Lather On the Sunscreen… You’re Reading All Day: Beach Reads 2013

Hey there friends! I don’t know about you, but I can’t believe it’s almost beach season. Dad has his pool open already. I even cleaned it for him a couple of weeks ago… my good deed for the summer :)

While I love spending time with family and friends around the pool and watching the little nephews jump in and want me to do tricks on the diving board (yes, I still have tricks), I long for the summer days alone where I can spend the entire day reading with a good book.

When I go on vacation, the clothes are easy, the books are hard. How many to take? Should I take regular books or Nook books? Do I have a range of genres so I can change it up? Do I have the books that will keep my interest for several hours on the beach?

Well if you are planning a vacation and looking for books to haul along, you are in luck. I have put together a list of the books I’ve read this year so far that will have you lathering on the sunscreen, because you’re not leaving until this book is over. I know that many people like easy, light beach reads, but this list is a little different. The reads are a little harder, more in depth, but I promise you, these are books that will keep your attention and you won’t want to put down. **Warning…I am not to blame if you lose track of time and get sunburned**

1. Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler: This book is told through the past and present. In the past, we learn about young Isabelle’s struggle as a young girl in the 1930s who falls in love with a her black housekeeper’s son. The present tells of a road trip to a funeral with her hair dresser, who is also black. Along the way, Isabelle tells her story…except for just whose funeral they are attending, and why. This one pulls you in immediately. You want to know who is so important for this elderly lady to drive across the country for and you want to know how she managed to break the color barrier back when it was as tall as the Berlin wall.

2. Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks: You have to have a love story at the beach right? And it’s so sunny out, no one will be paying attention to your tears. They will think that you are just sweating. But let me tell you, the tears will come with this one. Katie has a secret…a major one. She has a former life that no one can find out about. And a present life that one person in particular must never find out. I read this book just before I went and saw the movie. The movie was good, but the book was better.

3. Hysteria by Megan Miranda: Ok, so I’ve given you a little historical fiction and a love story. Now add YA To the list. Mallory killed her boyfriend and is now having nightmares about that day and day terrors about a possible stalker. This one has a twist that you won’t want to miss. Just keep reading. Just keep reading.

4. The Boy from Reactor 4 by Orest Stalmach: This is totally not what you expected to be on my list, right? I know, I know. I turned it down originally, but read it and loved it. I recently watched A Good Day to Die Hard and the movie is set in Russia, part set in Chernobyl. Thanks to this book, I felt like I had been there and knew exactly where they were and what they faced. The book follows Nadia, whose father’s dying wish leads her back to his homeland, Russia, to help a young family get a better life and protect a secret that could be world changing. This was such a page turner, I couldn’t put it down.

5. The Sixth Station by Linda Stasi: What could I add to this list? Religion. Linda Stasi knocked it out of the park with this book. It’s reminiscent of Dan Brown books and follows a journalist who tries to uncover the story of a man who is believed to be the second coming of Christ. This thriller starts in New York, but takes you on an international trip that will have you wanting to find the deepest, darkest religious secrets in the remote parts of the world.

6. The Fate of Mercy Alban by Wendy Webb: Who doesn’t love a good web of tangled family secrets that have been hidden under decades of cobwebs in a moss covered mansion? This is probably one of my favorite audio books I have ever listened to. I just couldn’t get enough. I kept driving around more than I needed (which means I was at 100+ miles a day thanks to my commute, so you know it’s good) just to keep listening. I will say there is a bit of paranormal in this book that kept it from being perfect in my eyes, but it was still so good, it had to be added to the list.

7. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Cline: Who is this girl that keeps adding all of these books to this summer reading list? What happened to the girl who only used to read YA? Folks, she’s growing up and so are her reading tastes. Orphan Train is an amazing piece of historical fiction that had me doing research late into the night to find out more about these trains. How did I never hear of these? The story puts together a foster care teen with a wealthy elderly woman who has taken a long journey to get to where she is today. You start loving the characters early and can’t wait to hear more about their lives.

Alright friends. There is my beach reading list. All of these books were ones that I could. not. put. down. I wanted more, and still do as I am writing up this list. As I went through my list of books I’ve read so far this year, I fell in love with all of these stories over again and hope that you love them as well!

I want to know what you books are on your Beach Read List for 2013! Leave a comment. Let me know. I am always looking for more books to add to my shelf, even if I have to sneak them in so my husband doesn’t see :)

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