We’re excited for our annual trip to California for the holidays, and we’ve already started packing. The only catch? I always end up bringing a bunch of books on vacation, and they weigh down my bags and break my back.

So, I was THRILLED to hear about the book app, Oyster. For $9.95/month, you can read half a million titles, from New York Times bestsellers to Oprah’s Book Club picks to children’s books to cookbooks. You can read them on your smartphone, iPad, Kindle, Nook—wherever you can get apps. It’s like Netflix for books.

These books would make great vacation reads:
The Glass Castle (one of my favorite memoirs)
Bobcat (gripping short stories)
Mansfield Park (a romantic classic)
Just Kids (I’ve been wanting to read this for ages)
This is Ridiculous This is Amazing (made me laugh out loud—a perfect plane read)

Once you choose a book, you can start reading it immediately. (And if you don’t like it, you can just try a different book.) Such a brilliant idea, don’t you think?

If you’re intrigued, get a 30-day free trial by signing up here. Thank you so much, Oyster!

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