You’ve decided you need a vacation, or at least a day at the beach. Spring Break is upon you. What to pack? You’ve got your swimsuit and sunscreen, and Cedar Cove on Anna Maria Island has your place to stay and beach chairs ready.
Now you just need to cross some last items off your packing list and then you are off the clock because it’s unwinding time. Let us make this decision a little easier for you: What to read? There is no better place to listen to the crashing waves and dive into a great book than the white sandy beaches of Anna Maria Island, so we’ve compiled some of our favorite beach reads recommendations for each person’s taste.
Do you have a particular celebrity, or person in history you admire? Learning more about the inner-workings of their experience and insight into their lives is not only informative but entertaining: Memoirs like “The Nine Of Us: Growing Up Kennedy” by Jean Kennedy-Smith gives you a glimpse into life growing up as a young child of the famous Kennedy family.
The genius behind the Broadway Musical “Hamilton”, Lin-Manuel Miranda, was inspired to write the play that would become a phenomenon while on a beach vacation reading “Alexander Hamilton” by Ron Chernow.
If you’re looking for essays that will make you chuckle: Try “Me Talk Pretty One Day” by David Sedaris or any other of his works of delightfully sarcastic essays.
Our recent favorite was a collection of fiction essays beautifully and humorously written by a writer of the hit tv show “The Office” - “One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories” by B.J. Novak.
There are plenty of Young Adult novels for a younger crowd or young-at-heart like the mysterious story of “Where’d You Go, Bernadette?” By Maria Semple that is in works to becoming a major motion picture. The recently-released, “Turtles All The Way Down” by John Green, offers a heartfelt and stunning story by one of the most popular Young Adult novelists today.
If you’re looking to dive into a fiction story page-turner that you may have seen on tv or in theatre: The HBO series following the drama and mystery of a group of women in California based on “Big Little Lies” by Liane Moriarty swept the awards-season. A hit book in the U.K., “Love, Rosie” by Cecelia Ahern is a sweet love-story that was made into a charming romantic-comedy.
Of course, there are always classics you may have not read in a long time, or have always meant to read by never set the time to: We’ve recently dove back into two of the most renowned writers’ most famous pieces of work by re-reading “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou and “East of Eden” by John Steinbeck.
No matter what type of book your prefer, or if all you plan on staring at on your beach day is the horizon, we hope you leave your vacation inspired.