Summer Reading!

Summer is here! And is there really a better way to spend a day at the beach than with a good book?

Here is my Summer reading recommendations. I have read, or am in the process of reading, each book. Let me know if any of these are one your list!

Mystery

Cozy Mystery

Nonfiction

Classic

Pirates

Historical Fiction

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Dress Her in Indigo

Dress Her in Indigo

by John D MacDonald

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A wealthy old man laid up in the hospital is desperate to understand the last months of his daughter’s life before she was killed in a car crash in Mexico. It was puzzling. She’d cleaned out her considerable bank account, left Miami and hadn’t been heard from again. Travis McGee ventures into the steep hills and strange backwoods of Oaxaca through a bizarre world of dropouts, drug freaks, and kinky rich people–and begins to suspect the beautiful girl’s death was no accident….

I have spent most of this year reading books that have a beachy/tropical setting in an attempt to enjoy the miserably cold Florida winter (yes I know it is now spring. I’m behind). Tropical setting plus a thrilling mystery always equals a Travis Magee novel! I am slowly collecting the series thanks to my local book store and I picked up Dress Her in Indigo as it had Travis and Meyer traipsing across Mexico.

Whew.

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Don’t get me wrong; I loved it. I love every Travis Magee novel, but Dress Her in Indigo was a tough read. Let’s go ahead and get the Spoilers/Trigger Warning out of the way. Be prepared for extensive descriptions of substance and sexual abuse. Nothing is sugar coated (in typical JDM fashion) but you don’t have to worry about gratuitous gore. It is what it is and that is exactly how JDM lays it down on the page. Dress Her in Indigo does not have a happy ending; it ends the only way it can. Just…whew. End of Spoilers.

Meyer and Magee are hired to go to Mexico and discover the details of a lost life. An old friend of Meyer’s has recently buried his daughter and wishes to know how she lived while in Mexico. Travis knows that nothing good will come this venture but Meyer insists on doing the favor for a friend. This scene between the three men introduced me to my favorite quote:

“But don’t fault him. He believes he is really in the midst of life and always has been. He doesn’t know any better, because he’s never known anything else. What a limited man believes is emotional reality is indeed his emotional reality.” Meyer (John D MacDonald)

So, Travis takes this job against his better judgement and heads south with Meyer. What follows is a twisted tale of drugs, hard living, and the loss of innocence. It was an amazing story; it was a rough story.

I don’t want my promise of a rough time to dissuade you from reading Dress Her in Indigo. The novel was initially published in 1969 and tackles a number of social issues. Unsurprisingly, JDM’s opinions/suggestions are just as applicable today. He discussed the lack of communication between the young and old, the stark contrast of the materialistic and idealistic, the difference between sexual conquest and intimacy, and the affects of war and violence on mental health. He takes a very candid approach on the struggles of those with same sex sexual orientation (remember it was published in 1969). But most importantly, Dress Her in Indigo highlights the loss of innocence and how to adjust to a new reality.

I especially enjoyed the aforementioned quote because it hit me at the right time in my life. I needed to read that statement. I needed to know that some people are incapable of understanding a life outside their own small reality. To understand this isn’t necessarily because they are mentally incapable of such a feat (though that can be the case) but often they have no idea there is so much more out there.

Do I suggest Dress Her in Indigo? Yup. But like all John D MacDonald books…that recommendation comes with a caveat. This book is going to make you think. It’s going to make you cringe; make you wish beyond anything that you can jump into the pages and hug poor Meyer. This book isn’t a light holiday read, but it is perfect for those longing for more of a thrill as they soak up the sun.

Let me know what you think! Happy Reading

Lindsay

Bookish Facts

Bookish Fact #4: I like to read outside.

I will read anywhere, and I like to read curled up on my couch or at a local coffee shop with a good cup of coffee. Reading outside is my favorite. I enjoy sitting at the beach with a fun story listening to the waves. I love sitting in our historic downtown outside a local shop listening to people pass by as the breeze flows down the street.

