My Memphis, Tennessee Travel Guide & Bucket List

I grew up in a small town in Arkansas, but one of the perks of my location was that I was just a short hour-ish drive from Memphis, Tennessee. I have fallen in love with that city over the years and done so many fun things there. I wanted to share a few of my favorite places as well as a couple of the things on my Memphis bucket list because I always love to go back there.

I am adding addresses, prices, and hours to this list for some attractions. Somethings are subject to change. Make sure that you check out the website listed for these places for more information.

So, let's go exploring the city of Memphis, TN with today's travel guide:

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My Favorite Things To Do In Memphis

Here are some of the awesome things I have done time and time again that I love doing:

Walk Down Beale Street

Oh my goodness! If you are in Memphis for just a little bit, I encourage you to just walk down Beale Street. You can go at night, but you don’t have to. It’s just as fun during the daytime in my opinion, and that’s when I usually go.

There is always something going on there. I encourage you to get some (probably overly priced but very great) drinks from the vendors that line the streets. The fishbowls are the best thing and you will have drinks for a while.

It’s a little crowded, but I usually never feel pushed or shoved too much while on Beale Street which is nice. I have a lot of anxiety in huge groups, but I never really felt that way on Beale Street.

Beale Street Performances

There are street performances usually happening all down Beale Street and the atmosphere is just so fun. Everyone is drinking, having a good time, eating at all the random Beale Street restaurants, watching street performances, listening to random music, etc.

Parking is a huge issue if you want to do this, though. You gotta park your car in Memphis if you want to get around Beale Street. This can become problematic if you go on a really busy day like a game day or a concert day. It can be hard to plan your travel around that, though, especially if you are coming to the city during the weekend. Parking can be reasonable, but if it’s a special event day, expect to pay a little more for parking (I am talking $15-$20.) It sucks, but the lack of most cars really helps Beale Street stay fun and relatively safe.

Go To The National Civil Rights Museum

Address: 450 Mulberry St, Memphis, TN 38103

Website | Hours: Closed Tuesday: Open Wednesday-Monday from 9 AM-5 PM

Admission: $16 for adults; $14 for seniors & those with a Student ID; $13 for Children 5-17; Free for children 4 & under as well as active military members

If you have some time I highly, highly, highly encourage you to theck out the National Civil Rights Museum. This museum is HUGE and filled with so many great pieces of Civil Rights history. I have gone to this museum multiple times and it never ceases to amaze me.

It's a lovely museum. It's interactive, and you could get lost in it for hours. The main building is huge, but there is also the Legacy Building which is across the street where the person who assassinated MLK was when it happened. This building is full of information about the future of civil rights and it's a beautiful end to the experience at the main building. 

Lorraine Motel Memphis

The National Civil Rights Museum is such a great visit because you are taken through everything from the beginning of slavery to now. They pack so much into this museum that it's almost insane. They tell you to dedicate at least two hours for a good visit, but I would dedicate closer to three. Pace yourself so you can enjoy everything, and also get a lot from the Legacy building too. Most times I have gone I spent so much time in the main building that I wasn't able to get as much from the Legacy building.

I would also encourage you to have some money for the gift shop because both times I have gone I wound up getting something from it. They have tons of cool things to commemorate your time in the museum!

National Civil Rights Museum Art

See A Show At The FedEx Forum

Address: 191 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103

Website | Pricing: Varies by show, obviously. You can pick up most tickets via Ticketmaster

The FedEx Forum is an amazing place to go see a show. I have seen multiple concerts there, but I think my all time favorite was when I saw Kings of Leon and Band Of Horses there in 2011.  It was an 18th birthday/high school graduation gift for me.

The FedEx Forum is also where the Memphis Grizzlies play so if you are interested in going to a NBA game, FedEx Forum is the place to be! I have yet to go to the FedEx Forum while an NBA game is happening, but it’s something I would love to do.

