Friday, July 15, 2016

Friday Get Away: Kady's Tips for Beach Success

Every summer we like to do something special. This year our bloggers will be giving you their picks for their favorite books to bring on a vacation. Whether you're heading out on a long car trip or catching a flight to paradise, we have the books to put in your carry-on.

Kady shares her picks today:

Since moving to a beach town I've become an expert on the beach day trip- you need a cooler with cold water, some fruit and a sandwich. A timer so you don't forget to pay for parking, and quarters to pay. An old bed sheet to lay out and put your towel on top of. Sunscreen, lots and lots of sunscreen. And a good book.

I have two favorite types of books for long days on the beach- first I like books that are as hot as I'm going to be. Anything that takes place in a heat wave, where characters can see the air shimmering in front of them and small children bust open fire hydrants in the streets. And second I like books where something a little sinister, a little creepy, and a whole lot dramatic is happening. There's something about reading creepy books in the middle of the bright sun, surrounding by people having fun that makes them extra effective and chilling. Today I have two book recommendations that fit both of my favorite beach read categories.

Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina

The year is 1977, the place is New York City. Taking her cue from real historical events that happened in Manhattan that summer- a string of arsons, a record heat wave and, oh yeah, the Son of Sam serial killer- Meg Medina weaves a tale of a girl about to become a woman, caught up in both her family and the city's turbulence (see our full review here).

Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff

It's the hottest summer ever on record in Ludlow and a serial killer is stalking the streets, targeting teenage girls and leaving a valentine on each body. Hannah is working a boring summer job at a photo print store and trying to deal with the fact that her dead best friend's ghost is haunting her bedroom.

When Hannah starts to see the ghosts of the victims of the Valentine Killer, she knows she has to do something. So with a dead best friend and one of the best mysterious loner boys in the history of mysterious loner boys, she sets out to solve the case and confront the killer (see our full review here).

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