The beach is a place not only to soak up the rays, but also to expand your mind.  Instead of squinting through the sun to read this summer, plug in and listen to a good audiobook while you relax. We’ve selected a few of our favorites to keep you both mindful and entertained.  Peruse our top “listening” picks for beach reads below. 

Breathe, Mama, Breathe 
There’s probably no other profession that requires the reminder of having to breathe than that of parenting.  Author Shonda Moralis has recently released an audio version of her popular book “Breathe, Mama, Breathe: 5-Minute Mindfulness for Busy Moms”.  The book is filled with over 60 “mindful breaks” - aka tips to keep your mindfulness (and mind) in check when parenting throughout the day. 

Into the Water
This will be your go-to suspense novel this summer.  The second book by “Girl on the Train” writer, Paula Hawkins, focuses on missing women found at the bottom of a river.  The addictive story is filled with plenty of twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the end. Just make sure to listen to this dark tale on the beach, where the sun is nice and bright. 

The Universe Has Your Back 
Best-selling author Gabrielle Bernstein returns with a new book that teaches listeners how to transform their fear into faith in order to live a more richly fulfilling, divinely guided life. The book is filled with different stories and lessons that listeners can quickly apply to their everyday lives.  For anyone looking to start the summer by finding a renewed sense of purpose, this book is for you. 

Material Girl, Mystical World
This brand new release from our friend Ruby Warrington, founder of the online mag The Numinous, addresses modern spirituality inviting you into the “Now Age” of consciousness and cosmic thinking. The wise and witty prose combines the charm of a modern day Carrie Bradshaw (Warrington got her start as a fashion journalist) with the soulful intent of Elizabeth Gilbert.