Overall, though, I do love going to shows at the FedEx Forum. It's got nice seats, but also a floor for most concerts. I normally sit in the stands though for the shows I have been to. I also saw an American Idols show at the FedEx Forum once which was pretty awesome.

Great venue all around and there is a lot of food and stuff inside the venue as well.

Eat All The Memphis Barbecue

Okay, okay, okay. I am going to admit something. I mainly go to Memphis for the delicious food. If I go to Memphis and I don’t eat at least one random restaurant, I am not having a good time. 

Story time: my mom, dad, and I went to a restaurant before going to see the Kings of Leon in 2011 and we loved the restaurant but we never found the restaurant again after that because we didn’t get the name. All my adult life I have just been trying to avenge this loss because they had the best catfish and barbecue I have ever tasted. All we know is that we went to Hard Rock Cafe thinking we wanted to eat there, saw the line was way too long, and then found this gem. We are beginning to think that it was a collective memory in our imagination. But we have pictures of us eating on the inside of it and everything! 

You can find all sorts of restaurants serving Memphis barbecue on and near Beale Street. Usually if my family and I are already on Beale Street we just pop into one of the many restaurants there to eat some good BBQ.

charles vergos' rendezvous

Address: 52 S 2nd St, Memphis, TN 38103

Website | Price: Varies by what you get. Most things are under $23!

Hours: Tuesday to Thursday: 4:30 PM to 10:30 PM; Friday: 11 AM to 11 AM; Saturday: 11:30 AM to 11 AM

If you are looking for a yummy barbecue restaurant, I really encourage you to check out Charles Vergos' Rendezvous. The food is SO yummy and you get a pretty good amount of food. I want to bathe in the seasoning they use on the ribs. You can even get some of the seasoning to take home if you want. But yes, just get the large or small order of ribs with beans and slaw as a side. You won't be disappointed!

Check out Memphis During Memphis In May

Website | Activities happening every weekend in May

Memphis blooms in May, y'all. There is so much going on in the city during this month.

The most obvious is the Beale Street Music Festival. I have a love/hate relationship with this one. It isn't always managed the best, especially when it rains (which happens almost every year, so I feel they should have a better grasp on this by now) but overall, though, it's a festival that brings tons of great acts to the area. If festivals are your thing, you will probably love it. The price is quite reasonable, and there are always some bigger acts that come.

Then the next week after the festival is the international salute. Each year Memphis In May honors a different country. In 2018 they are honoring the Czech Republic. This honoring comes in the form of tons of performances, speakers, movies, food, and so much more.

Then there is the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. You get tickets to the contest then you can taste and judge different barbecue from awesome BBQers.

Lastly there is the Great American River Run and 901Fest. The run has a half-marathon and 5K component. Then after the run 901Fest takes place.

Memphis is filled to the brim with stuff in May!

Enjoy The Mississippi River Views

Memphis is right on the Mississippi River! You can easily see the Mississippi River from many locations across Memphis and it's a beautiful sight. I love crossing the bridge into Memphis and seeing how peaceful the river looks. If you like rivers, I highly encourage you to check out the Mississippi while you are in Memphis.

Tom Lee Park

Address: Riverside Dr, Memphis, TN 38103

Website | Hours: 6 AM to 10 PM

If you want to see the Mississippi River as closely as you can, besides being on Mud Island (which I have never done so that's why it's not in this section) then I encourage you to head to Tom Lee Park when you are in Memphis, TN next. The picture below was taken while I was in Tom Lee Park for a day of the Beale Street Music Festival which also takes place in Tom Lee Park that we just talked about.

Tom Lee Park is open year round, not just when the Memphis In May festivities happen (obviously) and you can see the Mississippi River prominently from the park no matter what time of year you go.

Mississippi River

Check Out An Impromptu Concert At WC Handy Performing Arts Park

Address: 200 Beale Street Memphis, TN 38103

Website | Admission: Things happening at WC Handy Performing Arts Park are always FREE!

