Spending every weekend broadcasting live from the NJ Natural Gas Asbury Park Boardwalk Studio gives me a chance to observe the many different ways the tourists and locals enjoy our beaches and boardwalk.  For some people, a fun day at the beach is playing Frisbee, Spikeball, Can Jam, Volleyball, swimming and working on their tan.  For others, sitting on the boardwalk or lying on the sand immersed in their favorite book is their version of summer fun at the Shore.  Avid readers feel less stressed and anxious with each turn of the page as they connect pathways between chapters.  Other health benefits of reading include social development and emotional intelligence as well as lowering the risk of Alzheimer’s and Dementia.  So, what is on your summer reading list?  My choice of books is similar to how I approach movies…a little bit of everything. However, I do have a preference for biographies.  Right now, I’m in the middle of Nicholson, A Biography by New York Times Bestselling Author, Marc Eliot.  (In case you’re wondering, The Shining is one of my favorite movies).

I had the opportunity to meet up with New Jersey Author and Monmouth University Alumna, Stacey Wilk.  Her literary works have a common thread, “books about family, home and second chances.”  The Wilk Experience is diversified, from the young adult novel, Kata-Tartaroo, which is part of the Gabriel Hunter series to the contemporary romantic drama of A Second Chance House.  The second book of the Heritage River Series, The Bridge Home, should be available this Fall.

Click here to learn more about this prolific Jersey writer.  Stacey Wilk inspires young readers and writers in the classroom and may even visit your Book Club to talk about her novels and the writing experience.  #summerreading