For some people, the beach means swimming, building sand castles, playing frisbee, or other physical activities. For others, the ideal beach experiences involves grabbing a drink, getting comfy in a chair and diving into a great book. If that describes you, we’ve got your next great beach read.
Here is a list of books that are worthy of being included in your beach bag this summer. Just remember to put on sunscreen before you start reading because these books will keep you turning pages for hours!
This list is organized by genre. To make your selection easier, we’ve included a short description and critics’ reviews for each. Happy beach reading!
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READ: Who Do You Love, by New York Times bestselling author, Jennifer Weiner, is a feel-good romance that follows two young people as they grow older and cross paths for thirty years. This story begins in a Miami emergency room when the hero and heroine are eight years old. They never expect to see each other again, but, fate has other plans. They fall in love as a result of all their chance encounters.
REVIEW: The New York Post says:
“A must read… This roller-coaster romance—of two people from two very different sides of the track—proves we can’t choose who we love.”
READ: The Day of the Duchess, by Sarah Maclean. This is the third book in the series of Scandal and Scoundrels. We met the heroine Seraphina when we read about her sister in The Rogue Not Taken. As most historical romances go, the hero and heroine despise each other, but end up together in the end. In this book, they are married, but Seraphina wants to get a divorce. Her husband agrees under the condition that she wait for him to find her replacement. You can guess the rest…
REVIEW: Publishers Weekly says:
“The saucy setup for another love match will have readers eager for the next in the series.”
READ: Into the Water, by Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train. Hawkins book won the #1 New York Times bestseller and this one is just as crisp and satisfying of a read. Into the Water begins with a young girl whose mother was found dead at the bottom of the town river. The girl goes on to live with her aunt and the past comes back to haunt them both. This is a surprising page turner!
REVIEW: Vogue says:
“Hawkins is at the forefront of a group of female authors – think Gillian Flynn and Megan Abbott – who have reinvigorated the literary suspense novel by tapping a rich vein of psychological menace and social unease… there’s a certain solace to a dark escape, in the promise of submerged truths coming to light.”
READ: Everything We Left Behind, by Kerry Lonsdale. She is the author of the Wall Street Journal bestseller, Everything We Keep. Her new book is full of suspense, romance, mystery, and tragedy. It is the story of a man who ends up shipwrecked and left for dead as he is chasing his criminal brother to Mexico. Six and a half years pass before his past life comes back to him. Eventually things escalate when his brother starts chasing him because of a troubling incident. With his past life in shambles, he must flee with his sons to Hawaii.
REVIEW: “A stunning fusion of suspense, family drama, and redemption, Everything We Left Behind will hold the reader spellbound to the last sentence.” —A. J. Banner, #1 Kindle and USA Today bestselling author of The Twilight Wife and The Good Neighbor
READ: Rich People’s Problems, by Kevin Kwan, the book that everyone is talking about this summer. Just as funny and crazy as his bestselling book, Crazy Rich Asians, this final installment of the trilogy is worth the read. The story centers around a man who runs home to be at the bedside of his rich grandmother when she falls ill. He thinks this will guarantee him access to the family fortune, but, we soon discover that others from the family have the same idea. This novel is a peek inside the private life of Asia’s richest family and details their many problems and drama.
REVIEW: Jeann at Happy Indulgence Book Reviews says:
“This excessive, over the top world was entertaining, fast paced, hilarious and ridiculously addictive.”
READ: I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons, a memoir by comedian Kevin Hart. This short bundle of energy includes some of his life experiences as his comedy career takes flight and he rises to fame. Get ready to have your sides ache from laughter while gaining insight into Hart’s story and his motivation for success.
REVIEW: The Oakland Post says:
“Pay close attention to the chapter titles here. Read the introduction (it’s “mandatory”). Look for the “lessons” and laugh. I Can’t Make This Up is a treat, for real.”
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