Summer Reads: 10 Books for the Beach Bag

Summer is here, and it’s time to fill your beach bag and hit the coast. Here is our list of reading fare to make your beach trip all the more memorable.



Relax with one of these page-turners while bathing in your new tankini

Summer is here, and it’s time to fill your beach bag and hit the coast. First though, you’ve got to find the right outfit whether it’s a one piece swimsuit, a tankini top or sexy plus size swimwear. The choices are endless for dress while you’re in the water.

Once you get out and dry off, maybe throw on a swimsuit cover up, set up your beach chair of choice and grab the perfect book as you bathe in the beautiful sunlight. Not sure which book to read? We are, and we’ll let you in on our little secrets. Here is our list of reading fare to make your beach trip all the more memorable. Be warned though, these books might have you glued to your seat for hours on end. So make sure to keep the sunscreen handy.

1) “The Vacationers,” by Emma Strab

Emma Straub is the New York Times-best selling author of “Modern Lovers” and other novels. This time she pens about all the good and bad that can come of a big family vacation. Two weeks on the small island of Mallorca brings out joy, jealousy and more.

2) “Girls on Fire,” by Robin Wasserman

Sorry, adults only on this one! In Wasserman’s debut, she tells an edgy version of the tale of good girl (Hannah) meets bad girl (Lacey). The two bring chaos into their small town with reckless abandon before a secret of Lacey’s pivots the story on a dime.

3) “The Summer Before the War,” by Helen Simonson

The follow-up to Helen Simonson’s bestseller, “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand,” is about a love story amid war in the English countryside. In East Sussex, 1914, it is the end of England’s brief Edwardian summer. Hugh Grange is visiting his beloved Aunt Agatha, who lives in the idyllic coastal town of Rye. Then, free-thinking, pretty Latin teacher Beatrice arrives. She simply wants to be left alone to teach, but is quickly taken under Agatha’s wing, charmed by the beauty of the Sussex landscape, Beatrice soon finds herself questioning her original opinions on small-town life. But this serene countryside summer is about to end, and an unimaginable war is coming. Soon, the limits of progress, and the old ways, will be tested as this small town and its inhabitants go to war.

4) “Queen of the Night,” by Alexander Chee

The tale of one woman’s rise from pioneer girl to circus rider to courtesan to world-renowned diva in 19th century Paris — and not without suspense, deceit, betrayal and romance along the way.

Books for the Beach Bag

5) “All Stories Are Love Stories,” by Elizabeth Percer

If you enjoyed “Station Eleven,” by Emily St. John Mendel, you’ll dive deep into this one from Elizabeth Percer, author of “An Uncommon Education.” The thriller follows residents of San Francisco who react to two Valentine’s Day earthquakes that level the city. It’s a story of survival, power and human spirit. Definitely a good read for your beach bag.

6) “Relativity,” by Antonia Hayes

Twelve-year-old Ethan was born with a brilliant mind obsessed with physics and astronomy. His mother, Claire, can’t stop her boy from asking about his father’s absence. As Ethan falls ill, Claire’s world, which centered on Ethan, is turned upside down. The turn of events brings the father, Mark, back into Ethan’s life in a heart-wrenching and dynamic story of family and fate.

7) “Eligible,” by Curtis Sittenfeld

The author of “Prep” and “American Wife” comes this modern and entertaining retelling of classic “Pride and Prejudice.” This version features Liz as a magazine writer and her sister Jane as a yoga instructor, both of them living in NYC. But they must return to their hometown of Cincinnati to help repair a broken family — and engage in some romance, of course.

8) “The Opposite of Loneliness,” by Marina Keegan

A posthumous collection of essays and stories from rising star Marina Keegan, who tragically died too young in a car accident in 2012, five days after she graduated magna cum laude from Yale. At the time, she had a play in production and a job waiting for her at the New Yorker. The compilation’s title is the same as her last essay, which went viral, for the Yale Daily News.

9) “The One & Only,” by Emily Griffin

This much-anticipated piece from bestselling author Emily Griffin brings us to a small Texas town where football is life. Shea Rigsby was at home and at peace within that small town and its ideals. But a tragedy overturns the tight-knit small town and forces Shea to rethink what she knows about the people and things in her hometown.

10) “The Sun Also Rises,” by Ernest Hemingway

What’s a list without a classic thrown in? And this classic is the ultimate in summer reading. Regarded as the novel of the Lost Generation, Hemingway’s timeless classic explores life in post-World War I Paris in the 1920s. Hope, experimentation, godlessness and disillusionment marked this era and Hemingway crafts a beautiful story around those dangerous attributes.


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