A good session of reading is an activity that transports your whole consciousness to another plane of existence via the power of your imagination. Where you can clearly experience what is written on the page like if you were there at that often-exotic location. But always reading at your living room and on your bead kinda doesn’t feel inspiring sometimes, right?
How about a change of scenery for those reading sessions? Public spaces seem to have a draw for stimulating imagination further, just look at how many people you see holding a book in parks.
Take it to the next level and read these interesting books while laying down it the shade near the sea with hot sand at your feet and the cool breeze caressing your face. Can you ask for a more pleasing place to read the best beach books there are? I don’t think so.
#1 Lethal White by Robert Galbraith
There’s nothing like a great murder mystery, neuron-tickling who-dunnit that you can’t put down. And this is one of those books! Add in Robert Galbraith’s deft weaving of a love story, fully realized characters and it’s a no-brainer fun read. I devoured this book over three days and it would be the perfect companion to a summer beach weekend! In fact, I’m bringing it along for my tropical getaway just to read it again.
#2 RED Hotel by Gary Grossman and Ed Fuller
Pack your bags and get ready for an amazing adventure this summer! RED Hotel follows Dan Reilly, a former Army intelligence officer turned international hotel executive, who is thrust into the role of detective after his hotel is bombed in Tokyo.
As Reilly scrambles to install high-security measures at his company’s hotels, the clock winds down to a climatic event in Brussels that threatens NATO and the security of member nations. RED Hotel is a thriller that reflects today’s gripping headlines and dares to take readers behind the front desk into the inner workings of the world’s most glamorous hotels.
The novel is a must read for anyone who loves traveling and enjoys nothing better than relaxing on the beach with a great book!
#3 Paper Maps, No Apps: An Unplugged Travel Adventure
This book is a traveling comedy on smartphone addiction. It offers research on reading old fashioned books with paper pages in them versus distraction technology while on a road trip. What starts off as a dare turns into a social experiment that becomes a way of life.
A young couple creates a fun way to stay connected by disconnecting. Unplugging the phones and being present are the rules. This travel adventure quickly turns into a self-deprecating comedy about bad smartphone habits. Chance encounters and characters met on the road are intertwined throughout. Discover how reduction in technology can lead to your serendipitous adventure.
#4 A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel
Going to the beach is an escape just like this book. The story transports the reader to an another era where our protagonist exhibits grace, charm and civility in the face of upheaval. It gives the reader of sense of internal peace when the external world is just the opposite.
#5 The Third Door by Alex Banayan
A non fictional story that reads like a novel. Banayan offers inspiring and motivational lessons throughout his story. Although he is on the quest to unearth people’s secrets to success he realizes that it is the journey itself that will change him. He reminds us that ”adventures only happen to the adventurous”.
#6 The Last Year of the War by Susan Meissner
A well researched historical fiction that shows a beautiful story, in-midst the ugliness of war.
#7 MOODTOPIA-Tame your moods
It is very easy to feel good and calm when you are at the beach, but what about other times? When you are stuck in traffic, late to work, the kids are screaming or you get a flat tire. It’s your time in the sun that you can gather these skills with the amazing tools you will learn from Sara Chana’s book MOODTOPIA.
Her tips are easy, inexpensive and actually fun to incorporate into your life. She also has two chapters on herbs and aromatherapy. There are essential oils you can smell, and herbs to take internally to feel calmer, less stressed and able to handle the roller coaster of life.
#8 Protected by Purpose by Dorinda Walker
Walker’s transformative life journey is out on full display in her new book Protected by Purpose, How the Transformation from Despair and Hopelessness Can Lead to an Extraordinary Life!.
Walker chronicles overcoming her dysfunctional childhood of drugs, crime, abuse, and challenging mental health issues to become a vice president of a Fortune 50 company.
According to Walker, “I want the people who read my book to see that no matter how difficult their life-circumstances are, they still have the power within to change it all”.
Walker believes, “my message is about the power of transformation, and through this book, I hope to especially inspire those who have lost all hope. I am living proof that you can turn your trials into triumphs!”
#9 P.I. Diaries by Joseph Mullen
Immerse yourself in New York City’s underworld of secrets, lies, and sexy dish, inspired by the real-life investigations of Bronx-born Joseph Mullen, New York’s most famous gumshoe.
A fictionalized scrapbook narrative of the big city life and notorious cases, this is a unique editorial experience that can be enjoyed via audiobook ($6.95), in addition to an actual hardcover coffee table book ($34.99).
Think “Sleep No More” but for investigated mysteries of years past in “book” form. I would love to send you a link to listen or copy of the book if you’re interested in considering it.
