National Book Lovers Day

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There truly is a national day for just about everything under the sun, but there are only a few I can really hop on board with (donut day should just be a holiday already). This week, August 9th is National Book Lovers Day and if I had my druthers I'd get to stay home in my favorite fuzzy socks, drink hot tea, and snuggle in to read all day long. I have go-to favorites (any Poirot story, historical fiction), and I'm pretty bad about branching out. I just hate the thought of buying a new book only to want to return it a few chapters in!

I'm sure you're thinking that I should just go to the library, and you'd be right! I recently discovered that you can borrow e-books without having to go into a physical library branch. (Let me just pause to say that I live in Greater Atlanta and trying to get to/park at our local branch is not pretty!) Enter this lovely app called Libby. I added my library card number and PIN (you DO have to go to a library for that - our's happened to have a booth at the farmer's market where we could sign up) and suddenly was able to access every e-book in our library system! While you can read the book in the Libby app, my favorite thing about it is that Libby can send the e-books I borrow to my Kindle Paperwhite. I like to read before bed and the Kindle or an actual book are my preferences - blue light before bed just keeps my brain awake!

This discovery has been such a lifesaver - I recently used Libby to borrow a book that has been highly lauded but that I wasn't sure I wanted to buy. Six chapters in I decided that it was not my cup of tea! Luckily, I wasn't out any money and was able to pop open the Libby app and hit "return book" before my 14 days were up. Now I'm on the waitlist for a book I've been itching to read - The Woman in Cabin 10. Have you read it? What did you think?

One more book-related note: did you know that Amazon Prime members get a free Kindle book each month? You're limited to Amazon's 6 choices in different categories, but that doesn't mean all the options are bad! I just finished reading one of last month's picks called Beautiful Exiles, a historical fiction "autobiography" about Ernest Hemingway's third wife, Martha Gellhorn. I'd never heard of her before, but I could have kept reading about her life long after the book ended! This month I'm downloading another one of their historical fiction options about a woman who runs an elite hotel in Vienna during the Belle Epoque (one of my favorite time periods!).

Now that you know National Book Lovers Day is coming up AND have all these excellent resources to get new-to-you books - what will you be reading? I'm either going to start Hotel Sacher or keep working on Howard's End (because I want to watch the new show)! (I'm usually pretty good about updating my Goodreads if you're curious!)

*Note that this was NOT a sponsored post and I do not have any affiliation with Libby, Overdrive, or Amazon.