Summer Reads For Your Beach Bag.

I have a little backlog of books that I’ve read lately that would be perfect to read whilst lounging next to a body of water this summer. Just picture it – the heat of the sun warms your skin, an icy drink makes a puddle next to you, the smell of sunscreen fills you up with nostalgia and you hear the screech of children playing nearby. Of course you need a book to go along with all this steamy summer goodness.

Honestly, I never thought the day would come where I could actually read while my kids were playing and packing a book was always a bit of a pipe dream. But it’s here! My kids are 2, 4 and 5, and I can get a few good pages in while I’m lifeguarding. Maybe you’re there too! Or maybe you need to just lay in your backyard while they nap and pretend you’re next to a body of water – that’s ok too!!

The perfect beach read to me is a little fluffy, immersive, and not 1000 pages long. Something with romance, maybe a little spice, but characters you can really connect with. A few good books that are worth tucking into your beach bag are shared below!

The Hotel Nantucket, Elin Hildebrand

The Spanish Love Deception, Elena Armas

Happy Place, Emily Henry

The Love Hypothesis, Ali Hazelwood

The Roughest Draft, Emily Wibberley

The Perfect Find, Tia Williams

Every Summer After, Carley Fortune

Heart Bones, Colleen Hoover – This book made me want to sit around and read in a swimsuit.

Any other good ones to add?? Share in the comments!

Favorite Books of 2022.

If you know me even the tiniest little bit, you know that reading is one of my great passions. For one, I am a librarian! But I just overall feel most myself when in the midst of a book, and in the midst of a book is where I always am. I finish one, and the next moment I pick up another. If you are a book lover – you are my people.

This past year really was a great year of reading. I read 70-ish books by the end of it, and there are some that I’m still thinking about. Of course, there were also some duds mixed in, but we won’t dwell on those too long now, will we?

I sat down today and tried to narrow down to my “favorite” book, and I just can’t. I feel like when you read a book, you have to be in a certain mood to read it. It’s only going to be the best book if it’s the right time for you to read it. So I’m not narrowing down! You can’t make me! 13 of my favorite books from 2022 in no particular order. I feel like this was kind of a year of *fluff*. I really enjoyed a lot of romances and chick-lit. Easy reading that I could do between raising three boys. I think most of these include a bit of spice, so if that’s something that offends you, you may want to avoid!! But ya know, I’ve always found that a little spice in a book is good for my marriage if you know what I mean. lol. And no helpful reviews here, because honestly I’ve been trying to get this up for a full week, and I just need to hit publish.

Favorite Books from 2022 (in no particular order):

  1. It Ends with Us, Colleen Hoover
  2. The Paper Palace, Miranda Cowley Heller
  3. A Court of Thorns and Roses Series, Sarah J. Maas
  4. The Love Hypothesis, Ali Hazelwood
  5. Reminders of Him, Colleen Hoover
  6. The Perfect Find, Tia Williams
  7. Book Lovers, Emily Henry
  8. The Love of My Life, Rosie Walsh
  9. The Good Sister, Sally Hepworth
  10. This Time Next Year, Sophie Cousens
  11. Nora Goes Off Script, Annabel Monaghan
  12. Memphis, Tara M. Stringfellow

All books that will keep you turning the page until the very end.

I always share reviews as I finish them over on Instagram. You can find detailed reviews for all of these in a highlight here! I can’t wait to see what 2023 brings!