Beach. Reads.


We have a routine. We’re a well-oiled beach machine. JD packs the car, we stop at Trader Joe’s for snacks, I spray on coconut scented oil. You know, so my freckles can become a darker shade of brown. We head to our favorite beach and enjoy the sun along the Newport coast.

Last Saturday–on a rare weekend off–we fell into our beach routine. Upon waking from a nap, JD anxiously looked at me and asked if I was ready to go into the ocean. I reached for a chilled Perrier and said, Nah. Just like that. Total brat mode. I was still trying to recover from the Breathing Between the Waves incident of last year. I tuck my nose in a book, and he drinks the remainder of my Perrier. JD suggests buying a ball for next time. Or maybe a frisbee? Or how about paddle ball? I scrunch my nose at the thought of running in nylon beachware. In public. There are too many moving parts as far as I’m concerned.

Well, what? What do want to do at the beach, JD asks. I lift my head from the book and reply, Read, of course. He smiles a crooked smile. He knew the answer. It’s been the same as long as we’ve been together. And here’s an iPhone picture to prove it:

Here’s a list of recent reads you might enjoy as much as I did:
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
A totally enjoyable read. It was recommended by a few blog readers, so I heeded their advice and was pleasantly surprised. It was–at times–a little cliche, but I’d still read it again even given this fact. I have my money that it’ll be made into a movie sometime soon. Starring Dakota Fanning and Oprah.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
I wouldn’t have picked this book up at the bookstore. Don’t ask me why. It was mailed to me by the ever lovely Anda Marie and it came with a library card bookmark. And I was in love from the start. It’s peculiar and in the voice of a special-needs protagonist. The voice is raw and palpable…and disturbing at the same time. And it was an incredibly cool read.
The E Myth by Michael Gerber
Wow. I know. This business book has been suggested from it’s first edition, but I just got around to reading it. And. Wow. Seriously, as a entrepreneur and small business owner, it’s so flipping incredible. It’s an easily digestible read and makes so much sense. Go get it. Now.
Some Girls – My Life in a Harem by Jillian Lauren
Warning: This book is trashy. I read it on the beach while in the Caymans, so cut me some slack. It’s an autobiography of a girl who leaves NYC to live as part of a harem for a prince. It’s definitely not Disneyfied or Pretty Womaned, so consider yourself warned. I just happen to love autobiographies and Lauren’s voice is like ready a juicy blog. There I said it. … And riiight about NOW I’ll be getting a call from my mother asking me to remove this link. Because I used the word ‘harem’ on my blog. I’m getting a time-out…I just know it.
Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls
This was another fantastic blog reader recommendation! I read Walls’ first novel–The Glass Castle–and was incredibly moved…it’s such an amazing book! Naturally, I wanted to read her novel and I enjoyed it…but not as much as the first. I know some of you might hate me for saying it, but it lacks the electricity of the first novel in so many ways. However, I’d still totally recommend this book because it’s a fabulous read nevertheless.

Happy Monday!

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  1. julie

    July 19th, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    funny that you say that you have your money on The Help being made into a movie….my uncle is on set now filming. go here:!/profile.php?id=100000925879617 to check it out….

  2. v

    July 19th, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    great recommendations, but probably don’t want to describe Half Broke Horses as sophomoric if you actually liked it.

  3. Ashley Sellers

    July 19th, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    The Help is actually in production right now 😀

  4. Karen Kueh

    July 19th, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    All the books that you are reading sound really interesting, I will definitely need the one for small biz and owner & blogger:)

  5. Stevie Armstrong

    July 19th, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    thanks for the list of suggestions… totally rad!

  6. Tina

    July 19th, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Good books! I suggest You’re Not You by Michelle Wildgen. It’s such a good book.

  7. brittani

    July 19th, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    ahhh.. A woman after my own heart.
    I can’t wait to get my hands on some of these!

    Thanks Jasmine.

  8. feuza

    July 19th, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    how do you have time for all this reading? glad at least one book of the list I have read, thanks for the suggestions

  9. Jamie

    July 19th, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    You have to read Same Kind of Different as Me. Trust me, it will change your life. It’s autobiography style and such a powerful story!!

  10. Gail

    July 19th, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    Jasmine, you ALWAYS get me when you talk about books! 🙂

    One I’ve added to my list and just snapped up to read after I finish the "Girl in the Dragon Tattoo" series (which has me HOOKED) is called "One Day" by David Nicholls. Check out the description:

    Sounds good right? 🙂

  11. liz

    July 19th, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    Thanks! I just finished The Help. I’m ways looking for new summer reads. Have you read "Middlesex" by Jeffrey Eugenides? It won a Pulitzer – it’s *all that* and more…

  12. Rhonda

    July 19th, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    I just added all of these to my list!

  13. Amber

    July 19th, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Thanks for the book recommendations. I’m always looking for great books. I just read White Oleander, The Poisonwood Bible and The Kite Runner. Would totally recommend them if you haven’t read them already.

