I’ve determined that I am a beach bum. The beach is my happy place be it the height of summer or the dead of winter. There is something calming about the sound of the waves and sand between my toes. It is a place where I can “hear myself think”. Given the Zombie Apocalypse of 2020, I’m finding it to be my remote work refuge. A place to contemplate and work and, better yet, the view is amazing!
With the upcoming holiday, I am setting the week aside as vacation. It’s time for some pleasure reading, beach walking, and general out of office time. I’m packing the beach bag with goldfish for a snack, my kindle loaded with beach reads, my iPod with audiobooks and a playlist and I’ve ordered a case of sunscreen from Amazon.
2020 beach reading list (no reviews as I’m just set to start my reading binge)
- Feels Like Falling, Kristy Woodson Harvey
- Hello Summer, Mary Kay Andrews
- Chanel’s Rivera,Anne de Courcey
- Sex and Vanity, Kevin Kwan
- Drawing Home, Jamie Brenner
2020 audiobook playlist (no reviews as I’ve just started listening and walking)
- The Summer House, James Patterson
- The Mirror & the Light, Hilary Mantel
- Firing Point, Tom Clancy
- Resistance Women, Jennifer Chiaverini
- All the Ways We Said Goodbye, Beatriz Williams
- True Evil, Greg Iles
Packing list for the beach bag
- Sunscreen – 30 and 50. My go to is Coola but I couldn’t find the unscented this year so I’m opting for Supergoop.
- Beach towel – I’m still using monogrammed bath sheets I ordered from Neiman’s years ago but I keep eyeing the ones from Weezie. I love their makeup towels.
- Tech – iPod, kindle and AirPod Pro (the pro are amazing at noise reduction. I highly recommend)
- Cooler with drinks and a spray bottle of Evian to cool you down
It’s that time of year again! With Memorial Day as the unofficial start of summer I think of the beach, pool, and nights playing tennis. I also think of what I’m going to load to my kindle or iPod to “read” at the beach or pool. These are some of my recent favorite reads!
Kristy W. Harvey is my new favorite author. If you like Alice Monroe or Dorothy Benton Frank, you will love Harvey. Her Peachtree Bluff trilogy is can’t put down. I love the mix of the southern beach town with a hint of New York City thrown into the mix. The story of strong women facing and overcoming the challenges in their lives. Run, don’t walk to grab these for your beach bag.
I devoured the Discovery of Witches trilogy. It was different, fun, compelling and historical – even for someone who doesn’t run to stories of vampires, witches and demons. This is the latest. It is Marcus’ story and it does not disappoint. All my favorite characters are back in the mix, Diana, Matthew, Baldwin but the focus is on Marcus as Matthew’s son and his upcoming marriage.
If you enjoy that WWII suspense, espionage book, this and the Alice Network are books for you I “read” (listened) to both with the audible versions. I highly recommend the audible version for a long car trip (say to the beach!). The Alice Network is set in occupied France while the Huntress takes a slightly different turn moving back and forth between post war Boston, post war Austria, and the Eastern front. Both feature the work of brave women in the war. The Huntress takes an unusual turn by featuring a woman as a sought after Nazi war criminal.
If you’ve not found the Maisie Dobbs series yet, now is the time. The series began with Maisie in WWI and we’ve now progressed to WWII and the London blitz. The latest, The American Agent, provides wonderful insight into the beginning of WWII and America’s take on a new world war.
More recommendations to come! I think this is going to be a huge reading summer.