HooplaCheck with your local library system to see if they’re partnered with Hoopla, which gives you digital access to all the books they have on hand. This includes: audio books, graphic novels, TV shows, and movies. It saves you the trip, keeps you from the people, and it’s free. This is great for reviewers without connections because you can get access to new books without having to put out money for them.
Libby by OverdriveSimilar to Hoopla, Libby also gives you access to a bunch of books at your local library. If my experience means anything, sometimes Libby has books that Hoopla doesn’t. It’s worth it to keep both of them on your phone.
GoodreadsIt’s probably on everyone’s list, but, it’s still a good way to discover new books. It’s also a great way to keep track of what you’ve read and want to read. It’s been very helpful for me while in school to keep a list for my next month’s TBR. It’s also helpful when I’m out at Barnes&Noble (or any bookstore really). Goodreads has a scan function, which brings you directly to the book’s page, where you can see it’s rating or automatically add it to your lists.
AudibleGetting into the need to put down money. There are three tiers for Audible’s monthly subscription, and each one is worth it. Audio books are great, especially if you’re usually on the go. Don’t let the book stop because you have to drive or walk anywhere. I like to listen in the car and keep a bluetooth earbud in at my desk and on my walks. And if you have the ear for it, you can increase the narration speed and fly right on through that book.
Kindle/NookE-readers have a bad rep because batteries die–but let me speak the praises of your digital purchase. You have it everywhere. Don’t worry about not having the next book (unless it’s not published yet), because you can access it on every device. You’ll also never lose your place and you’ll never damage a page. Plus, you don’t even need to invest in a Kindle/Nook proper because they each have apps, for free, on the phone. In addition, as a reviewer, you’ll most likely get e-galleys anyway, and you’ll be able to save your progress across devices as well since the digital ARCs are considered documents on most devices.