Sadly, I don't have a beach trip planned this summer - though Cape Cod awaits me in the fall. This is the time of year however, when the "Best Beach Book" lists start popping up - and I am usually all over them. This is actually somewhat ironic - because I rarely get much reading done while at the beach. I used to blame this on the fact that I was always watching out for my son and his cousins - fearful that some rogue wave would carry them out to sea if I so much as glanced down at the book in my lap. Since my guarding days are over however, I find that I am just too mesmerized by the sights and sounds around me to focus much on reading. I love the waves, the colors, the birds, the fish, the shells, the children playing in the water ("Are their parents watching them carefully enough?", I worry.) I love pouring over the lists though - trying to ferret out those titles that I know I will enjoy reading after a long day in the sand, sun and surf.
And so - I will share with you some of the ones that have caught my interest for this summer. I am sticking to recently published works - though I know that there are many older titles that could also make the cut. At the end of this post, I will share with you the outcome of my "Scapes Au Gratin" experiment from Father's Day!
Here, in no particular order, are the top ten books I hope to acquaint myself with in the next few months (the summaries are from The Book Page):
The Chaperone, by Laura Moriarty
This book has cropped up on several of the lists that I have looked at.
Canada, by Richard Ford
Home, by Toni Morrison
Home is largely the story of Frank Money, who left behind both the safety and the shackles of small-town Lotus, Georgia, by enlisting to fight in Korea, vowing never to return. Alas, the horrors of war leave Frank shell-shocked and bruised, a shadow of his former self. With whiskey and the comfort of a woman named Lily, Frank manages to keep his misery at bay, but these things offer temporary relief. It is only when he receives word that his little sister Cee is dying, having suffered at the hands of a eugenics-obsessed doctor, that Frank finally musters up the courage to return to the place he once called home, where his true healing can begin.
To the "Scapes Au Gratin" review - well - it was OK. I would say that some really liked it - had seconds - even took some home. I was not keen about the dish. I don't think that it was necessarily the scapes - though that was "a lot" of garlic flavor! It called for more cracker crumbs than I think I should have used - gave it a bit of a gummy texture. If someone asked me to make it again - of course I would - but for myself? No - but it's always worth giving something new a "go" - so no regrets!
Enjoy whatever you are choosing to read this summer - just find the time to do it!