A Beach Lover: Quarterly Book Review

Last year, I tried to read one book a month as one of my New Years Resolutions.  Unfortunately, somewhere around March I got super busy and the excuses started piling in.  This year though is a different story and I have been kicking ass with my one book a month goal.  So without further adieu, I decided to do a quarterly roundup of all the books I've read so far this year.



I can honestly say that I enjoyed all of the books that I read below, all of the authors are so smart and creative.


January- "The Couple Next Door" by Shari Lapena
This book is about a husband and wife who go next door to their neighbors house for dinner.  The couple ends up leaving their sleeping baby at home while they drink the night away next door.  After midnight, the couple returns home and realizes that their daughter has gone missing.  The remainder of the book tells the story of the search for the missing child.  This book definitely has a suspenseful twist that will leave you in shock.  You will definitely be able to finish this in a matter of days!

February- "The Woman in Cabin Ten" by Ruth Ware
A journalist (Lo) goes on a cruise for work, when she suddenly is convinced that she has heard a women being thrown overboard in the cabin next door.  Lo goes on to make it her mission to solve this mystery, even though no one else believes her story.  This book was a real page turner and you will also read it rather quickly!

March- "Big Little Lies" by Liane Moriarty
I read this book when we were in Mexico and it was seriously SO good.  I'm sure everyone has watched the hit HBO show by now, but I have to say that the way the book was portrayed  was 10 times better than the show.  When you are reading this book and find out the twist of who Saxon Banks is you can't help but think that Liane is a pure genius!  Seriously, I highly recommend reading the book before watching the series (if you haven't already).

April- "Me Before You" by Jojo Moyes
Louisa Clark ends up taking a job working for a young, rich man who is newly wheelchair bound after an accident.  The young man is extremely depressed, so Louisa sets out to turn his spirits around, by taking him on adventures and showing him that life is worth living again.

I have to admit that I didn't LOVE the end of this book and I was a little disappointed at the outcome. This book was made into a movie in 2016 and I just happened to watch it over the weekend.  Both the movie and book were good, but like I said the end was not what I had predicted!

Next up for May, I'll be reading "All the Missing Girls" by Megan Miranda.

Have you read any of the above books?  I would love to hear your recommendations!

A Beach Lover: Cabo!

Steve and I went on our annual trip to Mexico and just got back last week.  We opted for Cabo this year and it did not disappoint!  We lucked out with weather and had 85 degree weather everyday!

Cabo is gorgeous, but the one thing I didn't like about it, was the fact that you really can't swim in the ocean.  The hotel that we stayed at had a serious undertow and the water was freezing!  Someone informed us that the water was so cold because we were so close to the Alaskan waters.  I'm not sure if that's true or not, but it seemed to make sense after a few Pina Coladas.

Here are some shots I took while we were there:





The Marina in Cabo is seriously one of the most gorgeous marinas I've ever seen in my life!  If you head to Cabo you should definitely stop by to check it out.  There is a lot of shopping and restaurants around the Marina and its also within walking distance to all the nightlife action downtown.






From the downtown Marina for like $10 you can get picked up by boat and brought to "The Arch" and "Lovers & Divorce Beach".






Lovers Beach is where they will drop you off and if you walk to the other side of the beach that is where "Divorce Beach" is located.  My husband and I thought the entire beach was called "Lovers Beach" and later learned that we were hanging out at "Divorce Beach" for the day.  Ooops!  I guess they call it "Divorce Beach because the waves are so treacherous and you can't swim.

I will say that "Divorce Beach" was one of the most beautiful beaches that I have ever seen in my life.










After the arch, your tour-guide will most likely bring you over to these "rock windows" where you can see the Pacific Ocean meeting the Sea of Cortez- very cool.




    Cabo reminded me a lot of Arizona with all of the Cactus's' and Desert-like feel.








I think I'm still recovering from the 3 hour time change that we went through, but Cabo was seriously gorgeous and I would go back in a heartbeat.

Check out our 2016 & 2015 trips to Mexico HERE and HERE

Have you ever been to Cabo or Mexico?