This is a part of Beale Street, but I personally feel like it needs it’s own little spot on the list. I love the WC Handy Performing Arts Park in Memphis and I always find myself going there when I am in Memphis. The best part about this venue? The entertainment is FREE. People perform there all the time and they usually pass around a tip bucket if you want to tip them, but you don't have to pay to get in this venue.

Whenever we are in Memphis, TN and on Beale Street we always manage to find our way to this place.

Other Impromptu Performances

Besides WC Handy Performing Arts Park there are ALL sorts of impromptu performances all over Memphis to be honest. Many restaurants have stages where people can perform, they have random stages in Memphis, and sometimes people just put up a covered space on the sidewalk and perform. Memphis has a lot of cool people come to Memphis to perform, but there are also a lot of random local artist performances that happen as well.

Random Performances

Other Random Things I Have Done:

Here are a few things I have done, but it's been so long that I don't remember so I need to go again.

Stax Museum

Address: 926 E McLemore Ave, Memphis, TN 38126

Website | Hours: Closed Monday; Open Tuesday-Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM

Admission: $13 Adults; $12 Seniors 62+, Active Military, and Students with ID; $10 Children (Ages 9-12); Free Members, Children (8 and under)

I went to this museum when I was around 10 years old. The Stax Museum is a great museum if you are interested in music, especially Motown and soul music. This takes you from the very beginnings of soul music in churches to the music of today. You get to interact with the exhibits and really learn more about how music was and is made.

Memphis Travel Guide

Pink Palace

Address: 3050 Central Ave. Memphis, TN 38111

Website | Hours: Monday - Friday from 9am - 5pm; Saturday from 9am - 5pm; Sunday from 12pm - 5pm

Admission: Depending on what you want to do, you may pay more or less. Click here for the best details on pricing.

I went to the Pink Palace Museum as a kid and I don’t remember much from that trip except the horrible rock candy I got there and the fun little coin pouch I got from the museum. I don’t think the Pink Palace is to blame for the rock candy, I guess I just thought that literal rock sugar would be better than it was. I think there is a conspiracy to make sugar in rock form bad so kids are less likely to want to get sugar in such a format. I mean, cotton candy is just sugar and kids LOVE cotton candy.

I would love to go back to this museum one day and really enjoy it (casting out my opinions of the rock candy they sold!) It seems like such a beautiful location filled with tons of exhibits and it even has a giant theater and a planetarium! 

Memphis Bucket List

Here are some things that are on my Memphis bucket list. I haven't seen as much of the city as I would like, and I would love to visit these places in Memphis soon!

Memphis Zoo

Address: 2000 Prentiss Pl, Memphis, TN 38112

Website | Hours: March 1 - October 15 (Summer Hours): 9 AM to 5 PM; October 16 - February 28 (Winter Hours): 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission: Adult (ages12-59) $15.00; Child (ages 2-11) $10.00; Senior (60+) $14.00; Parking $5.00

I am almost certain that I have never gone to the Memphis Zoo, and if I have, I don't remember going. Zoos are always so fun, and this zoo seems pretty reasonably priced. Plus, there are tons of awesome opportunities to do things like ride camels, feed giraffes, and just see all sorts of amazing animals up close.


Address: Elvis Presley Blvd, Memphis, TN 38116

Website | Hours: Change frequently, check out their site for updated opening information.

Admission: Mansion Only Tour Prices Adult $39.75; Seniors 62 and older $35.80; Youth/Students 13-18 $35.80; Children 7-12 $19.00; Children 6 and Under FREE | There are other tour options that cost more money. Check out those tours here.

Elvis is just such a part of Memphis, TN but I have never personally visited Graceland. I am not even sure if my family has gone to the part of Memphis where we drive past Graceland as it has jut never been on our radar. But, I think it's time I go there because it is such a Memphis, TN staple.

