There was a little bit of confusion last week when this post went up when I had scheduled to write and post it for the next week. WordPress gliched and posted this without any text (eep!), but here I am! Back again! I’m sorry about that, everyone!
My goal every summer is to find the best, quickest beach read. As a literature major, I spend all school year reading classic novels and poetry. So, when I’m on vacation, I want a breezy read I can chomp through in one day on the beach. I’ve found a few titles I’ve been loving, so I thought I would share them with you!
The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks
This was the first book I picked up for the summer. A sequel to The Notebook, it is narrated by Allie and Noah’s son in law,Wilson. The book chronicles Wilson’s efforts to romance his wife, Jane, again after forgetting his 29th anniversary. I thought it was a sweet read. In my opinion, it was exactly what you would expect a Sparks novel to be: sappy, dramatic, with a happy ending. Overall? I thought it was a delightful story for the plane ride to California.
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
This book was fascinating. I picked this up at the beach after all the ladies on The Sassy Club’s Facebook page were raving about it. They were so right. I couldn’t put this book down. The main character, Alice, suffers from amnesia, and loses ten years of memory. She goes from being a married 29 year old pregnant woman to a soon-to-be-divorced 39 year old mom of three. As she discovers the realities of the past ten years, I was completely sucked into her story. I feel like everyone has been raving about Liane Moriarty lately, but there is good reason for the buzz. Her writing style is completely engrossing. I think I’m going to pick up Big Little Lies next!
Any book by Elin Hilderbrand
I found her book Beautiful Day for free at a public library when I visited California, and read most of it on the plane back home. I’ve since picked up a couple more of her books at the library near my house, and I’ve enjoyed each one I’ve read so far. She has written so many novels, and with no end in sight, she always has a new release you can pick up and read.
A Cat in the Stacks mystery series by Miranda James
I started the first novel, Murder Past Due, and though I’m not too far, I think that the story so far is gripping! The main character is a librarian, and so of course, as the daughter of two librarians, this is an interesting pick. Both of my parents have actually been reading this series this summer, and introduced me to the books. I know they have been enjoying these books, so they’re librarian recommended as well haha 🙂 If you like a good mystery to read on the beach, as opposed to a romance, I would recommend this series!
These are three of my recommendations, but I have been posting on Instagram a lot of my picks, as well! I try to take bi-weekly trips to my public library, and I’ve been finding lots of good stuff there as well. As the daughter of librarians, I feel I must also say… Remember, save your money and visit your local library for your next beach read!