Fall is just around the corner, and if you’re like me, you’re digging your toes into the last scraps of summer and refusing to take off your shades. If it’s already too cool where you live to slip in one more bonfire, wear your favorite maxi dress, or have a final sun-drunk picnic, try these beach reads to make the season last just a little bit longer.
Craft Cocktails, by Brian Van Flandern
What says summer more than a day spent outside sipping an oh-so-cool artisanal cocktail? It’s not quite the same indoors by the warmth of the clanking radiator, but you can still mix up one last mojito before the weather’s too cool to enjoy it.
Beach House Style, by the Editors of Coastal Living Magazine
We can’t all live at the beach, but we can all daydream about it. Give your dreams some inspiration by oohing and ahhing over Coastal Living magazine’s style guide. Those white walls might look frosty in the winter, but in summer, they’re pure interior-design bliss.
Guide to State Parks of the United States, by National Geographic
Plan your next camping trip to one of the gorgeous great-outdoors locations in this book. Stargazing, campfires, canoeing: What could be more summerific?
Ukulele: The World’s Friendliest Instrument, by Daniel Dixon, with Dixie Dixon and Jayne McKay
One of the best parts of summer is starting a new project. But you don’t have to let your photography, jewelry making, and sushi skills wither just because summer is fading. Grab a book to inspire you and make time for your favorite hobbies! I’ll be picking up my uke to keep the happiest sounds of summer alive in my home.
Nails, Nails, Nails!, by Madeline Poole
Fancy schmancy, too-cool-for-school nails are one summer trend that’s easy to carry into fall. Try one of the 25 creative nail projects in this book or make up your own sunny style. Just be sure to let your nails dry before you put on your mittens!
The Practical Naturalist, by Chris Packham
Study up on the specimens you’ve been collecting this summer. Whether it’s a shell from the beach or a feather you found in the woods, this book from the Audubon Society will help you understand the flora and fauna you’ve admired all season long.
The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simsion
If you haven’t already gobbled it down, warm your heart with the romance of the summer. Follow Don as he attempts to outsmart love, only to learn it’s utterly impossible. It’s a bit like watching Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory fall in love, and perfect for easing into these back-to-school days.
How do you plan to keep summer alive?