The books I impulse bought for the beach

Beach Reads: The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren.

I have a problem.

Every time I go to the beach I want new fancy shiny books to pick from that I can take with me while I lounge on the sand. Even though I *definitely* have quite a few unread books still in a pile in my room that need to get read. But I just enjoy browsing Barnes and Noble before a beach trip in anticipation of reading and relaxing next to the waves.

So that’s what I did about a week ago before I left for the beach this Summer.

And how many books did I buy for one week? I bought 5 books.

You read that right. 5.

And in classic Dana style I completely overestimated how many books I would actually read in one week at the beach with my family.

Because I read 1 book.

Yes. You also read that right. 1 out of 5.

What can I say? On beach trips I usually get distracted with babies and card games and frisbee and diving in the waves. But that never stops me from packing a bunch of books *just in case.*

So these are the books I impulse bought for the beach (you know, just in case)!

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

Beginning Summary: 

“Olive Torres is used to being the unlucky twin: from inexplicable mishaps to a recent layoff, her life seems to be almost comically jinxed. By contrast, her sister Ami is an eternal champion . . . she even managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a slew of contests. Unfortunately for Olive, the only thing worse than constant bad luck is having to spend the wedding day with the best man (and her nemesis), Ethan Thomas.

Olive braces herself for wedding hell, determined to put on a brave face, but when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning, the only people who aren’t affected are Olive and Ethan. Suddenly there’s a free honeymoon up for grabs, and Olive will be damned if Ethan gets to enjoy paradise solo.”

Then She was Gone by Lisa Jewell 

Beginning Summary: 

“Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was fifteen, the youngest of three. She was beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers. She and her boyfriend made a teenaged golden couple. She was days away from an idyllic post-exams summer vacation, with her whole life ahead of her.

And then she was gone.

Now, her mother Laurel Mack is trying to put her life back together.”

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman 

Note* This is the prequel to Alice Hoffman’s bestseller, Practical Magic.

Beginning Summary:

“For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man. Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the sixties, when the whole world is about to change, Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique. Difficult Franny, with skin as pale as milk and blood red hair, shy and beautiful Jet, who can read other people’s thoughts, and charismatic Vincent, who began looking for trouble on the day he could walk.”

Mr. Flood’s Last Resort by Jess Kid

Beginning Summary:

“Maud Drennan is a dedicated caregiver whose sunny disposition masks a deep sadness. A tragic childhood event left her haunted, in the company of a cast of prattling saints who pop in and out of her life like tourists. Other than visiting her agoraphobic neighbor, Maud keeps to herself, finding solace in her work and in her humble existence–until she meets Mr. Flood.”

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Beginning Summary:

What happens when America’s First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales? When his mother became President, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. Handsome, charismatic, genius—his image is pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House. There’s only one problem: Alex has a beef with the actual prince, Henry, across the pond. And when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an Alex-Henry altercation, U.S./British relations take a turn for the worse. Heads of family, state, and other handlers devise a plan for damage control: staging a truce between the two rivals.”


As you can probably tell from the featured image of this post, the one book I actually did manage to read was The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren. It has really good reviews and the plot idea was cute but it honestly wasn’t my favorite. I just never really connected to the characters or got invested in their love story.

Which was unfortunate because it has such a cute cover for beach pics! (If you’ve read it let me know what you thought!)

Now (even though I am no longer at the beach) I have moved on to Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell.

Let me know if you’ve read any of these or have picked one up/thought about reading one of them!

The Books I Impulse Bought for the Beach!

Also I am always looking for good ‘beachy’ reads if you have any suggestions!


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