Traveling With T’s Beach Reads of 2014

how many more days till summer reading

This was me back in February. Between the days of cold (the bitter cold, days of getting to 19 degrees!) I was not happy. My mind was longing fun a fun and summery day and the only thing keeping me sane was knowing that Summer Reading (Or Beach Reads as I like to think of it) was getting closer. So I waited. And I plotted my reading list. And now for you, the readers of Traveling With T, I am happy to show off the list!

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A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams

a hundred summersIn 1931, we have no idea at all what lies ahead.

Love. Intrigue. Friendships. Family secrets. And a hurricane like no other.    A Hundred Summers has all that plus a beach backdrop with sun and sand.

It’s 1931.  Budgie and Lily are headed to watch Budgie’s boyfriend, Graham Pendleton play football. At this football game, Lily sees Nick Greenwald, a tall, good-looking Jewish man. A man that Lily finds attractive and has no idea how much Nick will come to mean to her- and what it’ll cost her.

It’s 1938. Lily Dane is back at Seaview, Rhode Island. Spending the summer, with her mother, Aunt Julie and little sister, Kiki. Lily is looking forward to the summer- and then she hears the news. Budgie and Nick Greenwald will also be spending the summer at Seaview.

As Lily spends the summer in Seaview, her interactions with Budgie and Nick shine a light back on events in 1931- and cause Lily to question almost everything she knows.

Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

Looking for a summer read? This is it. A Hundred Summers has everything that a reader needs- a great setting, characters that are real, characters that the reader can love, characters that the reader can despise- a storyline that is revealed bit by bit as it’s told in alternating tales of life in 1931 and current life in 1938. Family secrets, drama, intrigue and so much more. Take the time to read A Hundred Summers and the saga of Lily, Nick and Budgie- your book-loving heart will be glad.

Thank you to Putnam Books for providing this book for review. The opinions expressed above are mine alone.

Beach Bag Reads…

I’ve got the beach on my mind- playing in the sand and water, soaking up the sun, wearing the baseball cap, swimming, beachy hair, smell of coconut lotion in the air, and just the relaxed feeling of summer.

So that lead to the thought process of what books I’d put in my beach bag. I made a list! Will I read all this summer? Probably not. I like to save some of the magic of summer for the cold, dreary winter months 🙂

Traveling With T’s Beach Bag Book List:

1. Time Flies by Claire Cook- June 11

2. While We Were Watching Downton Abbey by Wendy Wax- April 2

3. All the Summer Girls by Meg Donohue- May 21

4. Finding Colin Firth by Mia March- July 9

5. The Guest House by Erika Marks- June 4

6. The Last Original Wife by Dorothea Benton Frank- June 11

7. Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns by Lauren Weisberger- June 4

8. Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella- April 23

9. Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger by Beth Harbison- July 9

10. Island Girls by Nancy Thayer- June 18

11. Ladies’ Night by Mary Kay Andrews- June 4

12. The Tao of Martha: My Year of LIVING; Or Why I’m Never Getting All the Glitter Off the Dog by Jen Lancaster-June 4

13. Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand- June 25

 

What will be in your beach bag for summer reads?