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    Mar 31, 2020

    15 Amazing Books You'll Want To Binge Read On Kindle Unlimited

    Because Kindle Unlimited means unlimited books and an all-you-can-read policy, and what's better than that?

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    Now that we're all staying home practicing social distancing, it's a better time than ever to catch up on your ever-growing list of reads that are gathering dust on your (digital?) shelves. And Amazon's Kindle Unlimited is here to help you do just that.

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    Kindle Unlimited gives you access to over 1 million titles, countless audiobooks, and even a rotating selection of magazines.

    Plus, you can read anytime you want on any device you want — you don't need a Kindle! All you need to do is download the Kindle app *swoon*.


    The service is $9.99/month (buying one print book a month is more expensive, guys!). But before you take the plunge, you can dip your toes with a 30-day trial subscription — for FREE, no hidden fees or strings attached!

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    With over one million titles — which you can check out here — we're highlighting some of our favorites that we'll be reading during this quarantine.

    1. All seven Harry Potter books because you just *know* they've been calling to you for a much-needed Potter marathon lately.

    Arthur A. Levine Books/Pottermore Publishing

    Do you really need a review of Harry Potter to convince you to read the books? Do ya? DO YA?! Well, if you do, I'm here to tell you: read them. I solemnly swear you shall not regret it (and you'll also get that reference if you do read them 😉).

    2. And The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook to take it a step further — staying at home gives a perf opportunity to try out all 150+ recipes, switch up your daily meals, and satisfy your craving for cauldron cakes or treacle tarts (Harry's fave!).

    Adams Media

    Promising review: "So. Much. Fun! You can tell a lot of work went into putting this book together. My husband and I made a meal together, and we had a great time (all whilst listening to the Harry Potter soundtracks). He made the Roast Chicken and I made the Pumpkin Pasties. Both turned out great! We can't wait to try the next dish and dessert from the world of Harry Potter!" —T.H. Ratledge

    3. A River in Darkness, a dark memoir about one man's life in — and escape from — North Korea that'll have you rooted to your screen.

    Amazon Crossing

    Promising review: "This book is a must-read. I read it in a day because I couldn't put it down. It is well written, insightful, and eye-opening. Not only does the author go into depth about his personal experiences, but he also spends time on historical background and the politics of the time. I think it's important for people to read this book to understand the social and political climate of North Korea. This is a solid five-star book." —Rose Princess

    4. The Madman's Daughter for your YA fix. It's eerie, gothic, suspenseful, and inspired by H. G. Wells' The Island of Dr. Moreau. Time for a sleepless night of reading!

    HarperCollins Publishers

    Promising review: "Brilliant and compelling story. The writing was excellent. Timing kept the story engaging and the short chapters meant you could always do just one more before putting the book down. I wound up bingeing on it and finished in a couple days. There's a lot to like here. I learned quite a few new words but not so many that it became annoying. There's a little romance thing going on and written in a way that fits the style and time frame of the story but doesn't get torrid or start to take over the story. Lots of mystery floating about and just as you feel like you have one-upped the author by figuring out what's going on, you find that you were being led exactly to that by the full revelation." —John

    5. Alex & Me, the incredible true story of the friendship and touching bond between a scientist and her parrot — a parrot capable of thought, intention, and emotion. Not only do you learn about animal intelligence, you'll def want this one if you prefer pets over people.

    HarperCollins Publishers

    Promising review: "Great story about a remarkable bird. The author's relationship with Alex is heartwarming and winningly told. The things she and Alex accomplished are amazing. I liked how well she treated her birds and that she makes clear these intelligent creatures should not be left alone as solitary pets. Her research changed the way people think about birds. After reading this I watched Alex videos on YouTube." —mct

    6. The Ghost Bride: A Novel, a historical fantasy romance set in the Chinese world of the dead. It explores the Chinese concept of "spirit marriages" and is complete with folklore, mystery, and supernatural twists. What more do you need to be whisked away?

    William Morrow Paperbacks

    Promising review: "What a beautiful book. The atmosphere, the fast pace, the constant surprises, the unfamiliar all works together to create something truly intriguing and difficult to put down. This is one of those books that I neglected sleep and work in order to keep reading. To tell you any more would give away too many delightful twists, but expect to be immersed in a strange, beautiful world that shifts between old-world Malaya and the ghost world behind the scenes. —Gigi

    7. Attack on Titan Vol. 1 if you've binge-watched the anime series and now you're ready to binge-read the manga.

    Kodansha Comics

    Promising review: "What an original story concept! The whole 'fish tank–like' world setting and the structure of concentric city rings are great built-in storytelling devices. The first installment has great characterization, which is extremely important in gore stories when a lot of characters die. The reader has to care about the characters somehow to keep reading. The author sticks it to us with the deaths! Certain scenes definitely pull at the heart strings. The story is scary and gut-wrenching — I love it! Overall, Attack on Titan is told very well. —Kiefer

    8. Where the Forest Meets the Stars, a sweet romance about two strangers embroiled in a mystery. It's perfect to take your mind off the heavy stuff.

