Growing up, I was the kid that my parents couldn’t afford to keep in books. I read everything in the age appropriate section of the library during one summer reading program and they ran out of prizes to award me. I crave turning the pages and escaping into the world that books bring me to. Don’t you dare suggest I purchase those new-fangled hoodoo kindles, you whippersnappers.
I dive so deeply into books when I get my hands on them that I tend to ignore everyone and everything else. Especially my poor husband, who does not like to read with the same fervor I do. He literally gets jealous of books. Ahem. Because I’m a good wife and I’d like to stay married, I’ve cut back severely on the number of books I consume in a year. Just kidding, it’s really because I can’t find the spare time I need to ignore my obligations for three days so I can finish that page turner. Love you, honey.
What this has done is forced me to take full advantage of the week we spend at the beach each year with my in-laws. They like to drink, swim in the Gulf and play corn hole for hours. I … sleep late and keep my sunburn-prone behind in a chair under a tent and read as many books as humanly possible in six days. Not now kids, mom is reading.
So here are this year’s five beach books and why you should read them.
A Walk In the Woods by Bill Bryson
Bill gets the idea that he will hike the Appalachian Trail and brings along an old friend … which maybe isn’t the best idea. He brilliantly weaves comedy in with the natural history of the Appalachian Trail and its place in American History. It didn’t end like I thought it would.
Sarah’s Key by Tatiana Du Rosenay
Go to Costco and get the biggest box of tissues you can find. I have read a LOT of WWII fiction but this one gutted me in a way I never expected. The writing is beautiful and the story is captivating.
City of Thieves by David Benioff
I don’t remember how this one ended up on my list, but when I realized that the author was the same guy who writes Game of Thrones, I knew I needed to read it. It was a fast read with a heartwarming ending that I didn’t see coming.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
This book is gaining momentum, especially among teachers. It’s a powerful fictional account of current events involving a police-involved shooting and how it affects the main character and her community.
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
Lady mathematicians get men to the moon in spite of all of the roadblocks put in front of them in the midst of the civil rights movement. I found myself cheering for them even when I already knew what happened.