Sunday, May 29, 2011

Best Beach Reads (Just add Water)

I just returned from a wonderful vacation to Gulf Shores, AL with my family and Brendan. What I wouldn't be caught without? A great beach read of course! Check out my top 15 picks for Best Beach Reads of Summer 2011. Click the links directly to order from Amazon. Also, click "fiction recommendation" on the side of our blog for direct access to past book reviews and recommendations. Thanks for stopping by & don't forget to share Lola & Zoe with your friends.

 Serious & Uplifting 
The Bean Trees: A Novel (P.S.)
Kingsolver's The Bean Trees is a moving novel about a young woman who finds an abused toddler and reluctantly embraces motherhood.
What Is the What (Vintage)
My current read, What is the What by Dave Edgers is a fictionalized account of the heartbreaking true story of Valentino, a man who grows up in Sudan in the early 1980s amidst the violence caused by the war between the SPLA and the Sudanese government.

Zany & Fun
Wild at Heart (Gifford, Barry)
Lula Pace Fortune and her boyfriend Sailor set out on a runaway road trip from Lula's overbearing mother.
The Bushwhacked Piano
What do you do when you don't want to grow up? Take a journey with Nicholas Payne and find out.

File Under: Chick Lit 
The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted: A Novel
Two years after the death of her husband, Heidi journeys with her son and niece to France to rediscover the joy in living.
The Jane Austen Book Club (movie tie-in)
Join a diverse group of characters as they reminisce about their own trials and tribulations and the works of Jane Austen.

File Under: Young Adult
The Miracle Stealer
Everyone in Paradise, PA thinks Andie's little brother can work God-like miracles. Andie knows her brother is in danger, but can she save him before it's too late?
Looking for Alaska [Paperback] by Green, John
The kids at this fancy boarding school are forced to grapple with matters of life and death.

Mystery Lovers 

Special Topics in Calamity Physics
If you haven't read this, you're in for a treat. Join smarty pants Blue as she solves the mystery of the strange death of a beloved teacher.
And Then There Were None
Christie at her best, a classic for sure. Find out what happens when 10 strangers are invited to a mansion for the summer.

Science Fiction Lovers 
Oryx and Crake
wholly haunting, from the author of The Handmaid's Tale comes a disturbing story of playing God.
Never Let Me Go Publisher: Vintage
What happens when your life's purpose is to die for someone else?

File Under: Before You See the Movie 
Jane Eyre 
The life of Jane Eyre.

The Great Gatsby

My all time favorite Fitzgerald.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7)
Harry Potter, need I say more?

Stay tuned to Lola and Zoe for more fiction recommendations! Enjoy our beach photo album and your days of fun in the sun!

Oh and P.S.-We graduated!


Here's to Literature and all it can do for us!
<3 Stacy, Lola & Zoe

P.P.S- Don't missing the opening reception and poetry reading for Vision/Verse here in Lake Charles on June 4th. See the side of our blog for directions and more details.

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