Adventures Etc: Beach Reads

With the best beaches and most relaxing views, reading is a popular9780307408860 Block Island activity. I am proud of myself for the amount of reading I have done here. I just finished up Dead Wake by Erik Lawson. It is an historical nonfiction telling of the sinking of the Lusitania. I picked it up it because Lawson will be coming to the island this weekend and speaking, and signing copies of his book at the Old Harbor Church (Sunday 8/9 at 5pm). I read the book on my Kindle, so it might be awkward when I ask him to just sign my Battleship Board game set.

In reading on the island I have to deal with the options that exist for getting one’s hands on reading materials while on the island.

Island Bound Bookstore (Water Street, 401-466-8878) If you are looking for the newest reads, pick up your novels at the island’s only bookstore. The spot is a great place to find your next read with the front shelves flooded with the best sellers. In addition the store offers “Block Island” books, by local authors and on the subject of the island itself.


The Island Free Library (Dodge Street, 401-466-3233)  Though the library has short hours (note they are closed Sunday and Monday), the library is a great choice for find your vacation reads. In order to check out books one must have a Rhode Island Library card (or can attain one with an Rhode Island ID) or pay a $25 charge to obtain a card. The library hosts numerous events throughout the summer and has great Wi-Fi if one needs to check in with the really world while on the island.

Harbor Church Book Exchange (High Street, 401-466-5940) Bring along one book to the island, but inhaled it in one afternoon? Have no fear, the Harbor Church’s book exchange is the perfect solution; bring your pre-read pages and swap them for someone else’s. This event happens intermittently thorough out the summer check the Block Island Times for upcoming times.

With plenty of places to find your reading material, next comes the question, what shall I read. I have done a fair amount of page turning this summer so I have a few books I can recommend, but it depends on what you are looking for…


If you are looking to become a greater assets to your trivia team…


What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures by Malcolm Gladwell

This book is a collection of short pieces by Gladwell that answer so many of the questions you didn’t know you needed the answers to. Learn why Americans have such high breast cancer rates, why dogs bite and others don’t or (my favorite piece) why there’s only one type of ketchup. You will be flooded with facts that will have you adding to the conversation at cocktail hour.

If you are looking to figure out why you’re still single…Unknown

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

With a new set of eyes taking on the wild world of romance, comedian Ansari does some real research into the changing dating world. He, along with a number of sociologist conduct surveys, interviews and share personal stories about dating today. The book focuses on the shift towards technology as a major player in budding relationships, and look to answer the question of why those three little “typing dots” appeared on screen but then vanished with no reply.

If you are looking to beat your friends in reading the “new Gone Girl”…


The Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

Written by a Cosmopolitan Magazine editor, this chick-lit will have you spending your afternoon “binge-reading”. The sassy narrator is the girl you want to be, but love to hate. The twist and turns of the novel slowly reveal the not-so put together life of Anni. Definitely a girl read, but you will be one step ahead of your friends who are just finishing up Girl on a Train #slowpokes.

If you are looking to impress the cute History major…


All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Set in Europe during the second World War this historical nonfiction is a riveting story of two separate souls living amongst the background of total war. The loss of innocence, and effects of separation from those we love all within the context of real timelines and sequencing makes the interesting story educational as well.

May your days be long and worries short. Now, I need get back to my latest page-turner.

What have you read lately? Is there a certain type of book you like to read in the summer?


One thought on “Adventures Etc: Beach Reads”

  1. Jenna, Thanks for your latest blog on books and places to go for books. Love that little library on the Block. Have fun with your Guests tomorrow. Areyou working Sat. Ate and danced at Currier Museum with Br. Last night. Special Thurs. Eve program on fifties and sixties music. Danced quite a bit. It must have been kind of cool and wet in Vt. I miss camping a little with family. No big plans this wk. May go to York Bch. midweek as Krista is going to Martha’s Vineyard with Brian, his vacation. Kim called tonight on her way to New London. They were going to do the marshmallow thing by a fire. So have a great time with Karen and Sal. Keep in touch. I mailed a letter a couple of days ago general delivery. Take care. August is winding down . When do you leave the island? Love, Gr. Joanne Sent from my iPad



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