With all the crazy ups and downs of 2020, you can at least say this: it’s the perfect time to catch up on your reading! And with Kindle Unlimited, you’ll have access to over a million titles. Not too shabby for a cost of just $9.99 per month.
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Of course, jumping into such a large library can be a little overwhelming at first. That’s why we’ve put together a list of 15 books to help get you started. Whether you’re in the mood for romance, suspense, sci-fi, history, a New York Times best-seller or even a cookbook, there’s definitely something for every book lover out there.
Here are a few books that are definitely worth diving into on your kindle device:
1. Where the Forest Meets the Stars (Glendy Vanderah)
When you’re in the mood for something heartwarming and mysterious, this is the perfect book.
Joanna Teale is living a solitary life until a mysterious child named Ursa shows up on her doorstep, claiming to be sent from the stars to witness five miracles. Concerned about the girl’s home situation, she enlists the help of her reclusive neighbor, Gabriel Nash, to help her get to the bottom of things.
The three form an incredible bond as they witness the good things that happen around the child throughout a magical summer. But what will happen when Ursa’s dangerous past closes in on them?
2. Coffee Will Make You Black (April Sinclair)
When you’re in the mood for a funny coming-of-age story, you won’t want to put this down.
This is a coming of age story set on the southside of Chicago during the 1960s. With the civil rights movement as a backdrop, Jean “Stevie” Stevenson grows into a young woman.
Along the way, she and her community witness the War on Poverty, the assassination of Martin Luther King and the rise of Black Power. Though it may sound harrowing, this engaging book never loses its sense of humor.
You’ll be captivated every step of the way as Stevie develops her social awareness, explores her sexuality and develops a proud new identity.
3. The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life Before 8 am (Hal Elrod)
When you’re in the mood for a self-help book that really makes a difference, this is a great read.
Hal Elrod is out to help you do nothing less than transform your life. And considering this book’s immense popularity, there seems to be something in his method that works.
Centered around the themes of focus, enthusiasm, energy and motivation, the author helps you to develop a morning ritual that will completely change how the rest of your day will unfold.
This book is a prescient reminder to focus on the good no matter what else is going on around you. Self-help expert Robert Kiyosaki (author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad) said that “The Miracle Morning” has been no less than “magical” in his life.
And couldn’t we all use a little more magic these days?
4. A River in Darkness: One Man's Escape from North Korea (Masaji Ishikawa)
When You’re in the mood for an intense memoir check out River in Darkness.
Stepping into Masaji Ishikawa’s shoes in this intense autobiography will take you on a journey that is both harrowing and inspiring. Half Korean and half Japanese, the author often felt out of place in Japan. But when his family is lured to North Korea with promises of a better life, they are forced to live under the crushing reality of a totalitarian regime.
This book recounts his tumultuous upbringing in communist North Korea and his narrow escape back to Japan 36 years later. This story will make you appreciate your own freedom and inspire you with the resilience of the human spirit.
5. Devoted (Dean Koontz)
When you’re in the mood for something scary and suspenseful, this will not disappoint.
This book is the latest from the master of suspense, Dean Koontz. In it we are drawn into the silent world of Woody Bookman who hasn’t spoken a word in his entire eleven years.
Although he is silent, he lives with the fear that something evil is coming for him and his mother, the same evil that killed his father in a freak accident. His ally in these terrifying circumstances is Kipp, a dog with special abilities that are devoted to keeping him safe.
Even if you’ve never ever owned a dog before, this thriller will give you a new appreciation for man’s best friend.
6. The Overdue Life of Amy Byler (Kelly Harms)
When you’re in the mood for a funny romance novel, this best-seller was billed as “laugh out loud funny” by the New York journal of books. In it we follow the overworked and underappreciated single mom Amy Byler. When her ex-husband shows up to take care of the kids for the summer, she heads off to New York City, where she finds culture, sophistication and (of course) romance.
You’ll enjoy every minute of this loveable heroine’s escape. But as the summer comes to an end, a pressing question looms: Will she be able to head back to her old life or will her adventures change it forever?
7. The Complete Ketogenic Diet for Beginners (Amy Ramos)
When you’re in the mood to revamp your diet, you can’t go wrong with this beginner guide.
If you’ve ever been interested in trying the ketogenic diet but intimidated by its seeming complexity, Amy Ramos breaks it down for you in this top-rated diet and cookbook.
She not only gives a clear explanation of the science behind Keto but also helps you to get started on your journey with a shopping list, a 14-day meal plan and over 75 recipes.
So even if you don’t have a clue what Keto is at the moment, you’ll have everything you need to get started with the diet that has everyone talking and losing weight.
8. The Dressmaker’s Gift (Fiona Valpy)
When you’re in the mood for historical fiction Fiona Valpy has you covered.
It’s 1940 and three young seamstresses in Nazi-occupied Paris are keeping dangerous secrets. Mirelle is fighting with the resistance. Claire has gotten romantically involved with a German officer, and Vivienne’s is hiding something so big she can’t reveal it to either one of them.
Two generations later, Claire’s English granddaughter is searching for answers to her family history. What she discovers may be more painful than she ever imagined. Were the three young women able to remain loyal to one another in one of history’s darkest moments? Or were they torn apart?