Elvis Statute

Memphis Botanical Gardens

Address: 750 Cherry Rd, Memphis, TN 38117

Website | Hours: Normal Hours: 9 AM to 6 PM; Winter Hours: 9 AM to 4:30 PM

Admission: Adults $10.00; Seniors (62 & over) $8.00; Children (2-12) $5.00; Children (under 2) FREE; Members FREE

I found out about this place recently and it seems B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L. I would love love love to visit the gardens (and taking blog pictures there would be a dream come true.) The Memphis Botanical Gardens boasts over 96 acres and 31 gardens. I am definitely putting this on my radar for when it becomes a little bit warmer here!

Dixon Gallery & Gardens

Address: 4339 Park Ave, Memphis, TN 38117

Website | Hours: Closed Monday; Open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM; Open Sunday from 1 PM to 5 PM; Every 3rd Thursday it's open until 8 PM.

Admission: Adults: $7; Seniors ages 65 and over: $5; Students ages 18 and older with ID: $5; Children ages 7 - 17: $3; Children ages 6 and under: free; Educators with ID: free

Special Admission Days: Tuesday: 10 AM - 5 PM: Pay-What-You-Wish; Saturday: 10 AM - 12 PM: Free, museum and gardens

This is another beautiful venue and blog picture dream come true. Not only does it have a ton of amazing art exhibits, but it also has multiple gardens on its property. It's the best of both a garden and a gallery.

Memphis Pyramid

Address: 1 Bass Pro Dr, Memphis, TN 38105

I have always seen the Memphis pyramid, but I have never gone in. It is now a Bass Pro Shop, plus a hotel, and some other stuff. You can still go to the pyramid and ride the elevator up to the top and see the views of Memphis. Now, I am not quite sure if my fear of heights will allow me to do that, but it seems like it would be a beautiful view.

The Peabody Memphis

Address: 149 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103 | Website

Not only is The Peabody Memphis an awesome hotel I would love to stay in one day, but it's also got the famous ducks everyone knows it for. I think that is what draws me to wanting to visit The Peabody in Memphis the most.

Bloggers & Websites To Follow For Memphis Travel

If you are interested in know more about Memphis, I suggest that you follow these bloggers and websites:


I hope that you loved today's article! If you ever decide to visit Memphis, I am hopeful that you will enjoy many of the things that I have shared in today's article!

What's on your bucket list for Memphis, TN?


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How To Survive (& Thrive) In An Online Course

Colleges are beginning to understand that they need to be more accommodating for students. They are creating many different ways of learning such as online courses and night classes that help students by adding flexibility. I am not the biggest online course fan, but during the two that I took during undergrad and grad school, I learned a lot of tips on taking them. Today's post is going to be all about how to survive and thrive in an online course.

Related Read: The Happy Guide To Surviving Night Classes

How To Survive (& Thrive) In An Online Course | Are you taking an online course at your #college anytime soon? Check out my 10 tips that will help you survive and thrive all your online courses (especially if you are used to taking courses in a classroom!)

1. Take The Course With A Professor On Campus

When I was in graduate school we had an online course offered in the department but it was contracted to a professor who didn't work on campus. This can be beneficial because it helps the school offer more courses, but it can also be hard for you as a student if you take most of your courses on campus.

Let's face it, talking about something you don't understand face-to-face is a lot easier than talking about something over the internet. Usually when the professor is on campus they hold on campus office hours where you can drop by and ask them the questions you have for them.

If you value those face-to-face meetings I would encourage you to check and make sure the professor has an office on campus!

Get To Know Your Professor

Even online professors can prove to be very helpful to you as you finish more of your career as a college student. You should be taking the time to email with them, visit during office hours, ask for feedback on your papers, and more.

Getting to know a professor online is a lot harder than an in class professor, but it's not impossible! If you take your online class seriously you will probably have just as many questions for an online class as you do for an in-person class.

