Ah summertime.. The time to kick up your heels, throw on your shades and relax on the beach with a good book and watch your cares sink back with the outgoing tide. There is nothing better than a good easy-breezy summertime book; especially one that sucks you in and helps those hours at the beach and pool float by in excitement and care-free bliss!
I recently asked you guys on instagram what you were reading, and while I already had an extensive list going, it looks like I’m going to need to invest in a library card or Amazon Prime to get all these books read the cheapest way possible this summer! So with the help of a couple of insta-friends, I’ve put together the best summer time reading list to get you through Labor Day weekend!
The Best Summer Beach Reads:
- The Vacationers by Emma Straub: This pretty blue cover has been seen all over instagram, but its more than just a pretty cover that’s been attracting buzz. Emma Straub has captured our attention with the revelation of family secrets and a peek into the imperfectly perfect Upper East Side life. This one vacation seems to shake up the present by bringing up the past. It’s my next book to read, so I can’t wait to get started tomorrow at lunch!
- The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion: I just finished this book for the book club I’m in and it was such a great escape from the thrillers we had just read. Our protagonist, Don-type A and reminiscent of the eccentric but not crazy Sheldon Cooper- determines he’s going to find a wife by means of an elaborate survey of women. Little did he know, his most imperfect match would capture his heart and change his life for good. The Rosie Project had me breezing through the pages effortlessly and I loved the light hearted drama that encompassed the pages. I can’t wait to start on The Rosie Effect, after I finish the Vacationers of course.
- Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave: Family winery, broken hearts, family secrets and a main character named Georgia, there’s no doubt that this book won’t be a good one!
- The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza: For everyone who loved the Devil Wore Prada, you’ll be sure to love this book. And it’s set in Paris. C’est la vie!
- Sound of Glass by Karen White: @renaolsen mentioned this would be a good one on instagram and I couldn’t agree more! Following the death of her husband, Merritt inherits a beach house to only realize that it comes with a lot more baggage than some hidden secrets her husband left behind.
- Girls In White Dresses by Jennifer Close: My friend @emilyguhde recommended this one and I think I’m going to love it! Seeing that my best friend is getting married in almost 100 days, I love everything wedding related. This one follows three girls who aren’t yet married, but feeling the pressure as their friends are going from Miss to Mrs. every weekend. They’re navigating their lives and relationships that inevitably we all experience in our 20’s.
- Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll: The lovely @sarah_arseno said this was a must read! We all know the girl who has it all but sometimes perfection isn’t always what it seems. Those who we think have everything going on, inwardly have a lot of secrets looming in her past. I just want to know those secrets. So I’m adding this to my list of “to-reads” right now.
- The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes: This one looks promising. Woman loses memory, Doctor writes a memoir on her condition, he gains fame- she gains nothing, she tries to navigate her past life and her future life as a new person. Will she regain her memory? Is she going to find love? What caused her to lose her memory?
- The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand: I’d be remiss to not add The Queen of Beach Reads to this list. Elin Hilderbrand brings a gossip filled New England style beach read to us this summer filled with drama due to affairs, bankruptcy and breakups. I can’t wait to skim through this next time I’m at the beach!
So now that I have twelve hundred books to read between now and Labor Day Weekend, I’m glad I have some cute bookmarks from Matrick & Eve. They so sweetly sent me a couple of bookmarks to me so that I can
stop using receipts as bookmarks always have some chicness in my life when I’m reading. I love the thick quality of their bookmarks. Plus I haven’t seen such cute prints and sayings on bookmarks since I was in Elementary School and anxiously awaited the Book Fair every year, # Kitten Bookmarks Foreverrr. I am sending one of my snapchat followers a fun bookmark and all you have to do is follow me on snapchat (@cynthers37) and comment below saying you follow!
Happy reading! Any books I missed on this list you think should be added? List it in the comments below!
LYLAS – Cynthia