Biggest Flirt, Class Clown & Most Likely to Succeed: Announcing Oyster’s Superlative Winners

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To celebrate our first birthday, we asked readers to vote on superlatives for books, yearbook style. Thousands of you took to Twitter to cast your votes, and below are the results. But as the prom court stands on stage to wave and don plastic tiaras, it’s really you we’re applauding, Oyster readers. Thanks for being with us in our first year. Here’s to many more!

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1. Most Likely to Succeed: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

As Aristotle once said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” While excellence might have seemed sort of annoying to our angsty teenage selves, now we probably all wish we’d raised our hands in class a little bit more. Covey’s business classic will show you how to turn good acts into habits to become more successful in your career, relationships, and just about every other aspect of your life.

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2. Most Popular: The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow

The Girl Who Fell From the Sky has been the Seabiscuit/Airbud/Erin Brockovich of Oyster this year. Up against classic favorites like The Giver and The Perks of Being a Wallflower, this book still came out on top. This PEN/Bellwether Prize winner is debut novel from Heidi W. Durrowfellow New Yorker, former podcast host, corporate lawyer, and Life Skills trainer (and big reader on Oyster to boot). We see this underdog victory akin to that smart new gal from second period beating out the prom court incumbents. Sure, it might not have happened often in high school, but it would have been pretty cool if it did.

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3. Class Clown: Born Standing Up by Steve Martin

You might think of Steve Martin as everyone’s mom’s favorite comedian. But the YouTube spiral you’ll go on after reading this book might teach you thatwait a secondhe’s totally yours too. Paying frequent homage to his influences, from fellow comedians to magicians to lovers, this hardworking performer’s humility will show you that he’s much more than just the Class Clownhe’s also a great guy whose gags stand the test of time.

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4. Biggest Flirt: Sex and the City by Candace Bushnell

Carrie Bradshaw is perhaps the most iconic flirt in pop culture. From Big to Aiden to that snotty Russian artist guy, Carrie’s mastery of the coy head tilt and the see-through-shirt-and-colored-bra-look meant many men were at her fingertips. And if you’ve still only experienced Sex and the City on HBO, it’s high time you visit the original. We think Candace Bushnell’s sensation’s a shoo-in for Biggest Flirt, and clearly so do you.

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5. Most Artistic: John Lennon: The Life by Philip Norman

Here’s something to imaginethis member of the Fab Four walking the halls of your high school. Having a Beatle around could have been the difference in getting your band off the ground (or out of your mom’s basement). Be inspired by Philip Norman’s biography of John Lennonsaid to be the most revealing portrait of the artist to date.

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6. Drama Queen: Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler

Handler’s collection of essays is a self-deprecating homage to her ridiculous youth and the characters in it—including a dad who has her pretend to be his wife and a judgmental born-again sister. To win this superlative, she beat out a Real Housewife, Janice Dickinson, and Kanye WestKanye West, dear reader, the same man who once said, “I would never want a book’s autograph. I am a proud non-reader of books.” But we do want a book’s autograph. How do we get that?

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7. Most Athletic: Beckham by David Beckham

Whether you were a jock or a bench-warmer, Beckham still would have crushed you in sports (and probably stolen your girlfriend, too). We applaud this honest rags-to-riches autobiography by one of the most famous living athletes for a fair win. And while we’re on the subject of winning, your faithful editors would like to take a moment to award you that Varsity Reading trophy you never got. Where was that letter for your jacket back then?

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8. Life of the Party: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

This mainstay of high-school curriculum is something like the greatest book of all time. And the King of the Jazz Age didn’t just write a good party scene, he could make merry with the best of them. F. Scott and Zelda resembled something very close to Gatsby and Daisy in terms of drama, dance, and consumption of mint juleps. If they’d been friends of ours in high school, it’s safe to say we’d have been attending fewer basement keggers and more starlit soirees.

