Have you missed me? I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the summer so much I forgot to keep this blog up to date. A number of you have responded to my poll a few months ago (thank you!) where I asked what this blog should focus on. After reading your responses, I’ve decided to focus on whatever sparks my interest – whether it be what I’m reading now, watching, or interesting places to travel to – I promise to update at least once a week. Instagram, too!
And now onto my favorite beach reads from this summer. This list is not the most comprehensive – several blogs are really preparing their readers for a summer/fall transition – for me, this list represents what I love about summer reading: The chance to escape and take a break from screen time and a stressful commute. I hope you enjoy it and please leave me comments below.
This was the list I started with at the end of June:
Something in the Water a debut novel by Catherine Steadman has gotten a lot of buzz this summer. Not to mention it was a Reese Witherspoon book club pick for June 2018. The story is a suspenseful and twisty thriller involving a young couple caught up in a dangerous cat-and-mouse game while on their honeymoon in Bora Bora. If you are looking for a read that you can’t put down even for a second, this is the book for you.
What is a summer without an Elin Hilderbrand book in one hand and a gin and tonic in the other? The Perfect Couple was the book I took to the beach with me this summer and it was the right mix of murder mystery/romance on the island of Nantucket. Confession: I am a huge fan of Elin’s books – I try to read her latest every summer. Kirkus Reviews actually sold me on this book however, they rated it a “buy” not “borrow,” and I agree. EH is a master at bringing you into her world of Nantucket glitz and glamour and most often, she will post about the locations she writes in her novels on her IG account. Don’t miss this one!
Last but not least is my surprise beach read of the summer, The High Season by Judy Blundell. I loved this book. I started reading it while vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard and it was delicious! The main character is a 40-something divorcee that has the bottom literally fall out from under her: She loses her home, her best friend and job all in one summer on Long Island. There are other bit part stories that happen all around her that are equally juicy under the backdrop of the gossipy world of art dealers and museum boards. The location is dreamy too and now I want to book my visit to North Fork on Long Island right away. Disclaimer: I had a tough time finding this book at my local bookstore (they had one copy left) so please check it out online and enjoy these last days of summer! Until next time — XO