Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Summer Wrap Up

I hope these summer months have been enjoyable for everyone......it has been a super-busy time for my family and June and July literally flew by. This week I'm getting my kids' uniforms cleaned and ready for a new school year and attending back-to-school orientations already!

Just to share a few summer highlights.....

 I had a terrific vacation in Hawaii with my family and I don't think I've ever had such an amazing experience. Gorgeous weather (so cool and relaxing), and a great balance of activities.......lounging by the pool, walking along the beach, surfing lessons for the kids, helicopter ride for breathtaking views, a luau, golf for the boys, Pearl Harbor on the 4th of July, and, of course, lots of cocktails in the shade of palm trees. Heaven! We stayed in a villa on the beach in Maui and then at the gorgeous Moana Surfrider Hotel in Honolulu. Every evening was a picture-postcard sunset!

Finding time to read has been a challenge with all the hustle and bustle. (I've spent time in enough airports in the past few weeks from LAX to Atlanta and Florida and back again that I am quite happy not to see another terminal for quite some time.) What I DID notice was that whether I was on a flight, by a pool, on the beach, or in an airport, everyone seemed to be glued to the pages of Fifty Shades and the sequels! I don't plan on reading them (I've read enough reviews), but it's hard to escape their presence....they seem to be everywhere!

 A few authors that have come on my radar lately that I'm excited to explore are Karen White and Juliana Gray. White's Sea Change was my favorite summer read so I'm interested in exploring her mystery series beginning with The House on Tradd Street. I love a bit of mystery and paranormal set in charming Charleston, SC. (Paranormal and SC seems to be a theme this year with me, beginning with one of my top favorites this year, The Restorer by Amanda Stevens.)

Juliana Gray (a.k.a Beatriz Williams Overseas) has an historical romance trilogy coming out called Affairs by Moonlight. I've just ordered the first book, A Lady Never Tells -- and if it is anything like
 Overseas , it's going to be a good one!

Looking forward to getting back to a little more routine back in my life when school starts again, and definitely more reading time.

 What was your favorite summer read?


Mystica said...

You have had a nice summer!

Svea Love said...

I'm so happy you had a fantastic and gorgeous summer! We just got back from a family vacation in Kauai... I think I am still there mentally, lol.

I know what you mean about 50 shades, I tried reading a bit of my step-mom's copy while on vacation and I just couldn't bring myself to put my other books on hold for it.

Hmmm, my favorite book this summer would have to be re-reading Push Not the River by James Conroyd Martin. I hope you enjoy your new authors and that the start of school goes smoothly :)

Joanne said...

Mystica - Thanks! I sure did. :)

Svea - Very good to hear from you! I know what you mean...it took me a long time to "come back to earth" after the beauty of the islands! I'm not familiar with the book so I will go do a search. Thank you for the rec!

Marg said...

Your holiday sounds fantastic!

I really like the Karen White series, and I am looking forward to reading the next one.

I didn't know that Beatriz Williams wrote under another name. I am definitely going to keep an eye out for those books!

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