Kevin Nguyen Joins Oyster

A New Take on Editorial & Discovery

One of the original inspirations for starting Oyster was to reimagine bookstore browsing for a digital device. Paraphrased from my notes, shortly after starting Oyster with Andrew and Eric in late 2012: “The bookstore has endless shelves to browse, no barriers to sampling, and knowledgeable booksellers to give direct and personal recommendations. We want to put this experience in your pocket, everywhere you go.”

I’m proud that we offer a library of hundreds of thousands of titles, a platform of beautiful apps, creative discovery, expert curation across all genres, and best-in-class personalization. But we have just begun to connect the dots between our expansive library and the creation of our own editorial voice.

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The Best of Lois Lowry: 10 Classics from the Reigning Queen of YA

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Okay, so we admit the trailer looks pretty impressive, but while you’re standing in line to see yet another fabulous performance by Her Majesty Meryl Streep, we suggest refreshing your memory on why Lois Lowry’s classic dystopian YA novel became an international bestseller in the first place. Hey, you’re lucky you have memories! With 45 books to her name, it’s hard to pick just one favorite, so we’re bringing you our top 10 Lois Lowry titles instead. Consider your childhood revisited.

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It’s National Oyster Day — Win a dozen months of Oyster

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It’s National Oyster Day (really!). Just as oysters are enjoyed best by the dozen (with a squeeze of lemon and drop of mignonette sauce), books should be savored by the thousands.

To celebrate this wonderfully fake holiday, we’re giving away a dozen year-long subscriptions to Oyster.

Share #HappyOysterDay with us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram and we’ll select 12 of you as winners (and champion gourmands). Please just don’t squeeze lemon on your device.

And, because we love a good bluepoint almost as much as we love a good book, we’re sharing our favorite places to get oysters in New York. Bon appe
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30 Brand New Genres for You to Explore

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This is the latest in our regular series featuring some of our favorites on Oyster. And if you’re not on Oyster yet, join today and get a free month to read these books (and hundreds of thousands of others).

With over half a million great titles on Oyster, we don’t want you to ever feel lost in our library. That’s why we’re making it even easier to find your next favorite book, with 30 brand new genres to browse. Whether you’re a DIY fanatic, a Psychology buff, a Comics superfan, or a Lifestyle aficionado, we’ve got a genre just for you. Get started with our picks below. As your friendly virtual librarians, we promise never to shh you or make you surrender your snacks.

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Surf Oyster Like You Surf the Web

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Introducing the Oyster Web Reader

Picture this: it’s 80°F (no humidity!) and there isn’t a cloud in the sky. You’re at the beach, lounging with your favorite book and enjoying that delicate ocean breeze, and you don’t even have any sand in your shoes. It’s paradise! Somebody get you a piña colada!

See what you just did? You took yourself somewhere far away without even leaving your desk. Now you can do that with Oyster, too. We’re happy to share with you our brand new Web Reader, making it easier than ever to access Oyster’s library (and an endless escape through a world of books) right from your computer.

Let us show you how we made reading books on the web a seamless, fluid experience that’s designed uniquely for your browser.

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Hot Temps & Tempers: 11 Books from our Summer Vibes & Vices Collection

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This is the latest in our regular series featuring some of our favorites on Oyster. And if you’re not on Oyster yet, join today and get a free month to read these books (and hundreds of thousands of others).

If typical beach reads aren’t really your thing, we’ve still got you covered. These summer reads are more spiked than sweet. Indulge in the seedier side of the season with our favorite hot tempered page turners from Stephen King, Hunter S. Thompson, Neil Gaiman, and more. Because with summer vibes are sure to come summer vices.

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Revenge, Madness, Unrequited Love: 14 Books from Our Dark & Stormy Collection

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This is the latest in our regular series featuring some of our favorites on Oyster. And if you’re not on Oyster yet, join today and get a free month to read these books (and hundreds of thousands of others).

Psychosis, codependence, grief. Deviants, tempests, feuding lovers. We think the only thing better than a rum & ginger beer is sipping it while reading a Dark & Stormy book. Added bonus: unlike the rum, we bet you’ll never run out of pages.

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