns to her home town after the loss of her husband, she’s grateful to be living at a quieter pace. Then her babysitter is murdered, and her friend’s son is accused of the crime. Drawn in by her personal connections, Morgan begins investigating, uncovering shocking secrets about her town. 

Educated by Tara Westover

This inspiring memoir tells the story of Tara’s early years growing up in a survivalist family that cut itself off from the rest of the world, eschewing education, government, and modern medicine. It’s ultimately a triumphant story as Tara works her way through school, finding freedom in education.

Becoming by Michelle Obama

One of the biggest books of 2018, the former First Lady’s memoir is still a very popular book in 2019. Michelle Obama tells candid stories from her youth and adulthood, revealing for the first time her struggles with infertility and her initial thoughts and reactions when her husband first became a presidential candidate.

1984 by George Orwell

This dystopian classic is a favorite in school-assigned reading lists, and has experienced a resurgence in popularity thanks to current events. It tells of a totalitarian government that’s always watching, and one man’s gamble at joining the resistance.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owen

Kya Clark has survived for years on her own in the marshes near a small town on the North Carolina coast, but when her curiosity about the outside world and her desire for human connection draw two people into her world, it’s with devastating consequences.

The Broken Circle: A Memoir of Escaping Afghanistan by Enjeela Ahmadi-Miller

Life is good for Enjeela growing up in Kabul, until her mother leaves for India for medical treatment and the Soviet invasion intensified violence in her home country. Risking everything, Enjeela and her siblings and father make the difficult decision to leave, embarking on a years-long journey to reconnect with her mother.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Now a popular Netflix show, Marie Kondo’s essential guide for decluttering and organizing your home is gentle and encouraging. Kondo urges readers to let go of items that don’t spark joy, and offers practical solutions to storing and organizing every item in your home.

The Overdue Life of Amy Bylar by Kelly Harms

When single mom Amy gets an unexpected summer to herself, she picks up and heads for New York City for a few months of fun and rediscovery. But her trip isn’t a simple escape, and soon she’s reconsidering everything in her life, until a crisis puts both aspects of her life at risk.

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou

A Washington Post investigative journalist tells the stranger-than-fiction story of Elizabeth Holmes, a young woman who conned Silicone Valley investors with her company Theranos, which was built around revolutionary blood-testing devices…that never actually worked.

I’m Fine and Neither Are You by Camille Pagan

Penelope can barely keep her life together, which is why she’s so jealous of her friend Jenny, who seems to have it all without breaking a sweat. But when a crisis reveals the truth about Jenny’s life, Penelope decides it’s time for a change. She and her husband make a list of things to change and tackle it head-on, with unexpected results.

If you’d like a more personalized approach to book recommendations, sign up for TBR: Tailored Book Recommendations! You’ll start by filling out our reader survey, which asks you about your reading preferences, favorite books and authors, and what you’re looking forward to reading more of. You even have the option of requesting specific genres or themes, plus the opportunity to point out what you don’t like in a book. If you have a Goodreads page, you can share that with us as well! Then, our Pigeon-in-Chief will assign an expert Bibliologist to pick out three books perfectly tailored to your reading preferences and write you a personal recommendation letter!

TBR offers two subscription levels to accommodate every budget: digital-only recommendations, and hardcover recommendations. For $15 per quarter, you’ll receive your three personalized book recommendations via email. This is ideal if you are an ebook reader or library power user, as you can then check the books out from the library, or buy the ebook (or print) version yourself! For $75 per quarter (plus shipping), your Bibliologist will pick out three brand-new hardcover recommendations, and you’ll receive your books from our bookstore partner, Print: A Bookstore in Maine! Both subscription levels offer you the opportunity to leave feedback about your picks for your Bibliologist, so that they can continue to offer you the best book recommendations! If you’re reading to receive your tailored book recommendations, get started now!

How to Cancel Audible

It’s all too easy to sign up for Audible believing that you’re going to absolutely redeem your audiobook credit each month, and listen to it. But life can get busy, you can fall behind on your reading, stumble into a reading slump, or maybe you realize that Audible is just not the service for you. If that’s the case, then it’s time to look into how to cancel Audible. But before you cancel, there are a few things you should know! 

