My Beach Picks

Linking up today with The Broke and The Bookish for their Top Ten Tuesday.

I have two big vacation related reading opportunities this summer. I’ll be on a plane to Chicago in a few weeks and then we will be at the beach for a few days with my family. Now truthfully, when my fam is at the beach, we are more play in the ocean people than lay on the sand people. However, there will still be time for reading.

These are my top recommendations for beach and vacation reads. Some are serious and some are fun. I like having a mix because I never know what kind of mood I’m going to be in. These books are pretty representational of what I like to read- it’s really just a mix of everything.

1. Hissy Fit by Mary Kay Andrews– Really, anything by MKA is perfect for the beach, but I’m partial to this one because it’s set near my hometown. Light-hearted, easy to read, sweet, and funny.

2. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling– I’m total obsessive fan-girling Mindy right now. Her biography of how she made it to Hollywood is hilarious and fascinating and if you haven’t watched her Harvard speech, you are missing out.

3. Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple– A really different and interesting book. Our entire book club loved it and we are notorious for having a few of us hate the book. So that says a lot. But it was very fascinating to see how a woman can tend to lose herself in life. If you haven’t read it yet, I highly encourage you to pick it up.

4. Unraveled by Heidi McCahan– This romance set against the backdrop of Alaska is a perfect beach read. The pages almost keep turning themselves with wanting to know what happened.

5. Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller– It’s been a few years since I’ve picked this one up, but the last time I read it was at the beach, which is one of the reasons why it’s listed here. A fascinating look at how God is all around us and envelops us. I love Donald Miller’s writing.

6. South of Broad by Pat Conroy– It’s no secret around here that I’m a Conroy fan. And this is my favorite book of his. I love the story of friendship and the twists and turns. I do have to give myself a break in between them to recover. But I think it may be time for me to grab a new one.

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