Recommendations

Summer Beach Reads

I’ve received several requests for summer “beach reads”. I tried to think of some books that I’ve read recently that were “summery” but none of the recent books I’ve read felt appropriate. So I looked through my Goodreads books to see what I’ve read in the past.

This is a list of some of my favorite books that would qualify as a fun, lighthearted or beach read. I’ve already written reviews for some of these. If you want to read more reviews, check out my Goodreads!

The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Nearlyweds by Beth Kendrick

The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood

Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave

Take Me With You by Catherine Ryan Hyde

The Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

The Shadow Year by Hannah Richell

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

The Paradise Guest House by Ellen Sussman

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

My Life in France by Julia Child

Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived by Ralph Helfer

Green Lake by SK Epperson

The Beach by Alex Garland

The Violets of March by Sarah Jio

The Royal We by Heather Cocks

At The Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen

The Fixer Upper by Mary Kay Andrews

Arranged by Catherine McKenzie

Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

Spring Fever by Mary Kay Andrews

 

Tear Jerkers:

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

Two Kisses For Maddy: A Memoir of Love and Loss by Matthew Logelin

Favorite Series:

The Hollows Series by Kim Harrison

Anna Pigeon Series by Nevada Barr

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache Series by Louise Penny

Ruth Galloway Series by Elly Griffiths

Elvis Cole Series by Robert Crais

Kate Burkholder Series by Linda Castillo

 

HAPPY READING!

Beautiful Day in the Valley

Over the holiday weekend Michael and I got to enjoy a little time in the sun. We got a babysitter and went wine tasting with his mom and stepdad. They are always so nice and babysit Logan when we have pick-up parties at the wineries we are members at. So we wanted to repay the favor and take them tasting.

We started at Sokol Blosser, one of my favorites. We packed picnic items to share for lunch. I brought goat cheese, a creamy Toscana cheese soaked in Syrah (it was nice) with crackers, dried apricots, Trader Joe’s hummus, carrots, and Trader Joe’s chickpea salad (it’s one of my favorites there).

Michael’s mom brought baguette, olives, raw peppers, tomatoes, celery, blue cheese dip and Thin Mint cookies. 😀

It was a really delicious lunch. The day was a little cool to start with but warmed up nicely. We did our tasting outside and we were able to set up our lunch on a picnic table outside near the the music. There was a really talented singer–I wish I’d grabbed her name! I did post a short video on IG if you are interested.

We had lunch, and lounged and did our tasting, bought a few bottles to take home, then headed to the next venue.

Stoller

We are new members here. We joined last fall when we went there with some friends after the Sokol Blosser pick up party. The venue is SO MUCH BETTER in the summer! They opened up the patio and there was a TON of outdoor seating.

There were adirondack chairs, picnic tables, bistro tables and big tables set up everywhere. It was an absolutely GORGEOUS day. There were tons of kids there playing in the grass, there was a tire swing under the big tree, there was a frisbee golf course. It was just a fun environment for a summer day.

It was just wonderful sitting in the sunshine. I was glad I wore shorts. I just chilled and let the warmth relax me. It would have been nice to spend more time there but we had to get home for the babysitter!

(I will say that Girl Scouts Thin Mints pair excellently with the Pinot Noir Reserve. :D)

It was such a gorgeous, wonderful day and I cannot WAIT for summer!!! I came home with a bottle of wine from each venue. Michael’s mom cleaned up and got some great bottles, too. We came home and grilled burgers for dinner. Perfect end to the weekend.