This post is sponsored by Oyster. Not the seafood. The cool brain food.
We prepare for holidays like hurricanes--not so much the panicky board up the windows thing, but definitely a stock up of our favorite foods and anything we might need because we intend to lay low, veg out and completely recharge our batteries. In the old days, we used to head to Blockbuster Video a few days before Christmas and stock up on all the favorites. Now we "add them to our watch list"--a new-fangled term of our modern age.
If you're a book lover, you may have great intentions in the coming weeks to similarly tackle your reading list. While this has been a really good reading year for me, it still seems that my reading list grows like the mess in my house--one step forward and two steps back. Still, I plug away and make as much time as I can for reading and, like exercising, always feel completely satisfied for doing it.
When it comes to reading, I fought technology for a long time, swearing that I needed to hold a book, smell its pages, underline passages and feel the paper in my hand. I still love to do all that and continue to buy real books that I want sitting on my coffee table or that need to be held--some just do. But, as with many other things, I've accepted that you don't have to forsake one way to adopt another. You can have both. I started reading some books on my phone last year for convenience and loved having them accessible when, say, I was stuck in school car line, waiting for Lainey. This also works great for my ADD style of reading. I go from book to book to book and am frequently reading three books at a time.
So, fellow book lovers. Here's where I get to use another new-fangled term of the modern age: There's an app for that! Enter Oyster, a subscription based app that gives you access to unlimited ebooks for $9.95 a month. Think Netflix for books. Oyster features over half a million books in every genre from classics to new releases and everything from New York Time's Bestsellers and Oprah's picks to children's titles and more. New titles are added every day, and Oyster is accessible at any time on iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD and on the web.
Oyster has a fantastic children's chapter book selection --great for required reading lists at school, road trips (pack 10 books with no suitcase!), bedtime and homework.
You can also share and receive book recommendations from friends on the app,
Here's my recommendation.
I added a few Mary Oliver poetry books to my reading list (West Wind and Winter Hours) this morning as well as The Glass Castle (rereading), Brain on Fire and This Is Happening, a beautiful book of Instagram photos. That makes my current reading list about 32 books deep. Yikes.
And if you're looking for great last-minute gift ideas, you can give the gift of an Oyster subscription--anywhere from one month to a year.
Readers who sign up for Oyster using this link will receive their first 30 days free.
Read your little hearts out this holiday.
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