First off, if you’re looking for how to cancel Audible membership on iPhone, or how to cancel Audible membership on Android, unfortunately it is not possible. Simply deleting the Audible app from your phone won’t work either–you must cancel your subscription by logging into your account on a web browser. Another consideration is that you must use all of your credits before canceling, or you forfeit them. Cancelling your membership also means that you will no longer be able to purchase the members-only deals that Audible offers, either through their Daily Deals emails or through their periodic sales. But if you’re ready to make a change to your reading life, here’s how to cancel Audible!

Start off by heading to Audible.com and logging into your account. From the home page, you should see your name at the very top of the page, and right next to it should be an arrow. Hover your cursor over the arrow to bring up a dropdown menu with your account information and options, and then click on Account Details.

Once your Account Details page had loaded, you will be able to see how many credits you have, and what subscription plan you’re currently enrolled in. If your current subscription plan isn’t working for you, you have the option to click on “Switch Membership” and choose a different plan. However, if you’re ready to cancel Audible, click on “Cancel Membership.”

Be aware: If you have any unused credits, you will lose them when you cancel Audible! If you don’t want to lose your credits, go back to the Home page and redeem them for audiobooks. You do not lose access to the audiobooks you’ve already redeemed with your past credits. If you want to keep your credits but you don’t want to be billed for an Audible subscription, you do have the option to switch your membership option to Silver, which bills you for one credit every other month, or to suspend your membership for 30, 60, or 90 days–that gives your wallet a reprieve, and allows you time to catch up on your audiobook reading! Audible will warn you about losing your credits if you cancel, but give you the chance to switch your account settings so that you can keep them one more time before you cancel. 

If you’re set on canceling Audible, click Cancel membership. Next, Audible will ask you why you’re canceling. They want feedback on why customers choose to leave, so they can better improve their services. You don’t have to give them a precise reason–an “Other reason” option is available if you prefer not to say–but you do have to choose something from this multiple choice menu in order to continue canceling.

Once you click on Continue canceling, a final page will open with one last effort to get you to reconsider canceling your membership! If you have any remaining credits available, this is your last chance to redeem them or switch or pause your membership in order to save them.

Audible will offer to change your membership to every other month billing, and half the number of credits. You will also be given the option here to suspend your Audible membership, even if you have redeemed all of your credits. Either option is great if you want a break, but if you’re committed to canceling Audible, click Finish Canceling.

The final page that opens should be your account page with a message that says Audible is sorry to see you go, and informing you that your membership has been cancelled. It may be confusing, however, because below your membership status will indicate that you’re still enrolled and give you the date of your next bill. 

Don’t panic! Simply refresh the page to see your updated account details. Your cancellation date should appear, along with a link to your credit summary and an offer to start back up again whenever you like. You should also get an email confirmation that you canceled Audible.

That’s all there is to it! You will still be able to access all of your audiobooks, and you can start back up at any time. However, if you’re looking for a subscription service that is a little different and perfectly tailored to your reading habits and desires, consider signing up for TBR: Tailored Book Recommendations. TBR is designed to be the ultimate book recommendation and subscription service for every reader, no matter which format you read in!

Here’s how it works: You start out by answering a few questions about what you like to read, your favorite books and authors, what you’d like to read more of, and if you’re looking for any specific theme for your reading. You can even include a link to your Goodreads account. Then, our Pigeon-in-Chief assigns one of expert Bibliologists to hand-select three book recommendations for you! TBR has two subscription tiers: Digital-Only Level, and Hardcover Level. The Digital-Only Level costs $15 per quarter, and you receive your personalized book recommendations letter via email. The Hardcover Level costs $75 per quarter (plus shipping) and gets you three new frontlist hardcover books from our partner independent bookstore, Print, plus a letter from your Bibliologist.

TBR’s book selections are truly personalized for each reader, and the subscription levels are great for varying budgets. Plus, TBR gives you the opportunity to provide feedback to your Bibliologist on their recommendations, which in turn allows Bibliologists to provide you with the best recommendations and the best books you can ask for! To get started, head to myTBR.co!

The Best Horror Book Subscriptions

When you think of the perfect book box, do you imagine it dripping red onto the floor? The screams that might escape as you open it? If so, these creepy horror book subscriptions are for you.

9 Horror Book Subscriptions

My Thrill Club!

For as low as $19.99 a month, you’ll receive two new hardcover books and an ebook. You choose the genre: thriller, mystery, horror, or surprise me. Past horror picks include Silence of Ghosts by Jonathan Aycliffe, Slade House by David Mitchell, and Season to Taste by Natalie Young.

