Whatever you do this summer, chances are you’ll end up lounging in the sun while listening to the waves break upon the shore. With your shades on and your Flash Tattoos shining, the only things that could make the day better are a cold drink and a good book.
While we can’t quite pour you a mojito, we can provide you with a list of 10 great books to read while relaxing on the beach. Without further ado, here are some reading suggestions you may want to check out before you reserve your spot on the sand.
Paper Towns – Sure, you’ve probably seen the movie trailer, but this novel brought to us by John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars and Looking for Alaska, is not a book you want to miss! Paper Towns, an intriguing and witty YA novel, focuses on Quentin Jacobsen, a quirky guy with a massive crush on his neighbor, Margo Roth Spiegelman. When Margo shows up at his window in the middle of the night and beckons him into the darkness, Q knows this is not an opportunity bestowed on just anyone. But the next day Margo’s parents call in that she’s missing, and Q can’t help but think there’s more to the story than just a runaway. Piecing together clues left by Margo herself, Q works to solve the mystery that is Margo Roth Spiegelman. The movie hits theaters July 24th, so get to reading!
I Suck at Relationships So You Don’t Have To: 10 Rules for Not Screwing Up Your Happily Ever After – That gorgeous babe on the cover may seem familiar. Bethenny Frankel, four-time New York Times bestselling author and “Real Housewife” offers her advice on dating and relationships in her brand new book I Suck at Relationships So You Don’t Have To: 10 Rules for Not Screwing Up Your Happily Ever After. Filled with hilarious dating stories and some pretty solid dating advice, this one is definitely destined for your beach bag.
What Alice Forgot – In her novel What Alice Forgot, Liane Moriarty takes the reader on an engaging journey through the eyes of 29 year-old Alice Love, who is happily married and pregnant with her first child. Suddenly Alice is waking up on the floor of a gym and getting wheeled away to a hospital. Turns out it’s 10 year later, and Alice now has three kids and a divorce in the works! It’s up to Alice to figure out where that lost decade went and how (or if) she can get it back. Interesting and heartfelt, this is for all you Flashionistas who enjoy a good book to put things in perpective.
The Rosie Project – In The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, socially inept genetics professor Don Tillman decides it’s about time he find a wife and designs a 16-page survey to find the perfect woman for him. Rosie turns out to be the perfect candidate in The Wife Project, but she has her own agenda in finding her biological father. This lough-out-loud international bestseller is a clever romantic comedy that’s sure to leave you smiling, so add it to the list of beach bag must-haves!
The Vacationers – Speaking of the beach, The Vacationers by Emma Straub focuses on the Posts, a family enjoying a two-week trip to the Balearic island of Mallorca. Not all is easy breezy on the island, however. Just like any family, the Posts experience quite a few bumps on the road to tranquility and must accept the results of the emotional confrontation with years of buried experiences. This is the New York Time bestselling book of the summer, so be sure to get your hands on a copy before August rolls around and we’ve got to say arrivederci to these long summer days!
What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions – Could you build a jetpack using downward-firing machine guns? What if a Richter 15 earthquake hit New York City? Are fire tornadoes possible? Randall Munroe has the answers, and in a way that won’t make your brain hurt! What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe answers the most ridiculous hypothetical questions in an enjoyable way that’ll leave you both entertained and enlightened. Why shouldn’t you get your inner mad scientist on at the beach? Maybe you’ll even find some of your own hypothetical questions answered in this book.
Jane Eyre – For those of you that prefer literature written before the turn of the 20th century, why not indulge in a classic? Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte has long been on most American public schools’ reading lists, but this is exactly the kind of book that’s much better revisited years later. Jane, Rochester, Thornfield Hall; they’re all awaiting your return! And once you’ve finished this classic, you should move on to…
The Eyre Affair – While we’re on the subject of Jane Eyre…imagine this: the year is 1985, time travel is common, and dodo birds are the house pet of choice. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde explores the world of Thursday Next, who is put to the test when she finds that someone is stealing characters from literary works, and Jane Eyre has been kidnapped from the pages of Bronte’s novel. An excellent companion to the original work, The Eyre Affair will definitely leave you eager to continue the series.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette – Are you in the mood for a good fiction that’ll make you laugh and possibly tear up a bit? Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple follows 15 year-old Bee as she tries to find her mother Bernadette, a notoriously strong woman with a fearless opinion and a larger-than-life aura who disappears when Bee calls the family to a vacation in Antarctica… not quite the dream destination for agoraphobic Bernadette. In this light and funny story about a dysfunctional family and the relationship between mother and daughter, Bee must piece together the clues of her mother’s disappearance to figure out where she’s gone and, most importantly, why she left. Marketed as a beach read, this is one every one of you Flashionistas will enjoy!
You Deserve a Drink: Boozy Misadventures and Tales of Debauchery – So what if you’re really feeling that carefree, pour-me-another-drink vibe? Do not fret, Flashionistas, we’ve got just the book for you! If you’re looking for great stories and some side-splitting hilarity, you should definitely pick up a copy of You Deserve a Drink: Boozy Misadventures and Tales of Debauchery by Mamrie Hart. Creator of the hit YouTube series “You Deserve a Drink,” Hart compiles her best drinking stories to bring you this hit of a read that will surely leave you gasping for air. So get your copy, because if anyone does, you definitely deserve a drink!
Whether your rocking a hard copy or an eBook, these are sure to be excellent companions on your trip to the coast. Happy reading, and don’t forget sunscreen!