Awesome apps and websites that aren’t about books

the broke and the bookish

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

Been awhile since I did one of these! I don’t know if I’ll get to 10, but we’ll see. The topic here is Ten Websites I Love That Aren’t About Books.

Buzzfeed – Sure they have a Books section, but Buzzfeed has, oddly enough, become a pretty reliable source of news – often more accurate and informative than CNN. Plus, you know, the quizzes and listicles and crap.

Google Drive – This is an odd one, and I don’t even know if it quite counts as a website. But I’ve basically become obsessed with the ability to save Google Sheets and Google Docs here. I have had (or still have) spreadsheets here for wedding planning, paycheck budgeting, moving, and of course the Master Reading sheet. And, similarly, I’ve started using Google Calendar and loving it – it emails me an agenda every morning for important appointments, reminders, blog to-do’s, and it automatically syncs to my phone calendar. Awesome.

Huffington Post – Yeah, another news-related thing. And sometimes Huff Post they’re really not great. But I really appreciate this:

“Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liarrampant xenophoberacistmisogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.”

They have that note at the bottom of any post about Trump, and I just love that.

Fenix – This is a Twitter app, and I love it. I paid $4.99 for it and I’m so glad I did. It’s functional, it’s gorgeous.

QuizUp – Basically the only game app I have on my phone. You can play against people you know or random folks, the games are only 7 questions long, and the selection is great. I’ve played a ton of Hamilton, Outlander, Friends, science, general knowledge, and a whole bunch of other stuff. The honeyman and I often play against each other in random categories while we wait for our food at restaurants.

Zedge – A ringtone/notification sound app. It’s easy to use, and they have EVERYTHING. I have Hamilton lyrics set as alarms and text sounds, I have Marvel TV show intro music as ringtones, I have Borderlands quotes set for notifications and calendar reminders… it’s awesome.

Fandango – I’ve started using Fandango more and more to buy my movie tickets because it is so damn convenient. Especially since I’ve been going at peak times more often, like opening weekend for Civil War, and maybe I’m running late and there’s a huge line at the window and dammit I want time to buy candy too.

And yeah… I have nothing else really. Basically all of the websites I go to are book-related, and ditto for apps. And it will only get worse when Litsy and TheListApp are finally fucking available on Android!

What non-bookish websites/apps should I be visiting or using?




  1. Some ideas to check out later, thanks! I like the NYT Now app. A daily dose of news pieces and think pieces, some from the New York Times but also from around the web. They also have a mini-crossword for each day.


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