Creepy Crate

If you’re wanting a box full of macabre collectibles along with your macabre books, this one may be the one you’re looking for. Each monthly box includes at least 1 horror or true crime book, and often a physical book as well. What makes the box special are the limited edition collectibles. Previous boxes have included a skull and crossbones flask, a creepy cooking apron that says “Tonight, I’m having an old friend for dinner,” and books like I’ll Be Gone In The Dark. It’s $39.99 a month.

Paperbacks From Hell

Horror writer Gary Hendrix teamed up with Valancourt Books for this limited, scream-filled book subscription. Starting in April, each month you’ll receive a new, limited edition release of a previously unavailable 70s and 80s horror paperback. There are only 5 books, so you’ll want to get on this right now if you want them. The ebooks are $6.99 each, or $29.99 for all five, and the paperbacks are $16.99 each, or $85 for all five. Pricing for the subscription service includes shipping for the US and UK. 

TBR: Tailored Book Recommendations

The most personalized option, TBR pairs each reader with a bibliologist that reads in their genre. After taking a reading survey and even linking to your spooky Goodreads’ account, the bibliologist will recommend three hardcover books tailored to you a quarter. You can sign up for the recommendations only plan, or for the three books to be delivered to you. Each quarter, you have the opportunity to update your reading preferences. This is perfect for the horror reader, who can be paired with a horror-reading bibliologist for the perfect recommendations. It costs $15 a quarter for the recommendations plan, and $75 a quarter for the hardcover books. 

My Coffee And Book Club

Do you like coffee? Only coffee as black as a raven’s wing and with a dash of powdered bone shavings? Well, okay then. My Coffee And Book Club doesn’t come with any bone shavings that I know of, but you do get a hardcover book from a genre of your choice and 12 oz. of delicious gourmet coffee, whole bean or ground, to help you stay awake while you read, though who falls asleep while reading horror? We’re an awake bunch. We know what’s out there. They also email an ebook so we can bring our horror wherever we go, like the dentist office. Horror novels in previous boxes include Silence of Ghosts by Jonathan Aycliffe and The Penny Dreadfuls. Plans start at $31.99 a month.

Abominable Book Club

This abominable UK subscription includes an online forum to discuss their new horror picks. Each month, you’ll receive a new horror or thriller novel, a used mystery book, an indie ebook or magazine, a delicious snack, and some hot drinks. Past books include Gallery of the Dead by Chris Carter with a used copy of The Survivor by James Herbert and The Lingering by SJI Holliday paired with Koko by Peter Straub. Subscription plans start at £19.75 a month.

A Year In Books From Heywood Hill

Based in the UK, Heywood Hill bookstore customizes each subscription with a personal consultation from one of their expert booksellers who will select books based on your preferences. I challenge you to come up the creepiest list of bookish needs they’ve ever had to fill. Each month (or bimonthly) your book will arrive beautifully wrapped, with a customized bookmark. They have a lot of subscription options, from 6 books a year at £175 to 40 books a year for £950, and everything in between. You can also choose paperback or hardback options.

Date Night With A Book 

Also located in the UK, you tell them your favorite genre and 5 favorite (or, rather, favourite) books, and they’ll handpick books for you. In addition to the book, you’ll receive hot chocolate, tea, a coaster, and a bookmark. They want you all settled in for your scary bookish date night, how kind. You can choose: 1-3 books a month; a book and a DVD plan; or you can go with the pampered subscription option where in addition to the above, you’ll receive nail polish, a face mask, and moisturiser. Plans range from £11.95 to £29.50.

Loot Fright

From Loot Crate comes their only horror themed subscription box. You’ll receive 4+ gruesome items a month, sometimes including a book, sometimes not. Past boxes have include the graphic novel Clive Barker’s Nightbreed, a Chucky throw blanket, and creepy cookie cutouts. Plans start at $22.99 a month.

How to Cancel Kindle Unlimited

Do you need to cancel your Kindle Unlimited account but haven’t been able to figure out how to do it? Amazon has a lot of services, so when going on the dashboard to cancel your Kindle Unlimited, it can be pretty difficult to find out where to go to cancel your membership.  

There’s nothing more frustrating than wanting to cancel a services and getting lost in the midst of drop-down menus, diverging online paths and confusing user interfaces. Every month, you are charged for a service you don’t even use and is desperate to cancel–but how exactly do you do that? This post will help you with easy instructions and screenshots. Before you know it, you will be free of your Kindle Unlimited membership and your bank account will be glad for it. 