  14. Julie Renee

    July 19th, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    I’m headed on vacation next month, so thank you for taking the guesswork out of choosing a few good reads for the trip. 😉

  15. hanna

    July 19th, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Love seeing the book recommendations. The girl w/ a dragon tatto is a great book (as are the other 2 in the series).

  16. Megan (Best of Fates)

    July 19th, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    The only one of those books I’ve read is Haddon’s, but I also loved it, so now I’m tempted to read all the rest!

  17. LEOLAK

    July 19th, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Thanks for the suggestions! I’ve read the E Myth and yes, it is a great read for business! I need to re-read it! Hope your time out isn’t too long. =)

  18. Jo-Anne Kyle

    July 19th, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    Good timing – I’m just on my way to the library! Thanks for the suggestions.
    Hmmm, what have I liked recently? "The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society" Love the title, couldn’t put the book down.

  19. Grace Lightner

    July 19th, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    Reading The Help now, am loving every morsel! Have a blast on the beach gorgeous!

  20. Ivona

    July 19th, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    Awesome! I love a good business book! I need all the help I can get, haha. =D

  21. Christy Tyler

    July 20th, 2010 at 12:05 am

    That’s so funny! I just posted on one of your old posts yesterday about Half Broke Horses! (I’m still catching up on your blog – sorry!) Anyway – I do agree. It’s a great book but in comparison to The Glass Castle – not quiet there. But still great as a stand alone novel none-the-less! (Also – I found it probably more interesting after reading her first book because it was intriguing to see how her mother was raised that led to the life she had…as told in The Glass Castle)

  22. Anda

    July 20th, 2010 at 12:56 am

    Whoop whoop!! BOOKS FOR THE WIN!! Love you, Jasmine 🙂 xoxo.

  23. Dee

    July 20th, 2010 at 12:56 am

    Ahh, awesome! I will add these to my reading list!

  24. anda

    July 20th, 2010 at 2:07 am

    ps — are you on goodreads? 🙂 look me up if you join (amanda_m). not like you need another social media site in your life 😉

  25. Lindsay C.

    July 20th, 2010 at 4:22 am

    I’m totally with you with the whole "Beach=Reading". Why would I want to go get all yucky and salty and sandy when I could just sit here and read? Good times. (p.s. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers is the best book I’ve ever read. Ever.)

  26. Life with Kaishon

    July 20th, 2010 at 4:56 am

    I love a good book.
    Love. Love. Love : )
    I can’t believe that our library doesn’t have The Help.
    I think it is the only library in America that doesn’t.

  27. Inland Empire Wedding Photographer

    July 20th, 2010 at 6:33 am

    I like hearing about your reading and beach stories
    I love how you have all this different categories to your blog that tell you life’s story. I can’t wait till you blog about kitchen stuff or food or cooking again.

  28. s h e r r y

    July 20th, 2010 at 6:52 am

    LOVED (and still love) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. So good. Love how all the chapter numbers are just prime numbers.

  29. Alicia Damron

    July 20th, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    I recommend Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, very fast read, I loved it!

  30. Katelyn James

    July 20th, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    I feel cool that I saw this on JD’s twitter first….you’re a cute bookworm:)

  31. Apple

    July 20th, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    hmm. i just wonder, are you a fast reader jas?:D

  32. Evonne Wong

    July 21st, 2010 at 11:07 am

    You make me feel very guilty. I live on Maui and I don’t go to the beach nearly as often as you do. So sad… 🙁

  33. Trina

    July 21st, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    Thanks for the suggestions! I read East of Eden because you recommended it and oh my god. Fantastic book. I was so absorbed with the story I think I need to read it again to pick up on all the subtleties.
    I’ve also read The Help…thumbs up from me.
    I love that you are a blogger that also reads! Seems to be a rare thing and it reminds me to get away from the computer.

  34. Jessica

    July 22nd, 2010 at 4:33 am

    Hey…. I love your blog!! It helps to inspire me to continue posting on my own!!! Anyway.. thought I would recommend to you a book that my husband wrote. It’s actually a top seller on Borders and it’s a memoir called, Lost & Found (by David L. Johnson Jr.) Also, he is in the process of publishing his second book called Decoded. It’s actually more of a dating/relationship book. Feel free to just google it or look it up on Borders.

  35. Ayumi

    July 23rd, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    I started The Help over our summer vacation on my grandmother-in-laws kindle but didn’t get to finish the last two chapters! Now I’m waiting to get it from the library..can’t wait to finish it!

  36. Truc

    August 3rd, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    I’ve been thinking about The E Myth, and then I saw this post. Guess I’ll be reading that next.

  37. Apple

    August 6th, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    again, you’re so the ultimate couple!!!!:)

  38. Tracy

    August 27th, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Thanks for the book recommendations, I just ordered The E Myth and can’t wait to read it!