water park & beach bag books

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beach bag book…

hot dogs for lunch…

hangin’ at the Red Wing Water Park with Gracie


I wanted to share a few photos from our day, and some of my favorite beach bag reads. Some of the selections are fairly new, and others have been around for awhile. If you’re anything like me, you just can’t seem to get enough books in the summer. Enjoy!

Castaways by Elin Hilderbrand

Big Machine by Victor Lavalle

Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarity

The Astral by Kate Christenson

The Help by Katharyn Stockett

The Small Hotel by Robert Butler

Open House by Elizabeth Berg

Skinny Dip by Carl Hiaasen

Sister by Rosamund Lupton

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher

Fortune’s Rocks by Anita Shreve

Beach Glass by Anita Shreve

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson

Blue Bistro by Elin Hilderbrand

The Borrower by Rebecca Makki

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd

The Feast of Love by Charles Baxter

Stern Men by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Mercy of Thin Air by Ronlyn Domingue

What are your favorite Summer reads?


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  6 comments for “water park & beach bag books

  1. July 21, 2011 at 8:43 am

    aaahhhhhh, thank you for the book recommendations! I have been keeping a list from the local DFW Words and Wine group, for when I have time to read and read. These will definitely be added to that list!

    • Melissa
      July 21, 2011 at 8:46 am

      you’re very welcome! “Words and Wine” sounds fabulous! Wish I was closer so I could join! Let me know if you ladies come across a “must read” for me to add to my list too! I’m always looking for new titles. 🙂

  2. Kimber Dunn
    July 24, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    I love this list! I already own a couple of them and put some on my Kindle list. Now if only my “must read” list would turn into my “read that” list…

    • Melissa
      July 24, 2011 at 10:54 pm

      I’ve gotten a lot of reading done this summer! Couldn’t seem to get everyone in sync for book club though. I think this has to do with the season. it’s summer and everyone just wants to read what they want to read 😉

  3. Kimber Dunn
    July 25, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    I know, I feel bad that we haven’t been able to get it done. I haven’t been able to get any reading in at all this summer. It’s just been that busy!! Things are slowly winding down soon though, and fall should bring a good change in my schedule again.

    • Melissa
      July 25, 2011 at 4:03 pm

      No worries. I completely understand. Our house is a zoo in the summer. I guess book club is a reason to look froward to autumn and cooler weather! 😉

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