SUMMER READS | 5 books for my beach bag

best beach reads summer 2015

When I was a wee-little-tot, summers would be the perfect time to read all day long without having any other cares in the world. Now that I’m an adult (most of the time) I have other real life things to deal with during the summer…. like work.

My Goodreads “to-read” bookshelf is getting virtually stacked up to the brim with books I’ve come across that I want to read. This summer I’m not going to let my day job interfere with reading anything and everything I find appealing :)

Here are my first five books I want to tackle this summer, ideally on a beach with a cold drink in my hand and the boyfriend next to me!

Bad Monkey by Carl HiaasenBAD MONKEY by Carl Hiaasen

As you can see, this is still on my reading list, but I’m still dying to read it! I got the recommendation from my father and he is usually spot on with knowing what I will love to read.

Carl Hiaasen is back doing what he does best: spinning a wickedly funny, fiercely pointed tale in which the greedy, the corrupt, and the degraders of pristine land in Florida–now, in the Bahamas too–get their comeuppance in mordantly ingenious, diabolically entertaining fashion. (Goodreads)

Beautiful Ruins by Jess WalterBeautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

I know most people read this last summer when the book was all-the-rage, but I’m just now circling back to it. The book as been on my virtual and real bookshelf for far too long and needs a chance to transport me to the Italian coastline.

The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. (Goodreads)

The Nightingale by Kristin HannahThe Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Yes, this is a bit longer and heavier for a “beach read” but I still will be reading it :) Also, with a 4.54 rating on Goodreads, you know it will be good indeed!

FRANCE, 1939 – In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France…but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When France is overrun, Vianne is forced to take an enemy into her house, and suddenly her every move is watched; her life and her child’s life is at constant risk. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates around her, she must make one terrible choice after another. (Goodreads)

Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny ColganLittle Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

This book was recommended on Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Summer Reading Guide (her blog and reading guide are my new obsessions!) so basically I was instantly sold on reading it!

Polly Waterford is recovering from a toxic relationship. Unable to afford their flat, she has to move miles away from everyone, to a sleepy little seaside resort in Cornwall, where she lives alone above an abandoned shop. And so Polly takes out her frustrations on her favourite hobby: making bread. But what was previously a weekend diversion suddenly becomes far more important as she pours her emotions into kneading and pounding the dough, and each loaf becomes better and better. (Goodreads)

The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty
The Hypnotist's Love Story by Liane Moriarty

One of my bookclub friends gave this book 5 stars on Goodreads, and she is a tough critic. Aka I now have to read it. And, it takes place on a beach :) so it’s the perfect beach read.

Ellen O’Farrell is a professional hypnotherapist who works out of the eccentric beachfront home she inherited from her grandparents. It’s a nice life, except for her tumultuous relationship history. She’s stoic about it, but at this point, Ellen wouldn’t mind a lasting one. When she meets Patrick, she’s optimistic. He’s attractive, single, employed, and best of all, he seems to like her back. Then comes that dreaded moment: He thinks they should have a talk. (Goodreads)

What books will you be toting around in your beach bag (or pool bag if you live in DC like me) this summer?

14 thoughts on “SUMMER READS | 5 books for my beach bag

  1. Why is it that we read more in the summer!!! You’d think winter when we’re cozy and curled up would lead to more reading, but summer rolls around and I start my stack! Waiting for me are Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll and Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger. But I think I need to add the K. Hannah and Moriarty book!! Have a great Monday my dear!!!

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    • Amanda B. June 1, 2015 / 2:34 pm

      I know! I think during the winter I’m so focused on staying warm instead of reading haha I will have to check out the Jessica Knoll book! Looks really good :) Happy Monday!


  2. Jaime Shine June 1, 2015 / 4:09 pm

    Great suggestions! I bought Beautiful Ruins for a friend for Christmas last year and it’s been on my list ever since. Bad Monkey looks like a fun read too. Stephen King’s latest, Finders Keepers, is at the top of my list. SK may not qualify as summer reading for most, but he’s always on my list!

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    • Amanda B. June 1, 2015 / 4:30 pm

      SK is a great beach read! I personally think that as long as it’s an enjoyable book that keeps you engaged, then it counts as a perfect beach read :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Blondeofcarbs June 2, 2015 / 4:55 am

    Little beach street bakery sounds AMAZING definitely the sort of thing I am looking for the beach, thanks so much! xx

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  4. Jamie June 2, 2015 / 11:28 am

    Yay! I was just asking people for a list of good summer beach reads and you have just supplied my next Amazon order! : ) Thanks for sharing!!

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    • Amanda B. June 2, 2015 / 11:39 am

      So glad I could help! Let me know what you think of them :) Happy reading!


  5. NoJeansJulie June 3, 2015 / 9:15 am

    This came at a perfect time – I’ll definitely check them out before my holiday to Spain in three weeks! X

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    • Amanda B. June 3, 2015 / 11:32 am

      I’m so jealous you are going to Spain! I was there a few months ago and it was beautiful :) Let me know what book you end up taking with you!


  6. OhJade June 27, 2015 / 1:53 pm

    lately i also didn’t have much time to read books… and i’m soo looking forward to summer and reading all of the books that have been piling up beside my bed!
    i’m also going to visit dc in summer ;) looking forward to it! if you have some insider tips, that would be awesome! :)
    and btw – love your blog! thanks for stopping by mine :)
    you’ve got yourself a new follower ;)

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    • Amanda B. June 27, 2015 / 8:34 pm

      Thank you! You are so sweet :) DC will be very warm later in the summer, so plan accordingly. Make sure to bring comfortable walking shoes and come hungry! There are so many delicious restaurants :)

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  7. Sharon Stafford July 2, 2015 / 8:53 pm

    Our book club just read The Nightengale, we met today to discuss it and I think the discussion was as good as the book. I wouldn’t classify it as a beach read but one of the best books we’ve read, good choice.

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    • Amanda B. July 3, 2015 / 7:44 am

      I totally agree, not a standard beach read at all, but a great book nonetheless :) Glad you liked it too!


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