Toes in the water


Break out the sand and Cheerwine — I’m headed to the beach! I’m joining my family for our annual excursion to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. My plan is to procure lots of postcards, read as much as possible and try not to get sunburned before Erin’s wedding in a few weeks. (Blood-red tan lines? Not cute with my halter-style dress.)

An absurd amount of effort will probably be placed on not blowing my diet, exercising as much as I can ( . . . I’m chuckling just typing that, but I really am going to try) and missing my boyfriend. Avoiding confections from Dairy Queen and delicious fried seafood is going to be a challenge, but I’m determined to slim down before Sept. 10.

So what’s in my beach bag? I haven’t quite decided, but I have a feeling I’m going to bring along J. Courtney Sullivan’s Maine and Jenny Han’s It’s Not Summer Without You. I’ve been saving the latter for just such an occasion — and my own time at the family beach house seems like the perfect time to continue this series. I usually don’t pick my books until just as I’m leaving; it’s a big commitment, choosing my beach books. They’re the ones around which I’ll form my trip memories. They’re the stories I’ll look back on and think, “Oh yes — I read that in my favorite chair.”

Hope you’re all enjoying the waning days of summer and have made the most of your time in the sun. I’ll see you next week!

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17 thoughts on “Toes in the water

  1. Oh! Have a great time. I actually just read the first of the Summer series this week, and am planning to buy the rest for my Nook for the weekend trip I am embarking on tomorrow! πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on them. I thought the first one was totally addicting! Happy beaching!

  2. I love picking vacation reads! I’ll usually put together a tentative pile a few weeks ahead of time, but make my final selections right before I go. I remember for 4th of July, I had a pile of possible books picked like a month ahead of time I was so excited! Have a fantastic trip!

  3. Have so much fun at the Outer Banks! I love it there. Enjoy! And you are going to LOVE It’s Not Summer Without You—sooo good!

  4. To me is just doesn’t get any better than a vacation like that. And you are right, the book selection is really important. You need to bring lots of choices, just to fit your mood. Have fun and take pictures.

  5. Have a great vacation! I always think very carefully about the books I bring with me – I think Maine sounds like the perfect choice in this instance. πŸ™‚

  6. CHEERWINE.

    I miss Cheerwine already (we just moved from NC…). Even though I’m not technically supposed to drink it because it has a lot of sugar in it. But they do have diet Cheerwine, but I’m just not quite sure what the point of that would be. Maine is a fabulous beach read, so enjoy πŸ™‚

  7. Have a great time! I have always wanted to visit Outer Banks–have heard such wonderful things. And I hear you on the beach reading. It’s always important to choose the right book πŸ™‚

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