Summer time is officially here and life is easy, especially when you’re sprawled out with a book in your hands and sand in your toes. “Beach read” is a term that is used a lot from May to September, and what this actually means might be different for everyone. For me, a beach read is a book that radiates that summer feeling, is all absorbing and might be a lighter, fun read but still has a lot of depth.
Here are 7 summer reads perfect for toting to the beach this summer.
Same Beach, Next Year by Dorothea Benton Frank
One summer two couples begin a friendship that will span 20 years. Set on an island in South Carolina, happily married Eliza and Adam rent a condo for the summer with their twin toddlers. There they meet Eve, Carl and their young daughter, also spending the summer in the same condo. Eve and Adam were high school sweet hearts, but despite this the two couples form a deep friendship. Years later, a transgression could ruin their decade long friendship, and even their marriages.
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
A picturesque and isolated Italian island. A woman on the brink of stardom. A love affair and a lie. Beautiful Ruins can only be described as an epic novel, spanning decades and continents as it explores characters tied together by an Italian innkeeper and the fledgling star he met and fell in love with years ago.
The Vacationers by Emma Straub
When the Post family leaves Manhattan for a vacation in Mallorca, they intend to escape the tensions at home. There to celebrate Franny and Jim’s 35th wedding anniversary and Sylvia’s high school graduation, even the beauty of the Spanish island can’t wash away the problems in Franny and Jim’s marriage. Long buried secrets immerge, relationships are tested and family bonds are strengthened.
Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan
Following China’s elite, the third book in the popular Crazy Rich Asians series is a hilarious story of excess, scandal, rivalries and a fight for the massive inheritance left behind by Su Yin, Nicholas Young’s grandmother. With a colorful cast of characters, Rich People Problems is a satisfying and over the top end to the series.
In This Moment by Karma Brown
When a small act of kindness has horrible consequences, Meg Pepper’s perfect life begins to be torn apart by her guilt. After waving a teenage boy to cross the street in front of her car, he is hit by another reckless driver. Meg blames herself, alienating her family as she prioritizes the boy’s family and grows closer with his father. Can she forgive herself or will she risk losing her family?
The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
With the movie adaptation-hitting theatres in August, now is the perfect time to read this stunning memoir. As an adult, Jeanette has an Ivy League education and lives in New York City, the same city where her parents live on the streets. As a child, her family was homeless and impoverished, moving from house to house, believing their life was a fairy tale. As they grew older, the reality of their lives began to be clearer. Despite all odds, the Walls children became successful, but their complicated childhood is never behind them.
The Bookshop at Water’s End by Patti Callahan Henry
Childhood friends Bonny and Lainey return to their summer vacation home of Water’s End, South Carolina with their children after years away. Friends since they were thirteen, Bonny and Lainey spent their idealic summers together hiding at the local bookshop, until everything changed when Lainey’s mother disappeared. Returning in their fifties, both women are looking for healing and answers and Water’s End might hold everything they’re looking for.
What books are you reading at the beach this summer? Let us know in the comments below!