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    Apr 7, 2020

    29 Things For People Who Wish They Read More

    For anyone who usually just waits for the movie to come out. We see you.

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    1. A Book of the Month subscription if you're instantly overwhelmed the minute you start browsing a bookstore or library. Here's how it works: BotM selects five reads each month and you get to choose one (you can pay extra for more books). It's delivered straight to your door and then all you have to do is kick back, relax, and curl up with this month's pick.

    Book of the Month

    Check out our review of the Book of the Month, so check out her piece if you're on the fence.

    Get your first month's books for $9.99 ($14.99/month after that).

    2. A monthly YA book subscription box packed with self-care goodies like candles, bath bombs, and other themed products that'll surely help you get excited about a new book — it's like Christmas every month!

    Cratejoy

    Promising review: "The box was organized beautifully and I loved how well everything flowed together! In these hard times it’s things like these that help people take their mind off the stress from the world around us. I thought the whole thing was wonderfully done and definitely will spend my money on this again!" —Lauren B.

    Get it from Cratejoy for $33.25/month (or you can choose to receive adult fiction books for $38/month).

    3. Or an Audible subscription so you can listen to someone else read you the latest releases while you're cleaning the house, running on the treadmill, or trying to drift off to sleep.

    @audible / Via instagram.com

    Get a free 30-day trial from Amazon ($14.99/month after that).

    4. A waterproof Kindle Paperwhite for the minimalists as well as anyone who wants to read in the pool or in the bath without worrying about getting their book wet.

    Target

    Promising review: "This is my first kindle Paperwhite and I have to say I am really enjoying it. It really gives me the peace of reading without all those notifications I get from a tablet or phone. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes to read or listen to audiobooks. The battery life, waterproofing, and the backlight really makes this Kindle Paperwhite a pleasure to own too." —Richard

    Get it from Target for $129.99.

    5. Or a waterproof inflatable book jacket to keep your novels dry when you're relaxing in the bath or pool.

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "I use it in the tub as I enjoy a glass of wine and a good sci-fi thriller, but I also use it at my desk at work (in between checking on patients) to hold my book up so I can sit straight and enjoy some fantasy." —mjhallmark

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $20.

    6. A Kindle Unlimited subscription because it gives you access to more than a million e-books as well as magazines and audiobooks. The hardest part will be choosing what to read next!

    Amazon

    Get a free 30-day trial from Amazon ($9.99/month after that).

    7. A graphic novel like Fun Home by Alison Bechdel or The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang if you want to ease yourself into reading more. There are tons of pictures to follow along with!

    Houghton Mifflin, First Second Books

    Promising review (for Fun Home): "This book is highly recommended. When it comes to biographies, Alison Bechdel's Fun Home really belongs in a class of its own. It is funny, sweet, brave, honest and memorable. It combines a very personal journey with a fascinating family drama. If it had only been a prose novel, it would rank among my favorite memoirs. As a graphic novel it is a work of stark beauty and mastery of the art form. Some people may be nervous about the subject matter. I understand this may not be for everyone. I think that you read this book and try to be as brave as the courageous woman who wrote this wonderful book." —Ozwell

    Promising review (for The Prince and the Dressmaker): "Every bit as charming as the whole world is saying. I loved Frances, Sebastian/Crystallia, and the whole ensemble. Jen Wang's art is wonderfully emotive and her script is artful in its efficiency and grace. Sebastian/Crystallia's journey to acceptance from themself and others, and Frances' unwavering ambition and discovery of kindness, are equally satisfying to read." —syntactics

    Get Fun Home from Barnes and Noble for $16.99 or from Bookshop for $15.62.

    Get The Prince and the Dressmaker from Barnes and Noble for $15.29 or from Bookshop for $15.62.

    8. An Echo Dot that'll make your life easier not only because it can read your Kindle books aloud, but also because it can make calls for you, stream music, and control your smart lights.

    Target

    Promising review: "I decided to treat myself for Christmas. This is awesome! My kids and I have so much fun playing games and asking her questions. I also ordered a smart light bulb from another website to go with it and it has been so helpful when putting my kids to bed. I also like being able to set alarms, find my phone, track Santa, listen to music (this little thing sound pretty good for as small as it is!)... There are so many functions it will take forever to learn them all." —Julie Todd

    Get it from Target for $49.99 (available in three colors).

    9. A cute Kindle case so it feels more like an accessory that you'll want to carry around. Chances are you'll find yourself using it more since it'll always be within reaching distance.

