This summer in AV, we’ve been pretty lucky to get a bunch of those perfect beach days: blue skies, ocean breezes, hot sun with days consisted of morning jogs, hours laying out on the beach, evening bike rides, and nights on the deck. But what happens when you wake up Saturday morning and you’re greeted with cloudy skies, harsh wind, and a forecast of 10 hours of thunderstorms?
If you’re like me and already caught up on all the weekly Bravo shows and don’t quite feel like committing yourself to 5 hours of Netflix binge-watching, then you have roughly 12 hours of time to occupy.
I’ve found the best way to do this and not fall into a weather‐induced depression is to keep the spirit of summer alive through diving into great summer books. Here’s three of my favorites to keep you busy between Wawa runs and failed attempts to Facebook stalk that hot lifeguard you noticed last week:
The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood:
Based in a seaside English town, The Wicked Girls follows the lives of two women who first met when they were 11 years old and charged with murder. Carnival cleaner Amber and journalist Kirsty are reunited when a series of attacks on female tourists happen at their resort town’s amusement park, Funnland. Perfect read if you’re the summer-lover who enjoys a good thriller.
All the Summer Girls by Meg Donohue:
In the rare event that you have yet to discover All the Summer Girls, stop everything you’re doing and start it now. All the Summer Girls takes place in Avalon, New Jersey (!), chronicling the lives of three best friends who’ve returned to their summer getaway and find themselves confronting the fallout of a fateful night that took place many summers ago. Perfect for any beach girl, but especially the ones from Avalon.
The Blessings by Elise Juska
By far the best book I’ve read in months. Elise Juska perfectly portrays the lives of an Irish-Catholic family from Philadelphia. Each chapter chronicles the events of this large, close‐knit family through the eyes of a different family member over the course of 15 years. Starting with Abby’s perspective and her struggle to adjust to leaving home for freshman year of college, The Blessings is the perfect rainy day book as it’s completely heartwarming, honest, and relatable.