My Summer Reading List {Oyster}

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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This post is sponsored by Oyster.

Good morning!

Summer is just around the corner, right? Right?! Man, after the winter we had here in New England, I am more than ready for warm weather and all the things that go along with summer, like sunshine, vacation, and just, well, being outside and relaxing. I think all of us in the Northeast had a bit of cabin fever this winter. Anyway, I’m still loving Oyster, and it’s my favorite way (besides wine) to relax at the end of a long day. I read almost every night before bed and, recently, if I’m not reading a book, I’m using Oyster to browse various half marathon training plans. After finishing Boston, I’m motivated more than ever to run another race.

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If you missed my first review of Oyster, you can read it here. If you’re still thinking about trying it, YOU SHOULD! And you can try Oyster Unlimited for FREE for your first 30 days. Just use this link to sign up!

If you’re unfamiliar with Oyster, here’s what it’s all about”¦

In a nutshell, Oyster is my favorite way to read. It’s an app for discovering and reading books on your smartphone, tablet, or web browser. When you subscribe to Oyster Unlimited, you get access to over 1 million books for just $9.95 a month. They have everything from classics to new releases to New York Time’s Best Sellers and to award winners. It’s like Netflix for books! Once you decide on a title, you get the book immediately and you can read offline.

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What I love most about Oyster is that it gives you spot-on recommendations based on what you read. (You can also share and receive book recommendations from friends through the app.) I have found so many great titles this way. Right now, I am really into running books and have a whole bunch in my reading list that I want to check out.

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Another favorite is the ”˜Health‘ section of Oyster, which is organized into specific categories, so you can browse just about any subject you are interested in, including running, healthy pregnancy, food & nutrition, and so much more.


You can even search by specific words (i.e. ulcerative colitis, IBD, Paleo) to find exactly what you are looking for. When it comes to IBD stuff, for example, it’s awesome having access to so many books because I can just flip through and see if they will be helpful or not. I hate it when I think a book is going to be amazing and solve all my health problems, but then I get it and it’s not at all what I expected. Same goes for IBD- and autoimmune-specific cookbooks. I’ve purchased so many over the years that end up being just so-so, but, with Oyster, you can literally browse through cookbooks, pick and choose the recipes that you want to try, and not waste your money. Love that.

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Ok, here’s a new Oyster feature: Now they offer a store where you have access to even more books. The store allows readers, including non-subscribers, to purchase and read virtually any ebook on Oyster, including all new releases and pre-orders. If you want to read a book not included in your Oyster Unlimited subscription, it’s no problem at all. You can buy any book and read it on the Oyster app in seconds and the books you purchase are yours forever. How cool is that?

When it comes to discovering new books, there is so much value in having everything in one place. You might discover a new author you love, which leads you to buy their new release. Similarly, you might buy a new book you heard about from a friend, and based on that book find a similar book you’d love that is available in subscription. It’s a really neat feature.


A couple of frequently asked questions about Oyster Unlimited and the store:

What do I get with an Oyster Unlimited subscription?

For just $9.95 a month, you get unlimited access to over 1 million books. Pick up or put down as many books as you want for one low price. Cancel anytime. You can try it for free.

Can I buy a book without subscribing to Oyster Unlimited?

Yes! Buy any book in our store and read it on Oyster in seconds. You can download books to our app and read offline or on the web. Browse the store.

Ok, so I got a little carried away with my explanation (I just really love Oyster), but now let’s talk about summer reading. Lately, I’m into running books, but I also love funny books, especially autobiographies, self-improvement books, healthy cookbooks, and anything related to IBD and autoimmune diseases. That said, here’s a HUGE list of books I’m hoping to tackle in the coming months!






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Questions of the Day

What kind of books are you into lately?

What books are on your summer reading list?



  1. Thank you for this, I meant to sign up and blanked. But an app for books is perfect for summer with travel and beach time. Lately I’ve been reading mysteries and autobiographies.

  2. I am currently listening to Yes, Please by Amy Poehler on audiobook. It is hilarious! I originally bought the book but decided I wanted to hear her voice and she is so funny reading it!

