My New Favorite Reading App (better than Audible)

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Scribd is like the Spotify of books and audiobooks. You pay a monthly membership fee ($8.99) and you can stream and download unlimited selections. It doesn't have everything, but it has a LOT (3,616 New York Times bestsellers and counting). 

If you'd like to try it, you can get a whopping two months free here (it's my referral link; I earn a free month if you sign up, so thanks in advance for contributing to my family's reading habits!). 

A few reasons I especially love this app: 

  • I get a LOT more dishes done and a LOT more walking in, thanks to my ability to stream almost anything
  • It's the cost of two lattes each month
  • I get to try whatever I want, without forking over money or feeling guilty for not finishing
  • It's half the price of Audible each month and you get SO MUCH MORE
  • Because everything streams, I don't have to take up space on my phone or tablet, or wait till I have wifi to download something
  • Did I mention it's so much cheaper than Audible?

Here are a few suggestions to get you started during your free two months:

The Book You Can't Put Down

All the Light We Cannot See starts out slow, but we are rewarded a thousand times over. Anthony Doerr wanted to tell the unseen stories of World War II, the children's stories. In doing so, he created a piece of art that will stay with you long after you turn off the audio

A Book with a Kick A** Girl Hero

Lavar Burton recommended this author--and he'd be spot on. Binti, created by Nnedi Okofora, is deeply courageous yet deeply human at the same time. Don't be scared that this is sci-fi; it's firmly rooted in our world and reads like a great, classic novel. The audiobook is beautiful. 

Something to Make You Spit Out Your Coffee

David Sedaris is odd, scathing, and wickedly funny. Humor reminds me that I'm not that important (in a good way), and Sedaris features regularly on my queue. Try Me Talk Pretty One Day or David Sedaris: Live at Carnegie Hall as an audiobook. 

If You Love British Novels, Strong Female Leads, and Reformed Aristocratic Playboys

Strong Poison, by Dorothy Sayers, opens with Harriet Vane, writer of detective stories, on trial in 1930s London for poisoning her lover. Lord Peter Wimsey, filthy rich British peer tied to all manner of beautiful women, promptly loses all chill over this plain, "old," strong spoken, independent woman.

Despite Harriet's inexplicable rejection of Peter's hand in marriage (she feels gratefulness is a poor foundation for a marriage), he solves the case, saving Harriet's neck from the gallows.

It takes two more books--and mysteries--for Harriet to finally fall in love, but this is no 1930s romance. It's Harriet's very modern wrestling with keeping herself and losing herself in marriage and love.

There are also people quoting Latin to each other. I'm dead, the end. 

Start with Strong Poison, then Have His Carcase (the least exciting of the three, but it's about Harriet learning to relate to Peter as a fellow detective and human being, not as an object of salvation), and Gaudy Night

Something for Your Kids

How to Train Your Dragon is highly entertaining and imaginative and read in the most fantastic Scottish accents. Better than the movie (but aren't the books always?)! Definitely do the audiobook.

PS Don't forget to use this link to get two months free. What will you start reading? 

this app is way better than audible! I read so many books now, without it costing more than two cups of coffee. These are my favorite books you can't put down, books with girl heroes, funny books, and more. #reading #productivity #