Beach Reads by Cindy Bilbao

books to read by the lake

Bring these books along the next time you're headed to the beach, or when you want to spend a little time at the beach in your imagination.

book about creating balance in your life

A Gift from the Sea

By Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“I must remember to see with island eyes” writes Anne Morrow Lindbergh, wife of the legendary aviator, Charles Lindbergh, while spending two weeks alone on Captiva Island seeking time for reflection upon her life. A Gift from the Sea is beautifully written and difficult to put down. It is a deeply personal book yet instantly draws the reader in as if she’s actually right there in her beach chair next to you. Anne writes about love, motherhood, marriage and middle age as she contemplates the various relationships she has with friends, husband, children and with herself.  It is filled with insightful wisdom that will strike a chord with any reader. A running theme throughout the book is the idea of creating balance in one’s life and her ruminations about carving out nourishing time for one’s self is as completely relevant today as it was in 1955 when Anne wrote it.

This book is filled with metaphors inspired by her seaside surroundings. Nature clearly influences her words as they flow on the page in a peaceful, relaxing tempo making this a perfect beach read. Make room in your beach bag for this treasure of a book. It’s a quick read that will leave you feeling refreshed.

New Hampshire coast novel

Sea Glass

By Anita Shreve

This story takes place in the early 1900’s, in a large house on the coast of New Hampshire. The story centers on Honora Beecher and the various characters that serendipitously become a part of her life like the sea glass she finds.  Readers will find multifaceted characters in a by-gone era.

beach reads thriller book

Into the Water

By Paula Hawkins

Best-selling author of The Girl on the Trainwrites a new psychological thriller about the drowning deaths of two women in the same river that will keep you guessing until the very last chapter.

novel set on New England coast

The Art of Floating

By Kristin Bair O’Keefe

A small town drama set in coastal New England is full of emotion and healing. One man is lost while a mysterious stranger appears in Sia’s life and she must discover who he really is.

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This article appeared in the Glassing Magazine July 2017 issue.

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