I came to Thailand this week with my Kindle loaded with books — although most of my reading this week has unfortunately not been at the pool or the beach. We have had incessant rain! It is monsoon season here, but we’ve been coming here for the past 5 years the first week of my summer vacation, and never seen near as much rain. We’ve actually been here and seen no rain at all the entire week.
We are taking all the rain as a good excuse to slow down and give both of our bodies some much needed rest. We have squeezed in some gym time, and some long walks down the beach and around a nearby lake — in between showers and downpours. Yesterday I was able to swim about 15 length of the pool before the wind kicked up and the skies opened up again.
(Today, the sun decided to grace us with it’s presence!)
I read a lot of non-fiction, historical fiction, and memoirs– but there are times, like when laying by a pool, when I just want some easy to read, page turning fiction. Here are some recommendations of books that fit the bill:
Wreckage, by Emily Bleeker
Okay, if you’re afraid of flying, and are getting on a plane to get to your beach destination, don’t read this book. The story is actually told by the main character after she has been rescued, as she is trying to sort out her life after her rescue, her whole family believing she had been dead for years.
The story switches between present day, dealing with the media, and her memories of the plane crash and life on the island.
It’s a quick read, and one you won’t want to put down.
Inamorata, by Megan Chance
One thing I love about Amazon Prime is Kindle Firsts– Prime members can download 1 new release for free every month (You can also borrow 1 book from the Prime library each month).
Inamorata was one of my Kindle Firsts last summer, which was good, because I never would have bought it on my own. It’s fantasy/paranormal, which is not typically a genre I read. It was good to stretch my interests.
The main characters travel through Venice, and unknowingly get caught up in the games of a ghost trying to free herself. The book gives an interesting view into the expat circle in Europe in the nineteenth century, and is another page turner that will keep you guessing until the end.
The Pact, by Jodi Picoult
Not typically a reader of popular fiction, I had never read any Jodi Picoult when I came to Thailand a couple of years ago. A friend had given me some eBooks on a flash drive, and a few on there were by Jodi Picoult.
I specifically remember Alex trying to pull me away from the villa, snapping at me to get my attention, while I read this book, finishing it in a matter of days. The topic is heavy- teenage suicide — as many of Picoult’s books are (she also wrote Nineteen Minutes, about gun violence, and My Sister’s Keeper, about living with a mentally disabled child). She writes about these controversial topics giving the viewpoint of all parties involved, leaving her readers conflicted, and completely hooked until the end.
This book will give you a lot to think about — light, it’s not, but her books are very easy to get into, and very difficult to peel yourself away from.
Gone Girl, by Jillian Flynn
I read this before the movie came out, and as often is the case, the movie was terrible. The book told the story so much better. This is a book I specifically bought looking for a easy to get into page turner, and it was that exactly.
The story of a couple’s marriage plays out through memories, each recounting moments they really were in love, and wondering what went wrong. I still can’t decide if I liked the way it ended — I didn’t like the way it ended, but it certainly was an unexpected twist.