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Midge Raymond
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It’s Time for Beach Reading

‘Tis the season for beach reading … and here are a few recent reading lists for you:

- First, of course, I must mention the Seattle Books Examiner’s Best Beach Reads for Summer list, as Forgetting English is included (no bias here, clearly). I also love this list for including two other collections of short stories: Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout and Love Stories in This Town by Amanda Eyre Ward (again, no bias here at all).

- The Washington Post has asked authors to name the characters they’d most like to spend a day on the beach with; check out whose company writers from Colson Whitehead to Geraldine Brooks are seeking out this summer.

- And the Chicago Tribune‘s Julia Keller has a short list that highlights the “best beach read of all time” — Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse.

And I’ve just begun reading Janna Cawrse Esarey‘s The Motion of the Ocean, which is on several top summer reading lists (Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Parade magazine, last time I checked). The book is truly a page turner, with Janna and her fiance getting prepared to tie the knot, then untie the knots on their sailboat for a 2+ year honeymoon cruise. (No bias here either … just because I’m doing an event with Janna in July doesn’t mean I can’t adore her book.)

Happy reading.



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