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Don’t Tell Barbara (what I read on the beach)

Josh and I just got back from Maui, and obviously it was the best time ever.

I’m not usually one to read on the beach. Usually I’m Action Sports Lisa – never slowing down. Constantly surfing, swimming, snorkelling, or running up steep sand dunes.

This time though, I decided to take it easy and spent tons of time reading on the beach instead.

It was such a nice change! Super refreshing and recharging (especially since I was there for my advanced yoga teacher training and had lots of homework to do).

Before we left, I asked my pal Julia if she had any book recommendations, and she asked if I had read the Robert Galbraith (a.k.a. J.K. Rowling) mysteries yet. I had not.

So of course I immediately checked all three out of the library, packed them in my bag, and hauled them to Maui with me.

Side note: if our librarian Barbara found out I had her books on the beach, she would have my neck, or at least give me a stern talking to (…so don’t tell her, okay?).

Anyway, these books were SO GOOD! I burned through all three and enjoyed every second.

They were entertaining, fast-paced with well-developed and interesting characters, whose backstories unfold slowly throughout the three books. I also enjoyed the feminist aspects of the book, including frank discussion of street harassment and assault, with empowering interpretations for women. Some of it was a tad gory for my taste (especially the second and third books), but not exactly gratuitous, or at least still readable.

I now find myself in a bit of a book vacuum.

I tend to read mostly self-development books, but really enjoyed the brain-break of some gripping fiction (just like my Shamini Flint – Inspector Singh phase of last year).

While I have “Year of Yes” (by Shonda Rhimes) and some other inspiring non-fiction books on my shelf, I crave another good mystery.

Any recommendations?

xo Lisa