Today’s guest post is from our friends at Airplanes and Avocados, a travel and health blog giving readers a unique insight into sustainable and healthy travel. Emily rounded up her favorite beach reads for this summer.
While I certainly am more of an active beach goer; preferring to be out in the water surfing, paddle boarding, or snorkeling; there is always time for some relaxation along the shore. Lately, I’ve been beginning my summer mornings with a coffee and a quick read out on the patio in the sunshine. It’s the perfect way to get my brain going and start my day! Some of these books are long time favorites of mine and others are new reads I’m excited to dig into in the upcoming months.
The Vacationers – Emma Straub
Nothing screams “beach read” quite like this book does. This is the story of the Posts and their two week trip to the Balearic island of Mallorca with their extended family. Like most things in life, this vacation does not go as planned. Secrets come to light, old and new humiliations are experience, childhood rivalries resurface, and ancient wounds are exacerbated. This is a story of the sides of ourselves that we choose to show and those we try to conceal, of the ways we tear each other down and build each other up again, and the bonds that ultimately hold us together.
One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories – B.J. Novak
This one is for all your fans of The Office. After many months of trying, my best friend and boyfriend finally convinced me to watch The Office and now I’m hooked. While Ryan certainly isn’t my favourite character on the show, B.J. Novak’s book makes for a quick and witty read. The book draws inspiration from the strangest places and tells raw tales from a brilliantly, unique voice. Each story is different, covering a variety of subjects and themes, but they all share in common playful humor, deep heart, sharp eye, and an inquisitive mind.
Beautiful Ruins – Jess Walter
The cover of this book first caught my eye; showcasing a stunning shot of Cinque Terre Italy, one of my bucket list destinations! The story is a dazzling, roller coaster love story between a young innkeeper and a mysterious woman on a boat. A tale of flawed, yet fascinating people navigating the rocky shores of their lives while clinging to their improbable dreams. Set in Italy during the 1960’s, this book will transport you back in time and have you daydreaming your beach days away.
Attachments – Rainbow Rowell
This is a charmingly hilarious book that tells the story of two coworkers through their communication over their office email. The two women spend all day gossiping to each other about life, their other coworkers, and the things they can’t bear to tell their husbands. Meanwhile, the new internet security officer, who is supposed to discourage staff from misusing company email is too intrigued by the women’s conversations to intervene. He finds himself captivated and following along with their back and forth dialogue until he realizes he’s falling in love with one of them. Bit of a tough spot this guy is in, you’ll have to pick up the book to find out how he admits his feelings. 😉
Enchanted Islands – Allison Amend
This book is an interesting tale of two women from France who run away to Chicago and end up betraying one another. Years later, they reconnect and realize how differently their lives have turned out. Their new lives send them on an undercover mission in the Galapagos Islands, where they carve out a new life for themselves and harbour their deepest secrets. It’s a raw and adventurous tale exploring the complexity of female friendships, a place to call home, and the secrets we keep from ourselves.
The Four Hour Work Week – Timothy Ferris
Doesn’t the title just get you on this one? I mean c’mon, who wouldn’t want to go from working a forty hour work week to a FOUR hour work week?! This book is a self-development/business book that teaches readers how to become location independent, work less, and live more. It may sound too good to be true, but Timothy Ferris includes a ton of resources within the book that will get you well on your way to living the life that you want. If you’re looking to do some brainstorming for a better future on the beach this year, you should definitely pick this up!
The Alchemist –Paulo Coelho
I actually just finished reading the Alchemist and I will admit; it’s not for everyone. The book tells the story of young boy who travels from Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of the Pyramids that he believes hold his treasure. The story holds a deeper meaning in regards to the power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts. Any dreamer with a “thinking outside the box” approach to life will surely appreciate this book and be inspired by its powerful message.
The Year of YES – Shonda Rhimes
I read this entire book on the flight from Toronto to Hong Kong a few months ago; I could not put it down! I love Shonda Rhimes to begin with. She is a total badass and essentially created all of my television programming; I swear I only religiously watch three shows and they are all hers; Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder. Shonda’s book showcases her in a completely new light and shows us that she has fears and doubts just like we all do, despite the all around badass she seems like all the time. The book was heart-warming, hilarious, and completely relatable-it made me love Shonda even more!
Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert
Elizabeth Gilbert writes one of my favourite books (Eat, Pray, Love), so once I heard about Big Magic I absolutely had to get my hands on it! The goal of this book is to learn “creative thinking beyond fear”. Elizabeth Gilbert digs deep into her own journey to success, including all the ups and downs, to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity and life itself. She will kick you in the butt and push you towards doing what you love most, embracing your creativity, and facing your fears. Whatever dream you have, this book will inspire you to chase it!
Me Before You – Jojo Moyes
This book has been all the hype this year; especially since the movie interpretation recently came out in theatres. I’m dying to see the movie, but have heard so many good things about the book that I’m holding off until I have a chance to read it. You may want to read this one in a really secluded area of the beach as it’s supposed to be a huge tear jerker.