    Lake Union Publishing

    Promising review: "I downloaded this book this afternoon as a Kindle First Look. I finished it a half hour ago. The characters were achingly real, the dialogue authentic, the emotions raw, and the plot had just the right twist to remain plausible with the rest of the story. Brilliant first novel! My only regret is that it wasn't a little longer!" —Mandy

    9. Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen, a fresh take and retelling focused on the villain of your favorite Disney fairytales. It's a great deep-dive into nostalgia and finally getting a backstory for the villains we grew up with.

    Disney Press

    Promising review: "Super fun to read a classic story from the point of the view of the villain. This book mostly focuses on the years prior to the actual Snow White story, with the last 15-20% covering the events of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. This one mostly stayed true to the film, with the addition of three witch sisters, who seem to be controlling the major events of the story. I enjoyed the sisters. My favorite part of this book was finding out the identity of the face in the magic mirror. What a great twist!" —Jaime

    And if you want more, find out what led the prince to be cursed into a beast in the next installment, The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty's Prince.

    10. The Night Gardener, a classic Victorian ghost story set in a crumbling English manor, and full of delicious creepiness.

    Amulet Books

    Promising review: "Scary, heartwarming, great characters. Could not put it down. I am not a famous literary critic. I will say that first. But I love to read. I am constantly searching for that next great book that transports me away from my daily problems and worries to another place where anything is possible and magic rules. The Night Gardener was that book. I haven't read a book in a while that kept me reading all night. This one did. What a great story. So glad I found this book. I look forward to reading more of his books and hope the movie deal goes through. I love the characters. They are easy to identify with and I really cared about them. Great 'legend' type storyline :). Thank you for the nine years you put into this book, Mr. Auxier." —Pete

    11. You Get What You Get, a children's book to keep your kid or sibling busy while you're engrossed in your own favorite novel. You can read it together too!

    Picture Window Books

    Promising review: "Bought this for my Jekyll/Hyde 1-year-old terro—I mean, toddler. But our 3-year-old fell in love with it. We read it often and he likes to repeat 'you get what you get and you don't throw a fit!' when someone else is being cranky. Very cute book." —Pourfrosting

    12. Small Sacrifices, a true crime story about a mother and what drove her to try and murder her three children. If you wanna stay up all night reading and go down a wormhole of research, this one's for you.

    Time Warner Books

    Promising review: "Truly an excellent read for those who are interested in true crime. This story takes place in the Great Northwest (Oregon). This book describes the crime in detail along with the follow-up police investigation and criminal trial outcome. Ann Rule is a true professional when it comes to writing about true crime. This book delves into the actual killer's psyche. The question will always remain 'why?' In order to come to a conclusion, the reader will be provided a psychological profile of the killer herself. The book includes actual photos of the police personnel involved and actual photos of the children, their mother, and the crime scene. Photos are not graphic." —Sean

    13. The Dressmaker's Gift, a historical fiction novel set in 1940s Paris about three women, each with a secret, brought together during wartime.

    Lake Union Publishing

    Promising review: "Being born in 1940, and having uncles who served in the war, I was always interested in everything about it. I couldn't put it down. The historical facts are interwoven with a story that certainly could have taken place. It brought tears to my eyes more than once. Thank you so much for writing it." —RPN

    14. Red Queen for when you're in the mood to be swept off your feet by a larger-than-life tale of power, revolution, and betrayal in a thrilling dystopian fantasy world.

    HarperCollins Publishers

    Promising review:Red Queen is absolutely amazing! I was definitely impressed. Now I am anxious for more. I love Mare. I thought she was a fabulous character. She is brave and loyal. She wants to keep her family safe and her friends. She joins the rebellion because she believes that is the right thing to do. I thought she was a great character that shows a lot of potential. This was one fast-paced novel. You can’t just pick up this book for a couple of minutes because you will be addicted right away. It was so hard not to read this all in one sitting. Once Red Queen draws you in, you’ll need to cancel all of your plans for the day." —love2dazzle

    15. Inside Out and Back Again, an enlightening and endearingly funny coming-of-age story about a Vietnam refugee and one year of her grief, healing, and hope. It's inspired by the author's childhood experience!


    Promising review: "I suspected I'd like this book, on description alone. When it arrived and it was in free verse, I was a little skeptical. Declaration: it is FABULOUS!!! The free verse format delivers! I'm a little emotional as I write my review of this fantastic, sensitive, charming account of a young girl and her family displaced by war. It moved me. I absolutely loved it! Though it is an easy read due to the target audience range, it is beautifully descriptive, and has a complexity that begs to be revisited. I will be recommending this to my friends who like to read. Well done, Thanhha Lai, and thank you for such a worthwhile read." —SunnyD

    You can get Amazon's Kindle Unlimited now and start binge-reading these amazing titles for $9.99/month OR try it out with a 30-day trial subscription! It's time to get reading, folks!


    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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