2. Follow Your Syllabus Closely

The syllabus is the most important document of any online (or any in-person) class. Your syllabus is so important in an online course because you usually don't see your professor on a weekly basis. Your professor will not always be there to warn you about due dates and upcoming projects.

You need to be on top of your stuff

Don't depend on anyone to tell you when things are due, all your answers are waiting for you in your syllabus!

Put All Your Due Dates In A Planner Or In A Singular Document

When I was in college and graduate school I liked to write down all of my due dates in a planner or on a single document that was categorized by time. If you are taking five classes you don't want to have to pull out all five syllabi each time you need to think about what you need to do for your classes.

During the beginning of the semester, take out all of your syllabi and plan out when everything is due. This way it's already done. If you need to you can refer back to your syllabi as needed, but having it all in your planner helps you see when you will have particularly busy weeks where a lot of stuff is due.

One of my all-time favorite places to get planners is Erin Condren. They are a bit on the pricy-side, but their planners are beautifully done and so helpful for productivity. They also sell a ton of other stuff on the Erin Condren website like notebooks, pens, planner stickers, and so much more!

Put This List Somewhere You Will See It

When I asked my friend Brianna (who took way more online classes than I did) about her tips she mentioned that she also put things in a singular document. She made sure to put this somewhere she would see it so she could tick off things as they happened.

I know that she was also a big fan of planners and utilizing to-do list printables that she found online. Whenever I studied with her she was always organizing her stuff that way!

3. Familiarize Yourself With Your Course Shell

Different professors utilize the course shell differently. Chances are in an online course, the course shell will be way more filled out than it normally would be for an in-person course. In online courses, professors are trying to create a great user experience where you can find as much information as you need online.

This means the course shell probably has a lot of tabs and various folders.

When you start an online course take some time to explore the course shell and get to know all its moving pieces and parts. Compare the course shell to the syllabus for the course. Where can you find your notes, discussion boards, quizzes/tests, etc.

You don't want to ever put yourself in a situation where you are frantically searching for something last minute. It only takes a few moments to click through everything and familiarize yourself with it all!

4. Check Your Email And Course Shell Daily

Updates happen in online courses ALL. THE. TIME. You need to make sure that you are connecting with your email and course shell daily. You never want to miss an update, a test, or anything in between because you decided to take an internet break.

Checking your email and course shell only takes a few minutes of your time each day!

Now, don't get obsessed! You don't need to check your email and course shell every hour, but checking it every morning or every night will help you keep on top of your school work.

5. Work On Your Course Throughout The Week

Trust me, it's so easy to put off working on your online class until the night before everything is due. At the end of the day, though, that puts unnecessary stress on you. Instead, work on your course throughout the week. Treat your online course like a regular course. Work on it multiple days a week.

If you can break down work on your course to three days a week for 50 minutes a work session, that is so much better than working for 3 hours straight the day your work is due.

Block out time multiple days a week to work on your online courses.

You wouldn't stick the work for a normal course into one day, so don't do that for online courses.

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6. Do As Much Of The Reading As You Can

It's so easy to ignore reading and just look up the answers as you are working in an online class. This cheapens the meaning of an online class or an online degree to be honest. You should be putting the work in as much as you can!

Now, don't get me wrong, I understand that it's hard to prioritize reading for an online class. I would suggest that you become as familiar as possible with skimming. I have written extensively about skimming on this blog before.

Related Reading: Reading With Purpose: Article Skimming 101How To Effectively Skim An Academic Book

Skimming is such an art form that I wish I had earlier in my college career. You may not be able to read every single page of your reading for online or in-person classes, but if you can skim well you will get the most important pieces of information from each thing you have to read!

You want to do this as in the moment as possible. You don't want your reading to pile up and backfire on you when you have to take a test or write a paper. Read it a little bit at a time so you don't have to do it all at once later.

