Beach Reads

We’re going to the beach on Friday! I’m so excited to be getting away that I have already started packing! One thing that’s always on my packing list is a stack of books to read on the beach. I know some of you prefer your Kindle or iPad, but there’s just something about a stack of books that gets me excited about vacation and all the reading time that I’m going to have. My definition of a good beach read is anything that will hold my attention! I usually stick to fluffier stuff, but I have been known to read a more suspenseful novel (Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn) or something not so light and fluffy (The Fault in our Stars by John Green). Here are the books that I’ll be packing in by beach bag this year:

beach reads

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
I’ve read a lot of her books. Most recently I’ve finished The Truth About Forever, and I absolutely loved it. I’ve heard that some of her newer books haven’t been as good as she used to be, but this one is more like her old ones, if that makes sense.

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
This is the sequel to To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, which I really enjoyed. I hope this new one is just as good.

Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella
I was looking for a chick lit book to bring along, and this one by the author of the Shopaholic series has gotten decent reviews.

The Guardian by Beverly Lewis
I haven’t read a lot of Amish fiction, but I pick up one every now and then, and I usually enjoy them. This one is not the typical Amish romance novel, but instead is about a young woman who is house-sitting for family in Lancaster when she stumbles upon a lost Amish girl who is about three years old. Since the little girl does not speak English, the young woman must do some searching to discover who the little girl belongs to and why she was left behind.

More than Happy: The Wisdom of Amish Parenting by Serena B. Miller
Noticing a pattern? It’s probably because we just got back from a weekend in Lancaster, but the Amish have always fascinated me, and I enjoy learning more about them and their way of life.

What’s on your summer reading list? Are there any books that you’d recommend for the beach?


Answer Me This!

Answer Me This summer

In honor of the (limited) return of Kendra’s link-up Answer Me This, I just had to join in. Here are my answers, and be sure to check out the others on the link-up!

1. Any big plans for the summer?

Well, this weekend was our 1st Anniversary, and we spent it in Lancaster. It was a little last minute, but it was so nice to go away with my hubby. And at the end of the month, we will be joining my family for our annual trip to Ocean City, NJ. Mostly is will be relaxing without any real excitement, but that’s why I love it.

In September we have two weddings to attend. My brother’s is the 12th and my cousin’s is the 26th (I guess that’s technically Fall, but, details). Since I’m in both of them, there will be a lot of preparations going on this summer.

2. What is the strangest thing you believed as a child?

I don’t know if it’s strange, but I believed in Santa Claus a lot longer than anyone else in my class did. I distinctly remember being in 3rd grade and arguing with one of the boys. My mom worked second shift at the time, and my reasoning was that she would be entirely too tired to put presents out at midnight when she got home.

3. What is your favorite amusement park ride? (can be a specific one at a specific park or just a type of ride)

I love those really big Ferris Wheels with the benches all around and an umbrella in the middle. Even though the height scares me a tiny bit, I love how calm and quiet it is, especially when you ride it at night, and how you can see the entire park and all the lights from above.

4. What’s on your summer reading list?

I just finished To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han and really enjoyed it, so I’m looking forward to reading the sequel when I get it from the library. I would also like to read Kristin Hannah’s new book The Nightingale, because I always enjoy her books. I also hope to check on or two more classic books off my bucket list and to read one or two autobiographies of saints. Suggestions are welcome!

5. Have you ever fallen asleep in public?

Not for more than a few seconds. I used to do it a lot after I was first married. I think it was just the adjustment of everything, and I had recently started a new job where my shift began at 5:30 am. I would sit at my desk in the morning and sometimes I literally could not keep my eyes open. One of my coworkers found me once and was like, “Are you pregnant?” I wasn’t. I was just tired.

6. What is your favorite smell?

My favorite smell is dinner cooking when I come home from work, because that means I didn’t have to make it 🙂

Thanks for reading. Be sure to link-up if you have a blog, or you can answer the questions in the comments below.

7 Quick Takes: My First Link-Up!

This is my first link-up! Joining with Kelly at This Ain’t the Lyceum for 7 Quick Takes, because all the cool bloggers are doing it 😉

1. We finally planned a weekend getaway for our anniversary. We’ll be staying at a little Bed and Breakfast in Lancaster and doing some shopping and sightseeing. I can’t wait! You can see some pics of the place we are staying on their website.

2. I have been eating really crappy lately and I’m thinking of doing a cleanse. Not a juice cleanse or drinking any crazy stuff, but more like a Whole 30. Well, maybe a Whole 10. I just want to eat clean for a few days and avoid sugar, white flour, caffeine, and processed foods. I know I’ll feel better, but it takes planning, and I’m not sure if I have the motivation for that right now.

3. $1 Flip Flop Day is coming up at Old Navy in a couple weeks, and I’m so excited!! Every year I want to go and I never make it there. Maybe this year will be my year. I know it is probably insane, but I want to do it at least once. There are three within a 30 minute drive from me, I just need to decide which would be most likely to be the least crowded.


4. Reading Kathryn’s Disney recap posts makes me want to plan a family trip to Disney. It would be so nice to go with my husband’s family because (a) We only get to see them once or twice a year and (b) they actually have kids. Maybe next summer. And Hubby’s never been to Disney! (Except for Hollywood Studios once back when it was still MGM.) And it’s been about 10 years for me.

5. Any book suggestions are welcome. I’m looking for a book that I can get lost in. My criteria are (1) not too intense, (2) not too flowery/romantic, (3) not too long. I am having trouble getting into a new book. I just finished To All the Boys I Have Loved Before by Jenny Han, though, and I really enjoyed that one.


6. The whole Duggar scandal has me really sad. Mostly because I really liked the show, and now I can’t watch it anymore.

7. Enjoy your weekend! Hubby and I both have to work a bit, but hopefully there will be time for relaxing, too!