Summer 2016 Beach Reads

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Summer 2016 has become a productive reading summer and it’s only half over.  If you need a good book to read in your beach lounger, look no further. Here are my Summer 2016 Beach Reads- a list made with my book club, the aptly named- Book Club for Busy Ladies.

1) You by Caroline Kepnes

I was the first in the book club to discover this gem and what a creepy, thrilling gem it is. Everyone in the book club agrees that You is like being stuck watching a horror film that you cannot look away from.

2) North and South- Elizabeth Gaskell

While this is not a new book, I did just watch the BBC miniseries which then in turn made me want to read the book. If you prefer reading, check out this Victorian romance novel. If you prefer a good Netflix binge, find North and South and add it to your queue.

3) The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

This is a book that your book club would love to discuss if you are in to suspense and thought-provoking books. It is even a Pulitzer Finalist in the fiction category. And even better is that it takes place in cold Alaska, a good read to think cold thoughts on the brutal hot summer days coming up over the next week.

4) Calendar Series by Audrey Carlan

Calendar Girl (12 Book Series) by Audrey Carlan

Let’s be honest, a lot of readers just want a good trashy romance novel for the beach. The Calendar Girl series is perfect set of 12 books to keep you in trashy romance, tawdry sex, romance, call girl drama, and  then even more sex. Lots and lots of sex. I got a little bored with the “storyline” and quit reading them after September- I was really just skimming them for the good parts by then. But if you need some easy, exciting reading- Calendar Girl is a great option.

5) The Oxford Inheritance by Anna McDonald

I’m reading this right now and haven’t gotten too far into it yet. The blurb promises a thriller with black magic, murder, and money. Sounds like a good one!

Reader question: What book are you reading now? Do you prefer thrillers, bestsellers, classics, romance, or crime when you are reading at the beach or pool in the summer?

 

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Beachy Things

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A few weeks ago we spend the weekend at the beach for some fun in the sun. A late start after work made the drive to the Eastern Shore a little different. Usually I can wait to eat dinner until we arrive in Rehoboth or Dewey Beach. But not this time.

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I did some Yelping and found a hidden gem in Stevensville, MD right after you cross the (terrifying!) Bay Bridge. The Stevensville Crab Shack is a hole-in-the-wall joint with a few picnic tables and is full of locals ordering delicious seafood. I opted for the crab cake sandwich platter with coleslaw and deviled eggs.

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Why is this not a thing?! Everyone should have deviled eggs as a side dish choice. I did a happy dance when I saw them on the menu and they did not disappoint. The crab cake was fresh and delicious and also on the cheaper side- $11 if I remember correctly. We will be back Stevensville Crab Shack! Have those deviled eggs ready for me.

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The beach in Dewey was as lovely as always. BC and I walked into Rehoboth in the morning for some exercise and found the beaches there so much more crowded than our beloved Dewey Beach. It is nice to walk into Rehoboth for shopping and eating occasionally but I’ll stick to the sand in Dewey. The water temperature is finally bearable- it wasn’t on Memorial Day- but the waves were really big so my usual wave jumping session didn’t happen this weekend.

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(photo by Bill)

Shenanigans ensued at 5pm on Saturday as always. Jam Session = my happy place. My friends and I danced, sang, and sweated through our clothes. Good times (although slightly smelly).

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Words of wisdom: Jell-O shots seems like a good idea but are gross.

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(photo by Bill)

Once we were all cleaned up, Northbeach is the place to watch sunsets over the bay. It was a pretty good one this night. A peaceful way to end the day (if you ignore the thumping bass of the DJ in the background).

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Another fun-filled Dewey Beach weekend in the books.

Reader Question: Deviled eggs- awesome or weird? Would you be excited if restaurants offered deviled eggs as a side dish option?

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