There’s nothing like a beach and a book! Looking for something awesome for your visit? We have book reviews from associates, friends and guests that make for perfect reading on Anna Maria Island. Stop by a local bookstore or use in-rental wifi to download one of these gems to your favorite electronic reading device. Books range from local favorites to national best sellers, so check back often!
Anna Maria Island April activities aren’t just about Easter. There is so much going on in the area as Florida Spring Breakers head home and warm weather moves in.
Anna Maria Island April Activities
Throughout the month you’ll find new things to do and see including art, food, outdoors and family fun. live it up while on Anna Maria Island this spring!
Beach N’ Food Truck Festival
The second annual Beach n’ Food truck festival will be April 8th from 10am-10pm. Find it at Coquina beach on south AMI. This event offers all of the area’s best food trucks with a large variety. Also find crafts, live music, classic car show and a kids fun zone. While there is lots of parking around Coquina Beach, patrons are encouraged to ride the free trolley. Trolley service ends at 10:30pm.
Salty Buddha SUP Yoga
Try something new on your trip to Anna Maria Island with Stand up paddle board yoga from Salty Buddha! This is a fantastic way to stay both active and relaxed while connecting mind and body in tropical AMI paradise. Join instructor Rachael Croll for a one of a kind experience on the water. Classes are designed for all levels of skill. Her 90 minute session will include paddle board instruction followed by an hour of guided yoga. Schedule your class today!
Easter Egg Hunt at The Sandbar Restaurant
Bring the entire family to the beach for a fun toes in the sand Easter Egg Hunt! This year’s egg hunt will be on Saturday the 15th at 9am sharp at the Sandbar. Arrive early. After the dash for eggs everyone will proceed down Pine Avenue for refreshments, games and an Easter Bonnet contest. The Easter bunny will also be making an appearance. Everyone is welcome to come, and kids under 10 can join in on the egg hunt. Be sure to bring your Easter baskets!
Recycled Teen Fashion Show at the Downtown Bradenton Central Library
See local teens compete in one of Manatee County Libraries most popular events April 22 from 1-3pm. Ages 13-19 will get the opportunity to experience what its like to be a real fashion designer. All styles are created using recycled materials. The day of the event models will take to the run way to show off these teens wonderful talent for fashion with a twist! The 2016 show drew a crowd of over 300 with 24 participants. Find the Downtown Central Library at 1301 Barcarrota Boulevard West in Bradenton.
Seas & Shore Fine Art Photography at Island Gallery West
While in Holmes Beach Stop by Island Gallery West to see the April featured artist Richard Stewart’s photography. His exhibit shows his fascination with the waters surrounding Anna Maria Island. The work is on display all month and a reception will also be held April 14 during the Artshop 5:30-7:30pm.
Enjoy the island life this these Anna Maria Island April Activities!
Anna Maria Island -If you’re a bookworm like me, reading at the beach is one of the most relaxing activities to do. However, it can be hard to find a good book that will captivate your interest.
Here are three of my favorite Anna Maria Island beach reads.
1.The Maze Runner by James Dashner.
The Maze Runner is one of my favorite books to read. In it, Thomas wakes up in a glade in the middle of a labyrinth. As he meets the other gladers he finds out that they are stranded in the middle of a labyrinth with no memory of their past. With the help of his friends, Thomas begins his quest to find a way out of the maze and to freedom.
The Maze Runner is the first of the trilogy and is one of those books that once you’ve started reading it’s impossible to stop. Even ‘The Telegraph’ author Rebecca Hawkes stated, “It’s punchy, tense and, crucially, original.”
2. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green.
If you’re looking for a laugh An Abundance of Katherines is the perfect book for you. Colin Singleton is a child prodigy who has a love for the name Katherine. In fact, he’s dated-and been dumped by-19 of them. Because of his recent dumping, Colin and his food-loving friend Hassan set out on a road trip with 10,000 dollars and a mission: create a theorem that will predict the future of every relationship.
3. Simon vs. the Homosapien Agenda by Becky Albertalli
One of my favorite books, Simon vs. the Homosapien Agenda is young adult novel that focuses on the struggles of figuring out who you are throughout high school. Simon had been thinking about coming out to his parents for a while, and has even been talking to a guy who goes by ‘Blue’ on the internet. But when Martin Addison begins threatening to snitch unless Simon puts a good word in with his friend Abby, things take an unexpected turn. If you like a mix of mystery and romance, this book is definitely for you.
