What could be better than catching up with a good book while sitting on the beach? Maybe the people watching? On a couple recent weekends, I combined these two beach favorites: I caught you reading along our beautiful lakefront. Your interesting and wide-ranging book choices were perfect for inspiring other readers.
I caught you matching your reading to the beach setting with The Rocks and The Other Story, both set in southern European coastal towns. The similarities don't end there—each features a complex protagonist, a rocky romance and reflections on a troubled past. Pick these up when you need a real page-turner.
These next two would be great choices for a book club. Favor fiction? I caught you reading Cutting for Stone, which traces the epic journey of twin brothers abandoned at birth as they move across continents and through the decades. Prefer nonfiction? I caught you reading The End of Your Life Book Club, a son's memoir of connecting with his mother through books as she faces terminal cancer. Read it as much for the book recommendations as the touching family story.
As a longtime Margaret Atwood fan, I was thrilled to spot two of her books at the beach. I caught you reading The Handmaid's Tale, a classic dystopian novel with feminist themes, and The Blind Assassin, a Booker Prize-winning story within a story that explores the lives of two sisters. Both feature the beautiful writing, interesting characters and thoughtful insights you'd expect from Atwood.
Sports fans, I saw you, too. I caught not one but two of you reading Boys Among Men, in which journalist Jonathan Abrams investigates how the rise of high school-to-pro stars like LeBron James changed the NBA. And I caught you reading Fantasy Life, a mix of memoir and reporting that gives an inside look at fantasy sports.
What else are you reading, Chicago? Share your recommendations in the comments!