Choose your favorite beach read from these 9 selections which include classics, murder mysteries, self-help, and romance.
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1. Beach Read
No beach read round-up is complete with out Emily Henry’s Beach Read. Its right there in the title!
This romance novel filled with flirty banter, family drama, and summertime fun is a great choice for a beachside read.
It follows two writers January Andrews, a romance writer, and August Everette, a literary writer. This summer will challenge everything they know about happy endings.
2. The Hotel Nantucket
Even the cover tells you the setting to read this book… down by the sea.
Elin Hilderbrand has been crowned “The Queen of Beach Reads” by New York Magazine. In The Hotel Nantucket, Hilderbrand presents intensity and emotion in a satisfying summer drama.
Lizabeth Keaton from Nantucket, Massachusetts is heartbroken after a tough breakup with her boyfriend. Starting over on her own, she accepts a job as general manager at the historic Hotel Nantucket. She faces challenges from her staff, hotel guest, and even from the hotel’s resident ghost.
3. The Homewreckers
If you are a fan of HGTV and those corny, but lovable Hallmark mystery movies, you will love Mary Kay Andrews’ The Homewreckers.
Hattie Kavanaug and her late husband, Hank, loved to restore old homes. After his passing, Hattie is determined to continue her love of flipping homes. She gets a chance to be a star on a reality TV show called The Homewreckers. Hattie must navigate this great opportunity and the mysterious love interest that comes her way.
4. Good Vibes, Good Life: How Self-Love Is the Key to Unlocking Your Greatness
Summer is a good time for getting in touch with yourself and using the downtime to show yourself some self-care and self-love.
Vex King’s Good Vibes, Good Life: How Self-Love Is the Key to Unlocking Your Greatness is a study in self-transformation that can lead to finding your best self and your best life. It is a practical guide to making small changes in the way you approach mindful behavior.
5. Daisy Jones and the Six
If you haven’t already watched the TV series of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Daisy Jones & The Six, read the book first!
It is a historical fiction novel that follows a 70s rock band from its inception to its infamous breakup. Elin Hilderbrand, an author we recommend above, called this novel “An explosive, dynamite, down-and-dirty look at a fictional rock band told in an interview style that gives it irresistible surface energy.”
Will you be able to guess which iconic 70s band many say inspired this tale…
6. Failosophy: A Handbook For When Things Go Wrong
The author Elizabeth Day has compiled a best practices approach toward failure in her book Failosophy: A Handbook For When Things Go Wrong.
This compilation of the advice and experiences of her podcast guests including Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Malcom Gladwell, Andrew Scott, and many more provides a frame work of 7 principles of failure. They are…
1. Failure just is.
2. You are not your worst thoughts.
3. Almost everyone feels they’ve failed at their 20s.
4. Break-ups are not a tragedy.
5. Failure is data acquisition.
6. There is no such thing as a future you.
7. Being open about your vulnerabilities is the ultimate act of strength.
This handbook approaches the inevitable with humor and honesty making us reassess the idea of failure.
7. Goodbye, Again: Essays, Reflections, and Illustrations
This humorous and poignant collection of essays, poetry, and illustrations is perfect to pick up at the beach and start on any page.
Jonny Sun shares his personal struggles with modern life in his book Goodbye, Again: Essays, Reflections and Illustrations. Having been named one of the 25 most influential people on the internet by Time Magazine, Sun uses varied mediums to connect personally with the reader on topics like mental health and belonging.
8. The Mysterious Affair at Styles
It’s not a vacation until you open up an Agatha Christie novel. Why not start at the beginning of Hercule Poirot’s illustrious career?
The Mysterious Affair at Styles is a tale of murder and mystery including all of the successful components of an Agatha Christie read: a beautiful manor, confusing plot twists, a large cast of characters, and the brilliance of Hercule Poirot.
9. A Room With a View
Frankly this a book one should read every summer. Make a standing date to revisit this classic.
In A Room With a View, E.M. Forester takes us on vacation with timeless characters through a comedy of manners, a tragedy of restraint, a commentary on society, and a passionate love story.
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