7. Find A Few Classmates To Work On The Class With

Chances are you know at least one or two people in the online course, especially if the course is within your major. Find a few people in the courses forum or roster that you have had a class with previously, and see if they want to work on the course with you.

This will help you have an accountability buddy. You may set up a weekly meeting a few days before the weekly course material is due. That way you can work together for a few hours, not feel so alone while taking the course, and even get your course work done early!

Take The Class With A Friend If You Need To

If you have a friend who needs the same courses that you do, consider taking the course with them. This way you know that you have a friend in the class that you can work with on course assignments. Make sure that you trust that this friend will pull their weight when you work on course material you can work on together. Also, make sure that this friend won't distract you too much when you work on the course together.

8. Create A Distraction-Free Workspace

Distractions are everywhere. I am aware that it will be hard to create a completely distraction-free workspace, but do the best that you can.

  • Get a great desk lamp: You don't want to put too much strain on your eyes if you will be at your computer for multiple hours. I suggest getting a lamp that's flexible with multiple brightness and color settings. Lamps like this are going on the market all the time, and they are pretty cheap. I got a lamp like this for my desk for only $30.
  • Comfy chairs & keyboards: You want to be able to easily work with your keyboard and you want to be able to easily work in your chair for long stretches of time. You chair or keyboard situation shouldn't take up too much of your time and energy when you are working online.
  • Don't work on your bed: This is bad for a couple of reasons: it makes it harder for you to work on your school work because you are thinking about sleep and eventually it makes it harder for you to fall asleep because you are thinking about school work. Have dedicated areas in your room, instead. Have a space for sleeping and a space for working!
  • Stop working around Chatty Cathy's: Don't be a multi-tasker! Instead, focus on the work at hand, your online class. If you have a friend who just won't shut up, kindly stop working with them and work solo!

Utilize The Pomodoro Technique

I love love love the pomodoro technique, especially for writing papers or studying. Obviously if you are taking a timed online course or quiz, the pomodoro technique won't work! But when you are doing work related to the other aspects of your online course, this method will really help you maximize your productivity while giving your brain a chance to rest.

Related Reading: Why I Am Obsessed With The Pomodoro Technique

9. Always Account For Technical Issues

Have you ever heard the saying "whatever can go wrong, will go wrong"? That's Murphy's law. Well, this is not always the case, but sometimes it happens.

You need to be prepared for when the stuff hits the fan, your computer is out of commission, your internet restarts in the middle of a test, etc.

Your professor is likely to have a lot more pity on you if this happened when you took the test three days before it was due versus the day it was due.

Obviously, you can't always control when you are able to get to the course work you need to do, but if you can help it, start working on things early so you can get technical issues worked out if they appear.

10. Don't Ignore The Course Just Becuase It's Online

It's so easy to ignore an online course for the simple reason that it's an online course. The world is changing and so is education. Online courses are just as valuable as in person courses, and you can still learn a lot with an online course!

So, do the work, keep up with the reading, and put your all into the course. You will feel better, the course won't seem like a total waste of your time, and you may make more connections than you realize simply because you worked hard to conquer your online course.


Taking an online course is a huge responsibility. You need to be focused, determined, and ready to crush the course! I hope that today's blog has given you some food for thought as you conquer your next online course!

What do you think of my tips? What are your best tips for crushing online courses?


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The Happy Guide To Reading More Books This Year

If you guys didn't know, I set a goal for myself to read 24 books this year. This would be the most I have ever read in one year probably ever (if not in my recent adult years.) I like reading, but I am just slow af at it. This year I am taking my reading goal seriously though, and I wanted to share a few tips on how I am planning to read more books in 2018!

The Happy Guide To Reading More Books This Year | Do you have a lofty reading goal for this year? Check out my guide to reading more books for fun so you can crush your goal and then some!

