Summer Beach Read Recommendations
It’s beach season and that means it’s time to choose the books you’d like to read while you’re hanging out by the pool or relaxing under a nice, big umbrella in the sand. While I spend most of my summer water time at a fresh water lake, I still enjoy a good “beach read” from time to time. Here are my top five recommendations.
1. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert – When my book club chose this memoir, I told myself that I would not read it. For weeks it sat on my bedside stand. I believed that I was so settled in my own life and comfortable in my work, family, and faith that there was no reason to read Elizabeth Gilbert’s journey to find what she wants in life. Once I began reading it, I simply devoured it, feeling the entire time as though the author was speaking directly to me, telling me her story over a nice meal and a glass of wine. This book is not to be missed!
2. Without Reservations by Alice Steinbach – This book feels very similar to Eat, Pray, Love, only it takes place twenty years later in the author’s life. Baltimore Sun columnist Alice Steinbach decides that with her children grown and her cats and plants able to be cared for by friends, it is time to take a sabbatical and travel Europe in search of her previous self. The tone of this book is far lighter than Eat, Pray, Love, but also very enjoyable.
3. The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory - While many of Gregory’s readers began their journey with her writing by reading her wildly popular The Other Boleyn Girl, The Constant Princess actually takes the reader back to where it all began, with Henry VIII’s first wife. As a historical fiction fan, I found the entire Tudor series from Gregory to be mesmerizing, but offer this book up as a perfect place to start your own journey.
4. When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris – It took just one page of David Sedaris’ snarky, bitter, and hilariously clever writing to make me a fan for life. When You Are Engulfed in Flames is his latest collection of personal essays, and each one is more entertaining than the last. One important note: Sedaris’ dark humor is not for everyone. Before grabbing this book to take along to the beach, peruse a chapter or two to make sure it meets your taste.
5. The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer – As a former English teacher who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Literature, it took some time for me to admit that I am, indeed, a twihard, but the fact is that I absolutely adore all four of the books in the Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer. If you are planning a long beach vacation, you may want to pack all of the books because once you finish one, you will want to dive into the next one as quickly as possible.