#10 Home Again, Home Again By Cynthia MacGregor
Even adults who are abducted have been known to identify with their kidnappers. Picture, then, a four-year-old child, already in a comfortable relationship with his abductor (a household employee who wants him for her own child) , who, when taken, is told that his parents have died and that his abductor is all that stands between him and “the orphan place.”
Give him four years of living with her, and he’s going to get very attached to her. Small wonder that, when the F.B.I. finally locates him and returns him to his parents, he doesn’t remember them, feels he’s just been taken from his rightful mom (the kidnapper), and is very resentful. To that mix add a new younger brother who has his own mysterious problems and the parents themselves, estranged as a result of the tensions arising from the kidnapping.
#11 Doggie Anonymous: Canine Confessions by T.L. Champion
This book is a canine confessional and animal lovers – especially dog lovers – find themselves laughing out loud because they see their dogs in the pages of this book. Good dogs, bad dogs, guilty dogs, sly dogs. And the photographs are beautiful!
The underground world of dogs is revealed in this doggie tell-all. Have you ever wondered why your dog eats out of the garbage, chases squirrels or howls at the moon? It’s finally explained in Doggie Anonymous: Canine Confessions. This book offers beautiful, up-close-and-personal photographs accompanied by 40 entertaining, confidential tails that might put your own dog’s bad behavior in a new light!
It starts with Haley, a Golden Retriever and director of the Doggie Anonymous project, who explains, We’re delving deep inside the canine underworld to reveal secrets that have plagued mankind for millennia–while changing names to protect the not-so-innocent. We’re on a Mission from Dog.
40 Dogs. 40 Dilemmas. 40 Confessions. When you read Doggie Anonymous, you’ll meet Max, the ambitious over-retriever and hear from dozens of his canine companions–including Floyd, Rocky and Zeus–who desperately need a doggie do-over.
#12 Goodbye Tsugumi by Banana Yoshimoto
Banana Yoshimoto is one of Japan’s most celebrated authors. This coming of age novel by Yoshimoto brings two young cousins to the idyllic seaside for the summer. It is here the two grow through dramatic circumstances. This book is quick and easy but with a lot of soul – perfect for a summer read.
#13 Learning to Speak Guitar: A Luthier’s Thesaurus
Learning to Speak Guitar: A Luthier’s Thesaurus delivers a new way of understanding for all guitar makers and guitar players by nurturing progress, dispelling myths, and fostering community in a single approachable volume Containing information not found in any other guitar book, Learning to Speak Guitar is an indispensable tool with five distinct and useful sections containing tools and tips for improving musical language.
These sections, and the book’s comprehensive index, make it a great beach read. This book is great for all curious readers. Whether you read cover to cover or just bits at a time it’s sure to enrich your summer.
#14 One Little Secret: A Novel by Cate Holahan
Three neighborhood couples rent a glass beach home in the Hamptons – but not all return – get ready as Cate amazingly unravels their interconnections below the surface and one little secret.
#15 Beach Games For Kids by Dan DeFigio
A bestselling collection of children’s games that can be played at the beach, either with adults for some quality family time — or played by the kids by themselves if the grownups need a little peace and quiet while the kids play.
#16 The Bonnie and Clyde Trilogy by Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall
What if Bonnie and Clyde survived?
The perfect beach read: Escape into an alternative history in which outlaw lovers Bonnie and Clyde are rescued before the bloody ambush that allegedly killed them.
From the East Oregonian: ‘Sex, danger and intrigue, coupled with just the right dose of cheeky humor.
#17 Young Power by Andrea Blythe Liebman
Young Power, a fantasy novel and the first installment of the Young Power Series, marries urban fantasy with contemporary characters while connecting history, art and adventure for a must-read romantic novel set in the modern-day world of the mythological gods. It’s perfect for those who have always enjoyed YA, but are looking for a more mature story line that remains light-hearted and a fun.
#18 Fierce Joy: Choosing Brave over Perfect to Find My True Voice by Susie Caldwell Rinehart
Susie Rinehart seemed to have it all―two beautiful kids and a loving husband, a job where she was respected as a leader, and medals as an ultramarathon champion. Then she found out that a tumor on her brainstem threatened to take away her voice. and her life.
With so much at stake, Susie had to rethink how she wanted to live. Fierce Joy is the incredible story of one woman who learned to shed perfection and find joy in every day.
So many of us grew up believing that achievements would lead to love and acceptance. Just ace that test, win that race, get that job, and happiness will follow. But it’s hard to arrive at happiness when we’re motivated by fear.
Fierce Joy is about healing, rediscovering yourself, and becoming a warrior in a new way. For anyone who has lost their voice in the never-ending struggle to please others, Susie offers hope. In each section of the book she offers a series of takeaways―lessons she learned when life forced her to slow down and step back.
When she faced losing everything, Susie learned to choose joy over fear, brave over perfect.