Please note that if you are paying for the Unlimited service, you have to cancel it before the next billing period to avoid further charges. You can’t get a refund on months that have already passed. More notes about billing and when to cancel your membership below.

Otherwise, the process is actually quite simple: 

How to cancel Kindle Unlimited on Browser:

1. Go to the Amazon.com page. On the right side of the top navigation bar, find where it says “Hello, [Your name],” followed by “Your Account”. Hover over where it says “Your Account” and navigate to your Amazon Kindle Unlimited page by clicking on “Your Kindle Unlimited”.

2. On this page you will find the following information: when you started your membership, the kind of the membership you’re subscribed to (the plan you chose), the date of the next billing, payment settings and an option to edit them and (FINALLY) an option to stop the subscription.

Scroll down and select “Cancel Kindle Unlimited Membership” on the left-hand corner (as shown below)

5. Lean back and enjoy your life without your Kindle Unlimited Membership. As simple as that! But if you don’t have a computer available to you, you can also cancel your Kindle Unlimited on your phone, Android or iPhone.

How to cancel your Kindle Unlimited Membership on Android and iPhone:

1. Go on your Amazon app (NOT your Kindle app).

2. On the drop-down menu on the upper left-hand side, select “My Account” like shown below.

3. Scroll down and select “Memberships & Subscriptions”, as indicated below.

4. If your membership doesn’t pop up, click through “Don’t see your subscription?”

5. Select “Kindle Unlimited”.

6. Scroll down and select “Cancel Kindle Unlimited Membership”.

7. The Amazon app will as you if you are sure you want to cancel your membership. Simply click through to “Cancel Membership” and you will be Kindle Unlimited-free!

Things to note about cancelling your Kindle Unlimited membership:

– You can’t cancel your Kindle Unlimited subscription in the Kindle app on Android or iPhone–you need to go on your Amazon account or on your Amazon app. Though both apps can be used to make purchases, they are different apps that manage different aspects of your Amazon account.

– You won’t be charged if you’re only subscribed to a free Kindle Unlimited trial membership. These trials usually last 30-days and your credit card will only be charged after these 30 days have gone by.

– You won’t get a refund for the rest of the paid period. If you cancel Kindle Unlimited in the middle of the billing period, you will relinquish the service but you won’t get a refund for the remaining days of the month. This isn’t a problem when you choose a monthly plan, but if you choose a 6-month or longer plan, this could be a problem. For example, if you signed up for a 12-month plan and cancel on the 6th month, you won’t get a refund for the remaining 6 months of the service.

– If this post was not helpful, here’s the official Kindle Unlimited help page.

But wait! Did you quit Kindle Unlimited because it wasn’t giving you what you needed? Did you know Book Riot’s Tailored Book Recommendations (TBR) can fill that void?

One of the pitfalls of Kindle Unlimited is that there are too many options and the Kindle algorithm rarely gives you good recommendations because of the sheer amount of options. Tailored Book Recommendations is a service that pairs you with a professional book nerd who then creates personalised book recommendations based on your reading habits and what you’re looking for. You can pick a Hardcover Plan, where you’ll receive hard copies of the recommended books or the Recommendations Only plan, which will simply curate the best recommendations for you through email. More information on how to sign up can be found here. I promise you won’t regret signing up.

Book of the Month vs. TBR

So you want to sign up for some sort of book subscription to spice up your shelf, but you’re wracked by indecision. Now what? Which is the best subscription out there? And is it for me?  Choosing a book subscription can be tricky, and nobody likes to feel like they’ve blown their hard-earned cash on a service that they aren’t loving. In this post we endeavor to break it down a little bit with some Book of the Month vs. TBR so you, lovely reader, can make an informed decision that’s perfect for your reading life. 

Tailored Book Recommendations

Cost:  $75 (+S&H) per quarter, or $300 annually.

Availability: Within the US.

What you get: Three hardbacks per quarter, picked out specifically for you based on your preferences.

Giftable? It’s in the works. Soon! 

Returnable? No. 

TBR is Book Riot’s own book recommendation service that also functions as a (sort of) monthly book subscription depending on your level of engagement. When you go to the landing page, the “Get Started” button gets you right into profile-building mode, where you can select books that you’ve enjoyed. After you’ve selected a few titles, you’ll be prompted to list some genres you enjoy and note whether there’s some new genre or medium you want to explore. In case the first selection pages weren’t enough, there’s a field for you to write in books you’ve loved recently, and then there’s a little slider that will give your prospective bibliologist an idea of just what sort of reads you want recommended to you, from “familiar” to “spice it up”. After that, you’re just a few clicks away from getting down to brass tacks. 

