The grit of the sand creeps between my toes. The warmth of the sunlight drapes across my skin. The breeze whips my hair as it brings in the classic ocean smell to my nose. Waves crash. My ears perk up at the squawking sounds of seagulls as children play in the sand, or catching waves on their boogie boards. One sound that never gets old is the shriek of tourists discovering how cold the Pacific ocean really is. It may be sunny California, but the water is cold, and always bring a jacket. Even in the summer.
I sit on the beach with my kids catching waves, and I reflect on how these are my favorite days. Days of sand. Days of sitting on the beach reading. Days of lazy with my kids. Days of summer. My summer reading list consists of these four books. I picked up a couple, A Man Called Ove and Into the Wild, on our recent trip to Alaska. Travel blog series coming soon!! I started with A Man Called Ove on our cruise, and so far it's so good. About a man who is set in his ways, and can not appreciate anything about the newer technological world around him. His life is grumpy, lonely, and cynical. Everything changes in Ove's life when chatty neighbors move in and a cat won't leave his yard. Written by Fredrik Backman in a way that is enjoyable and easy to read.
This summer I chose to read a couple non fiction books as well and I'm so excited about them. Non fiction books that also tell an interesting story intrigue me. This summer I decided to finally read Between a Rock and a Hard Place. (I've only been eyeing this book for about 10 years, or so it feels). This book is by Aron Ralston about his life changing hike into a Utah canyon and getting trapped there. What started out as a day hike ended up being six days of antagonizing misery when an 800 pound boulder became loose and trapping him with only two energy bars and little water. The harder realization might have been him leaving for the hike with out telling anyone where he was going. This book was made into a motion picture titled 127 Hours; if you're not a reader. I will be watching it; once I finish the book!
My other non fiction I picked up on our Alaska trip called Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer. This is about a man, Christopher McCandless, who sold everything he owned and hitchhiked to Alaska from the east coast. Four months after his arrival near Mt. McKinley his dead body was found by some moose hunters. What went wrong? Why did a well to do 22 year old decide to make this adventure when he could have done things so differently? Krakauer traces his journey from Atlanta, across the United States, through Canada, and finally to Alaska. Another book I want to read by Krakauer is Into Thin Air; about his own journey to the top of Everest during the storm 1996 that claimed five lives of the team that he was climbing with.
Rounding out my four books is The Hope Chest by Viola Shipman. If you haven't read The Charm Bracelet, also by Shipman, I highly recommend you do!! Viola Shipman has a way of writing true stories from their own family, mixing it with some fiction, to create a beautiful story. After I read The Charm Bracelet last summer I wanted to start my own bracelet with my own daughter! It's that powerful!! The Hope Chest is about a long married couple needing to bring in a caretaker for the wife due to illness, when the caretaker and her daughter discover the hope chest they learn about the families life through memories.
Feel free to comment on any of these books if you've read them, or join in with me to read them! I can't wait to dive into reading the rest of this summer break. When I'm not shooting you'll find at the beach with a book! (insert heart emoji!)