As I’ve mentioned… because I can’t think of anything else, I’m going on vacation just a week from now!!! Because of this, and because my mind seems to be getting in vacation mode already, I thought that today for Super Saturday, I’d focus on all things related to vacation! Oh, how I can’t wait.
One of the best things about vacation is having long stretches of uninterupted time that can be devoted to reading. I usually bring a bunch of magazines to read at the beach, but I also try to read a bunch of books as well. The beach is the perfect place to delve into a good book. I think that vacation is a good time for some light(er) reading, and here are some of the books that are on my radar for beach reads.
Joyland by Stephen King- I’m a big Stephen King fan, so any book that he’s written is automatically on my radar. This seems like a quicker read than some of his other works (not that reading a long book is a problem, but sometimes shorter is good). Ghosts, carnivals, and a murder mystery sound like something that’ll be right up my alley.
The Cuckoo’s Calling by J.K. Rowling (under pen-name Robert Galbraith)- When I heard that this book was actually written by the author of the Harry Potter series, it intrigued me, and made me check out the description on Amazon. When I read that it was about a detective investigating a mysterious suicide I became even more interested. As you can probably already tell, I love mysteries. In fact, one of my favorite shows growing up was Murder, She Wrote…. and I of course loved the Encyclopedia Brown series.
The Man Who Ate Everything by Jeffrey Steingarten- I know this will be a shock, but one of my other favorite genres of books is food writing. I’ve been wanting to read this book forever, and I think that vacation will be the perfect time to do so! I love to read about people’s experiences with food and I’ve heard this book is especially funny, and “mouth-watering” as well.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky- This coming-of-age novel is one that has been on my radar for a while. Set in high school, from the point of view of Charlie, and written in his point of view in a series of letters, this book about a shy “wallflower” seems like something I’ll be able to relate to, as I also have always been a wallflower… and even though I have been out of high school for over a decade now, I think that since my recent positive experience with The Fault in Our Stars, that I will still find this book relateable even at the ripe old age of 30.
The Yard by Alex Grecian- Okay, I needed just one more mystery novel.. I can’t help it! This book takes place in Victorian London, right after the reign of Jack the Ripper, and focuses on the “Murder Squad”, a group of 12 detectives hired to solve murders, after Scotland Yard’s failure to catch Jack the Ripper. I mean, how great does that sound?! I hope it lives up to my expectations.
Tomatoes!! My cherry tomatoes are finally ripening, and I’m so excited to be able to use them in recipes (and just eat them plain too!). I expect to be buying a bunch of fresh tomatoes on vacation as well, as there is a farmer’s market that comes to town a couple days a week, and a small market that sells local fruits and vegetables daily.
This Avocado Shrimp Salsa from Smitten Kitchen
This Heirloom Tomato Pizza from Heather Cristo
This Caprese Chicken from The Novice Chef
These Soft Tacos with Roasted or Grilled Tomatoes and Summer Squash from The New York Times
These Roasted Tomato and Goat Cheese Crostini from Cook Like a Champion
This Easy Feta Dip from The Girl Who Ate Everything
This Starfish Beach Towel
This beach chair