The process is straight-forward and all things considered, the break down is $25 per hardback for an annual subscriber (no shipping fees!) on new or recent releases. The difference between buying these books yourself in a store and getting them via TBR is that someone who is super knowledgeable will look at your preferences and select books specifically for you. You can get into much more detail in this way than you might in a 5-minute conversation with a bookseller on a casual visit, and if you’re worried about who you’re supporting when your purchases, the books do actually come from an indie bookstore. And just in case you panicked at the note about no returns, there is some hope: You can totally send your bibliologist a link to your GoodReads profile or similar compendium of books you’ve read already so they can do their best to avoid sending you things you’ve already gobbled up. After you receive a shipment, you’ll also be able to give your bibliologist feedback or request to change to another recommender for the next round. 

How does this shape up in our Book of the Month vs. TBR analysis?

Book of the Month

Cost: $14.99/month ($149.99 annual; shipping is free; $9.99 to add on another book)

Availability: Within the US.

What you get: One hardback of your choosing per month from the BotM’s monthly selection, plus any other books you pay for. 

Giftable? Yes.

Returnable? Yes, if the book is damaged or defective. 

With BotM, you have a little more control over what you’re getting. Rather than having a book recommender assigned to you to send you new reads, you get to choose one yourself each month from a selection. Each month, the BotM judges select five titles, and your credit gets you one book. If you want to add any books to your box, you can pay a little extra. The books are a wide variety of genres and each selection comes with a synopsis from one of the good folks who recommended it for the box. Don’t like what the month’s selections are? You can totally skip it during the designated selection period and resume your subscription the following month. 

The cost is low, and once you sign up, you’ll immediately be shown the month’s book picks and have the ability to choose a plan that works for you. The add-ons section is fairly extensive, and for $9.99 there are some excellent picks there that’ll make any bookshelf happy. All in all, it’s hard to resist the great deals there, and there’s an added benefit of reading descriptions from the judges on all those titles as well as member reviews and ratings to guide you to your decision. As a monthly book subscription, it’s hard to beat price-wise. 

So which is right for me?

When considering Book of the Month vs. TBR, your decision will depend on what sort of reader you are and, yeah, your budget. If you can’t be fussed to be researching books, going back and forth on deciding what you want to read, then TBR is probably the better option. You leave the actual choosing of books to someone else, and it’s just a matter of waiting patiently at home to get your mitts on some sweet new releases. But if you’re a little freaked out at the prospect of letting go and prefer having a little more control over what ends up on your doorstep, BotM is an excellent option. You know what you’re getting up front, and there’s an added benefit with regards to the pricing. 

Both are great choices, user-friendly, and most importantly, geared toward introducing you to your next great read. Whichever you choose, you’re guaranteed to fall in love with a new book.


6 Nonfiction Book Subscription Services

There are plenty of listicles out there with book subscription services that promise to make your bookish life better–but what if you are exclusively looking for a nonfiction book subscription service? These are less common, but I know there are plenty of readers out there that can’t get enough of nonfiction books and would be grateful to receive a book or two every month.

Nonfiction book subscription services can take the pressure away from the consumer to always be up to date with the issue of the week, day or month–you’re literally hiring a service to keep you on top of your facts intake! Plus, if you’re an indecisive reader like me and someone who always wants to learn more, but has too many interests to actually choose a nonfiction book in under three to four hours (it’s a struggle every time, I swear!), these subscriptions will help you too!

So let’s get into it–I’m sure you will find your perfect subscription service match below.

1. Tailored Book Recommendations (TBR)

Since we are talking about a service that will deliver nonfiction books specifically, it would be strange if I did not mention Book Riot’s Tailored Book Recommendations (TBR) service. As the name of the service implies, TBR will tailor the books you receive to you specifically–that’s kind of a dream come true for me. I just want someone who gets me to send me books, you know? 

Here’s  how it works: you’re paired with a professional book nerd who will curate three book recommendations according to your preferences and your reading habits every quarter. You can choose to just get recommendations sent to your email inbox, or to get your nonfiction books delivered to your home. TBR is above all customizable, so you can tell your bibliologist you are only interested in nonfiction books, and voilá! A personalized nonfiction book subscription services that will fulfil your wildest dreams.

