I’m a week late to post for the start of the summer season with the holiday weekend behind us wherein lots of folks (idiots) in my area and around the country headed to the beach. For our non-US friends, Memorial Day in the US is a federal holiday for remembering and honoring people who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. It is currently observed on the last Monday of May, which means a lot of Americans have the day off (and head out of town or have a cookout).
With beaches on the mind (or currently in my imagination), I was thinking about beach reads for this summer. I’m not heading out anytime soon because having 100,000 Americans die of COVID-19 (that we know of) scares the crap out of me, especially since I was dog sick in January just after returning from a 2-week trip to China. Pneumonia makes me one of those ‘vulnerable population’ folks. But I will probably have some time to put my nose in a book despite the new crazy workload created by this pandemic (and I’m just so incredibly thankful that I have a job that I can still do [albeit 12 hrs a day]).
Last year at this time, I was knee deep in Crazy Rich Asians, which was entertaining, clearly written by a man, with very few parallels to the movie, and I’m a total book to movie snob. I shout at the screen regularly – THAT NEVER HAPPENED IN THE BOOK!!!. An interesting side note: on the plane to and from Beijing, a large percentage of the Chinese nationals were watching that movie. But I digress. Here are some recommendations for Summer reads from me and others.
Some of my recent reads that I can recommend are:
Say Yes to the Duke by Eloisa James. It was good. Not great. The two mains don’t really meet until a third of the way in. In reality, they actually ‘met’ quite early and aren’t aware of it and it sets up a ‘just have an f-ing conversation sideline’. But I’m big on character arc and Viola and Devin have wonderful arcs. They both really grow. I think this is one of Eloisa James’ strong suits.
Hideaway by Nora Roberts. I just started it. Literally. Today. Chapter 1. I don’t read her J.D. Robb stuff because I don’t like the future thing. I read the first of her Chronicles of One series and it’s not my cuppa, but I usually like her mainstream stand-alones and series so I’m looking forward to reading this one.
Of course, our own Jeanne Oates Estridge, Nancy Yeager, Jilly Wood, and Justine Covington each have fabulous series out (or coming soon). They’re wonderful books with strong heroines, character arcs, worlds built, and conflict locks.
However, you might want some other opinions to consider. Oprahis still recommending Crazy Rich Asians. Last year, she recommended The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory, and The Kiss Quotient (read both and they’re good). Popsugar, which I’ve posted here in previous beach read posts, has a bunch of recommendations that I’ve never heard of, but previously recommended The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez, The Marriage Clock by Zara Raheem, and The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai. Good Housekeeping recommends a Jasmine Guillory story Party of Two and a bunch of other titles I didn’t’ recognize. All three of these lists had lots of repeats (which is why I’ve included them here). However, I must have had my head buried in the sand since March 13, or maybe since January 22 (re-entry date from China) because I don’t recognize most of these titles.
What’s the beach read you’re looking forward to this summer?