#BookBingoNW2021 Beach Read

Fellow readers, let’s talk beach reads. Don’t be put off by the name – these can be read at the beach, sure, but also by a lake; in a park or on your lawn; on your couch – anywhere you’re taking some time for yourself. And any book can be a beach read*, so long as it is something you find gripping. To get started, here are suggestions for books across genres that grab you and don’t let go until you’ve turned the last page.

Looking to be kept on the edge of your seat? (or beach towel?) Go behind enemy lines with WWII spy Nancy Wake as she trains the French Resistance in Ariel Lawhon’s Code Name Hélène. Or enjoy a tale of revenge and ego as a film shoot in the Caribbean goes awry in The Siren by Katherine St. John. The dark side of office politics are on display in The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris, as editorial assistant Nella realizes the new girl isn’t what she seems. And when her husband disappears, newlywed Hannah and her stepdaughter Bailey race against time to figure out his true identity in The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave.

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Get Beachy

Perhaps your summer plans involve lying on a beach, relaxing and soaking in the sun; or maybe not, and you’ll be beach-dreaming on the bus, making furtive excursions to Alki, Golden Gardens, or Magnuson Park. Either way, here are some beachy reads to get you in the summer mindset.

The Shark Club by Ann Kidd Taylor
Maeve, a renowned shark researcher, returns home to the Gulf Coast of Florida after a research trip and makes three startling discoveries: her twin brother has written a novel based on her failed love life; her estranged former fiancé is now the chef at her grandmother’s hotel; and a shark finning operation is killing sharks in the Gulf. Fortunately, there’s also a charming 6-year-old girl who wants to start a Shark Club with Maeve. Continue reading “Get Beachy”

Book Bingo: Written Over 100 Years Ago – Vintage Beach Reads!

Join The Seattle Public Library and Seattle Arts & Lectures for our 2nd annual Summer Book Bingo for adults! Follow us throughout the summer for reading suggestions based on each category.

Wait, we’ve got a Book Bingo square asking you to read a book written over one hundred years ago? This is Summer reading! What’s with Ye Olde musty dusty classics!? Not to worry: there are plenty of great escapist beach reads that have been around for at least a century.


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Romantic Wednesdays: Best Bets for the Beach

Posted by Eric G.

I know what you’re thinking: aren’t most romance books good for the beach? Despite this embarrassment of riches, I handpicked some recent, particularly noteworthy novels to slip into your beach bag.

The Beekeeper's Ball in the Library catalogThe Beekeeper’s Ball by Susan Wiggs

In this sunny sequel to one of my favorite romance books of 2013, The Apple Orchard, Wiggs returns to the idyllic California vineyard setting of Bella Vista. Introduced in the first book, chef Isabel gets her own story here as she struggles with her past and the future she wants. Haven’t read the first book? No worries, as this one stands well on its own. Expect more well-drawn characters, family history, and important matters of the heart. Continue reading “Romantic Wednesdays: Best Bets for the Beach”

Summer Reads: West Seattle and Southwest reader suggestions

In Seattle, the term “beach reads” is generally used figuratively (if not a little wistfully) for books more generally read on decks, in parks, on busses, but not on our pebbled shores. In West Seattle, however, beach reading actually happens on a beach! Here is some of what readers at our West Seattle and Southwest branches have been enjoying this summer.

West Seattle Readers recommend:

Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen

Great breezy read! I finished it in 24 hours. I’m eager to read the sequel and see what other messes Georgie can get into.  🙂

Nothing to Lose by Lee Child

His books are marvelous – wonderful summer reading! Jack Reacher, as usual. He is walking in a town called Hope – wants coffee but gets involved with the entire town.

Plum Lucky by Janet Evanovich

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