A Book on the Beach is Worth Two on the Shelf

I’m getting ready for a glorious trip to the beach. Days of nothing but laying in the sun, swimming in the Gulf of Mexico, sipping on tropical drinks, and, of course, tons of reading!

IMG_2272While my toes are ready for vacation, I still need to get a few books queued up on my Kindle (seriously, e-readers make travel so easy!).

I always put A LOT of thought into what books I bring on vacations, probably more than what clothes and footwear I’m going to pack.┬áThere needs to be a variety of genres, nothing too dire, and usually titles I’ve been excited to read for a while.

Here are the books I’m packing for my upcoming trip:

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes — I’ve heard excellent things about the book and after watching the movie trailer, I know it’s right up my alley. It sounds funny, dramatic, heartbreaking, and thought provoking, all components of an excellent beach read!

The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan — Nothing says beach read like a story based on the royal couple, Will and Kate. I can’t wait to indulge in this fictionalized account of their lives. Humor, romance, royal drama?! Sign me up!

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab — I’ve been meaning to read this book for ages! It’s received fabulous reviews and sounds like the *perfect* fantasy to sweep me away into a world full of magic and parallel versions of London.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling — I’m always on the lookout for books that can make me laugh, and I have a hunch this book will do exactly that. Plus, I love The Office and can’t wait to read about the happenings on set!

Sad Cypress by Agatha Christie — I’ve slowly been working my way through all of Agatha Christie’s mysteries (not an easy feat since she was crazy prolific!) and this is next on my list. I especially love reading the ones set in foreign locations with a small group of travel companions, i.e., suspects!

What kinds of books do you enjoy reading on vacation? Are there any solid beach reads I should add to my list?

What I’m reading: Full Body Burden by Kristen Iversen (book club pick!)

What I’m listening to: Walking on a Dream — Empire of the Sun