Life’s a Beach Book Tag

Seattle’s in the middle of a heat wave and I’m not happy about it.

The weather has been creeping past Pacific Northwest Hot into Actually Hot.

At least it feels like summer, so here’s a summery book tag from Lefty at The Left-Handed Book Lover.

The Sand

A book that stuck with you long after you finished reading

Out of Love haunts me.

Out of Love by Hazel Hayes

The details make this book work.

We know the couple separates at the beginning of the book; as the story moves backward, we learn about all the things that contributed to their breakup.

This book encouraged me to go back to therapy. That sounds like a joke, but I’m honestly grateful.

I didn’t realize how low I’d gotten.

The Sun

A book that burned you

Sundial takes place in the desert and also sucks.

Sundial by Catriona Ward

If your “high-concept” story doesn’t come together by the end, it needs more edits.

It does not need to be published in hardback for $24.99.

The Waves

A book that calms you down after a long day

Library of the Unwritten’s plot is so wacky, there’s little chance of it intersecting with my life in any painful way.

Library of the Unwritten by A. J. Hackwith

Don’t you hate it when characters from unwritten books escape Hell and try to contact their authors?

Is this the plot of the game Hades? Wrong answers only.

The Bathing Suit

A book with a pretty summer cover

Hurricane Girl has finally been released!

Hurricane Girl by Marcy Dermansky

Look at that bright, shiny cover!

I am WORRIED but I still plan to read it!

The Birds

A book that is everywhere

Everyone I know is reading Siren Queen.

Siren Queen by Nghi Vo

I read about 20% and wasn’t really feeling it.

I’m not much of a historical fiction reader, so your mileage may vary.

The Company

A book with wonderful characters

I RIPPED through Love, Hate & Clickbait.

Love, Hate & Clickbait by Liz Bowery

The characters easily could have been one-dimensional assholes.

Somehow I found myself caring about those dopes.

The Ice-Cold Drinks

A book you absolutely gulped down

Exalted is a WILD ride.

Exalted by Anna Dorn

I don’t really know if I can recommend it, but I enjoyed it immensely.

It’s like…a very well-written car crash.

The Fun Memories

A book you can’t wait to return to

Ever since I bought a copy of The City We Became, I’ve been wanting to reread it.

The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin

The book feels like summer.

(I think it’s set in summer, so that could be it.)

I finally moved my column fan out into the middle of the room.

It’s frozen towels and ice cream sandwiches from here on out.

Maybe I’ll even take refuge at the movie theater, who knows.

Happy summer!

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