    HelloJournalShop / Etsy

    Promising review: "Love it! Such a beautiful and unique case, which is just what I wanted. Great quality too!" —Jamie Lee Kwong

    Get it from HelloJournalShop on Etsy for $20.47 (originally $25.59+; available for five versions of Kindles and in 20 designs).

    10. A supportive lumbar pillow for keeping your lower back cushioned while you devour your next novel. You can't start reading if you can't get comfortable.

    Target

    Promising review: "I bought two of these for a spring makeover in my bedroom. I love them — sturdy, cheery, and not too big or small, but juuust right!" —SDDA

    Get it from Target for $19.99.

    11. A backrest pillow guaranteed to help you feel way more comfy when you're trying to read in bed.

    Wayfair

    Promising review: "I love this pillow!!! The cover is sooooo soft!!! You have to stuff it yourself, but it literally takes a few minutes. The stuffing comes in a cool, reusable space-saving bag! The gun metal is a very rich dark gray! It also has little pouches on the sides for a remote or phone and a great handle!!" —Cherie

    Get it from Wayfair for $29.99 (originally $35.99; available in eight colors).

    12. A cozy armchair because what sounds cozier than curling up in a big, cushy armchair with a good book, a thick blanket, and a hot bevvy?

    Wayfair

    Promising review: "So comfortable and beautiful! Great quality and easy to style." —Brooke

    Get it from Novogratz on Wayfair for $219.99+ (available in four colors).

    13. And speaking of cozy, a plush blanket if you don't want anything to disturb your reading time — not even your dad who refuses to turn the thermostat warmer than 65 degrees.

    Target

    Promising review: "I love this Threshold blanket! The color is perfect and matches all my decor. It is so incredibly soft, fuzzy, and warm. My kids and I all like to snuggle up under it so the size is great as well. It it lightweight but oh so warm." —Cincydoula

    Get it from Target for $15.29 (available in six colors).

    14. The Comfy, a blanket sweatshirt (yes, the one from Shark Tank) that'll keep you warm and cozy as you reread Harry Potter for the millionth time.

    Target

    Promising review: "This is my second Comfy. I wasn't willing to wait two days for it to dry (I don't have a dryer) after washing. It is everything the ads say it is: warm, comfortable, warm, and warm. I've dropped my thermostat and I've already saved more this winter than the cost of the two Comfys. Pros: it's warm, soft, warm, comfortable, and warm. It is plenty big enough without being too big. Cons: if you don't have a dryer you have to wait two days for it to dry. Better get a second one, just in case. I don't ordinarily trust five-star reviews, because people get paid to write them for products that don't deserve them. I have not been paid, I have not received anything for free, this is my honest opinion. It'll be yours, too." —Chakolate

    Get it from Target for $39.99.

    15. A pair of funny socks for anyone whose family is constantly interrupting them while they're trying to read. It's too bad the cat can't read these...

    GiftsZoneLT

    Get them from GiftsZoneLT on Etsy for $10.35 (available in men's and women's sizes).

    16. A pair of reading glasses that are *actually* stylish so you can see better while you read AND get a cute selfie out of it.

    DIFF Eyewear

    You can also upgrade these to get blue light protection, which is great if you spend a lot of time reading screens. AND every pair of DIFFs sold helps to provide the gift of sight to someone in need through eye exams, surgeries, glasses, medicine, and more.

    Promising review: "The glasses are amazing, don’t give me a headache and they fit perfectly." —Whitney J.

    Get them from DIFF Eyewear for $95 (currently part of their BOGO sale; available in seven colors).

    17. A "Cozy Reads" candle to set the mood and transform your bedroom into a relaxing reading room.

    FlyPaperProducts / Etsy

    Get it from FlyPaperProducts on Etsy for $15.30 (originally $18).

    18. A simple bookshelf because how are you supposed to read more when your room is so messy that you can't even find all of your books?

    Target

    Promising review: "I love this product. It came with all the right screws and dowels and clear, easy instructions. All the holes were well-marked and lined up perfectly. I put it together quickly and I am 80 years old! I am about to order another one." —Ginny

    Get it from Target for $44.99 (also available in espresso).

    19. A reading journal where you list all the novels you've finished and any notes about them if you're constantly forgetting what books on your shelf you've already read.

