Friday, May 14, 2021

A Better Way To Read.

 To my dearest friends and followers,

As I stated in my last blogpost, I began writing again in my second novel, The Death of Jack. I am continuing to make progress, slow as it may be.

During NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in November 2020, I felt super energized to write and I was part of an online community who was also working on their writing throughout the month. It was super easy to write for me because many of us were writing together in timed sessions. It was a challenge to ourselves, to stay focused and write as much as we possibly could in the allotted time. We encouraged one another and really created a friendly environment for all writers.

Lately, I feel like I've been so tired and unable to write much, but I'm not giving up. I'm determined to finish the first draft of this book in the early summer.

One thing I started doing to keep myself from feeling discouraged is reading. Usually, I try to avoid reading when I am writing my books because I feel like they are a distraction, focusing my mind on someone else's story instead of my own. I also feel guilty when I'm reading during that time, instead of working on my own book.

However, this time is different. Yes, I'm trying to write my novel, but there are also a lot of books I want to read. In order to not get discouraged with my writing and not be deprived of the other books, while also not feeling guilty when I do read them, I decided I will write during the day and read during the evening or just before bed.

I recently discovered a game-changing website called Scribd. I kept pronouncing it like "crib", but with an s at the beginning and a d at the end. And then my husband brought it to my attention that he thinks it's pronounced "scribed", like someone who is a scribe...but I guess they forgot the e, ha. 

It's essentially a website where you can read ebooks, listen to audiobooks, listen to podcasts, find sheet music, and stay up to date on magazines.
I'm still using up my free trial, but I personally like Scribd better than Kindle Unlimited. KU offers a lot of books for free if you pay their monthly fee of $9.99. However, if you want to read something that isn't in the "unlimited library" you still have to pay for that particular book.
I was trying to find certain books to read on KU and saw that none of the titles I wanted were actually available, unless I wanted to pay a combined price of $36.47 for the 3 ebook titles I wanted.
Scribd has way more content than KU offers, but it's the same price of $9.99 a month. I was even able to find all of the titles I wanted.

If you don't mind reading books digitally, Scribd is definitely a better way to read, in my opinion. It's honestly really cheap if you're reading more than even one book a month. I haven't tried out the app yet, but it is available as an app on some devices, so that's cool. XD
Also, I feel like I should add a disclaimer: This is not a sponsorship. I just recently found out about it and it's something I'm enjoying, so I wanted to share it with you. I got you. I take care of my friends. XD
Also, if you can't find something on Scribd, Libby is also great and allows you to connect with your libraries and borrow digital books.

Thank you for reading!!

Yours truly,

Check out my fantasy novel, The Story of Hollyhocks from my shop on Ko-fi.
Read with Scribd.
Check out a book at the library using Libby!!

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