Yes. It’s August. Yes, summer is half over. But does that mean we should stop reading? Definitely not, and these Best Bets for Beach Reads 2011 will thrill, excite and engage you. Isn’t that what a good book is all about?
- The Violets of March: A Novel by Sarah Jio – If you’ve ever read the Vitamin G blog on Glamour, then you might have heard of Sarah Jio. She’s a freelance writer from the Pacific Northwest. So, when I heard she had a book coming out, I made sure to download it before my recent trip to Seattle. I was so engrossed in the book that I ended up finishing it after we arrived that night.
- The Beach Trees by Karen White – When Monica dies, she leaves her friend Julie Holt the ultimate inheritance: her young son and a key to a beach house in Biloxi, MS. Soon Julie travels there to find the house gone and the family that Monica left behind years ago. The story unravels through two perspectives and two different decades, keeping you hanging onto every word. Read more about this in my BlogHer Book Review. It’s a perfect summertime read.
- Summer Sisters: A Novel by Judy Blume – The Judy Blume we grew up on delivers a tale of love, loss and distance in this tale that follows two girls through their childhood friendship and into adulthood. And yes, it’s written for adults.
- Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan – Told through the perspectives of several generations of women in the same family, Maine is a can’t-put-down book that keeps you guessing and going. And while you might not come to like the family’s matriarch (I definitely didn’t), you understand why she is the way she is … and wish her kids and grandkids would too.
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Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of several cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to two kids in middle school, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.