Summertime is in full swing and you know what that means: vacation!
I don’t know about you, but when I pack up for summer trips, I rarely leave home without a good beach read. I use that term loosely, but y’all know what I mean—the type of book that doesn’t require too much brain power and can easily be picked up and put down amidst the fun you’re having.
I know that I am always looking for new books to read, so I rounded up my top 10 summer beach reads for you today. Don’t forget you can always see what I am reading over on Goodreads!
Two quick things before we dive into today’s post. I’ve said both of these before, but collectively they’ve saved me a lot of money over the past year, so I wanted to mention them again for newer readers. First, I cannot recommend the Amazon Paperwhite Kindle enough! I purchased mine after a beach trip last year when I lugged around five books with me the whole time. Totally not worth it when you can carry as many books as you want on a Kindle, and download more on the go as needed. There is some upfront cost associated with it, but—which brings me to my second point—if your local library has free Kindle books for download, it basically pays for itself in a matter of months.
Before I had a Kindle, I would rarely rent books because I didn’t have the time or inclination to physically go to the library and check them out or return them. Now with Kindle downloads, I can do everything over the web, including placing a hold on books I want to read. I haven’t bought a book in months, whereas before I was buying several. Definitely look into your local library and see if they have a similar program!
So enough chatting—let’s hop to it!
1. So Close / This one is on my to-read list because the teaser sounded so good—a girl from a Florida trailer park who wants to better her life and leave befriends a man and his wife from the town over. He ends up becoming senator, and she follows him to Washington. But then she learns about his indiscretions and her loyalty is tested—I’m excited to read about what she decides to do.
2. Where’d You Go, Bernadette / I read this novel last year on the train to New York City, and still think about it often. After her mother, Bernadette, goes missing on a cruise to Antarctica, her daughter, Bee pieces together clues to figure out what happened. More than that, the book does a really good job at exploring what it means to have failed dreams, and how to overcome that loss.
3. Family Pictures / A quick, easy read about a dad who has two families—one in California, and one in New England—and the drama unfolds when his two daughters put two-and-two together.
4. I Almost Forgot About You / I often worry about whether or not I am missing opportunities or doing the things that make me happy, but this novel really highlights the idea that it’s never too late to be who you are meant to be. It follows the story of an optometrist who, at age 50, decides to quit her job and sell her house. The story that follows is great and relatable—I mean, she looks up ex-boyfriends on Facebook!
6. Mrs. Kennedy & Me / No joke, I had a dream Jackie Kennedy came to me on horseback in a field while I was reading this memoir. Is that weird? Probably. But I loved this book because I felt like it really humanized her in a way no other book I’d read about her does. I’d highly recommend this to anyone fascinated by the Kennedy clan or the inner workings of the White House.
7. The Royal We / Hands-down the best book I’ve read in the past year, it was so good, I procrastinated finishing it. Essentially, it’s a fan fiction novel about William and Kate’s romance, except the Prince of England falls for an American during their time at school. If you only read one book from this list, it should be this one!
8. Silver Girl / Y’all know I am on a big Elin Hilderbrand kick, but if I had to pick just one of her books, this would be it! Written about two friends—one who’s lost her husband to cancer, and another to prison due to his fraudulent Wall Street activities, the novel chronicles their summer on Nantucket rebuilding their lives. Fun fact for all you Hilderbrand fans out there—the chief of police is the same in every book!
9. What Remains / Probably the most heavy book on this list, RHONY star was married to Anthony Radziwill, cousin to JFK Jr.—Radziwill’s mother was Jackie’s sister, Lee. The memoir chronicles his battle with cancer, and her friendship with JFK Jr. and his wife, Carolyn, who died tragically just a few weeks before Anthony lost his own battle. Definitely a tear-jerker, but so worth the read.
10. What Alice Forgot / My favorite Liane Moriarty novel, 41-year-old Alice faints one day at the gym and wakes up as 29-year-old Alice, not understanding why she and her husband are divorcing, how she ended up with three kids, and why she is an avid exerciser. I loved how Moriarty keeps you guessing the outcome, which I know you’ll love