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Beach Reads

July 6, 2018

Beach Reading at its Best

Being only a half mile away from the ocean, we spend a lot of time at the beach during the summer months. And while I love sharing the sand and surf with my friends and family, one of my favorite activities is reading.

There are a lot of variables that can make your day in the sun or wreck your whole beach reading experience if you are not prepared. It has taken me some time to perfect my routine, but now that I have it down, I’d love to share it with you.

(My daughter Jody at our beach house on the Hood Canal)

Tote-ally Worth It

Before you even step onto the sand, you need to gather all of your essentials. I find that a tote bag holds everything I need, including: two books, in case I finish the first and I am not ready to leave, sunglasses so I don’t squint at the pages, a hat to protect my skin, a towel or two, snacks, drinks and sunscreen. Other items that might make your must-list could be an umbrella and beach chair.

Location, Location, Location

Find a spot that speaks to you. If you don’t want little ones shouting and running past, sit further up the sand. If you want to dip your toes in the water while you read, head further down shore. Just remember to always be aware of the high tide, no matter where you set yourself up.

Reapply & Repeat

No one wants a book shaped tan line because you fell asleep reading, so remember to reapply your sunscreen every 2-3 hours. You can also read under an umbrella or sport a stylish wide-brim hat to make your own shade for even further protection.

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  • Reply
    July 7, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    Sounds like my beach list. I love your blogs.

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    Sally S.
    July 7, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    Thank you for this posting, I’m headed to the Pony Swim at Chincoteague, VA in the end of July and I plan to use all of your suggestions. It might not be the beach but just being out in the sun and waiting for the ponies to cross the channel, so all of these ideas apply.

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    Ella McCamish
    July 8, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    Love your books. Have most of them and read them over and over. Think I have all of your series. Love them. Won’t part with them.

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    Debbie Frost
    July 9, 2018 at 5:16 am

    To me, there are fewer things more luxurious than time spent by the shore. Reading, gazing out over the water, or watching the waves lap the beach are all worth every minute spent.

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    Karen Ford
    July 11, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    Just reading at the beach brings so much pleasure, although we live across the Sound from you.
    Now that summer has finally arrived in the PNW — there are tons of events in every town or city
    Have loaded several of your books on my Kindle and take it with me everywhere!

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    Ruby Norwood
    July 11, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    Love your blog and your books Debbie !!

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    Gayle VanderVeen
    July 11, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    First of all,congratulations on your upcoming 50th Anniversary.I can’t wait for your new book.

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    Delly Carter
    July 11, 2018 at 10:52 pm

    I live in a rural area in Pennsylvania so mountains surround me. My husband dislikes the heat of summer and prefers a mountainous campground stay in the camper than a beach trip. I have only been to the beach twice maybe three times in many many years. Therefore, I look forward to all your books about living near a beach (plus many others you have written!). I am able to escape into another world an imagine I am the character sitting on the porch enjoying beach or on the beach on a white beach chair under a large umbrella reading. Thank you for this peaceful bliss!

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    Nancy Kelley
    July 11, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    I am looking forward to reading your new book, Cottage by the Sea, this summer! I hope you have a wonderful 50 anniversary celebration with your husband on your cruise, Debbie! Bon voyage!

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    Delly Carter
    July 12, 2018 at 1:56 am

    During a message I imagine sitting along the beach at one of the descriptions you mention in your books. Quiet, peaceful and listening to the waves. Thank you for the memories.

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    July 12, 2018 at 2:46 am

    I love that hat and the beach bag!!!!!!!!!!!!! Is that something we can order online. Thanks for your books and sharing your talent. You are by far my favorite author.

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    July 12, 2018 at 4:59 am

    I love the Cedar Cove books, therefore I am very excited for another chapter. Can’t wait.

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    Roxie Romero
    July 12, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    Reading on the beach and gazing out at the water is so peaceful. Helps you to relax and recharge.

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    July 13, 2018 at 4:50 am

    I enjoy your books do much. I also appreciate the shout out for sunscreen. It’s so important! Melanoma cancer is no fun

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    Isilda Silva.
    July 21, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    I, too, will be celebrating my 50th wedding anniversary on November 30th of this year. On our mini trip, the book Cottage By The Sea, will be coming with me. Truly enjoy your books. Congratulations to you and your husband and enjoy your cruise.

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    July 23, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    Anyone know where I can get gold frame glasses like the ones Debbie wears? I love them!

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    July 24, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    Just finished Cottage By The Sea, another great read by the pool.

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    Sandy Kershaw
    July 25, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    The love of my life and I have shared our 50th anniversary this past March also and we have taken mini trips in May, June and July. Always with a book on hand, so when he rests I can relax and read… Cottage By The Sea is on my list to read. It’s already on my spread sheet of Books to Read and need to purchase… As we get older I have created a spread sheet on my books so I would quit buying the same book twice. Living close to Hilton Head and Tybee Island the beach is one of my favorite places to read. I would love a cottage there..

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    Kathy Deen
    July 25, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    I love reading your books. I enjoy reading on the beach in Oregon and next to the lake when I’ve visited Wisconsin. I find it the most peaceful time for reading.

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    Debbie Snyder
    July 25, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    I am turning 60 this October and to celebrate I booked a trip to Bethany Beach to celebrate! I am going by myself, with just my favorite reads, my beach chair, my flip flops and a sun hat! I cannot wait!!!

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    Sherry C Buczek
    July 25, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    I love reading anywhere!

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    Susan Baker
    July 26, 2018 at 12:25 am

    I’m currently reading Cottage by the Sea. BRAVO!

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    Debbie Derrenberger
    July 31, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    Just got finished reading Cottage by the Sea and I think it’s now one of my favorites.
    Would really love to read a continuing story of Annie & Keaton. Please, please consider it!

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    August 1, 2018 at 10:44 am

    I just ordered Cottage By The Sea. Looking forward to reading
    I love all of your books; especially your cookbook.

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