Skip to main content

Beach Bag of Books 2017

Beach Bag of Books

Beach Bag of Books 2017

It's time to think about summer reading. We're talking about the kinds of books that you're glad you now have time to kick back with and enjoy. The way we see it, it wouldn't be summer without sun, surf and great reading. You supply the beach chair, and we'll provide the fantastic book ideas in our Sixth Annual Beach Bag of Books Feature. While the contest portion is now closed, here are some summer reading suggestions:

  • FIREBRAND: A Steeplejack Novel by A. J. Hartley
  • I NEED A LIFEGUARD EVERYWHERE BUT THE POOL by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella
  • PRISONER OF WAR: A Novel of World War II by Michael P. Spradlin
  • QUICKSAND by Malin Persson Giolito
  • REFUGE FOR MASTERMINDS: A Stranje House Novel by Kathleen Baldwin
  • VANGUARD by Ann Aguirre
  • WORTH THE WAIT by Lori Foster

Winners

Antoinette from Waunakee, WI
Brandy from Hickman, KY
Nanette from Santaquin, UT
Sheree from Tucson, AZ
Tracey from Largo, FL
 
Firebrand: A Steeplejack Novel by A.J. Hartley - Fiction


Once a steeplejack, Anglet Sutonga is used to scaling the heights of Bar-Selehm. Nowadays she assists politician Josiah Willinghouse behind the scenes of Parliament. The latest threat to the city-state: Government plans for a secret weapon are stolen and feared to be sold to the rival nation of Grappoli. In order to catch the thief, Ang must pretend to be a foreign princess and infiltrate Elitus. But Ang is far from royal material, so Willinghouse enlists help from the exacting Madam Nahreem.

I Need a Lifeguard Everywhere but the Pool by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella - Humor/Essays


The bestselling and “perennially hilarious” mother-daughter team is back with a new collection of stories from their real lives, guaranteed to make you laugh out loud. Join Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella as they regret drunk-shopping online, try smell-dating, and explore the freedom of a hiatus from men --- a Guyatus. They offer a fresh and funny take on the triumphs and facepalm moments of modern life, showing that when it comes to navigating the crazy world we live in, you are always your own best lifeguard.

Prisoner of War: A Novel of World War II by Michael P. Spradlin - Fiction


PRISONER OF WAR is based on a true story of a fifteen-year-old boy who left a horrible home situation to join the Marines.  The day he was discovered to be underage and sent home, the Japanese attacked the Philippine’s. When the U.S. Forces surrendered, young Henry Forest is forced to survive in a Japanese Prison Camp.

Quicksand written by Malin Persson Giolito, translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles - Legal Thriller


A mass shooting has taken place at a prep school in Stockholm’s wealthiest suburb. Maja Norberg is 18 years old and on trial for her involvement in the massacre where her boyfriend and best friend were killed. When the novel opens, Maja has spent nine excruciating months in jail awaiting trial. Now the time has come for her to enter the courtroom. But how did Maja, the good girl next door who was popular and excelled at school, become the most hated teenager in the country? What did Maja do? Or is it what she didn’t do that brought her here?

Refuge for Masterminds: A Stranje House Novel by Kathleen Baldwin - Historical Fiction


It’s 1814. Napoleon has escaped his imprisonment on Elba. Britain is at war on four fronts. And at Stranje House, a School for Unusual Girls, five young ladies are secretly being trained for a world of spies, diplomacy, and war….Napoleon’s invasion of England is underway and someone at Stranje House is sneaking information to his spies. Lady Jane Moore is determined to find out who it is. If anyone can discover the traitor, it is Jane --- for, according to headmistress Emma Stranje, Lady Jane is a mastermind.

Vanguard by Ann Aguirre - Fiction


Since the war ended, Tegan has dreamed of an epic journey, so when she has the opportunity to sign on as ship’s doctor, she can’t wait. Millie Faraday, the kindest girl in the free territories, also yearns to outrun her reputation, and warrior-poet James Morrow would follow Tegan of the staff to the ends of the earth. So their company seems set but fate brings one more to their number. Tegan will battle incredible odds while aiding the Uroch vanguard, who has ventured forth to save his people. Szarok is strange and beautiful, like a flower that blooms only in the dark. She shouldn’t allow him close, as such a relationship is both alien and verboten. But through stormy seas and strange lands, she will become stronger than she ever knew.

Worth the Wait by Lori Foster - Fiction


Single dad Hogan Guthrie is getting his life back on track, and working as the "barbecue master" at a local diner is just a temporary detour. He and restaurant owner Violet Shaw constantly butt heads…until one night they end up mingling other parts instead. Nathan Hawley traded his SWAT team credentials for a sheriff's badge, but a gorgeous new neighbor is shaking up his orderly life. Nathan has a hunch there's more to Brooklin Sweet than meets the eye --- but given her caution about getting involved, he has his work cut out for him. Still, there's something about the elusive beauty Nathan can't walk away from --- and helping her come to terms with her past might pave the way to the future they both secretly long for.