    I also love anything by Liane Moriarity. I’ve read all her books. So good!

    And I just finished Still Alice, which is great!

  3. Wow, Oyster has great features! I’ve never used an e-reader, or anything like it before, but I like how organized Oyster is. I read a lot of different books and magazines, so it sounds like it would be an easy way to keep all of my reading material in one complete place.

  4. my books are more like good night moon, brown bear brown bear, little blue truck…. lol no, but i do hope to read this summer more than i have been! i really like fiction stories

  5. I have been reading memoi rd about hiking, like Wild by Cheryl Strayed, since going to Yosemite a couple weeks ago. Since I’m a librarian, I get all of my books for free from the library or from the library’s OverDrive app. Not as many choices maybe, and not instantaneous, but free!

  6. I was JUST suggesting to my cousin the other day the 4 hour work week. It’s one I’ve wanted to read for a while right now! Id definitely be adding more Liane Moriarty books to my account because I’ve been loving her lately! My next book that I’m reading (just started yesterday) is ‘Getting Things Done’ by David Allen!

  7. I just finished A House in the Sky and loved it! You should definitely check it out. Kind of a heavy read, but really inspiring.

  8. How does Oyster pay the authors? Are you essentially “buying” the book as part of your monthly fee? As an author yourself, how do you feel about your book being accessible by anyone for that small fee?

  9. I am looking to get into reading again. I take the bus to work and spent most of that time reading, but recently I experienced some motion sickness when I read. It’s been just over a year and I’ve noticed I’ve become quite addicted to my iphone!!! So in my attempt to lesson the on line time I picked a sluffy romance and began reading one morning. To my surprise “not motion sickness” this is a great discovery on my part again.

    I love reading and am looking forward to checking out Oyster! Thanks Tina – always a helpful hint in your blogs somewhere 🙂

  10. I LOVED the Mindy Kaling book!! I have really been enjoying funny autobiographies and self-help books, as well as books by Liane Moriarty. And I always love cookbooks, of course 🙂 I can’t wait until the summer, when I’ll have more time to read!

  11. I have heard nothing but good things about Oyster, but I’m an old school reader and I can’t read things on a tablet. I need to have the actual book in my hand and see how much further I have to go, etc. I almost wish I didn’t like actual books bc it would save me a lot of money!

  12. +1 for Mindy Kaling. I read her book a few Christmases ago, and when I was nearing the end of her book, I rationed the pages so that it would last as long as possible. THAT good.

  13. I just finished reading American Sniper and next up is Strong Mothers Strong Sons by Meg Meeker.

    My library has e-library available so I am able to use my library acct and get books on my kindle for a “loan” period. Has totally been worth it!

  14. I don’t know what it is about the summer, but I always pick up my reading habit right then! I sort of blame it on the fact that I used to always go to the library in summers and pack up my backpack with all sorts of books – maybe it’s a habit I quite haven’t dropped yet

  15. Mindy Kaling’s book is just as hilarious as she is on TV!
    Also, I am super surprised and stoked to see My Booky Wook on there; most people don’t ‘get’ Russell Brand! My Booky Wook was probably one of the best autobiographies I have ever read. He has had an insanely interesting life and his a hilarious story teller. It is hauntingly good.

    On my reading list this summer: rereading Mirror, Mirror Off The Wall. Another autobiography type of book written by a woman who decided to go one year without looking in a mirror to internally explore her body image issues. Always a nice reminder to not put too much emphasis on my appearance 🙂

    Have a great weekend!!

    1. @Michelle:
      I thought it was Friday so I said “Have a good weekend!”…. then I had the sad realization that it is in fact Wednesday! Sorry!

  16. I am super impressed by your reading list! I loved to read, but it takes me a few weeks usually to finish a book. I do like nonfiction,but I tend to lean more toward fiction. I would like to read that Mindy Kaling book though.

  17. This is a great list! I am into fun reads this summer and I have started already. I recommend J Morgan McGrady’s It’s a Ball. The funniest book I have read in a while, she’s a kick! is her site. Even that is funny. I highly recommend it!

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