The digital-only level (receive recommendations by email) is $15 per quarter or $49 billed annually. The hardcover level (receive 3 books in the mail) is $75 + $4.79 shipping per quarter. Annual subscribers receive free shipping.

2. Call Number

Focused on curating Black literature, Call Number‘s service can be set to nonfiction books or fiction books. The service was created and founded by academic librarian and book lover Jamilah, who noticed difficulties in finding literature by Black authors in the book industry. This lack of diverse books caused Jamilah to create a service that focuses specifically on Black authors. This subscription is delivered quarterly, and the starter box features Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s We Should All be Feminists and some truly adorable swag! Previous nonfiction boxes have included: So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo , Black Ink: Literary Legends on the Peril, Power, and Pleasure of Reading and Writing edited by Stephanie Stokes Oliver, and This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins. These subscriptions start at USD$35 and can go up to USD$136, depending on how many books you want a month.

3. The Book Hookup

Another quarterly subscription service that can be customized–and this one is by one of the most famous book stores in the world; the Strand in New York City. Though most of the options for this subscription service are fiction, there is a super enticing political nonfiction books option that has previously featured Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Centuryby Jessica Bruder, A Colony in a Nation by Chris Hayes, Patriot Number One: American Dreams in Chinatown by Lauren Hilgers, and One Person, No Vote by Carol Anderson. These are all books that are currently in-line with the political and historical topics du jour–and, all books i’ve wanted to read. When you sign up, you get a signed first edition of a “highly anticipated title” every quarter, along with some literary swag. A single month of books is USD$50, a recurring subscription is USD$50 a month or you can snatch up a whole year for a single payment of USD$200.

4. The Beautiful Book Company

This service’s website has a whole tab dedicated to nonfiction book subscriptions, so it’s really up to what you’re looking within the nonfiction genre. Politics and History nonfiction? They’ve got you covered. Cookery books to enrich your kitchen life? Check! Have you been craving travel books for new holiday ideas? Yup, that’s an option too! They have also just launched a personalized book subscription box where you can select your preference for nonfiction when you order. These plans start at USD$35 and can cost up to USD$45.

5. My Book Box

Have you ever wanted a handwritten note by an awesome author along with your brand new book? And a mystery gift to go along with that? My Book Box has you covered, and they have a nonfiction subscription box option! This is a monthly subscription service that lets you choose your preferred genres. Previous nonfiction boxes have included Cork Dork by Bianca Bosker, Thinking Machines by Luke Dormehl and Once We Were Sisters by Sheila Kohler. Sometimes, the mystery gift is some super fancy chocolate–how could you go wrong with that?! My Book Box gives you two books a month and starts at USD$39 per month, and can be a few dollars cheaper if you pay for three months in advance. 

6. Used Books Monthly

I’m a big fan of used books and paying a little bit less for books that have been previously loved (as an aside, I love thinking about books I’ve donated and whose life they are enriching at the moment). This subscription box is a little bit cheaper than the rest on this list, and you can pick how many books you want to get a month (1 to 4, depending on how much reading time you’ve got!). You can choose what kind of books you will receive from a list of 20 genres (spoiled for options!) and the service will curate your books accordingly. Of course, because these books are “gently used”, they won’t be super topical or in-line with the current zeitgeist.  However, this subscription service is “dedicated to finding new readers for used books” which is super neat! This service starts at USD$5.79 a month.

How To Find Books To Read: 10 Ways

If the usual tricks of wandering aimlessly around a bookstore or library, waiting for a book to leap out into your arms from the bookshelves, or putting out a call for book recommendations on your preferred social media platform simply aren’t working these days, don’t despair! Here are some ways, both online and offline, that you can answer your “how to find books to read” questions!  

Online

Follow your indie’s book buyer

If you poke around a bit in your indie’s social media, you might find features like book recommendations in their Instagram Story Highlights, or a series by the store’s book buyer, or even a regular “Staff Picks” update on their feed. Don’t have an indie near you? Borrow mine. They even have a separate section for YA if that’s your jam. Since these feeds are curated by humans who love books and want you to read awesome books, you’re likely to find some inspiration there. 

