Thursday, July 21, 2011

Beach Reads

One of my favorite things about a trip to the beach is planning my reading list. You think I kid, but I get excited, yes, about the sand and the waves, but even more so about the (supposedly) uninterrupted hours of good reading beachside. It's like Christmas or something!

The hunt for that really, really good beach read becomes part of the fun. When there is sun and sand, wind and waves, who wants just a mediocre book? So, after much deliberation (not to mention reading other blogger's book recommendations and stalking the amazon reviews), here's what I'm packing for our upcoming trip:

The God Who Is There
Rebecca recommended this one and I've had it for awhile now so I'm looking forward to being encouraged by this overview of the big story of the Bible.

This was Melissa's recommendation when I issued a plea on Facebook for a really, really good read. I have always loved Little Women so I am very excited about reading this, Mr. March's story and its account of the Civil War.

A Mountain of Crumbs: A Memoir
I was intrigued by this review at Dwell in Possibility. I love reading memoirs and this authors' experience of life in the former Soviet Union looks interesting.

Carrie's enthusiastic recommendation (via Facebook post) convinced me.

George Whitefield: God's Anointed Servant in the Great Revival of the Eighteenth Century
My friend recently read (and thoroughly enjoyed) Dallimore's expansive two volume biography of the 18th century preacher; I'm hoping this shorter, slightly more accessible version will be just as interesting and inspiring.

Five books is more than ambitious, even for an enthusiastic and eager reader like myself. I do not think that I will read them all, nor do I necessarily plan to. I just like having options! As I said, I am looking forward to the pleasures of vacation found in the pages of a really good book, but even more so I am eagerly anticipating my time with my husband and boys amid the beauty of the Lord's creation. It's fun to enjoy vacation with book in hand, but the far greater joy is having my family by my side.


  1. I always look forward to that kind of vacation when I get to read, too! I'd really like to read "The God Who is There." That sounds really good. And I have "Little Women" on my Nook to read soon....I haven't read it since I was a young girl and want to reread and remember it. "March" would be a good follow-up, I'm thinking. Thanks for sharing your list! And have a wonderful vacation, too. :-)

  2. Looks like you're going to enjoy your vacation! Let us know about your favorites when you return. :)

  3. I'd love to hear your comments on A Mountain of Crumbs; it really was an interesting read and sat with me for a couple of weeks.

  4. Sounds like a fine vacation to me! Have a wonderful time with family, the water, and books!

  5. Looks like it should be a great trip! Those books sound fabulous :)

  6. Woot! I have a review of Entwined set to post here. I convinced another friend to read it who then did so and LOVED it too! I think it's a winner!

  7. I can totally relate! I love getting my reads decided on for the summer. Enjoy every minute of beach and sun and books!