beach reads

Here are the books I’m packing for the beach. They are wrapped in the thin paper bag that they were slipped into just after I purchased them. We still have sunscreen to purchase, and a rental car to book, and a few dozen other things to do before we leave. But the books are ready, so I’m ready.


I’ve been reading so much non-fiction lately, on tough, tough subjects, that I really wanted (needed) a good reading vacation. So I’m excited. I’ve used my library card more this year to date than I can remember doing inΒ a long time. I still love to buy books, and I like to take my own books to the beach (and pass them on to my parents when I’m done), but it’s also nice to stop at the branch library near my house every couple of weeks and pick up the reserved copies they are holding for me. I used to write down book titles on post-it notes after hearing author discussions or book reviews on NPR. Now I just put them directly on my reserve list. It’s lovely.

I promise a good post (or two) on what I have been reading soon. Always, always happy to hear your reading list as well.

6 Responses to beach reads

  1. Please put Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk on your reading list. It’s being marketed as a YA, but it is for all ages (all your younger would be too young). I’ve met Lauren and two of my colleagues are in her writing group and are thanked in the book πŸ™‚ Also, I highly recommend Echo by Pamela Munoz Ryan, which is also YA, but again, I loved it. I would play the audio with the carpool gang in the morning and all the kids were hooked. I loved both of these so much that I purchased them after borrowing from the library. Enjoy the beach!

    • You rock. On the list. Just the post-it list, ’cause I’m shutting down my machine right now for the weekend!!!! πŸ™‚

      • Oh good! I do hope you enjoy. (And I just realized that my “although your younger would be too young” auto corrected to “all your younger”.

  2. I am nervous to read The Girls. Sometimes I’m such a wimp about intense plot lines and culnerable characters.

    Isn’t Sittenfield a St Louis writer? That one sounds like a perfect beach read to me!

    Enjoy the sand and sun!

  3. I read Eligible while sitting on the beach in Michigan a few weekends ago and it was definitely a good, fluffy beach read. It made me appreciate the original Pride & Prejudice even more as some of the parallels were a little far fetched in this retelling – highly entertaining though! I have The Girls on my list as well as Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler, Miller’s Valley by Anna Quindlen and Rich & Pretty by Ruaan Alam. So many books, so little time!

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