Beach Book Reviews

It’s holiday Monday. Yay! We staycationed with tickets to Wicked and a Cracker Barrel run. The weather is smoking hot and it’s been an excellent lazy weekend with lots of reading for pleasure. It was much needed after busy the end-of-school week.

I finished The Husband Hour by Jamie Brenner. I picked it up because it’s about widowhood, beach-house living, and family. The characters were well developed and I loved the Long Island setting. There was a lot of description of CTE and hockey (not a spoiler) so if you have kids in sports, this book might bother you.

I also finished All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin. I’ve not read Emily Giffin in a while and her writing has shifted to much weightier topics. She continues to be a master of character and this the story, set in well-heeled Nashville, is about marriage, race, privilege, money, and the bonds of family. I could not put it down. I’ll give a non-spoiler trigger warning for SA, but Giffin handled the topic well.

I LOVED The High Season by Judy Blundell. It was so good. It’s about art, money privilege and family. And it’s set in Long Island. Are you seeing a theme? This book reminded me of Emma Straub’s The Vacationers, another book I loved.

I’m part way through Sophie Kinsella’s Surprise Me. It’s classic Kinsella: light, fluffy, funny. When it’s hotter than Hades outside and you don’t want to move, it’s perfect.

I’ve been layered up in sunscreen as one can wreck their skin simply driving around without SPF. Have you tried the Countersun sunscreens? I’m going to take them and the Style Sea Salt Spray oceanside later this summer.

Have you read any good beach books lately? I’m always looking for recommendations.




  1. Thank you for this list💛…and they’re all available through the library! Yay, says the minimalist! Can’t wait to see which one comes first!

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