Hello love beans! August is finally upon us, which means that (sadly) summer is on the brink of drawing to a close. The final few weeks of sunshine filled free time mean it’s also time to cram in those last few trips down to the ocean, out to the pool, or up to the lake. I’ve been in the beachiest of moods in terms of my reading selections recently, so I figured I’d hop over to the blog and share a few of my favorite oceanside reads!
The Husband’s Secret
Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. . . .
This is an excellent choice for the plot twist, thrill seeking, puzzle junkies. It’s less of a mystery, more of a interlocking web of lies and deception. It’s a quick read that keeps you on your toes and sucks you into the black hole of trying to figure out the twist before Moriarty lays it out for you. This read got 3.5 stars from me because it left me feeling a little bit helplessly deranged, which speaks volumes to Moriarty’s writing ability and my ability to get sucked into characters.
Wanting Mr. Cane
When we first met, she was just a kid – my best friend’s daughter. A sweet, young girl with a big heart. But now, she’s a young woman who knows what she wants, and all she wants is me.
Shanora has essentially written the perfect romance for curling up on the beach, grabbing a glass of champagne, and letting the forbidden romance, sunshine-y vibes wash over you and romance you into tomorrow. This isn’t a Balance situation — everyone is legal, opinionated, and totally in the realm of allowable legality. Of course, that doesn’t make the sexy times any less delectable. *wink wink*
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State — and she would do it alone.
Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.
For the lovers of real life, feel good, inspirational women, Wild is a good one to pull out and live through — definitely one of the cases of healing for one becoming healing for many. Also, I’m not much of a hiker myself, but I enjoy reading about other people that are that ALMOST make me think I could do something this cool.
The Little Prince
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Moral allegory and spiritual autobiography, The Little Prince is the most translated book in the French language. With a timeless charm it tells the story of a little boy who leaves the safety of his own tiny planet to travel the universe, learning the vagaries of adult behaviour through a series of extraordinary encounters. His personal odyssey culminates in a voyage to Earth and further adventures.
Lovelies, you KNEW this was going to pop up. This short lil’ book is disguised as a book for children that actually targets adults. It’s less than 100 pages, everything in it is quotable, and it has the most delightful cast of whimsical characters that I’ve ever known.
Oh, also you’ll be a better person.
I hope your beach days are full of sunshine, laughter, and a few bottles of champagne! Here’s to summer rounding out with the best of memories. Happy Wednesday, bbies !