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What to Read on a Beachy Vacation

SO! By the time you are reading this, I am in a wonderful place of warmth and sunshine that is about fifty degrees warmer than my usual spot in New England. My primary responsibilities are:

  • eat as many desserts as I can find
  • lounge in the sun
  • read to my heart’s content
  • apply sunscreen every hour

I think I can manage that. This is the first time I’ve ever been able to do a relaxing beach side vacation, as I tend to do more adventurous trips with lots of trains to catch and signs to try figuring out. So it’s also the first time I’ve had to consider what, exactly, will fit this beachy time to read for a week?

The Haul

Last weekend I did what any reader does and bought a lot of new books when I was already in the middle of reading five-ish books. My two picks are coming from that pile. This is partly to make sure I actually do read the books I just bought, but also because I won’t be that mad if they get sandy or wet or forgotten or something. If I truly had to give them up, I probably could. I’ve got a few books in mind for this trip!

The Girl On The Train

Yeah, I’m super late to this. I started to read it almost immediately when it came out via a librarian friend, but didn’t get far before I had to return it so actual patrons could check it out from their holds. I think having a mystery sort of read will suit the beach well. I can dive into a world of intrigue and lies, and then just pop back out into my sunny sandy reality if/when it gets a bit too intense. (I often need breaks from that stuff.)


This is probably a bit lesser known that the above book, and it was also originally published in 2004. Moloka’i by Alan Brennert is about a young girl in Hawai’i who develops leprosy and is sent away from the main villages. That’s pretty much all I know, and frankly, that is DEFINITELY enough to catch my interest. I love learning about things I have no insight into, and being sent to a leprosy colony in Hawai’i is definitely one of those (thankfully).

A Year of Biblical Womanhood

The actual full title is SUPER long: “A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband Master, by Rachel Held Evans.” Which, frankly, is probably enough to tell you about the book. I was completely delighted to find this book (which I have as a digital copy) because it sounds like the most perfect complement to one of my favorite books, The Year of Living Biblically by AJ Jacobs. I am really interested to see the female-side perspective of living the Bible’s commands completely and literally. Especially because so much of that sh*t is absolutely crazy. I also think the author is genuinely religious, so her insights might also have a more personal note to add some further depth to the experience.

And, of course, I always have a load of digital books on my Kindle should I ever need something else new. Backlist books, here I come! I’ve got 2015, 2012, and 2004 to travel back to! What kind of books would you take to the beach?


Reader, traveler, photographer, and always looking to learn!

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