I learned to read at a young age, and I’ve always loved it. I have fond memories of spending hot summer days in the cool public library with my mom and siblings, participating in reading programs and scanning the shelves for my next read.
Over the years, my preferences evolved from picture books to short stories to teen romance novels and more, but my love for reading never wavered – until college. My freshman year of college overwhelmed me with textbook readings and research for essays and projects. I didn’t make time for leisure reading, and the pattern continued through my sophomore, junior, and senior years. Now, as I head into my 5th year of college (I changed my major late in my sophomore year and transferred schools after my junior year… wouldn’t recommend it) I’ve promised myself I’ll regain my love for reading this summer (and writing, but that’s a story for another time).
In an effort to regain my love for reading (which, I’ll note, has so far been successful), I joined a blogger book club (and I’m loving it! Anyone is welcome to join – see details here) and got an iPad which I use mostly as an e-reader. I’ve purchased a handful of books on iBooks, but most recently, I’ve stumbled across an app that has the potential to be a game-changer: Oyster.
Oyster, the “Netflix for books”, currently offers over 500,000 titles and is available for download on Apple iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire devices at the low price of $9.95/month. Oyster is even available on the web for those who don’t have a mobile device (a perk not offered by iBooks). Now, the reason I say it has potential is because I haven’t been able to find every book I’m looking for on the app (notably, the books for my book club). But, as Oyster notes, they are ever expanding the collection.
The best part? You can try it free for 30 days, AND get $15 worth of subscription credit for participating through my referral link!
Here’s 10 books on my current Oyster reading list, followed by their retail price on iBooks:
- I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This by Kate White ($10.99)
- Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler ($5.99)
- Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits by Debbie Millman ($28.99)
- Wicked by Gregory Maguire ($4.99)
- Skinny Bitch by Kim Barnouin ($9.99)
- The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin ($7.99)
- A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard ($7.99)
- The Giver by Lois Lowry ($9.99)
- The Job Proposal by Wendy Chen ($4.99)
- Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter ($5.99)
That’s nearly $100 worth of books! Give Oyster a chance, and tell me what you think in the comments below!