Beach Reads: Summer 2018

The 10 Best Beach Reads For Your Next Vacay

Screw body surfing.

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For me, reading equals relaxation—which is why, as a rule, I always bring a minimum of two books along with me on every single vacation. (It’s also why my carry-on bag always weighs at least 20 pounds…)

What goes better with your shades and your SPF 50 than a super-juicy book? When you’re packing for your next trip to the shore, don’t forget one of these 10 amazing beach reads:

1 If you love rom-coms: Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

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Anchor Books amazon.com $9.60

This hilarious book is like a modern version of Pride and Prejudice…set in Asia. Rachel Chu discovers that her boyfriend, Nick Young, is actually the heir to one of Singapore’s oldest, wealthiest families—and none of his relatives approve of her ordinary roots. This beach book will have you laughing (and crying) into your towel.

2 If ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ was your fav book in school: My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

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Europa Editions amazon.com $9.39

This critically-acclaimed novel follows two best friends, Elena and Lila, through their childhoods in post-World War II Naples. The writing is insanely beautiful—you’ll be invested by the third page.

3 If you’re still shook by ‘Gone Girl’: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

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Crown Books amazon.com $8.99

Your messed up family doesn’t hold a candle to protagonist Camille Preaker’s, who returns to her small hometown as a reporter covering the murder of two local girls. Her hypochondriac mom and creepy younger sister are hiding secrets of their own…which may be linked to the murders.

4 If you wanted way more from ‘Twilight’: And I Darken by Kiersten White

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Ember amazon.com $10.44

The grisly life of Vlad Dracul (the inspiration for the character Dracula) is reimagined: Vlad is now a girl named Lada. As a teen, she’s sent with her brother to live as a prisoner at the court of the Ottoman emperor—and is obsessed with claiming her freedom.  Historical fiction with a gender-bending twist? Check. Love triangle? Check. Murder? Check. That’s beach read material to me.

5 If you only like bestsellers: Life of Pi by Yann Martel

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Mariner Books amazon.com $4.74

Even people who aren’t that into books will be obsessed with this survival story. Pi Patel becomes shipwrecked with only zoo animals for company after a terrible storm destroys the boat that’s taking him and his family from India to North America. FYI: The twist at the end will truly mess with your head.

6 If ‘Chopped’ is your favorite show: Sweetbitter

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Vintage Books amazon.com $10.40

Get a no-holds-barred look at the intense restaurant industry through the eyes of Tess, who lands a job at a top NYC restaurant. (It’s way better than the Starz show, although you won’t know until you read the book first!)

7 If you just want a classic mystery: The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

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Berkley amazon.com $9.99

Cecilia finds a letter with a disturbing secret that her husband wrote, apparently only to be opened after he dies. But he’s still alive…so what will she do with this new, terrifying knowledge about the man she loves?

8 If you were obsessed with the royal wedding: The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

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Touchstone amazon.com $11.06

This classic beach book looks at the juicy intrigues of King Henry the VIII’s reign through the eyes of Mary Boleyn—sister of the infamous Anne Boleyn. Here’s hoping Prince Harry didn’t take any love lessons from his ancestor.

9 If you wanted Big Little Lies to win even more Emmys: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

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Penguin Press amazon.com $16.20

This novel, about two families in suburban Cleveland who get caught up in an adoption custody battle (leading to the unearthing of some crazy secrets), is the next book that Reese Witherspoon will be adapting for the small screen. Can’t. Freaking. Wait.

10 If you want a good cry: Tell the Wolves I’m Home

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Dial Press amazon.com $9.70

In this emotional book, June’s beloved Uncle Finn has died of a mysterious illness. Feeling alone and abandoned, June befriends a stranger named Toby who she meets at Finn’s funeral—and who holds some key secrets about Finn’s life.

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