Merchandise Monday: Beach Reads

Nothing spells relaxation like a good book in a comfy chair on a warm, sunny day. Whether you’re in your own backyard or at an actual beach, it’s always good to have some light, fluffy reading material close at hand as a good excuse to do nothing else but relax and enjoy life. And at Hinda, we have just what you need for your summer reading list – a gorgeous travel companion, a delicious cookbook and a bestselling adventure trilogy. So turn off your phone, grab a cold beverage and get some sun while the gettin’s good!

National Geographic Secret Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World's Best Hidden Travel Gems

The latest in the highly successful Journeys of a Lifetime series, “Secret Journeys of a Lifetime” offers in-depth site descriptions, dozens of fun, themed top ten lists, locator maps, illuminating sidebars and oversized, lavish full-color images that bring to life 500 novel destinations that have managed to fly under the radar.

Divided into themed chapters, the book features the "World at Your Feet," "Last Wildernesses," "Island Getaways," "The Road Less Traveled," "Secret History," "Spiritual Havens," "Hidden Treasures," "Undiscovered Villages," and "City Secrets." This book also features numerous short sidebars by National Geographic contributors entitled "My Secret Journey" that eloquently describe and personalize travel experiences for readers and also provide insight on bonus excursions near the featured destinations.

As with other books in the series, each chapter contains several lists of "Top Tens" – shorter features describing experiences in a wide variety of categories, from quirky museums and quiet city garden oases to atmospheric ghost towns and the best spots for amazing ocean views.

Weeknights with Giada: Quick and Simple Recipes to Revamp Dinner

Giada De Laurentiis is one of America’s most-loved culinary stars, adored for her Food Network hit shows and her New York Times bestselling cookbooks alike, both of which feature her fresh, flavorful Italian recipes. For the first time, Giada tackles weeknight cooking, sharing her favorite tips and go-to dishes—all in her vibrant signature style—to get a delicious meal on the table in a flash.

 After a full day, Giada, like most parents, wants nothing more than to sit down for a home-cooked dinner with her husband, Todd, and their daughter, Jade. “Weeknights with Giada” rises to the challenge, delivering soups, sandwiches, pizzas, pastas, and meat and fish dishes that come together quickly as stand-alone main courses, most in half an hour or less.

Some of Giada’s delicious recipes include Rustic Vegetable and Polenta Soup; Lemony White Bean, Tuna, and Arugula Salad; Spicy Linguini with Clams and Mussels; and Grilled Sirloin Steaks with Pepper and Caper Salsa. From inventive breakfast-for-dinner dishes and meatless Monday vegetarian recipes, to picnic sandwiches and hearty salad recipes for reinventing leftovers, “Weeknights with Giada” reveals every secret in her repertoire. Even the desserts are quick to mix and bake, should a craving—or a last-minute school bake sale—strike.

The Hunger Games Trilogy Boxed Set

Suzanne Collins’ extraordinary, ground-breaking New York Times bestselling trilogy “The Hunger Games” is now available in a beautiful boxed set addition. For the first time ever, get “The Hunger Games,” “Catching Fire” and “Mockingjay” all at once and embark upon the fantastic tale of Katniss Everdeen in the nation of Panem.

The harsh, cruel Capitol of Panem is surrounded by 12 districts, and the way the Capitol keeps its districts in line is by hosting an annual Hunger Games event, in which one teenage boy and one teenage girl are sent from each district to participate in a fight to the death on live TV. When Katniss Everdeen is chosen to participate she vows to outwit the creators of the games, and to do that she must be the last person standing at the end of the deadly Games.

Will she or won’t she? And what other shocks come with the sequel books? You’ll have to read to find out!

Feeling relaxed yet? Or are you amped up to try some new recipes, explore hidden corners of the world or…engage in a futuristic battle? Let us know how the first two go in the “Comments” section down yonder.