I love summertime, and I especially adore books set during the summer months. There's something about this time of year that sets the scene for an adventure, both near and far. I'm back for another edition of SWEET SUMMERTIME READS with my friends Tara from Fiction Folio, along with Estelle + Magan from Rather Be Reading. Sit back, relax, grab a cool beverage & enjoy our summer reading goodness over the next few weeks!
Last summer my family and I took a vacation to the beach, escaping our day jobs for long lazy afternoons in the sand. Here in Texas, our summers are insanely hot, so it was a nice reprieve to feel the ocean breeze coming in off the Gulf of Mexico.
When I wasn't on the beach, you could find me relaxing on the deck of the beach house with a cold beverage in hand. In the evenings we'd grill out, and follow up with more deck time under the stars, sipping on beachy cocktails. If I could, I would spend every day this way. It has all the right ingredients for a perfect beachside escape.
To kick off our summer feature, and to go along with my "trip to the beach", I am highlighting one of my favorite beach reads: Along For the Ride by Sarah Dessen. This story takes place in the fictional beach side town of Colby. It's a place I was able to visualize from the first few pages as Dessen painted the quaint, comfortable village set alongside the ocean. From all the local eateries and shops, to the familiar characters that decorated each page, I immediately pictured myself there - living out my teenage years, discovering my own path along the sandy boardwalk.
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Good Luck!! Don't forget to stop by Estelle + Magan's blog tomorrow, as they take you on another summer trip of their own. Then be sure to check out Tara's blog on Thursday for more summer goodness!