SO, YOU’VE SIGNED up for Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited service and now you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by what’s on offer? That’s OK; it’s not often that you’re faced with the sudden availability of over 600,000 digital books to sample at once. If you’ve spent the weekend scrolling through your reading options in a nervous haze, unsure where to start reading, we’ve come up with five possible methods to get you on your merry reading way. No need to thank us. We know you’ll be too busy curling up with a good book—or several.
Binge-Read Some Old Favorites
Sure, you’ve read the Harry Potter books, Hunger Games trilogy, or Lord of the Rings cycle before, but now that each series is waiting for you in digital format—conveniently no larger nor heavier than your mobile reading device of choice—you finally have the chance to dive back in without fear and revisit some old friends. (Other series are available on the service too, of course; maybe it’s time to binge-read Hugh Howey’s Silo Saga books, or dive into Donald Westlake’s Dortmunder capers.)
Catch Up on the Classics
Alternatively, maybe it’s time to read all those books that you’ve meant to get around to but never quite found the time and/or inclination to read. Finally, this is your chance to pick up Life of Pi and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close! Or maybe get into Michael Chabon at last! Stop having to lie about having read Kurt Vonnegut for years! Hell, you could even enjoy the complete works of Jane Austen while you’re at it, maybe with a George Orwell chaser.
Indulge Some Guilty Pleasures
Perhaps the classics are too heavy, and you prefer something a little lighter. Kindle Unlimited has you covered there, as well, with all the romance, science-fiction, and mystery books that you could possibly crave, from work by up-and-coming authors through to some more familiar titles and writers. Don’t worry; we won’t tell.
Learn a New Skill
There are those for whom reading is far too passive an experience, which is why someone invented cookbooks, sports books, and other hobby books. If you’re not feeling in the mood for fiction, perhaps it’s time to give them a whirl. After all, these are books created to be the prelude to something practical, as opposed to pleasure in and of themselves; things that you read before you go off and do something. Think of them as the adverbs of the literary world.
Yes, there’s something particularly contrary about suggesting that you should stop reading after signing up to a service where you have access to more than half a million books, but why not let someone else read to you for a while instead? In addition to a three-month trial subscription to Audible that comes as part of your Kindle Unlimited subscription, you’ll also have access to Whispersync for Voice on more than 7,000 titles, allowing you to switch between reading for yourself and enjoying an audio version of the same text. Of course, that doesn’t necessarily help you with the question of what to read, but if you’re still wondering about that, just scroll up.