I hope you enjoy these great Anna Maria Island Beach Reads!
Anna Maria – Two locals, Pat and Doug Copeland, are the first two people on Anna Maria Island to set up a Little Free Library, a book sharing initiative pushed by the international organization Little Free Library.
What is it you ask? From the Little Free Library website“It’s a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share.”
A few years ago Pat Copeland was watching the nightly news when she saw a segment on Little Free Libraries. The idea was so intriguing to her that she asked her husband Doug, an Anna Maria Commissioner, to build her one for Christmas. After addressing objections from the city on the logistics of setting up a permanent outdoor library, a special ordinance was created that allowed 5 to be built in the city. They populated it with their own books and those of friends and it’s been a popular edition to the northern part of Anna Maria Island.
Pat and Doug encourage everybody to take a minute, head over to their Little Free Library located at 708 North Bay Boulevard and read a book.
“We Are Water” by author Wally Lambs is a heart warming novel about family, marriage, and how strong a human can be in a time of a tragedy.
Wally Lambs We Are Water
This alternating character perspective book will have you glued to your chair in your own world. You’ll forget you’re even on vacation at all! This story truly grabs the readers attention and will have you hooked on the first page.
Told from many character’s perspectives, this book is thrilling to read. Dealing with family, divorce, marriage and understanding you won’t want to put this down.
To read a full description check out the Amazon page, I don’t want to give any of this novel away!
With toes in the sand, there is nothing better than a good beach read. Just make sure you put on plenty of sunblock too!
For more great beach reads check out the IslandReal.com local scene page. From time to time we update our blog with great things locals are reading.
The Blue Bistro Elin Hilderbrand is a great beach read. Don’t you just love books that deliciously describe food?
Blue Bistro Elin Hildebrand
I love reading about what people are wearing and what they are eating, which is why I loved the easy breezy Blue Bistro novel. Even though it is set on another beach and in another bistro, I couldn’t help but visualize our own white sandy beaches of Anna Maria Island and the delicious kitchen of our local Beach Bistro for the backdrop as I read.
The story begins during the last summer of the hottest restaurant in town – The Blue Bistro. Questions immediately begin – if the restaurant is so successful then why are they closing? Does Fiona, the elusive head chef, have a terminal illness? Is the attractive owner, Thatcher, really as yummy as he seems?
The narrator, Adrienne, has worked in top hotels in exotic locations and vacation towns all over the world so getting a job as hostess seemed like easy work. However, once she gets past the fancy customers, the fantastic and fun drinks from the beach bar and the famous menu she immediately senses secrets deep within the building itself. In fact, the actual Bistro itself is probably the main character. Everything happens inside it’s cool walls, an oasis from the beating summer sun.
The Blue Bistro is a fantastic, light beach read perfect for the summer season. It has everything; mystery, romance, friendship, beautiful descriptions of gorgeous locations and delicious food. Honestly, I constantly craved some of the fictitious menu items! Grab this fun book for your bag and head to the beach!
Anna Maria Island Beach Reads you’ll love! Pop this paperback in your beach bag and get lost in a fantastic story that begins on a different island.
Beach Reads – Beautiful Ruins
This “almost love story” begins in 1962 when a local hotelier on a sleepy Italian island coastline is surprised. An American actress arrives by boat, and thus turns the entire village upside down. Pasquale runs the hotel with his sickly mother, Dee Moray (aka “The American woman”). Then is sent to the island by her Hollywood boyfriend under false and suspicious pretenses. Neither Pasquale nor Dee speak the other’s language yet somehow they become friends. A comedy of errors, misunderstandings and events occur. The two go down different paths. Then are reunited 50 years later in Hollywood.
This book has everything! The action is thrilling. Also includes big name historical movie stars (Dee’s boyfriend is Richard Burton!). You’ll love the old time Hollywood gossip (in Italy filming Cleopatra!), Intrigue, is the mob involved? War (WWII soldiers still in Italy!). Most of all, friendship and love. The type of friendship and love that lasts beyond country. Also, beyond full lives with different families and back to each other. While there is no obvious romance between Pasquale and Dee, the reader definitely feels the emotion past a simple friendship.
You must read Beautiful Ruins. It’s a great escape from a serious title too. Perfect for sitting on Anna Maria Island’s pristine beaches too. I found myself smiling as I read and actually hugged the book when I finished. You won’t be sorry you gave this adorable little story a try.
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