Monday, June 7, 2021

Online Book Club - June Theme: Beach

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I've been joining some blogging friends in an online book club, and all our readers are invited to join in as well. Here's how it works:
At the beginning of the month Amanda at Hopkins Homeschool will share a book theme with us. It will be a theme instead of any specific title, so that anyone can participate - moms, dads, teens, kids, or the whole family. During the month, we will read books that go with the theme, and at the end of the month we'll share about what we read. Homeschool families may want to do unit studies or activities that go with the books they read, and they can tell us all about what they did and learned. Adults and teens may just want to share book reviews. 
Visit Hopkins Homeschool to find out more about what she has planned!

I started out with no good ideas for this theme. Oh sure, there are lots of 'beach reads' but I don't have plans to visit the beach and I don't think I've ever read while at the beach anyway. And don't 'beach reads' tend to be contemporary chick lit? I could be wrong about that. But in any case, I didn't think searching for a beach read would be the way to go. 

I searched different beach terms, just hoping for an idea and did run across The Beachcomber's Companion: An Illustrated Guide to Collecting and Identifying Beach Treasures by Anna Marlis Burgard at my library. It looked interesting so I requested it, but at the same time . . . if I'm not going to visit the beach and hunt for shells any time soon, I'm not sure how useful it will be.

But a little more searching turned up something I thought might prove a bit more suitable. Hike Maryland: A Guide to the Scenic Trails of the Free State by Bryan MacKay and Easy Weekend Getaways from Washington, DC: Short Breaks in Delaware, Virginia, and Maryland by Jess Moss. We're looking for vacation ideas and weekend adventure ideas close to home, so this works. Whether or not we actually walk on the beach trails or stay at a beach for a weekend - at least this summer - I'm up for finding out more about the close-to-home possibilities. We might visit non-beach spots mentioned this summer but keep the beach ideas in reserve for another time.


Just for fun, I did reserve one novel that popped up on my search list and looked like it might appeal to me. The Shell Collector: A Novel by Nancy Naigle probably qualifies as a beach read, and it's a little outside of what I usually choose. I'm not sure where I'll find time to read it, but I'll place it on my stack with optimism and good intentions!

What are you reading? Do you have any favorite beach reads or beach themed books? Leave a comment and let me know!

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Joanne said...

One of my favorite novels was called Sea Glass by Anita Shreve; it was a historical fiction novel that takes place near the ocean. I tend to read a lot of "beach reads" as I love books set near the ocean or on islands.

Lori - At Home: where life happens said...

These look good, especially the Beachcomber's Guide. I don't have a clue about what to do, either.

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