I enjoy a lot of things during the summer, but I just don’t know if there is anything better than sitting on the beach or by the pool with a great book. Am I right? I don’t know if it’s the warmer weather or just being outside, but I am a happy lady when I’m near water with a great book in my hands. We’ve listed some of our favorites below, and we’ve got something for everyone!


What’s On My Shelf

Every summer, I read “Gift from the Sea” by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. It’s my summer tradition, and I never tire of reading Lindbergh’s beautiful words. It’s a short read, and her words make me feel like I’m on the beach, watching waves from the ocean roll back and forth. Every year I read it, I find something new to love. Although it was written in 1955, it still feels timely to me, and Lindbergh’s thoughts on love, marriage, peace and solitude speak volumes to my soul. Last year, I was gifted an antique copy and it had the most beautiful inscription in it: “May you see yourself in these pages and may you also find some answers that lead to contentment.” What a beautiful message, and this gift is one of my most treasured possessions. Pick it up, I know you will enjoy it!


What’s On Heather’s Shelf

In June, Jenna Bush Hager announced “Searching for Sylvie Lee” as her #ReadWithJenna book club pick. A suspenseful thriller that chronicles a Chinese immigrant family, shares the voice of three women: two sisters and their mother. Golden, perfect elder sister, Sylvie, is missing after traveling out of the country to visit her dying grandmother. Amy, her younger, more sheltered sister is left to investigate her disappearance and find out what has happened to Sylvie – where she has gone. It’s a page-turner from the very beginning and the perfect summer read. Family drama, mystery, female leads – it’s all in there.


What’s On Kerry’s Shelf

I am obsessed with all things true crime and thrillers. Documentaries, tv shows, podcasts, books – if it will keep me up at night, I am all in. I have to admit that I purchased Megan Miranda’s 2017 book, “All the Missing Girls,” because the cover was awesome and creepy, but I had no expectations about the book ahead of time. This book captivated me from the start and I read it in just under 3 days (while still working, sleeping, behaving like a normal human being). I purchased “The Perfect Strangers,” which released in 2018, to take on last month’s beach trip. This time, I knew what I was getting into and, unsurprisingly, I couldn’t put it down. I was on vacation, so unlike my previous experience with Miranda’s writing, I was able to give my full attention to this one. I read it in 24 hours. I sat in my beach chair all day with it, and I barely slept that night (that may or may not have been because I was creeped out). I cannot recommend Megan Miranda’s books enough. She truly keeps you guessing until the last few pages. I’ve already ordered her newest release (out last month), “The Last House Guest,” and I cannot wait to dig in!


What’s On Trisha’s Shelf

A large part of my life revolves around my small group, a group of 5 girls who I not only do life with, but also dig into God’s Word with. Like many Bible studies during the summer months, my group has paused until August. With no set workbook or “plan,” I decided to spend time this summer literally reading the Bible (I started with 2 Corinthians and now am in James). While the Bible is still relevant to all our problems and situations of today, sometimes after reading a chapter, I am left saying, “Now what?” or “So…How am I actually going to apply what I’ve read?” I have so enjoyed digging into Jen Wilkin’s “Women of the Word” this season. I always hear the Lord speak best at the beach, likely because the beauty of the ocean leaves me in awe and wonder of all He has created and done. While reading “Women of the Word” this summer, I’ve come to realize I’ve been acting like some sort of Bible study workbook triathlete (Ha!); there is no blank I cannot fill or short answer I cannot answer. So, when I tiptoe out to the balcony of our favorite beach condo this summer for my early morning quiet time, I plan to not just go through the motions of a well-oiled routine, but rather dig into how I study God’s Word, letting scripture be enough and really pressing in when reading the Bible.


What’s On Devin Lee’s Shelf

If you know me well, you know I love anything and everything Bachelor. (I even mentioned it in my wedding vows!) When “Bachelor Nation” released in 2018, I was skeptical because I genuinely believe the process works and people REALLY find love on this crazy television show. I was always hesitant to hear spoilers or “scripted moments. However, over the years my heart has been jaded, and I find myself watching and thinking “I wonder what intern carried that 90 pound stuffed animal in so it could be used in an introduction” or “did the producers encourage the bachelor to keep this crazy person around for entertainment?” That’s why I caved and picked up Bachelor Nation! This book takes you inside our favorite guilty pleasure and tells you what you’re missing behind the scenes (like where they keep all those roses!) I’m dying to continue reading to discover all the unknowns. I’m hoping it will give me a new appreciation as I continue to watch the most dramatic show on television!


What’s On Sarah’s Shelf

There is not much I love more than finding the perfect beach read! The beach is my happy place, and I absolutely adore breezing through a good read by the water. I was on the search for a new beach read this summer and the book I heard about over and over again was “The Most Fun We Ever Had,” by Claire Lombardo. I am so excited to dig in this week on my honeymoon!  The book starts with a couple who fell in love in the 1970s, they are now in 2016 with four radically different daughters who are each in a state of unrest. “The Most Fun We Ever Had” explores the triumphs and burdens of love and family over half a century. I highly recommend grabbing this book up as I have heard nothing but INCREDIBLE reviews!


What’s On Maddie’s Shelf

I typically like to spend my time on the beach either in the water or walking the coast, so I get most of my vacation reading in on the plane or in the morning while it’s still quiet. This summer, I finally read “Wild” on my flight to the Dominican Republic and it opened my eyes in a way I didn’t know I needed. Author Cheryl Strayed shares her personal story of hiking the 1,100-mile Pacific Crest Trail in her twenties, after losing her mother to cancer and making mistakes of her own as a result. She endures countless physical challenges along the way, but the greatest challenge of all is in her own head. “Wild” inspired me to continue to push myself outside of my comfort zone and face challenges, both external and internal, head on. And if you haven’t seen it already, enjoy a movie night on vacation to watch “Wild” the film, starring and produced by Reese Witherspoon. 


So whether you are beachside or poolside, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite reads for the summer. And we’d love to know what you are reading, too!

    AUTHOR: Lena Hall
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