Many people who see me regularly may laugh at me for writing this little blog post. I already tell people about the library, and Hoopla especially, way too much. When I taught a Bible study last weekend, people in my home church’s group chat were posting about how I was probably going to make a Hoopla reference while teaching (I didn’t…). Still, with so much talk about how amazing the library and apps like Hoopla are, it amazes me how many people don’t take advantage of these awesome resources. I’ve recommended Hoopla to people over and over again and they still come back with excuses like “I have fines at the library” (get a different library card… (or pay the fines)), “I like physical books” (libraries have those too!), or “I don’t like to read” (you’re an adult now! Try again!). Anyway, I really like the library and think more people should give it a shot. Check out this blog post about it as well.
If you want to read more and prefer to not waste money, grab your library card and download the apps Hoopla and Libby. Don’t have a library card? You can get one for free. Most cities let you sign up even if you don’t live there (I have five different library cards). If you live anywhere in the state of Ohio, you can sign up for a Columbus Metropolitan Library card online and they’ll mail it to you (again- this is all free!). I always recommend this step to people since 1) you don’t have to leave your house, 2) the Columbus library has a great selection and 3) it’s, like all things library, free!
Like I said above, once you have your library card, download the apps Hoopla and Libby. It’s a bit annoying there are multiple library apps for reading and audio books, but it’s not too big of a deal. Hoopla is my favorite since there are no holds, meaning there is no limit to how many people can download a specific ebook or audiobook at once. Libby is the opposite, so you have to be first in line to get the book.
If anyone would like help with any of these steps, feel free to reach out. I love helping people get into reading in new ways. That being said, I think you can figure it out. The steps are pretty easy once you give it a few minutes. Now I’d like to give a few book recommendations for both of the apps. This isn’t by any means an exhaustive list, but I’d like to show you an example of some of the great titles you can read or listen to for free.
- The Hiding Place – Corrie Ten Boom
- The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
- The Lost Art of Disciple Making – Leroy Eims
- Insights on James, 1 & 2 Peter – Charles Swindoll (most of the New Testament is on here, too)
- How Dare the Sun Rise – Sandra Uwiringiyimana
- The God Who is There – Francis A. Schaeffer
- Tactics – Gregory Koukl
- Speaking to Teenagers – Doug Fields
- Heaven – Joni Eareckson Tada
- Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
- A Grief Observed – C.S. Lewis
- Emotionally Healthy Spirituality – Peter Scazzero
- Generation Me -Jean M. Twenge
- The Truth About Us – Brant Hansen
- Unoffendable – Brant Hansen
- Blessed are the Misfits– Brant Hansen
- Wild at Heart – John Eldredge
- Martin Luther – Eric Metaxas
- How to Really Love Your Child – D. Ross Campbell (starting this one now)
- Escape from Camp 14 – Blaine Harden
- The Help – Kathryn Stockett
- Audacity – Melanie Crowder
- Hillbilly Elegy- J.D. Vance
- Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus– Nabeel Qureshi
There are many, many more great books out there for free on Hoopla and Libby (and, of course, at the physical library). Happy reading everyone. What other good books on these apps did I miss? I’d love to hear any recommendations. Also, check out my wife Elli’s post from last month on books she recommends!