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There’s nothing like sitting back — whether it be on your couch, your porch or even the beach — with a good book. While nothing beats the feeling of physically holding a paperback or hardcover book in your hands, it would be remiss to ignore the effect that has on the planet, especially as sustainability concerns continue to rise. With this in mind, more folks have been resorting to taking in their favorite titles via E-readers — and Kindle devices appear to be at the top of the list.
While users can benefit from the Kindle experience via devices like iPads, phones and even computers, having a dedicated, compact device that exclusively houses all of your titles and was specifically designed with Kindle in mind is pretty profound.
What’s even better is that with the purchase of any Kindle device (like the one pictured above), shoppers have the option to get three months of free Kindle Unlimited — that’s automatic access to millions of titles at no additional cost for three whole months!
Those who prefer to explore the service without purchasing a new device can do so by subscribing to Kindle Unlimited, independently. Through this method, new subscribers will get 30 days of free access. The service will automatically renew after the trial ends for $9.99 per month. This subscription can be canceled at any time with no risk of being charged.
In the spirit of reading, five In The Know editors have decided to share their favorite titles, all of which cost majorly less to read when compared to their print list prices. With Kindle, you can read these titles for as low as $4!
From New York Times best sellers by Elaine Welteroth and Michael Arcecneaux to the self-help writings from Lori Gottlieb, there is something here for everyone.
Take a look at the five books we haven’t been able to put down, below:
1. More Than Enough By Elaine Welteroth, $11.99 (Print List Price, $17)
“In the beginning of quarantine I read ‘More Than Enough’ by Elaine Welteroth. The memoir is about how Elaine worked incredibly hard from her humble small town beginnings and climbing the fashion ranks to eventually become the first Black EIC of Teen Vogue. I seriously could not put it down and even got my sister hooked. Not only is Elaine’s story very relevant to today’s current events, but it is an empowering story that I recommend every female to read!” — Laura Galvan, Style Commerce Editor
2. Red, White & Royal Blue: A Novel By Casey McQuiston, $9.99 (Print List Price, $16.99)
“I’ve been reading a lot more than usual during quarantine, and the book that I can’t stop thinking about is ‘Red, White & Royal Blue’ by Casey McQuiston. It’s a total rom-com page turner that tracks a romance between the First Son of the United States (whose mother is the first female president) and the Prince of England. It’s funny, sweet, creative, aspirational and, yes, quite steamy at times, but what makes it truly memorable and impactful is the world that these characters exist in: It’s one that’s accepting, progressive and optimistic, which may not seem that remarkable at first, but considering the current state of the world, it feels downright revolutionary.” — Gibson Johns, Host and Producer
3. I Can’t Date Jesus By Michael Arceneaux, $12.99 (Print List Price, $17)
“I picked up ‘I Can’t Date Jesus’ by Michael Arceneaux in 2019 after seeing so many positive reviews on social media about this Howard University alum’s work. As an HBCU graduate myself, I almost felt compelled to give it a read and just from the opening of the first chapter, I was sold. His writing voice is unlike any other (conversational but not cringingly tongue-in-cheek) and the ways in which he discussed coming out to his mother, growing up without much, but learning to strive for more and building the persistence to follow his dreams as a writer all resonated with me, deeply. It’s since become a New York Times best seller and stands as one of my favorite books to date.” — Moriba Cummings, Commerce Editor
4. The Collected Poems By Sylvia Plath, $3.99 (Print List Price, $17.99)
“I was introduced to a collection of Sylvia Plath poetry at a really difficult time in my life where I was experiencing serious mental health challenges, including major depression, generalized anxiety and PTSD. If you know Plath’s story, you know she experienced mental illness throughout her life and documented much of her experiences in her work. At that scary period in my life, her poetry helped me unravel my own feelings and begin to understand my own trauma. Works like Elm, Tulips and Lady Lazurus were especially impactful during that time, but so much of Plath’s work is complex and full of feeling. The poetry I like often brings me to a state of emotion that’s deep and complex and revealing, and Plath’s work does that like no other.” — Katie Dupere, Commerce Editor
5. Maybe You Should Talk To Someone By Lori Gottlieb, $12.99 (Print List Price, $28)
“The book that has impacted my life this year is Lori Gottlieb’s ‘Maybe You Should Talk to Someone.’ This book will make you laugh and cry while simultaneously make you ponder everything about your life and your relationships — in a good way! It’s sort of like lots of mini therapy sessions for your soul all wrapped up into a good read. Gottlieb’s personal and professional stories about therapy will make you look inside yourself, forcing you to transform and see life in a new light.” — Madison Alcedo, Senior Home Goods Writer
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