This week we’re on our first vacation since our honeymoon!  We’ve gone to see family or traveled to weddings, of course, but I don’t count those as vacations.  But we’re spending a whole week at the beach as a family and are absolutely thrilled about it!

Since I’ve known this trip was coming for a bit, I’ve been collecting books to read on our vacation.  Vacation is a chance to get away from the norm and I wanted books that fit that theme too instead of bringing serious non-fiction or anything I was planning to review.

Here’s what I was looking for when I picked out vacation reads:

1. Electronic

Because we’re flying, I can’t bring a stack of heavy books.  I rarely buy Kindle books since I read a lot of non-fiction with pencil in hand.   But before our last trip to my sister’s wedding, I bought a Kindle book on a whim and read it on my iPhone via the Kindle reading app.  I was surprised at how much I liked it!  I could read easily during our car trip and could pull it out for a silent, undistracting activity in the hotel room after my son went to bed each night.

2. Fiction

Again, I read a lot of non-fiction normally.  This year I was challenged to read  more fiction and have found that reading fiction renews my love for reading.  While I enjoy reviewing books and learning, I’ve missed the feeling of getting lost in a story.  So these vacation reads is about rekindling that feeling.

3. Breezy and Fun

Growing up, my mom would have called these “fluff” books.  At this stage in life, I’m having the most fun when I read fiction books set in current times and, occasionally, set in a dystopia.  What I don’t like to read (currently) is historical fiction – it feels too much like a school assignment from childhood.


This is what my app looks like now!  Books galore waiting to be read!




The best part is that I haven’t paid full price for any of these books!  Anne of Modern Mrs. Darcy (the best blog for book lovers) keeps a great list of Kindle deals.  I checked that list religiously and was able to purchase most of these books for about $3-4.

Interested in hearing a little more about the books I’ve chosen?  Just look below and I’ll explain my choices!



Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

This summer I discovered Rainbow Rowell starting with Attachments and moving on to Eleanor and Park.  The books are fun for anyone to read, but since Rainbow is from Nebraska and sets many of her books in cities here, it makes it especially interesting to me.  I breezed through the first two books, so I’m expecting to finish this one quickly as well.


is everyone hanging out without me?

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

Okay, so Mindy’s memoir isn’t technically fiction, but I think it will be a fun read.   And I’ve been wanting to read this book for a couple of years now.  I like Mindy’s work on The Office and The Mindy Project, so I think I’ll enjoy this book!


something borrowed

 Something Borrowed: Emily Griffin

This book I chose on a whim after seeing it on Modern Mrs. Darcy’s list of Kindle deals.  After re-reading the synopsis, I’m not sure I’m going to like it.  Thankfully, I think I only paid $0.99 so if I end up hating it, I won’t feel like I wasted money.


where'd you go bernadette


Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

It seems like every reading list I’ve seen in the past year included this book so it has been on my “to read” list for awhile now.  I can’t wait to dig into this one and find out if I like it as much as everyone else does!


veronica mars

Vernoica Mars and the Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham

I’m a little late to the Veronica Mars hype – it was just this summer that I watched the show for the first time.  Admittedly, I binge-watched all three seasons in a few weeks and then ran out to rent the movie.

It makes me a bit nervous to read a book based on a TV series, BUT the author is the creator of the show, which gives me up.  Plus Anne liked it and I trust her bunches.


And I have one more book that breaks the rules listed above.

cold tangerines

Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist

I’m bring a physical copy of this non-fiction book.  Shauna Niequist is one of my absolute favorite authors and she always inspires me to write.   I’m looking forward to reading it in those moments when my phone is dead or when Hadden is using it.  My mom sent me this book for my birthday in August, but I have been saving it for this vacation!  This book is non-fiction and a little deeper than the rest so it doesn’t quite fit my “beach reads”, but I’ve loved both of Shauna’s other books so I’m excited to be reading this one.

So now I only have one problem:  how do I choose which book to crack open first??


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