31 “read-sons” to love Kindle Unlimited

31 “read-sons” to love Kindle Unlimited

Like a lot of people, you may be brand new to

Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

You may have gotten a free month when you bought (or were given) an Amazon reader or tablet, or maybe you were given a gift of KU:

Gift Subscriptions to Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

If you are a reader, this is a wonderful thing!

Of course, you’ll run into naysayers who want to dismiss it…they may tell you how the biggest publishers aren’t participating, and how you won’t see the bestsellers in there.

Well, the part about the publishers is true (at least at the time of writing), but there are some recent bestsellers and a lot of great books that may not be topping the charts this week!

I decided to list 31 “read-sons” (reasons, but specifically things to read) to love having KU, but before I do, let me explain how it works.

For $9.99 a month, you can read certain Kindle books. The amount you can read in a month of those books is unlimited, although you can only have up to ten at a time. If you go to borrow an eleventh book, it will suggest you return the one you’ve had the longest, but it’s up to you.

You don’t own the books, but you can keep them as long as you are a KU member. It is possible for books to go in and out of KU, though.

More than one person can read the same book on your account at the same time…that still counts as only having borrowed one book. For example, if you borrow Water for Elephants, two people can both read it on your account.

For more information (both on how to use it and book recommendations, see the

Kindle Unlimited category of posts on this blog

Okay, here are 31 read-sons! I picked thirty-one so there would be one reason for each day in the longest month, since so many people are getting one month free. You don’t have to borrow only one book a day, though: again, you can have up to ten out at a time.

  1. The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins! Yes, you can read (or re-read) all three of the Hunger Games books at no additional cost!
  2. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling! All seven of the books at your convenience…vide libri! Another cool feature: they have these books in different languages. If you’ve read them in English and are learning Japanese, it might really help you to read a book with which you are familiar in that language
  3. Bond…James Bond by Ian Fleming!
  4. More than 300 million copies of books by romance writer Janet Dailey have reportedly been sold…there are over fifty titles by hers in KU!
  5. Childhood’s End, Rendezvous with Rama, and more by science fiction master Arthur C. Clarke!
  6. 27 (at time of writing) of the Perry Mason books by Erle Stanley Gardner
  7. Good grief! You’re on Kindle Unlimited, Charlie Brown! The Complete Peanuts Collections (the comic strips) are available in KU…and they are $14.99 each at time of writing
  8. Cookbooks! Ever bought a cookbook, or browsed through a bunch in a store, just looking for a recipe to cook one dish? With KU, you don’t need to buy them…just borrow them! Have a vegetarian coming over for the holidays? You can borrow Holiday Vegan Entrees
  9. Travel books! That’s another example of something you might want to use, but don’t want to keep. Going to Australia for the holidays, so you can enjoy them on the beach? There are close to 200 Australia travel books in KU, including the Lonely Planet series
  10. Read the movie! Life of Pi, 12 Years a Slave, From Here to Eternity…
  11. Silent Spring by Rachel Carson: this 1962 book really launched the environmental movement in the USA
  12. Have a laugh with Erma Bombeck! One of the most popular American humorists and newspaper columnists, you can read If Life Is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits?, Motherhood, and The Grass Is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank and more!
  13. Lord of the Rings…and the Hobbit!
  14. All Creatures Great and Small, All Things Bright and Beautiful, and All Things Wise and Wonderful by James Herriot!
  15. KU AudioBooks (at AmazonSmile*) There are close to 10,000 audiobooks at time of writing available through Kindle Unlimited
  16. The Wayward Pines books…recent books soon to be a TV series on Fox!
  17. George Orwell books, including 1984 and Animal Farm: not in the public domain in the USA, but available to read at no additional cost on KU!
  18. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks: super popular non-fiction book from 1985!
  19. The Heirloom Collection series, illustrated by Jaqui Oakley: Complete Sherlock Holmes (the original Arthur Conan Doyle Works) or the complete novels of Jane Austen, published at $99.99 in hardback, highly rated, new four color illustrations…sure, you could find Homes and Austen for free outside of KU, but these are relatively high quality editions!
  20. Capital in the 21st Century…a number one New York Times bestseller in 2014!
  21. Hundreds of books on Minecraft! Would you really pay for them? Maybe…but you are probably a lot more likely to read them
  22. The Princess Bride by William Goldman!
  23. Pat Conroy! The Prince of Tides, The Great Santini…
  24. John Jakes! North and South, The Kent Family Chronicles…
  25. The 87th Precinct books by Ed McBain
  26. The Wool series (popular recent science fiction) by Hugh Howey!
  27. Umberto Eco! The Name of the Rose, Foucault’s Pendulum…
  28. Thousands of joke books! Honestly, who reads a joke book twice?
  29. David Halberstam’s The Fifties!
  30. The “For Dummies” series! That’s another example of one where, once you’ve read it and learned it, you probably don’t want to own it
  31. The Best American Short Stories series (not 2014 at the time of writing, but early volumes)

