Poolside Reading for Grownups
Herman Koch is a master of plotting and pacing and writes some of the funniest trains of thought ever written attributed to characters. (I’ve always thought some men think and operate just like Mark does in this book.). Part vacation novel, part marriage novel, part psychological thriller, and part who-done-it, this one has something for everyone. I listened to the audio and it was pitch-perfect. Summer House With Swimming Pool by Herman Koch.
Diving Pool: Three Novellas by Yoko Ogawa. Jun is a competitive diver for his high school. His foster sister realizes she is in lust with him and stays after school daily to watch him practice, loving the beauty of his body as it slides into the water. This lust cannot be consummated, so instead, she turns to a strange way of releasing the pent-up emotions. There are two other very short novellas (long short stories?) in this collection. The writing is very beautiful.
I can’t wait to read this one! I can’t offer a review since I haven’t read it, but here’s a link to the fabulous Elliott Bay Book’s review. They liken it to Unbroken which I can recommend without reservation. The Three-Year Swim Club by Julie Checkoway.
Poolside Reading for Kiddos
Who says orangutans don’t swim? See Suryia defy her specie’s stereotype and swim–sometimes with his doggie-pal, Roscoe. A nice, gentle book to encourage reluctant swimmers. Suryia Swims!
This award winning book might appropriately be subtitled: Introverts Go Swimming.
Here’s a fun tween-girl series for when the whistle blows and everyone gets out of the pool for a while. I can just see a gaggle of giggling girls hunching in beach towels reading this while they warm up after a swim. Pool Girls Dive In by Cassie Waters.
When Brett’s Dad breaks the laws of securities trading and goes to prison, Brett ends up with a job cleaning pools and much more. Along the way his boss helps him thru the tough time and helps Brett to grow in positive ways. Pool Boy by Michael Simmons. Here is a longer review.
Trust Martha Stewart to have the perfect pool party already planned! Everything from towels to napkin rings, drinks and nibblies.
What a hoot! Beer Pong Battleship! Of course you could make this “mystery drink Battleship” if you’re going non-alcoholic. Just use different sodas, juices or combinations. Either way it’s fun.
Is your book club currently reading America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray? Then have the club meeting at the First Daughters’ Pool party in this wonderful book! Wild Women Throw a Party by Lynette Shirk
If Carlos the Cabana Boy is on vacation, have hubby fill the glasses and send them out with this awesome remote controlled delivery vehicle! But, personally, I’d send these back–no fruit on sticks and no little umbrellas!
What lazy day of floating in the pool wouldn’t be made better by floating on a bomb pop! Hand out those iconic popsicles and let the kids play “Capture the Float”–winner gets a 2nd popsicle! Bomb Pop Pool Float
Chemical colorings and artificial sweeteners aren’t your thing? Make your own bomb pops out of real fruit! Here’s the recipe. Be considerate–if you like these, leave a nice comment for the blogger who posted it. Don’t worry, she links to the cool popsicle molds she used too.
Pull this out when “Marco–Polo” gets old.
101 Cool Pool Games for Children by Kim Rodomista
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