What is on your beach reads list this summer?

Here in northern Illinois, it’s been a bit difficult to think of diving into a juicy beach book because the weather has been less than cooperative. So to beat the daily up and down weather patterns, I’ve been searching for new books to fill my days with dramatic, romantic, saga-filled, luscious reads! Eventually, the weather will catch up, and I can bring these to the beach and sit by the lake to enjoy. Below are five books that are in my ‘to-read’ pile that I will be reading this summer.

I prefer to tackle a really big book, and love to delve into a saga or historical fiction novel, so I will be attempting The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory. I’m a huge fan of The Tudors and have always had a soft spot for anything about the British monarchy, so this is a book I’m looking forward to reading. I’m also a follower of the Game of Thrones series on HBO, so I will be reading the first in George R.R. Martin’s fantasy series, A Song of Fire and Ice. This will also feed my need for kings and queens, but in a completely fictional, medieval and fantastical manner.

Every woman I know has been bringing the racy book Fifty Shades of Grey up in conversation. Written by EL James, the erotic romance between characters Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey will, according to the author’s website, “obsess you, posses you and stay with you forever.” I’ve been warned this book is not for readers who don’t like spicy romances. I haven’t been able to get my hands on a copy because it’s sold out everywhere and the hold list at the library is about 25 people deep! Now I must read this to find out what all the hoopla is about. Have you read it? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Fans of Sex and the City will find a book by Candace Bushnell fun to read. Her stories about strong New York women struggling to find their way among careers, friends and men are great to settle into a lounge chair and read.  Her style of writing is witty, journalistic and entertaining. Be sure to check out her Carrie Diaries series for a twist on your favorite SATC character.

If you like drama, courtroom thrillers or family dysfunction reminiscent of a Lifetime TV movie, then check out Defending Jacob by William Landay.  This book is the story about a well-respected, successful district attorney who must prosecute his 14-year-old son accused of murder. Character-driven and full of twisting and mysterious family secrets, this is a suspenseful novel sure to please.

What kind of summer reading do you enjoy?

Are you a romance fan?  Mystery?  Women’s fiction?  Do you prefer to catch up on your classics like Jane Austen?  I would love to hear more about what is on your summer reading list below in the comments, or email me!





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4 Responses to Bodacious Beach Reading

  1. Rebecca says:

    My summer reading this year will be a mix of teen Hunger Games knock-offs, book two of the Discovery of Witches trilogy, and org comm books about change and motivation at work (in addition to the reading I have to do for my research projects).

    I’ve read 50 Shades and it’s a train wreck (fan fiction that needed a really really good editor). But I did read all three, so I guess that says something (probably that I was avoiding my grading!). I’m more interested in the movie casting right now (and wondering why they didn’t make it an HBO show instead, so many more possibilities!). My choices for Christian right now are Alexander Skarsgaard and Michael Fassbender, although they might be too old. Maybe Ian Somerhalder.

    • Hi Rebecca! I almost forgot about the Discovery of Witches trilogy. I’d like to read the second one too when it comes out. Loved the Hunger Games, but haven’t made it yet to the second and third ones yet.

      Yes, I have to agree, 50 Shades is a train wreck in need of a great editor. It is definitely not fantastic writing, but for a quick and fun read it was fine. I love that it is bringing women back to reading who may not have read in years. Love Alexander Skarsgaard, I’m all for that one! I’m pretty curious how they are going to make this one a non-x-rated movie though!

  2. Dana Hillyer says:

    The hold list for Fifty Shades of Gray near me is 630 people deep!

    • Dana-that’s crazy! I finally did get my hands on a copy from Barnes and Noble and it was a very quick read. Hopefully, you won’t have to wait too long to get it from the library.

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