And no, it isn’t Lloyd! 😀 😆 (*..though if it was, I’d never admit it to him. He would use any compliment you give him to lord over you… lol! I never knowingly give him the upper hand… 😆)

So, I’ve been obsessed with books for as long as I can remember. It started for me when I was in primary school and my Mum came to my school in the middle of the day (for reasons, I still have no clue till this date). She popped into my class to see me and left me with a Famous Five book (by Enid Blyton).

I’d never heard of the Famous Five before this point (I was fairly young at this time to be fair) and once I got into the book I was hooked! I couldn’t stop till I finished the book and immediately had to find the next Famous Five book… and then the next… and even when I finished that, I moved on to Secret Seven.

From that point onwards, I spent a lot of my free time reading (*Sidebar – I also had a random habit of having to stop reading – regardless of how into the story I was – if I stumbled upon a word I didn’t understand. I would have to fetch my dictionary, find the meaning of the word and then moved on. Boy, was I great at scrabble back in those days!)

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Anyway, long story short – I was obsessed with books. But then again, I was a kid with lots of free time on my hands so reading physical books was so easy back then. These days, (and to be honest, ever since I had my first ‘proper job’), I’ve found I have less time to carry a proper book with me. The last physical book I tried to read was Game of Thrones (when we were on holiday in Cape Verde) and I promptly fell asleep every time. And we’re talking about Game of Thrones here.

I made a switch to audiobooks almost 7 years ago (with the occasional exception of a physical book I can’t find in audio format) back when I was working on a fairly boring job. It was the kind of job that you didn’t really need to focus on so I was looking for something to keep things interesting – which was when I downloaded “The Godfather”.

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That book was just such an amazing introduction to audiobooks. It was all the pleasure of reading books with none of the manual book holding. Imagine actually trying to read a proper book like that while on a job – I doubt there’s any one of us who could have gotten away with that at work! 🙂 With audiobooks, you just slipped your earphones on and when you laughed really hard, people around you would just assume there was something super funny about your 10,000 cell excel spreadsheet (there never was!).

My gripe with audiobooks though was that you had to pay for each one individually and unlike physical books which you could buy second-hand in a book store or on sale at certain retailers, audiobooks always had to be paid for at full price for every single book you got. Those book bills so racked up and although it’s affordable for certain books, it certainly puts does puts a dampener on things.

The ideal thing for me, would have been something like Netflix, where you pay one flat price and access the library of books but I just didn’t know of a single service like this. So I downloaded my books one at a time (the last audiobook I downloaded was Mindy Kaling – from the Mindy Project -’s “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)” – which is so brilliant and ridiculously funny).

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THE PERFECT TRAVEL COMPANION

Then I found out about BookBeat (I literally found out about this like 2 weeks ago) and everything changed. That “Netflix-for-books” service I was looking for was finally here! You can imagine how pleased I was to finally get a service like this for books. (*Sidebar – I have Apple Music for my Music too so this “pay-one price for everything” model is one I’m REALLY into).

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Best part is that BookBeat have a free trial period so you can actually check things out before you commit to anything. You can get 2 weeks for free if you head over to their website but you don’t wanna do that – I got a better one for you!

If you follow onto our personalised link here – www.bookbeat.com/uk/HandLuggageOnly you get 1 month trial for FREE here! That’s almost 1 month totally free for you to read as many books as you can… and to see if you’re as addicted to the service as I am.

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My latest read is a trilogy by Anders de la Motte (never heard of him before) but it’s a Swedish Thriller trilogy and seeing as I really enjoyed “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” trilogy… and “The Hunger Games”… and “Divergent” (though I really hated how this series ended – it was so anticlimactic), I figured I might as well give this a try – so far so good!

Come to think of it, I’d never heard of Stieg Larsson, Suzanne Collins or Veronica Roth prior to reading their trilogies so I’ve had fairly good experience on that front. Will let you know how this current one pans out.

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Anyway, I’d love to keep rambling on and on about BookBeat but I’m off to catch a flight and wanna carry on ‘reading’ my book but you should definitely download the free BookBeat app for your iPhone/Android phone and most certainly get the free 1 month trial period using this unique link here!

At the end of the day, this is technically a freebie thus far so you have nothing to lose. 🙂 When you’re done and have had a chance to test drive the app – do let me know what you think… 😀 and even more importantly, please do let me know what books you’d recommend!

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Heads up, BookBeat is currently only available in the UK or for folks who have a British payment method (i.e. a British debit/credit card).



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This is awesome! I absolutely love audiobooks, especially during long plane rides or drives cross country!

Thanks for the great heads up guys!
I hope you have a great Friday,
Michael
https://www.mileinmyglasses.co.uk

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Ha! We do the same thing on long drives… we did it across Alberta 🚗

Lloyd & Yaya 🙂

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Sounds great! I love reading while I travel. I always have my kindle with me =o)

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I know what you mean – a good book can’t be far away 🙂

Lloyd & Yaya xx

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I am a total book nerd – always have been! I stick to reading physical books and ebooks and though I’ve given audio books a try in the past, I never got on with them. My commute to work is only 20 minutes long so I can’t get much “read” during that time. Then, when I’m actually at work, I have to concentrate on the tasks I’m working on so I wouldn’t be able to listen to an audio book then either :/ Anyway! Having said that, I really do like the sound of this app. Like you, I appreciate the fact that it’s like Netflix where you can pay once and have access to loads of content (rather than pay for all materials separately). That’s cool.

I loved Larsson’s trilogy too! Kept me on the edge of my seat, especially the last book in the trilogy. If you’re looking for something similar to that series, I’d definitely check out Camila Lackberg’s books. She’s also Swedish and she writes great crime thrillers. The Hidden Child is my favourite by her. It’s got a sick twist at the end!

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Oh yeah.. 20 min would only be a little burst of ‘reading’… I’d always be inclined to miss my stop on purpose. Haha!

Totally need some new books to read, they are a lifesaver on flights! Ohhhh – most definitely going to check out Camila Lackberg! Thanks so much for the tip lovely lady 📚 ❤️

Lloyd & Yaya xx

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I don’t know if it is available elsewhere, but I am incredibly lucky to have a public library that has an amazing online section. During my last trip, I was able to borrow audiobooks and ebooks for free, and they automatically auto delete themselves after 3 weeks, so no fear of late fees!

I find for shorter commutes podcasts are better, as I can find some under 15-30 minutes and still laugh my ass off (my family still doesn’t understand how I can listen to episodes about cauliflower, apple pie or pineapple, but eh…)

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Haha! you’re so right about something shorter ones – it makes total sense. Haha @ cauliflower!!! Though, I can listen to anything about apple pie! 💛

Wow, that is so amazing! So so good that you have access to that too. Audio books and ebooks are amazing… we’re using them all the time on flights – it’s so good! 📚

Lloyd & Yaya xx

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This sounds like a great service! I love to read but never seem to have the time for it these days. Audiobooks are fantastic (as long as you find someone with a good reading voice, ha)!

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Ha! You’re so right about the reading voice, Rachel – it can really make (or break) a reading book for me! 🤣

Lloyd & Yaya xx

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