One of the activities I look forward to every year is our vacation to the beach. For many years North Carolina has been our family’s favorite destination. Most of my family love the water, the sun, the lazy days and great food that everyone prepares. I in particular love the carefree timelessness I get to spend with my spouse and loved ones especially my grandchildren. But one of my favorite things back then and still is today is taking a book I’ve been longing to read and spending the day immersing myself in it. Getting lost in the pages of one of my favorite authors is sheer delight. For years it was a long standing tradition that my girls and I would save a Mary Higgins Clark classic and read it there. Then as time went by we would try to select one of the latest best sellers and start it before we traveled so we could save the best parts for the beach. (We take our reading serious in our family).
So needless to say one of my second favorite things to do is to walk the beach nosily and peek at what other people are reading. The vast majority of people who are not monitoring little children’s safety usually have a book in their hands. I often wonder are people regular readers or are they taking the time to read that one book a year. In any case I love to see what people are reading. In years past the trends were the vampire books, then the many shades of grey books, the Harry Potter books sprinkled with the usual spy and mystery novels. When I see someone reading something I read and loved I usually try to start up a conversation about the book. (I know, I’m one of those annoying people that interrupt reading to discuss a book), but I love to talk about a favorite author or book. It keeps a good story alive a little while longer and it’s similar to networking. Usually someone who is open to discussing a book will tell you about other novels they have read and enjoyed and vice versa. That’s the beauty of summer or vacation reading and why I enjoy it so much.
So where am I going with this. I wanted to give a few suggestion for summer reading in case you have not read these authors or the following books. Oh, and just for the record, you don’t need a beach, a community pool or a yearly vacation to get away from it all. A porch, a yard, a balcony or a community park is all you need to enjoy a good book. With a great read, a nice glass of wine or beverage of your choice a mini vacation is just moments away. That being said, I hope you enjoy some of these suggestions and take the time to get away from it all, even if it’s just for a moment. All the following suggestion are a mix of old and new and can be found on Amazon, B&N and your local library.
Winter Garden or The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Defiance – A.L. Sowards
A Cry in the Night or Remember Me by Mary Higgins Clark
Before We Were Yours or A Month of Summer by Lisa Wingate
The Beach House or The Book Club by Mary Alice Monroe
Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
The One Man by Andrew Gross
The Witnesses by Robert Whitlow
These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly
The Art of Mending by Elizabeth Berg
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Where The Heart Is by Billie Letts
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