Check out TBR (Tailored Book Recommendations)

Did you know that Book Riot has a service designed specifically for people wondering how to find books to read? There are a couple of different ways you can benefit from the bibliologists at the ol’ S.S. Riot. The first, easy way is to subscribe to emails which will contain tailored-to-you recommendations, given with all the love and experience your book wizard has to offer. The other, also very easy, but even more tailored-for-you way, not only lands you personal recommendations, but you’ll receive the books in the mail, so you can just get your read on without delay. Both involve a little input from you, so our experts can get an idea of what you’ll like, and once you pick a plan, you’re good to go. 

Follow a bookish hashtag on Instagram and let your eyes be your guide

There is something to be said about judging a book by its cover! Every now and again, I browse fun bookish hashtags like #bookstagram or #bookaholic and just look through all the pictures. Eventually, I’ll land on something super intriguing and look at a description. Can that gorgeous thing be my next read?

Follow a celebrity book club (or a bookish celebrity)

“Now wait, but I don’t worship celebrities or care about what’s going on in their lives!”, you say. I hear you, but y’ave got to admit some of them have dang good taste in books. I personally favor Reese’s Book Club, but there are plenty of other places you can go for inspiration. And lookie here, we have a post for that! Browse a few and see if any are highlighting books you already love, and you’ll probably see some inspiration for your next read. 

Check out bookish pals on YouTube or on podcasts

When looking at pictures or reading descriptions just doesn’t do it for you, it might be a good idea to listen to people who absolutely love reading talk about books they adore. Book Riot has a bunch of podcasts you can check out, as well as a YouTube channel, for starters, but there are loads of other options as well. It hasn’t been updated in a little bit, but I used to love tuning in to Felicia Day’s book club Vaginal Fantasy because I could listen and/or watch these smart ladies talk unapologetically about their month’s read (you can still watch any of the episodes). They even had this whole network of book clubs tuning in, commenting, and sharing via GoodReads and YouTube. Amazing. Book Tube is vast and everyone is certain to find their ideal recommender and answers to how to find books to read. 

And while I’m at it… GoodReads

There are several ways GoodReads can be useful for finding your next book. Piggybacking on what I said in the previous entry, there are groups you can join or follow based on your interests. Once you find one that suits you, you can join the conversation and make some new book pals! Another way GoodReads is great for finding your next squeeze is checking out lists. You can search for something specific, or simply browse recently updated lists. Some of them are suuuuuper specific. Others not. Finally, there’s a cool feature on each book listing where you can check out similar titles based on lists it’s been added to.  

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Join a book club

The nice thing about book clubs is they can be anything you’d like them to. The most important thing is to gather up some folks (or find a group of folks) who are going to stick to it and who want to read the same sort of things you want to read. Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll always read the same things. Just that you’re like-minded about reading. When a book club challenges you to read out of your comfort zone or see things in a different way, that’s a 100% win. Need some help? We’ve got you, boo

Check out staff and librarian picks

Whenever you go to a library or a book store, there is sure to be a section somewhere curated by staff. And the best part about being able to walk into a library or book store to check out staff picks is that you can probably talk to the staff member in person to get even better insight. I’m drawing from personal experience here again, but I’ve found that the staff at my indie tend to prefer or specialize in one genre or another, so they’re pretty much experts who will always have a recommendation handy when I need one. I just walk in with a, “I just read x and I want to read more books like that!” and I walk out with a book in hand. Magic. 

Find bookish events and make book pals

Check out events in your area and see if you find cool bookish events, such as book fairs, author signings/visits, or even book/comic conventions. If your town isn’t really “on the map” so to speak, there might be a city nearby that is, and it’ll be worth the drive to see an author you love or to meet some new people you can share your love of books with. 

Take a class

Oddball choice? Maybe. But just hear me out a sec. Isn’t there something you’ve always been meaning to learn? When I say class, I’m not specifically talking about enrolling in college courses, although that’s cool if you want to. Try knitting, a new instrument, yoga… anything that’ll get new people in your life, and roll from there. 

How do you find your next great read? 

Best Online Book Subscriptions

So often I find myself wishing for Netflix… but for books. I want to have tons of delectable titles at my fingertips when the mood strikes. When it comes to reading, I’m very moody. I like to have a library of choices so I can pick the book that’s right for me at that moment. Not only so, but I like to have books recommended to me so I can be exposed to more titles and authors than I’m already familiar with. Essentially, I want an awesome online book subscription. When it comes to online book subscriptions, there are tons of options out there. If you’re looking for the best ebook subscription 2019 has to offer, there is a lot of information out there to wade through. Not sure what service is right for you? Don’t worry—we’ve got you covered. Here are the best online book subscriptions in 2019.