9. The Wolves at the Door (Judith L. Pearson)
When you’re in the mood for the true story about a World War II spy, this incredibly gripping piece of history reads like the stuff of movies.
Virginia Hall, an aspiring foreign service officer, left her comfortable life in Boston to work for Special Operations Executive, a British espionage organization.
Over the course of her career, she killed 150 German soldiers and captured 500. She also sabotaged transportation and communication links, directed resistance activities, helped escaped POWs and much more.
And she did it all with just one leg! Even before the war started she had lost in a hunting accident. This white knuckle story of how one woman changed the course of the war is described as the tale of America’s best female spy. But it’s actually about one of America’s best spies, period.
10. The Body Reader (Anne Frasier)
When you’re in the mood for a detective story about a serial killer, no one understands madmen like Detective Jude Fontaine. Held by a sadistic captor in an underground cell for three years, she learned to read his every movement and expression - a skill that kept her alive.
After her experience she returns to the police force with more determination than ever to fight for justice. She also has a special talent to fight with: the skill to be able to read the body language of both the dead and the living.
Though her coworkers doubt her mental stability, they must work together to catch a serial killer who is slaying young women. She and her new partner, Detective Ashby, must use their collective abilities to stop the madman before he kills again.
11. The Vine Witch (Luanne G. Smith)
When you’re in the mood for fantasy.
This fantasy book has been described by Forbes as “a grown-up fairy tale” that’s full of magic, love and betrayal. Set in turn of the century France, it tells the story of Chateau Renard. For centuries they depended on their “vine witches” to create their award-winning wines.
But the harvest fell into ruin when Elena Boureanu was struck with a curse. When she finally breaks the spell and tries to return to her former life, she finds that the vineyard is now in possession of a handsome stranger. Will she be able to defeat the evil powers that are still threatening her and reclaim her legacy?
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12. One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow (Olivia Hawker)
When you’re in the mood for a frontier story.
Set in Wyoming in 1876, this novel about survival tells the tale of the Bemis and Webber families. The two clans depend on each other in an isolated region where there are no other settlers - until a tragic event tears them apart.
Ernest Webber catches his wife Cora in a romantic liaison with their neighbor and kills the man immediately. While Ernest is sent off to prison, Cora and Nettie Mae Bemis must sort through the emotional debris.
Despite the fact that Nettie Mae lost her husband, she must somehow learn to work together with Cora to raise their families and survive the brutal winter that is bearing down on them.
13. Instant Pot Cookbook @2020 (Matilda Armstrong)
When you’re in the mood for quick and easy cooking try instant pot recipes.
If you don’t have a lot of time to cook but haven’t mastered your instant pot yet, this book will be your bible. With 600 recipes, you’ll never be at a loss for ideas.
Categories include vegetarian recipes, soups, desserts, proteins, side dishes, snacks and more. It’s the only cookbook you’ll need to start a new and tastier life!
14. When We Believed in Mermaids (Barbara O’Neal)
When you’re in the mood for a mystery.
Josie Bianci had been dead for fifteen years. At least that’s what her sister Kit thought. But when she sees her sister Josie on TV during coverage of a fire, Kit recognizes her immediately.
Overwhelmed with emotions of grief and anger, she must now set out to find the sister that abandoned her. Along the way, she’ll have to unearth long-buried secrets and face devastating truths about their past.
15. With Your Permission (Stephanie Nicole Harris)
When you’re in the mood for a serious romance.
The story begins when upcoming wedding planner Bri St. James meets Raphael Valentine at a rehearsal dinner for one of Chicago’s hottest couples. Bri is immediately attracted to him, but her empathic powers tell her that he has a broken heart.
Though she knows it may be dangerous to get involved with someone that isn’t open to love, she’s unable to resist the pull of their chemistry. Will Valentine be able to open himself to love again or will it all end in another heartbreak?
Well, readers, those are just a few of the books you may want to check out. But no matter your interests, Kindle Unlimited gives you many more worlds to explore on your reading journey.
These 15 book recommendations are perfect for adding to your reading list today. Kindle Unlimited, of course, still offers the classics like The Hunger Games and the Harry Potter series if you need a refresher on those great books. Or maybe you want to delve into the world of science fiction, subscribers can easily expand their reading repertoire.
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Now all you need is a cozy chair and maybe a cup of tea. Enjoy!
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The 15 Best Books on Kindle Unlimited:
- Where the Forest Meets the Stars (Glendy Vanderah)
- Coffee Will Make You Black (April Sinclair)
- The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life Before 8 am (Hal Elrod)
- A River in Darkness: One Man's Escape from North Korea (Masaji Ishikawa)
- Devoted (Dean Koontz)
- The Overdue Life of Amy Byler (Kelly Harms)
- The Complete Ketogenic Diet for Beginners (Amy Ramos)
- The Dressmaker’s Gift (Fiona Valpy)
- The Wolves at the Door (Judith L. Pearson)
- The Body Reader (Anne Frasier)
- The Vine Witch (Luanne G. Smith)
- One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow (Olivia Hawker)
- Instant Pot Cookbook @2020 (Matilda Armstrong)
- When We Believed in Mermaids (Barbara O’Neal)
- With Your Permission (Stephanie Nicole Harris)