For those of you who’s eyes are bigger than their spare time to read, I join you in solidarity.

My stack of books to read has become a new piece of furniture in my bedroom, tall enough to sit next to a chair and wide enough to display the errant bookmark and cup of tea. I’m in trouble.

What to read first. When in doubt, alphabetize, by author. Too predictable, I know, but it works for me. What can I say it’s the librarian in me.

All considered to be beach reads, these three actually take place at the beach. Connecticut, Rhode Island and Florida, their warm sand and waves are calling. Books that put the ”fun” in dysfunction. Imperfect and messy. All my favorite qualities in a novel.

What Hello Summer by Mary Kay Andrews, A Week at the Shore by Barbara Delinsky, and The Sweeney Sisters by Lian Dolan have in common is family.  The main character in all, return to “the scene of the crime” their home and the reason that brought them back, and why they left. Parents and siblings, lovers too, throw in a mystery for ”glue” and you have a reason why these authors have been around for so long. Although Lian Dolan is a new discovery, she is a keeper.

I apologize for adding to your “stack” but I promise it will be worth it!

Julia McDonald is a Reference and Adult Services Librarian for the Kirkwood Public Library. She has been with the library since August 2007. She is a voracious reader, especially women's fiction and nonfiction, and loves to share her thoughts with other readers. She also loves to read to her grandchildren, and share her love of reading!