The World is Your Oyster
I absolutely love real books as you can see from my packed bookshelves above. But what I’ve finally come to realize is that it’s really inconvenient to travel with them. They’ve also started to overtake my apartment. That’s why I was very excited to learn about Oyster which is a subscription based app that gives you unlimited access to over 500,000 eBooks in the Oyster Library for $9.95 a month. It’s like Netflix for books! The best part is that you aren’t limited to reading them on just an eReader. You can download Oyster on any iOS and Android device as well as on your Kindle Fire and Nook HD, and your laptop or computer.
Oyster allows you to reread some of your old favorites as well as new releases. And if you start a book you don’t like, you don’t have to feel bad about setting it aside to start another one. And better still, Oyster offers a 30 day free trial subscription so you can try it out without any obligation.
Some of the great Oyster features include personalized book suggestions and even a black screen for night reading so you don’t disturb your partner.
I have a few trips coming up and these are just some of the books I’m looking forwarding to reading and rereading on Oyster this fall.
The Hundred Foot-Journey by Richard Morais – I still haven’t seen the film of the same name and didn’t realize it was adapted from a book. After spending the summer in Paris, I look forward to reading the story of how two very different restaurants come to co-exist a hundred feet across the road from each other in the French Alps.
Serena by Ron Rash – I just saw the trailer for the movie adaptation of this book starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. I look forward to reading Serena before I see the film
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway – This Hemingway book centers on what it’s like to be young and poor in Paris in the 1920’s. I brought this book with me to Paris and never had time to read it. Maybe I can finally find the time now that I can read it on Oyster.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – I read Pride and Prejudice so long ago that a reread is definitely in order. The story of a family of five girls whose parent’s hope to marry them off has inspired countless modern movies and books. But it’s always best to read the original first.
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton – The story is about an upper crust couple whose upcoming marriage is threatened by a scandalous woman. It was released in 1920 but is still relatable today.
Love, Fiercely by Jean Zimmerman – I found this book while browsing around Oyster. It tells the fictional story of “the New York love story of a beautiful heiress and a wealthy young architect, captured in a famous John Singer Sargent painting.” Sounds right up my alley!
Dear Money by Martha McPhee – Dear Money is another book I stumbled upon on Oyster. It tells the tale of a novelist turned bond trader – “the classic American story of people reinventing themselves, unaware of the price they must pay for their transformation.”
This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald – I’ve read this tale of Princeton student Amory Blaine numerous times but each time it reveals different things. If we can rewatch television programs and movies, why not reread some great books over and over again.
Confessions of an Art Addict by Peggy Guggenheim – I studied art history and I’m getting ready to attend Art Basel. Who better to lean the roped from than Peggy Guggenheim, one of the world’s best collectors.
Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro – This New York Times best seller tells the fictional account of the infamous art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and those who surround it. I used to live in Boston and visit the Gardner Museum so I can’t wait to read this story.
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter – I bought this book and never got around to reading it. Perhaps the story set in Italy will inspire me to finally plan a trip next year.
After Visiting Friends by Michael Hainey – I’ve heard so many good things about this book by GQ editor Michael Hainey about the mysterious death of his father that I am determined to finally read it this year.
Just Kids by Patti Smith – I read this wonderful award winning book a few years ago and I think it’s time to read it again. Someone accused Patti Smith of name dropping but the point of Just Kids is that she and her friend Robert Mapplethorpe were witness to an amazing time in New York at the Hotel Chelsea where so many interesting and creative people passed through.
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin – I read this book when it was first released but who couldn’t use a refresher on how to be happier. Considering that it’s one of the most popular books on Oyster, it seems like a lot of people are also looking to lead a happier life.
The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale – It’s very easy to get sucked into the negativity that runs rampant online. As someone who works for myself, it’s also hard to stay self motivated. I look forward to reading this book to help get me back on track.
The name Oyster was inspired by the Shakespeare line, “the world’s mine oyster.” With Oyster, the world is yours for the reading! And don’t forget that Oyster offers a 30 day free trial subscription so you can try it out without any obligation.
This is a sponsored post but all opinions expressed are my own.