Now reading outside does have a downside….the people. I like to have some external distraction while reading but so often I find myself having to listen to one sided phone conversations, people loudly conversing, or blaring music from shop fronts. I have luckily found a few places that offer the perfect environment for reading and I go as often as I can!

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Where is your favorite reading spot? Do you like to read outside? Do you like a little distraction when reading? Let me know!

Lindsay

Summer Reading!

Last Wednesday was the first official day of summer! I don’t know about you, but for me summer means afternoons with a good book on the beach. And summer always finds me reading stori s about pirates, exotic locals, and dead bodies of beaches. 

(I know what you’re thinking…mystery lovers are pretty morbid. Yes. Yes we are!)
I decided to share my 2017 Summer Reading List for those of you with similar interests looking for a new read! They are separated by subject below; some i have already reviewed and others are still TBR. 

Avast ye book lovers! Let me know what you’re reading this summer! You know i’m always open to recommendations and would to hear from you. 

Beach Mystery

Tan and Sandy Silence

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Fun Mystery Series

Phryne Fisher Mysteries

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Iris Cooper Mysteries

1716475  5777339  2157504

Pirate Stories

Pirate Latitudes

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Daughter of the Pirate King

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Treasure Island

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Travel

The Wonder Trail

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History

Moloka’i

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Florida Reading

Spring is here and soon it will be warm enough for reading days at the beach! Until then I am sharing pictures that show the joy of reading in Florida.

It’s finally warm enough to go to the beach. I will be hitting my favorite reading spot soon!


I hope you all get plenty of beach time in the coming months. I plan to have plenty of sand between the pages!

Lindsay

What to Expect: JULY

What To Expect: JULY

Well…it’s probably quite obvious by the number of reviews I posted in June that I’m STILL adjusting to my new day-shift schedule. UGH!! 13 hours of my day are dedicated to exercise, work, and my commute back and forth, which leaves far less reading time than I’m accustomed to. Thank the Lord for audiobooks! Guys, I haven’t even made it to the beach this summer! That should be considered a crime against humanity. (DEEP BREATH, DEEP BREATH) But, July is a brand new month and I have a new trusty planner to help me navigate this new schedule!

So what should you expect to see in July?! the same thing you should have seen in June!

1. A Time to Live by Jonas Lee

2. Akarnae by Lynette Noni

3. Identity Theft by Laura Lee

Don’t worry! The reviews will keep coming. I love doing this too much to throw in the towel! Happy reading this July and hopefully we’ll all find time to hit the beach and get a little sand between the pages!

Lindsay

What to Expect: JUNE

What to Expect: JUNE

Today is June 1st and like most people I am shocked that 2015 is zipping by so quickly! I am still adjusting to my new schedule and workload but am doing better with keeping up with my reading. June promises more posts and here is what to expect.

I have a few books that I have needed to read and review for some very patient friends.  The following are three you will definitely hear about this month!

1. A Time to Live by Jonas Lee

2. Akarnae by Lynette Noni

3. Identity Theft by Laura Lee

Plus, there will still be a few mysteries left over from May!

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Thank you all for being so patient with me the last few months. Things here at Sand Between the Pages are getting back to normal, so be ready for plenty of reviews coming your way!  Here’s to summer and lazy beach days spent reading!

Lindsay

What to Expect: MAY

May: the Month of Mystery!

May is my first anniversary of posting book reviews here on Sand Between the Pages. One whole year!  So much has happened since I started this site. I graduated with a Masters degree in History. I’ve started a new career. And I found renewed focus for my writing dreams. All while providing you reviews on the books I read. It’s been a great year and I’m so blessed by your support and friendships!

So May will, once again, be the Month of Mystery. All posts this month will be dedicated to those stories that channel our inner detective. Non-mystery authors who are waiting for their novels to be posted: don’t fret! Your books will grace Sand Between the Pages in June!

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This month is dedicated to spending warm spring days on the beach, basking in the tropical smell of sunscreen with a good cozy mystery and plenty of sugar sand stuck between the pages.  Lounge in your beach chair, bury your toes in the sand, and join me in discovering whodunit!

Lindsay