TBR, Tailored Book Recommendations: A Book Subscription Service

TBR: Tailored Book Recommendations 

Many of us book nerds all have an unending TBR piles. There may be so many books and so little time, but that can make it hard to pick the one that’s right. Other sites might have computer generated lists based on titles you’ve read in the past, but that can be pretty hit or miss. That’s where TBR comes in—only this time TBR stands for Tailored Book Recommendations. Book Riot has a team of qualified bibliologists who, based on your profile, select titles that will be perfect for you. When you sign up, you build a profile based on books you’ve read and loved and your favourite genres. Based on what you love, you get paired with a professional book nerd. There are two TBR levels—hardcover and digital. The digital level is available worldwide. Each quarter your bibliologist will provide you with three personally curated recommendations for books that you’ll love. If you live in the US and choose the hardcover option, they will send you a physical copy!

Kindle Unlimited

Kindle Unlimited is one of the heavyweights in ebook subscription services. Amazon is quite the digital monolith and this comes with its pros and cons. One of the major pros is Amazon’s ubiquity and therefore the volume of titles and ease of use are pretty good. Not only can you access ebooks, but you can get audiobooks and magazines with your subscription as well. While Kindle Unlimited has over a million titles to choose from, you’re not likely to find that bestseller you’re looking for. Most of the titles available are published through Amazon and/or are Amazon exclusives so you’re not going to find newer books or titles from the big five in publishing. This is pretty great for indie and self-published authors!

Scrib’d

Technically Scrib’d has a smaller selection than Kindle Unlimited, but it’s certainly just as good. Scrib’d also offers other content with its subscriptions such as magazines, news, and audiobooks. While you’re not going to find everything you’re looking for (like new releases), you can find tons of bestsellers and backlist from major publishers as well as documents and titles uploaded by the community. A year or so ago they tried to switch their model to allow you to only read three titles per month. If that was a deterrent for you, don’t worry! They thankfully realized the error of their ways and have gone back to unlimited!

Playster

Playster is a bit different than other ebook subscription services. Playster is not focused on any one type of media, but rather provides subscriptions that cover music, movies, TV, books, audiobooks, and more. Because of the multiple types of media they offer, there are a few different subscription options. The book only subscription has a pretty decent selection of over 200,000 titles. The selection isn’t as wide as many of the other subscriptions, but if you love to bundle services this might just be the choice for you!

24symbols

This online book subscription couples as a social media site. You can make selves and share them with friends and keep track of what you’re reading. Based on your shelves, 24symbols also offers recommendations of titles they think you’ll like. Their subscription gives you access to over one million titles that you can download to any device. They offer a great selection and their website is user friendly. Based on service and selection, they are comparable to the bigwigs such as Scrib’d and Kindle Unlimited. However, their app can be a little buggy.

BookBub

BookBub is a little different than most of these other services. The main difference? It’s free! BookBub doesn’t provide you with an catalogue of books you can read, but they do offer great recommendations. How does it work? You sign up for an account, fill out your preferences, and sign up for their newsletter. BookBub will recommend titles for you that fit your interests and are on sale! You can choose which provider you prefer to make your purchases through, such as Amazon or Kobo. There’s no risk to giving it a go and it might give you some new (cheap!) favourites!

BookMate

For the most part, BookMate is similar to other subscription services—you pay a monthly fee and get access to their library. They offer over 850,00 titles—including audio books and comics! One of my favourite parts of BookMate is their comics. Some of the other services have comics as well, but what sets BookMate apart in this regard is their selection. They might not have the newest issues, but they offer some of the best and most popular comics series (if you ask me) like Sagaand Lumberjanes. If you’re looking to access comics like these along with ebooks and audiobooks, BookMate is a good choice.

Manybooks

Like BookBub, Manybooks is a free subscription! They have gathered Project Gutenberg titles (titles in the public domain) and are a home for many indie and self-published authors. Similar to BookBub, if you sign up for their newsletter, they will send you recommendations of books on sale based on your interests. If you’re interested in classics and self-published titles, and like them all in one place, this might be the one for you. Furthermore, they offer downloads in several different formats, so you can choose the one that best fits your needs.

Beth O’Brien is a library assistant and book blogger. Born and raised in Atlantic Canada, she lives in picturesque Nova Scotia with her cat Edith. You can often find her rocking double denim with her nose in a book and a craft beer in her hand. Follow her on Twitter @fuelldbyfiction