1. Set A Goal

First, you need to set a goal for how many books you plan to read. Setting a goal and putting that goal out into the universe is a great way to make that goal come to life. Setting your reading goal is easy if you sign up for the site Goodreads. They have a yearly reading challenge that you can sign up for by putting the amount you want to read in their tracker. Then as you read books, you can update your Goodreads profile with updates along the way and when you finish the book. Each book you finish within a certain year is put towards your reading challenge.

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Break Down your goal

Once you have your main goal, break it down further. Reading 24 books sounds daunting, but breaking it down to one book every two or so weeks makes the act of reading 24 books way more manageable.

Then as I am reading each book I can break down my books page numbers by 14 days. This way I am reading an equal amount each day. If I read more than the bare minimum amount one day, that's good, that just puts me further ahead of schedule.

Strive To Read A little Bit Each Day

You may not be able to pick up a book and finish it on the same day with your busy schedule, but you can make a small dent. Each small dent that you make adds up over time, and before you know it, you will have finished an entire book. Don't look a book that you want to read and be intimidated by it's size. Just read the book and keep reading.

2. Sign Up For A Book Club

A book club is an excellent way to push yourself to read more books and a wide array of books each month. Your campus may have a book club as a student organization or there may be one in your town or local library. If you are unsure where to find local book clubs, I suggest that you check out Meetup's Book Club topic. There are tons of book clubs in cities across the world on the page.

On top of that, there are many book clubs online that are looser and allow you to get ideas for new books to read. Checking out the Goodreads Groups page is a great way to find online book clubs to join.

Whatever book club method you choose, you are bound to find some new books to read!

3. Sign Up For A Book Membership

There are SO many book membership boxes out there now.  Signing up for one is so simple and easy to do. My favorite is Book Of the Month, but there are tons out there for you to try. Book memberships are great because they get you out of your book reading comfort zone. You can discover new (and new to you) authors, you can branch out and try new genres, and you can get a box curated around bookish items. What's not to love?

If you are looking for some other book subscription services to try, I encourage you to check out this list from My Subscription Addiction. They listed the 10 best book subscription boxes as voted on by their readers, so you are bound to find a box to love there.

4. Utilize Services like Amazon Prime Reading or Kindle Unlimited

Amazon has a ton of services that help you read way more.

Amazon Prime Reading comes with any of your Prime memberships. With Prime you have access to a TON of extra material on your Kindle. There are so many great books that you will be able to read for free just because you have Amazon Prime.

As another option, you have Amazon Kindle Unlimited which is $9.99 per month and gives you access to tons of additional titles over Amazon Prime Reading. For the price of one digital book, you can get tons per month. This is great if you plan to read a lot this year and you imagine yourself reading more than one book from your Kindle per month. The best part? There is a 30-day free trial so if you wanted to try Prime Reading you wouldn't pay a cent today.

5. Listen To Audiobooks using Audible

Another Amazon service that is so helpful for reading more books is Audible! I definitely consider Audible reading a book. You have to be at least somewhat focused while listening to an audiobook to make sure that you are understanding all the knowledge that the book is imparting.

I love using Audible to speed through some books that would normally take me weeks to finish(literally, they have an option to speed up the narration.) Also, sometimes I just absorb content better when I am having someone read to me. Why did we stop being read to? I didn't sign up for an adult life where I am not read to!

Sometimes I will even have a physical copy of a book and an Audible copy so that I can follow along while the narrator reads to me.

You can get two free audiobooks right now if you click the banner below. I really suggest listening to Year Of Yes by Shonda Rhimes, Born A Crime by Trevor Noah, and/or Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg on Audible. They all narrate their own books and are all fantastic at it.


I am hopeful that 2018 will be the year that you (and I!) crush our reading goal! With these tips you can make a dent in your reading goal and always have material to read to boot!

What are your best tips for reading more this year?


Amanda Cross

My name is Amanda Cross and I am the blogger behind The Happy Arkansan. I am a 20 something college graduate, graduate student, and all around awesome person.

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