Is it too soon to start thinking about summer beach reads? I don’t think so. It’s finally starting to warm up and there is nothing wrong with a little planning ahead. Here are some of my picks that your beach tote might enjoy carrying around this summer:
If you like a good laugh while you are soaking in the rays:
I’ll Have What She’s Having: MY Adventures in Celebrity Dieting by Rebecca Harrington. A hilarious take on certain celebrity diets. She has a great sense of humor and real can-do attitude all while having to spread peanut butter on a steak.
Right-Ho Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse. Actually anything by P.G. Wodehouse works, this one just happens to have some of my favorite stories in it.
Fox Tossing: and Other Forgotten and Dangerous Sports, Pastimes, and Games by Edward Brooke-Hitching. A quirky collection of ridiculous activities that could never survive the test of time. What more could you ask for? An author with a double barreled last name to boot. You’re welcome.
Mystery & Suspense:
The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro. Enter the art world like you have never known it. I particularly enjoyed reading about the techniques employed in creating a realistic forgery.
The Villa in Italy by Elizabeth Edmondson. Imagine yourself hunting down a will that names you as a beneficiary and when you’re not doing that basking in the sun in an Italian villa. Stressful I know…
If Bridget Jones is more your style:
The Hive by Gill Hornby. A delightful take on Queen Bees and the pecking order for school mums.
Need someone to root for? Try these:
The Seafront Tearoom by Vanessa Greene. Relax, be amused, make a cup of (iced) tea. Repeat.
Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan. Live vicariously through Polly who takes a risk and moves to a remote seaside island to pursue her baking dreams.
Is YA more your thing? A new release is heading your way this summer:
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts 1 & 2. I know it is the script book for the West End play but who could turn that down? You can read my full review on this new Harry Potter book here.
Non-fiction I can’t resist:
The Rainbow Comes and Goes by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt. A year-long correspondence between Anderson Cooper and his mother Gloria Vanderbilt about their lives so far, tragedies and triumphs and what they still want to learn from each other. Yes, please.