The Whimsical Mama

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In My Beach Bag July 18, 2016

The kiddos and I are beach bound to Tybee Island this month and I’ve been thinking about what books I’m going to take with me. When we went to Virginia earlier this month, I had books planned too. I always try to have a kindle or physical book on me at all times! You never know when it’ll be needed! So I thought I would write up a post about my beach read choices! I’ve posted about my recommendations, but now I’ll share what’s actually making it in the beach bag. The kiddos have their kindles loaded up with books, games, and movies, so I’ll be able to listen to an audiobook on the drive down again this year. Or even better, I may have the car to myself if they sneak over into Grammy and Grandpa’s car! Whatever the driving arrangements, they’ll have headphones on so it will be blissfully quiet.

First up, I’ll recap what I picked as my reads for Virginia. My hubby’s family lives in Northern Virginia and it’s about a 6-7 hour drive depending on how many stops we need to make. I think it took us closer to 7-8 this year cause we kept getting caught in traffic. So many wrecks! Hubs is big into adult epic fantasy, but sometimes I get him talked into a YA audiobook. This trip, I talked him into:


The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

I honestly thought he would enjoy it. It was easily a five star read for me when I read it last summer. I was going to continue on with The Infinite Sea, but decided to wait til The Last Star came out. Now I needed a refresher and I thought hubs would like it. He made it about halfway through before declaring there wasn’t enough action and he wanted to listen to something else. Poo on him. Anyway. I ended up finishing on my own through audio and on ebook. Since he bailed on me, he had me look through my ipod for something else to listen to. He chose:


Aftermath by Chuck Wendig

I was so excited for this trilogy. I really was. I hated every minute of this book I listened to. I may enjoy it if I read it, but the narrator’s voice got on my ever loving nerves!

We didn’t spend as much time at hubby’s grandfather’s beach cottage as originally planned, so I didn’t do as much reading as I thought I would. I also brought along:

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir and A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

I intended on re-starting A Torch Against the Night and reading A Court of Thorns and Roses as a back up, but the mood to go ahead and start ACOTAR hit. I only read about 100 pages though.

Now that we’re Tybee bound and I’m packing our things, it’s time to decide what I’m going to take with me. It’s about a 7 hour drive, so it’ll probably be on the 8ish side with the kiddos and needing to stop for gas. Potentially stopping for my mom to stretch her back some too. She tweaked it recently and it’s still a smidge tender! The kiddos have been with me at the office some and have asked for music in the car instead of one of Mommy’s books, so I haven’t listened to anything since we got back from Virginia. Right now, my plan is either:

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey or The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

I’m really torn on this decision! I should’ve finished The Raven King when I started it, but I got distracted and now I have to start over. Thankfully I’m not too far into it! One of those will be my audiobook. I may be able to swing both of them! At least probably all of The Infinite Sea and part of The Raven King. I need to check times on them.

I also plan on taking:

Gotta have a physical book or two for beach side reading!

If you’re interested in what the kiddos have picked to take with them, you can check it out here!


Also! Continuing my three year blogging anniversary celebration, I have another giveaway for you! This giveaway will be international as long as Book Depository delivers to your country. Up for grabs is any 2016 young adult book! It can already be out, or you can pick one to pre-order! I have two more giveaways planned to reveal soon too. Potentially a third! I’m getting so close to 1k followers on Twitter and there will be a giveaway to celebrate that as well! (:


This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL (and only open to the countries where Book Depository delivers to) Entrants must be at least 13 years old to enter. Those entrants under 18 MUST have parental consent. Giveaway is open July 18th 2016 (12am EST) through August 20th 2016 (12am EST). No giveaway accounts. I reserve the right to disqualify entries in violation of my giveaway policies (Please see my Site Polices for full polices). All entries WILL be verified. Winner(s) have 48 (FORTY-EIGHT) hours to respond to email/tweet. Good luck. May the odds be ever in your favor! (:

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15 Responses to “In My Beach Bag”

  1. I’ve always wanted to visit Tybee Island. I hope you have fun!
    As for favorite beach reads, I like to take something totally fun and mind-candyish. Bridget Jones, or a Confessions of a Shopaholic, would be perfect for me.

  2. I’m not really big on typical beach reads, my beach read will be whatever I’m reading at the time I go to the beach!

  3. Linda Trinklein Says:

    I love to read, I dont have any favorite beach reads, only because I will enjoy any and everything as a beach read!! šŸ˜€ Thank you for the chance to win this amazing giveaway! I cant wait to read a torch against the night!

  4. Vivien Says:

    I love reading the the fluffy stuff. Jessica Brody writes great contemporary novels that are perfect for the beach.

  5. Ooyy, it’s been quite some time since I went to a beach! I wanted to change that this summer, we’ll see if I can. I don’t really do the beach reads thing, because I feel like I can read any book at any time, anywhere! I’m not really a mood reader so it’s just whatever is next, is next. In terms of summer-y reads, I liked The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler and Summer of Sloane by Erin Schneider. Good stuff. šŸ˜€

    Thank you for the giveaway, Maura!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  6. […] in August now, other than Punk and I head back to school. I do have two giveaways going on here and here! Don’t forget about those! How’s your summer been? Have you read anything […]

  7. For the beach, I love reading summertime contemporaries, such as Jenny Han’s novels as well as those by Morgan Matson!

  8. Any Colleen Hoover’s books. šŸ™‚

  9. I don’t go to the beach a lot, unfortunately, but there are a few books that ALWAYS make me crave going there. For example, all of Sarah Dessen and Morgan Matson’s books, and Summer of Sloane by Erin Schneider. ā¤

  10. _Sandra_ Says:

    I’ve just recently finished Nil trilogy by Lynne Matson and absolutely loved it. Also, any book by Kasie West, Leigh Bardugo and Morgan Matson is a must in my opinion.
    Thanks for the giveaway! šŸ™‚

  11. Bube Says:

    Light,fun reads,I love to read contemporary romances on the beach šŸ™‚
    Thank you for the giveaway šŸ™‚

  12. Anything by Rainbow Rowell is always fun for the beach!

  13. Eveline Says:

    I read a lot of YA Fantasy when I’m at home, but on vacation I usually read chicklit or contemporary, because it’s easier on the brain. šŸ˜› I also read a lot of my mother’s thrillers so I don’t have to take a suitcase full of books to last the week!

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