There! If that “naysayer” still says there isn’t anything good to read in Kindle Unlimited…well, you’ll know better. 😉


Update: thanks to reader Allie D. for a comment which helped improve this post!

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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

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7 Responses to “31 “read-sons” to love Kindle Unlimited”

  1. Karen Says:

    I don’t understand why anyone would use this unless they had no access to a good library system. Our system is huge and has thousands of ebooks including all of the best sellers. Glad we have choices but I cannot imagine paying for this. I have Prime and rarely get a monthly book from that either because of the choices. Sorry Bufo!

    • Lady Galaxy Says:

      I didn’t think I would want it, either, but I took the one month free trial totally expecting to drop it at the end of the month. That was about 4 months ago, and I’m still signed up;)

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Karen!

      That’s a great question! No need to apologize…it gives me an opportunity to explain something and present a different perspective, and for me, that really is a gift. 🙂

      In fact, it deserves a longer answer, and I’m going to do that. I try to avoid posting about the same thing twice in a row, and there are some good bargains today…so I’ll write about the bargains first, then do a post about why someone (including me) would pay for KU when there is the public library.

      The short answer: selection; convenience; and a sense of social responsibility.

      * Many of the books in KU are not available at the public library
      * It’s a lot easier to get a book from Amazon the same way you buy books than it is to get one from the public library
      * The library has a limited number of licenses for books. If I borrow a book from my public library, I delay somebody else getting it. If I can afford KU and get it that way, I feel better about it…it’s like making a donation to support the disadvantaged’s reading

      More later…

  2. Lady Galaxy Says:

    The Kindle Daily Deal for December 26 contains quite a few really great books for children and young adults including “Number the Stars,” “Johnny Tremain,” and “Farewell to Manzanar,” three of the best historical fiction books. There are several Caldecott and Newberry winners in the mix as well. Lots of great selections to start out a library for kids who got Kindles for Christmas.

  3. Why pay for Kindle Unlimited when the library is free? I’ll tell you | I Love My Kindle Says:

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  4. Allie D. Says:

    I’m coming late to the game here on this post, but I thought you’d like to know in number six, you’ve got Erle Stanley Gardner’s name misspelled. It is an easy and common mistake to make. It comes up relatively often in crossword puzzles…trying to be tricky!

    Thanks for posting some of the things you enjoy about Kindle Unlimited. I was extremely wary it would be an extra expense with not much return, (like Netflix’s DVD service… but that’s a whole ‘nother story!) but now, several months into it, KU has saved me a decent chunk of money on ebooks.

    In addition to your positive comments about KU, I also appreciate your lists. I know you put a lot of time in them. Links to some of your blog entries are great to send along to others – a surprisingly large number of acquaintances seem to think I have a magical book- recommendation-skill based solely on the fact that I read a lot! So I thank you several times over for this and other book lists that you compile; they are perfect to send along to people when I don’t have a grasp on what kind of thing they like to read! I thought you’d like to know how much that is appreciated. 🙂

    I’d like to write more about my positive experiences with KU, but my energy is limited these days, so I’ll leave it out for now.

    Happy holidays,

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Allie!

      Thank you so much! I do need to write pretty quickly, and I always appreciate proofreading help fro mmy readers! I’ve updated the post and credited you.

      Wow! I’m really pleased to hear that my lists of books have helped you helped others…nothing better than that. 🙂

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