The Unpretentious Reader


Beach reads

I haven’t talked about this on the blog yet, but in seven days, Danny and I will be headed off to Kauai, Hawaii for an entire week!


We visited Kauai for the first time in 2014 and fell in love with the island – so it’s no surprise we’ve managed to find our way back there again. We plan on spending this trip doing much of the same as the last one: snorkeling, hiking, eating fresh and delicious food, and last but not least, my favorite thing to do on vacation: reading on the beach!

Though the term “beach read” can mean “chick lit” to many people, that’s not really how I gauge what I bring to the beach. (Although there’s NOTHING wrong with the latter. And, side note, why isn’t there a genre called “dude lit”? Inquiring minds need to know.) When going on vacation, I will typically bring at minimum three books, plus some extras on my Kindle and at least one good audiobook on my phone. My worst nightmare is running out of books to read on vacation. If I get a lot of relaxation time, it’s not uncommon for me to finish 2-3 books on a single, week-long vacation. I have to come prepared!

I also like to have variety, because my mood determines what I feel like reading at any given moment, and there’s nothing worse than being bored with the books you brought and having nothing to switch to. So after several reminder emails that I had books waiting to be picked up at the library, here’s what I’m looking at:

Beach reads!

OBVIOUSLY it would be impractical to try to travel with this many books (but WOULD IT? whispers the oversized backpack in my closet). The ones I’m leaning towards bringing are The Year of the Flood (I’ve already started reading this one off and on), The Book of Unknown Americans (this is the pick for my book club this month), and The Love that Split the World. Oh and obviously Harry Potter, assuming I don’t finish it before we leave next week (that copy is mine, preordered from Amazon like the HP-loving nerd I am).


I’m also listening to The Wise Man’s Fear (book two in the Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss) but, considering the 9+ hours of traveling we’ll be doing both ways, I suspect I’ll finish it before the trip is over. Just to be safe, I plan on downloading Truly, Madly, Guilty, Liane Moriarty’s latest book, as well. I have high hopes for that one!

Finally, I’ll grab a a couple of titles for my Kindle from the library – not sure which ones, yet. It usually depends on whatever the library has available. 🙂

What do you like to read on vacation??

Life lately, vol. 4 (Bryce Canyon)

Two separate weekends in March, I got out of Salt Lake and headed down to southern Utah for a change of scenery – first Danny and I went to Bryce, UT, and two weeks after that, some girlfriends and I visited Zion National Park. The weather was a far sight better than what we’d been getting in SLC last month, and sometimes it’s just nice to be a tourist in your own state. Here are some photos from the first trip to Bryce Canyon. Enjoy!

PS. All photos taken with my trusty Nikon D90.

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Living in Utah has so many perks, y’all.

Have a great weekend!!

Leaving on a jet plane

Del Mar Beach

Sorry for the lack of posts this week – I’ve been too busy getting ready for SAN DIEGO this weekend!! This trip came together in the best of ways: completely and utterly spontaneously! I had a companion fare ticket through Alaska Airlines that was going to expire, and after a quick chat with my bestie of 16+ years, Tracy, we decided that we obviously needed to put it to use. Minutes later, we had texted our other bestie from high school, Alisa, who lives three hours away from San Diego, and she immediately agreed to the idea! The next day, tickets were purchased, an Airbnb rental was booked, and all we had to do was wait a few weeks until it was time to leave.

San Diego is quite possibly my all-time favorite city, and I’m thrilled to get to spend a few days there with two of my oldest friends. I’m never happier than when I’m at the beach, in the sun, sand between my toes, and breathing in the salty, ocean air. Can’t. Freaking. Wait.

Also, I’ve got two books I devoured last week and loved, and I’m itching to write reviews for them – so stay tuned for that sometime next week.


I hope you all have a FABULOUS weekend!