Reading on the Beach

Everyone loves to read on the beach, well everyone except my kids, Nina and Dan. You won’t see any pictures of them sitting around reading, they’re always too busy doing something else: fishing, digging, swimming, watching TV, texting anything but reading.

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Here are my non-readers…


Digging away.


Summer Reading #3

I really should change that to beach reading because there is no way I will keep up this pace the rest of the summer! I loved the last book I finished, Sister’s Choice by Emilie Richards. It was a much bigger (538 pgs) and meatier book than the other two.

It looked at the relationship between 2 sisters (how appropriate considering my last post) being a surrogate, quilting, a relationship with a sexy carpenter and living in a small town on an apple orchard. What’s not to love? Every time I read a book that includes quilting in the story line (and a lot of books do) it makes me want to start quilting this one even made me want to join a quilting bee.

Midway through the book it starts telling the story of Grandma Grace and how she ended up on the apple orchard. At first I wasn’t sure I liked the flashback since it was taking me away from the original story but it hooked me in too and I could wait for the next glimpse into the past.

Some parts were predictable, about 50 pages in I could guess how it was going to end but the journey there was worth the read. I plan on searching out more books by this author. This one was part of the Shenandoah Album series, while I’m not entirely sure what that means, I’m guessing its more books about the town where the story took place.

Summer Reading #2

The next book in my pile, Best Staged Plans, by Claire Cook was a small little wisp of a book that I started before I went to bed one night and finished when I woke up the next morning. It was definitely an easy read but I’m still not sure if I would recommend it. I think what caught my eye, beyond the cover, was that the main character, Sandy, is a home stager, I would love to be a home stager.

One other thing that I liked about the book was sometimes Sandy would tell stories and that sounded just like stories Paulita would tell. That made me laugh. But the strange part to the book was every now and then in the midst of the story Sandy would give the reader real advice on how to handle some type of situation. It seemed strange to me even though the advice was actually something that I wanted to remember (and now, of course can’t.)

Another thing that annoyed me at first but that i came to like was when Sandy spoke about the GPS as if it were another person. It seemed silly in the beginning of the book but by the end I kinda like it.

The story line was common and the ending was predictable but now that I think about it, the book was a fun, little, light summer read.

Summer Reading

Day 2 of vacation has come and gone and I have finished off my first book. Normally I plan ahead, putting books on hold at the library for the month leading up to vacation so I can get all the books that have been piling up on my to-read list. But this year I kept putting it off until the day before we were to leave, then I just headed into the library and chose books from the staff picks shelves, the new book area and the center tables, I’m not sure how books end up on those center tables. I had about 5 minutes to spend in the library so no thought went into the books beyond how captivating the front cover was. Yes, I am a person that judges a book by its cover.

I brought 8 books along figuring that some of them would most certainly be duds. The first one I started had the potential to be a good book but I seemed to lose it as soon as we entered the vacation house. I’m sure it will pop up on the last day of vacation. Which meant I had to move on to the next pick, The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton.

I really enjoyed this book,  I continually thought that both my mom and my good-friend, Paulita would also enjoy it. I think my mom would like how it followed the friendship of 5 women who were the same age as my mom in the late 60’s and through the 70’s. I think she would enjoy the way they were relating to our changing and sometimes volatile country. I imagine it may bring her back to that time and make her think about how those events shaped her life.

I think Paulita would enjoy the way the friendships grew out of the writing circle that the women spontaneously started. It follows their journey at improving their writing and attempting to become published. It develops a friendship that sharing the intimate details and your own insecurities can only do.

I liked it for all of that and because it was a fun summer read with an interesting twist at the end.