5 Great Beach Books for Summer Reading
I just returned from family vacation this past week, and it was a glorious break from my online world. I disconnected from anything digital, even refusing to use an e-reader (my eyes needed a break from glowing screens with words on them) so I settled down with five books - the old fashioned kind that take up space in my bag and have physical pages. I loved every second of it - it's been a long time since I had several days to burn my nose in a book.
So, without further ado, here are my top 5 Beach Books!
For the Businessey Beach Babe check out "Delivering Happiness" - The book, written by Zappo's CEO Tony Hsieh, is about how an online shoe store (which no one said would work) became wildly successful, and their struggles along the way. "Delivering Happiness" is a very compelling book with an incredible peek inside a company with an exceptional corporate culture - and I literally couldn't put it down - I finished it in one day.
For the Culturally Chic check out "Talk To The Snail: Ten Commandments for Understanding the French". Written by one of my favorite authors, Stephen Clarke, this book is a witty insight into what life is really like when you live in France. A great little foray into all of the nuiances of the culture that will often have you guffawing out loud (or is that just me?) - I finished Clarke's book just in time to see the embarassing "France in the World Cup" fiasco, and couldn't help but feel like so many of the points in the book suddenly rang true. A fun, easy read!
For the Girlfriend Getaway beach-loving types, try "Cocktails for Three" by Madeline Wickham. An easy read about three friends who are all leading very different lives while still being intertwined with each other. If you've ever read any of the "Shopaholic" books by Sophie Kinsella, you'll love books by Madeline Wickham - because they are one and the same! I flew through this fun book in less than 24 hours. Great read. (Bonus: you can read "Cocktails For Three" online thanks to Google Books - for free!)
For the Vampire Chick-Lit Lovers, check out "The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner" - a novella meant to supplement "Eclipse" - the 3rd book in the Twilight Saga. (I'm sure it's NO coincidence that it comes out RIGHT before the movie, right?) This novella follows the character of "newborn" Bree Tanner, whom we briefly meet in "Eclipse," and gives us a more complete view of the story. Fans of the series will love the extra sneak peek into the vampire world and will especially enjoy the end of the book, where Bree Tanner's story coincides with the Cullens.
And lastly, for any woman who enjoys writing, no matter if it's writing letters, books, or blog posts, check out Anne Lamott's "Bird By Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life." Writing a book about writing can't be easy, but Lamott does it with grace, wit, and emotion. This book left me feeling completely inspired to tackle the world (or at least that blog post that I had been putting off) and it moved me to tears on more than one occasion. Honestly, even if you don't like to write, you should still read this book. Excellent, and my favorite read of the summer.
So there you have it, a nice list of business, vampire, inspiring, cultural, girly books for you to take with you to the beach. I like to think this list has a little something for everyone. Enjoy!