#19 Hatch, Leap, Soar: Your 3-Steps to Total Fulfillment, Real Success and True Happiness by Latoyia Dennis
Transformation is at the heart of Hatch Leap Soar, which reveals principles to help you become your best self. LaToyia Dennis likens the process to that of a baby bird inside an egg, ready to. Hatch. Before you can begin to change and start realizing your potential, you are in your comfort zone inside your shell. When you begin the process of hatching, you’re defying the norm, pressing past your fears and breaking free. Once you’ve hatched, you can see possibilities.
You are now open to achieving your goals, to being who you want to be. You start to think, Oh my gosh, as soon as I get out of this shell, I can do this, because now you can see it. But in order to get out of your shell, you have to make a… Leap. This could be a leap in a completely different direction than you’ve ever gone before.
You have to move out of your current position, out of whatever comfort zone or shell you are in. In Hatch Leap Soar, LaToyia shows you just how important it is to believe that you are better freed from your shell than you are stuck inside. In order to reach your full potential, you must move toward it. Things won’t come to you if you’re sitting in your shell.
Opportunities and change won’t happen if you are standing still. You have to leap or jump or move forward. A bird never learns to fly by staying in the nest. A bird has to leap out to learn to. Soar. And Hatch Leap Soar will teach you how to do just that. Once you learn to soar, you can fly high and free. You can reach your potential.
#20 The Flaming Sword: A Novel of the End by Breck England
In the beginning, the Lord sent mighty cherubim with a flaming sword to guard the holiest place on earth, the mount of Jerusalem, where the golden Dome of the Rock stands today. Anciently, Solomon’s Temple stood on this spot, making it holy to the Jewish faith.
According to the gospels, Christ was crucified near this spot, making it holy to Christians. Finally, the prophet Mohammed took his flight to heaven from this spot, making it holy to Muslims. Now mysterious conspirators threaten to ignite a world war in the same place, with a flaming sword of a different kind. A threat to this epicenter of three contesting faiths could shake apart the delicate balance of peace and bring down global ruin.
In this concluding volume of the Day of Atonement duology, follow Israeli agent Ari and his companion, Interpol agent Maryse, as they race across multiple continents toward the mount of Jerusalem―and a shocking discovery that could mean the end of everything. The Flaming Sword is a fast-paced fiction that takes us right to the heart of Jerusalem. Can roiling religious wars end in time to save the world?
#21 Heart, Sass & Soul: Journal Your Way to Inspiration and Happiness by Greta Solomon
Writing for yourself is an incredible way to heal your heart, find happiness, and reconnect with the things that matter most. As kids, many of us had vibrant imaginations and our lives were full of creativity. Over time, that self-expression gets lost in the busy routine of everyday life. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
The tips, techniques, and exercises for freewriting in this book will help you tap into that creativity deep in your soul. That time in-between jobs, friends, relationships, homes, or whatever else, is the great unknown. Contrary to what some may tell you, this is not the time to make major, life-changing decisions. In the midst of loss and grief, you need self-care more than ever.
In fact, the best thing to do in these times is write. Journaling and freewriting can bring you a deeper level of self-awareness, allowing you to truly know who you are. Heart, Sass & Soul will show you how to develop a writing practice that nurtures inner strength and promotes a rich, fulfilled life.
#22 So This Is the End: A Love Story by Alexandra Franzen
What if doctors could revive you from death―and give you an extra 24 hours of life? How would you spend your time?
So This Is The End follows Nora Hamilton as she navigates her final 24 hours. She’s determined to do something meaningful and make every moment count.
Enter: Renzo. Ren, for short. Strong, compassionate, dreamy, unfairly attractive, with a face that makes Nora’s stomach explode into stars. Their connection is immediate, with white-hot intensity. Nora is wracked with bittersweet joy and confusion as she realizes, I’ve finally met the love of my life. on the last day of my life.
What happens next is a dreamlike story about taking chances, making your own rules, and the power of living like there’s no tomorrow.
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Lisa Marie Nelson from SeaChange Coaching, LLC
Gary Grossman from RedHotel
Johnny Welsh from JohnnyWelsh
Paul Miller from Lokus Nutrition
Brigitte Kozena from Intro Only
Sara Chana Silverstein from SaraChana
Dawn Kelly from Metropolis Group US/Global Connect
Alana Curren from N/A
Cynthia MacGregor from Cynthia (Cyn) MacGregor
T.L. Champion from Doggie Anonymous
Sabina King from HempureCBD
Nathan E. Richardson from Learning To Speak Guitar
Tracy Minsky from Meryl Moss Media
Dan DeFigio from Iron Ring Publishing
Kathleen McFall from Pumpjack Press
Andrea Blythe Liebman from Andrea Blythe Liebman
Brenda Knight from Mango Publishing
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