Beach Reading Recap 2019
I read two books while at the beach last week and started a third, Delicious! by Ruth Reichl. Normally I read more at the beach, but my mom and I were bound and determined to finish a puzzle from the Broadway musical Wicked that has plagued us the last two beach trips. Luckily, we finished it!
While we were there, I stopped at Sundog Books in Seaside, Florida. Sundog is my absolute favorite bookstore, and we went on a rainy Thursday, so it was packed. I picked up Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid and The Lola Quartet by Emily St. John Mandel. I was 94th in line (or something like that) for Daisy Jones at the library, so I grabbed a hard copy since I’ve heard nothing but great things about it. And because I loved Station Eleven, I decided to pick up one of her earlier novels. I am excited to read both of those. I also picked up a long sleeve shirt to add to my growing collection of Sundog shirts.
The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
“That’s what I love about reading: one tiny thing will interest you in a book, and that tiny thing will lead you onto another book, and another bit there will lead you onto a third book.”
This was one of the books I picked up at Sundog last August for my beach trip. Since it’s been on my shelf for a while, I decided to finally put it on my Summer TBR. It was the perfect read for the beach. It’s an epistolary novel, and while it’s been a while since I’ve read one of those, Guernsey was so easy to fall into the rhythm of all the letters. Like many other readers, I enjoy a good World War II novel, and while this takes place after the war, the war is a major plot point. Writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from Dawsey Adams, a Guernsey resident who found Juliet’s address in one of her old books. Thus begins a correspondence between Juliet and the residents of Guernsey. I adored the Guernsey islanders. They felt real, and I loved the story behind their literary society. I was excited to see the Netflix adaptation beforehand, but now I’m even more delighted to see it. I thoroughly enjoyed The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and cannot recommend it enough.
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
“I don’t think you have to do something so big to be brave. And it’s the little things that are harder anyway.”
I am quickly becoming a Morgan Matson completist; I now only have her latest book left to read, Save the Date. Since You’ve Been Gone is a delightful YA novel about two best friends and what happens when one leaves unexpectedly. Emily and Sloane have been inseparable for two years, and Emily is thrilled for their epic summer, until Sloane disappears without a word. All Emily has is a list of 13 things that Sloane left for her to do and experience. The summer looks very different than Emily expected, but she finds new friends and discovers more about herself and finds love. I’ve said this before, but I’m such a sucker for Matson’s love interests. The boys always bring it (see Clark from The Unexpected Everything, Henry from Second Chance Summer, and Roger from Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour). And Frank was no different; he was truly delightful. If you are looking for a light beach read, definitely pick up Since You’ve Been Gone or any Morgan Matson book.
What are your summer beach reads? If you’re still looking for one, you can’t go wrong with either one of these!