I have used Kindle Unlimited once about two years ago, and I read some really great stuff there and some really bad stuff too. Thinking about that, plus the fact that I am in a book ban (again…) and I realized that Kindle Unlimited was a loop hole on my ban (hehe), I decided to try it for the 30-days free trial period! But then I had around three thousand ARCs to read, so I only read a few books on the free trial month. Then, for the sake of committing to blogging (just kidding, there were books I wanted to read hehehe), I stayed for another month.
I really like using the this subscription, as I love reading thrillers, and there’s a few classics in there too, plus lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Audiobooks, and it’s quite nice that I can switch seamlessly from ebook to Audiobook with this. I will probably not use it EVERY month, but there’s a lot of good books on the list and I will be using it from time to time. During this experience I read 10 books. A few other I ended up getting from either Netgally or Edelweiss, so I could definitely have added easily another 5 to this list if it wasn’t for that!
- You can cancel any time of the month and still use it till the end of your payed-for or trial month
- Lots of thrillers and romances
- A lot of those books come with an audibook included, so you can easily switch between ebook and audiobook
- If you read a lot, it can be a bargain
- Very few new books, lots of the books offered are older
- Many of the books offered are actually quite cheap
- You need to read quite frequently to make it worth it
- Sometimes only the first book of a series is available, not the whole series
There are many great titles out there in the Kindle Unlimited, and they do change from time to time, but here are the ones that I think are cool, along with the normal price on Kindle and a few more infos. Do remember that this changes from time to time, so maybe not all these books are available when you read this post.
- Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood: $9.99, with Audiobook, classic dystopia
- I Am Watching You, by Teresa Driscoll: $1.99, thriller & mystery
- Pretty Girls Dancing, by Kylie Brant: $4.99, thriller & mystery
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- Stillhouse Lake, by Rachel Caine: $4.99, with Audiobook, thriller & mystery
- Killman Creek, by Rachel Caine: $4.99, thriller & mystery
- Wolfhunter River, by Rachel Caine: $4.99 for pre-order, thriller & mystery
- My Sister’s Grave, by Robert Dugoni: $1.99, with Audiobook, thriller & mystery
- Harry Potter entire series 1-7, by J. K. Rowling: $8.99 per book, young adult fantasy
- The Butterfly Garden, by Dot Hutchison: $1.99, horror & thriller
- Beneath a Scarlet Sky, by Mark Sullivan: $2.49, with Audiobook, WWII historical fiction
- The Naturalist, by Andrew Mayne: $1.99, thriller & mystery
- A River in Darkness: One Man’s Escape from North Korea, by Masaji Ishikawa: $4.99, nonfiction & autobiography
- Milk and Honey, by Rupi Kaur: $7.99, Nonfiction & Poetry
- Abandon, by Blake Crouch: $1.99, Horror & Historical Fiction
- Under Different Stars Trilogy: $4.49 per book, Young Adult & Fantasy
- The Hundredth Queen, by Emily R. King: $4.99, with Audiobook, Young Adult Fantasy
- The Fire Queen, by Emily R. King: $4.99, Young Adult Fantasy
- The Rogue Queen, by Emily R. King: $4.99, Young Adult Fantasy
- Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, by Jonathan Safran Foer: $9.99, fiction
- 1984, by George Orwell: $9.99, with Audiobook, classic dystopia
- Air Awakens, Book One by Elise Kova: $0.99, fantasy YA
- The Paper Magician, by Charlie N. Holmberg: $3.99, with Audiobook, Young Adult Fantasy
- Life of Pi, by Yann Martel: $9.99, fantasy & adventure
- The Hangman’s Daughter (Illustrated), by Oliver Pötzsch: $5.49, with Audiobook, historical fantasy & mystery
- The Hobbit, by J. R. R. Tolkien: $9.99, with Audiobook, Young Adult Fantasy
- Penryn and the End of the Days entire trilogy , by Susan Ee: $0.99, with Audiobook, Young Adult Paranormal
- The Hunger Games Trilogy, by Suzanne Collins: $6.99 per book, Young Adult Dystopia
- Hidden Seams by Alessandra Torre, $4.99, Erotica Romance
- The Ghostwriter by Alessandra Torre, $4.99, Psychological Thriller
- Hollywood Dirt by Alessandra Torre, $4.99, Romantic Comedy
- 180 Seconds by Jessica Park, $4.99, YA Contemporary
- Tips for Living by Renée Shakransky, $4.99, Psychological Thriller
Is it worth it?
It depends! I loved reading new things I normally wouldn’t have picked up, and I really enjoy the audiobook narrations that you get together with many of the books. If you read mostly YA, you will be disappointed in the selection of books, though.
It is worth if you:
- Read a lot of books per month
- Are comfortable reading things that aren’t brand-new
- Really like audiobooks
It’s not worth it if you:
- Will use it only from time to time
- Prefer reading specific books that you have on your list
- Don’t use audiobooks that much
- Prefer reading new releases
As for me, after this second month of trying it out, I will stop for a while – I have several books on my physical TBR that need reading, so the pressure of reading enough of the Kindle Unlimited books to make it worth the almost 10 dollars/month is not going to help. I will probably join again at another time, when my physical TBR is less intimidating, since there are so many cool books available!
If you can’t decide, I suggest you try the 1-month free trial.