Reading is as necessary as breathing for me. It’s been a part of who I am since I was young girl being carried away into other worlds while holed up in my bedroom while everyone else played outside. (Before Summer beach reads were a thing.) I became fascinated with words and storytelling. This is where the seed to be a writer was planted.
But, I quit reading.
I knew that if I sat down with a good book, I was likely to read the day or night away. For some reason, I didn’t see that as an option. Somewhere along the way, my life became all work and little to no play. I know it has to do with a warped view of productivity. Even though I know rest is indeed productive, I struggle with letting myself “play” when there’s a new blog post to write, clean laundry to put way, dirty dishes piled in the sink, or errands to run. Thankfully, I’m not only learning to play again, but also learning what play looks like for me. This Summer it looks like letting myself get lost these Summer beach reads.
5 Cool Summer Beach Reads
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- Sandover Beach Week: A Christian Beach Romance (Sandover Island Sweet Romance Book 1) by Emma St. Clair– A book that draws me in from the beginning is such a treat. I’m only two chapters into Sandover Beach Week, and I already want to know why is Emily so guarded. I also started rooting for Jimmy as soon as he was introduced. I can’t wait to see how this story unfolds.
- Sandover Beach Melodies: A Christian Beach Romance by Emma St. Clair – The second book in the Sandover Island Sweet Romance series just released this week. I already bought my copy (it’s on sale for .99) because I fully expect to want to dive right into it after I finish Sandover Beach Week.
I’ll let you in on a little secret…
Emma St. Clair is the pen name of one my favorite people who happens to be a colleague and friend. We’ve spent time together in real life, and she’s such a breath of fresh air. You can sense her sincere, wise, and caring nature, even in a romance novel. In fact, when we were chatting the other day, she offered to giveaway three copies of Sandover Beach Week. Just leave a recommendation for a book I can add to my Summer reading list in the comments below, and you’ll be entered to win.
3. Lies and Other Acts of Love by Kristy Harvey
4. Slightly South of Simple by Kristy Harvey
Kristy is a fellow blogger I’ve know online for several years now. I actually had the privilege of reading an advanced copy of her first book, Dear Carolina, which I really enjoyed. So much so, I emailed her to ask if there was going to be a sequel. There wasn’t a sequel, but about a year later, Kristy published, Lies and Other Acts of Love, and it’s been on my ‘books to read’ list ever since. So, I’m adding it to my Summer reading list along with, Slightly South of Simple, the first book in the Peachtree Bluff series. If the south fascinates you as much as it does me, you’ll want to add these books to your Kindle library, too.
5. Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
I just gave in and added HBO to our Hulu account because of Liane Moriarty. After reading The Husband’s Secret, What Alice Forgot and especially Big Little Lies, I was hooked on Liane’s suspenseful storytelling. I’m picking back up with Truly Madly Guilty, but any of these books would be a great Summer read. If you love her books as much as I do, you’ll devour them.
I’m intentionally leaving my summer reading list short so I can get lost in these authors’ words, picturing the story playing out like a movie, just like when I was a girl. It feels really good to make room for something so essential to my being.
What gives you breath?
See you in class,
p.s. I’ve also left room in my list for your suggestions. Leave your book recommendation in the comment section below for a chance to win a copy of Sandover Beach Week. The three winners will be notified via email on 7/15.