Hello book bees! Yes, this post is rather self explanatory. Essentially I just want to explain how it is I obtain the books I read and review on this blog, which also explains why I read the books that I do. I’ve talked a little bit about this in regards to Bookstagram and the fact that I feel insecure about my content there because I have so few physical books to photograph.
Method One: Kindle Unlimited
This is my most common way of obtaining new books. I discovered Kindle Unlimited about two years ago, and decided that ten dollars a month for unlimited rentals of what is available in the KU library was worth the cost. Without Kindle Unlimited, I would absolutely not be able to read as much as I currently do. I almost always have my rentals maxed out, and I swap them quickly and often.
Kindle Unlimited is a subscription service, and not every Kindle book on Amazon is available with the service. A common exercise for authors is to make the first book in their series available for Unlimited rental, and then once readers are hooked the rest of the series is available for low prices. There are several authors, however, whose books are available in their entirety. KM Shea, Melanie Cellier, Kat Ross, Amber Argyle, and many others (romance, YA, and fantasy authors especially) have all their works available for Unlimited rentals. Classics, bestsellers, and major works of fiction also tend to rotate through availability.
Method Two: Digital Library Loans
Aside from what I rented from the university library during my master’s studies, I haven’t loaned a physical book from a library for reading since I was an undergraduate. However, a friend of mine gave me access to her library card account because her home library has a vast ebook collection. I’ve been able to find a lot of the books that don’t hit Kindle Unlimited available there, and thus been able to rent digital loans on top of my Unlimited loans.
Method Three: My Husband
My husband has been recommending me books since we first started dating. When I would stay at his apartment and have my coffee in the morning, I got tired of reading on my phone so I asked him if he could lend me a book from his collection and he chose The Martian. He then had me read a variety of other books he owned. He also will, on occasion, buy me a Kindle copy of a book from an Icelandic author he wants me to read.
Method Four: Purchasing
I’ll be honest book bees, my budget has been such that I haven’t bought a book in a while. Almost a year to be exact. When I do spend money on books, I prefer them to be physical copies that I can go through again and again. Occasionally I will buy a Kindle book, usually because I want to read the book but can’t justify the cost of a hard copy.
Well book bees, that’s about all I’ve got! While having Kindle Unlimited be my primary way of obtaining books is somewhat limiting, I try to make sure to either purchase the book when I know I want to support the author or rent from the library if it’s a book that I absolutely need to read. I also have a tendency to read books at others’ homes, if I’m visiting family for an extended period of time. When I’m given an opportunity to read a good book, especially one I’ve been meaning to read, I always take it.