10 buzzworthy beach reads

words by Caylin Harris | photo by Jennifer Johnson

summer reading list

There may be nothing more relaxing than settling in at the beach with a good book. Whether you’re looking for a thriller or dystopian fiction, we promise that this list has a little bit of everything. Here are our current favorites to slip into your beach bag this summer:

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
When outsider and artist Mia Warren and her daughter Pearl show up in idyllic Shaker Heights no one knows that it will change everything. This book explores the secrets we keep, the meaning of motherhood, and what happens when the status quo is threatened. 

The Power by Naomi Alderman
What if teenage girls had the physical power to cause devastating pain or even death with their bare hands? This book chronicles the experiences of several young women figuring out how to navigate this new world that’s shifted from a patriarchy to a matriarchy. 

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
A prequel to her book Practical Magic (which was a movie starring Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock) it explores the lives of the two oldest Owens sisters, Frances and Jet. A coming of age tale set in the turbulent 1960s, the two girls deal with learning about their magical bloodline and have to live with a powerful curse that will impact the rest of their lives

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
A decade after the disappearance of her daughter, Ellie, Laurel meets a handsome stranger who completely sweeps her off her feet. Then he introduces Laurel to his nine-year-old daughter who looks exactly like Ellie did at her age. All of a sudden Laurel can’t stop thinking about what happened to Ellie and what secrets still need to be uncovered. 

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
Greer Kadetsky is college freshman when she meets Faith Frank, a professor who has been part of the women’s movement and who encourages Greer to change the world. Even though Greer is in love with her boyfriend, her passion and ambition starts to lead her in an unexpected but exciting direction. 

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
A fun beach read, this book describes a situation some of us can relate to. Being down a plus one to a wedding of a former flame. But luckily for Drew Nichols, he gets stranded in an elevator with Alexa Monroe—who might just be the perfect fake girlfriend. 

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
Anna Fox is somewhat of a recluse; she lives alone and doesn’t leave her home so she passes the time watching her neighbors and amusing herself with wine and movies. Then one night, Anna sees something she shouldn’t and her world will never be the same. 

Motherhood by Sheila Heti
For any woman of childbearing age who has wondered should I or shouldn’t I have children, this is the topic that the narrator examines throughout this book. Funny and intelligent, it explores how complicated it can be to make the right decision for you and asks essential questions about what it means to be a woman and a parent. 

Florida by Lauren Groff
From the author of Fates and Furies, this collection of stories is incredibly varied but all have one thing in common. They’re set in the book’s title state. With characters like a pair of abandoned sisters and a childless couple, Groff paints a stunning portrait of the human condition. 

The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll
Centered around a fictional reality TV program called Goal Diggers set in New York City, the book delves into the lives of five successful career women who have just as much going on off camera as on—until one of them is murdered. The rest of the book is filled with twists and turns to figure out who did it. 

What’s on your reading list this summer that we shouldn't miss?

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