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RMB ‘s Best Beach Reads

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The warmest season of the year, and the perfect time to lounge on a breezy beach with an easy read. Ahhh, I can feel it now. Sand in my toes, book in my hand. Is there anything more relaxing? Today, Reno Moms Blog contributors are sharing some of their favorite beach reads. Throw a few of these picks in your beach bag, and I promise you won’t be disappointed!

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
What Alice Forgot centers on a woman who goes to the gym, hits her head, and loses all memory of the past decade. After bumping her head, Alice wakes up thinking she‘s 29, happily married, and newly pregnant. But, she’s actually a 39 year-old mother of three, and in the midst of a divorce. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. She has to figure out why her sister hardly talks to her, and how is it that she’s become one of those super skinny moms with really expensive clothes. 

“The best books are the ones where you love the characters, wish they existed in your real life, and miss them when you’re done reading the book! What Alice Forgot was funny and engaging – a must read for summer.” – Jenn Duval 

The One & Only: A Novel  by Emily Giffin
The One & Only is told from the perspective of Shea Rigsby, a girl who has lived her whole life in a small Texas town. After the community suffers a tragedy, Shea reevaluates her life choices including a limitless career, and a relationship going nowhere. A story of friendship, loyalty, and love set against the backdrop of Texas football, The One & Only is a book you can easily glide through this summer.

“This [One & Only] was a great beach read because it didn’t require much thinking! Predictable fluff is what I enjoy during a day lounging at the pool or beach.” – Tracie Barnthouse

The Circle (Vintage) by Dave Eggers
The Circle is about a recent college graduate, Mae Holland, who lands a job at The Circle, a powerful technology company. From the beginning, Mae is impressed by amenities at the Circle, including access to top-notch technology, dorm-like housing, gyms and recreation activities, and parties. As Mae climbs the corporate ladder, The Circle continues to develop a range of sophisticated technologies, including light, portable cameras that provide real-time video with minimal effort but with some dire consequences. The Circle raises timely questions about transparency, privacy, democracy, and the dark side of the Internet.

“The Circle was thought provoking. It made me question how our reliance on technology is changing our ability to think critically. It was really entertaining too – kind of felt like an expose on what working at Google or Facebook might be like.” –Jenny Petty

The Starter Wife by Gigi Levangie Grazer
An oldie but goodie, The Starter Wife chronicles a smart, sassy woman as she redefines herself after years of marriage to a Hollywood studio bigwig.

“The Starter Wife is a hilarious and fun read – perfect for summer! It’s about a Hollywood wife, Gracie, who gets dumped by her husband via cell phone just before their 10th wedding anniversary. Her luxurious life is turned upside down and her point of view of the people she associates with (rich/famous) is so funny. The story takes you on a journey of her life as a “starter wife,” when she never thought she would be that woman.” – Jessica Mize Grundy

Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison by Piper Kerman
With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years before. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to fifteen months in prison the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now an inmate. From her first strip search to her final release, Kerman learns to navigate this strange world with its strictly enforced codes of behavior and arbitrary rules. She meets women from all walks of life, who surprise her with small tokens of generosity, hard words of wisdom, and simple acts of acceptance. Just like the Netflix hit (which was based on this book), Piper’s story is heartbreaking, hilarious, and at times enraging.

“Orange is the New Black is a great book! It’s engrossing and funny. It has been fun to read how the book is different from the TV series.  The book also opened my eyes to some of the problems in today’s criminal justice system.” – Lynnette Bellin

What are you reading this summer?


About Jennifer Woodbury Duval

Jennifer Woodbury Duval
A right coaster now living on the left, Jennifer Duval is a mom to two rambunctious boys, and works full-time in the communications department at a Fortune 500 company. Fueled by logic, she is a no-nonsense type of gal who doesn’t buy into the latest trends, but does like to try new, trendy restaurants. An avid reader, she also loves coffee, chocolate, Zumba, and discovering new places.

One comment

  1. Great suggestions! I’m on my way to grab a new book now and headed here first to get the scoop! Thank you!

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