    Barnes & Noble, Moleskine

    Get the one on the left from Barnes and Noble for $12.99 and the one on the right from Moleskin for $29.95 (available in seven colors).

    20. An electronic dictionary bookmark that'll make it easy to look up unknown words you encounter in a book instead of pulling out your phone to Google a definition and then getting distracted by social media.

    Barnes & Noble

    Promising review: "Our 9-year-old daughter is an avid reader. We bought this for her birthday with the intention that it serve as a tactile reminder to look up words that she did not know. We sat with her the first time she used it, and she looked up no fewer than 20 new vocabulary words that she otherwise would have skimmed over/read from context. We were then able to discuss and incorporate those new words. This bookmark serves as an excellent tactile reminder to children to look up new words instead of skimming over them." —Christine Keefe

    Get it from Barnes & Noble for $24.95.

    21. A scratch-off poster of 100 books so you can challenge yourself to read some classics and hopefully discover some new favorite authors and genres.

    Uncommon Goods

    Promising review: "I love this poster for so many reasons. There have already been several conversations in the family about which book to read next. And a mini competition for who has read the most of them." —blooms21

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $15 (also available for kid's books).

    22. A personalized page holder for anyone who gets easily annoyed at trying to properly hold their book open for too long.

    IDEAWoodCompany / Etsy

    Promising review: "Nice thing, very well made and really appreciated by my daughter who's a student. She always uses it." —emanuelamannini

    Get it from IDEAWoodCompany on Etsy for $5.79+ (available in three colors).

    23. An adorable bookmark book tracker to gamify reading and entice you to finally finish the story on your nightstand.

    britishbookart / Etsy

    Get it from britishbookart on Etsy for $3.24.

    24. A book weight because having to hold open your book, especially if it's super thick or heavy, can be really annoying. Now your hands are free to do more important things, like bring snacks to your mouth.

    LittlePeaceofFabric / Etsy, DragoninKnots / Etsy

    Get the lavender-scented book weight on the left from LittlePeaceOfFabric on Etsy for $15 (also available in unscented) and the cat-print book weight on the right from DragoninKnots on Etsy for $25.

    25. A book holder if you need to prop open your cookbook so you can multitask in the kitchen. Yes, reading a cookbook counts!

    Staples

    Promising review: "This product is perfect. It holds my book open and also has two small tabs on the bottom to keep the pages open, which not all book holders do. I just love. It is not very strong so be gentle with it but it does its job perfectly. It is also good to hold a cook book open if you are following a recipe. I would definitely recommend it." —SALLY ANN H.

    Get it from Staples for $10.15.

    26. A bookmark with a timer and LED light that'll help you fit time to read into your busy schedule. Set a timer for 20 minutes of reading when you first get up (this way you can't fall asleep!) and crack open your book!

    Barnes & Noble

    Get it from Barnes & Noble for $14.95.

    27. A pack of 24 colorful Paper Mate felt tip marker pens – they won't bleed through pages so you can take notes in your books, which can really help with reading comprehension or just make it more enjoyable for some people. 🌈

    Target

    Promising review: "LOVE these pens! The colors are bright and fresh! And the best part (in my opinion) is that they don’t bleed through your pages!" —CardinalRose

    Get a pack of 24 from Target for $26.49.

    28. Some floating bookshelves that'll *hopefully* encourage you to get excited about your book collection once it's properly displayed.

    The Container Store, Kayla Boyd / BuzzFeed

    I love my floating bookshelves because they save a lot of space and since I colorized them, they look like fun decor in my room. It definitely helps me get excited about reading more since they're so cute and visible. The shelves were also super easy to hang and, as you can see, they're very sturdy. —Kayla

    Promising review: "WOW I am so impressed with this purchase! It was super easy to install (took less than five min). This bookshelf offers an alternate way to store books while showcasing them as an artful decoration. After stacking a few books I even put a few of my most listened to CDs on top. Great purchase. I will be buying more. I wish they made one suitable for magazines." —The Container Store Customer

    Get a set of three from The Container Store for $27.99 (originally $34.99).

    29. An adorable Smoko book light, because how could you not want to use this cute little guy while you're relaxing at the end of the day.

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "I love this reading light so much! It’s small, but stands on its own and it’s really bright. I use it all the time and it’s so cute it just looks like room decor. Definitely buy this!" —Josie4

    Get it from Urban Outfitters or Smoko for $15.

    You reading for the first time in awhile and remembering why it's so awesome:

    Nickelodeon Productions

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