Beach Books Perfect for Summer Vacation - Southern LivingNew swimsuit? Plenty of sunscreen? Attention-grabbing, page-turning, light-up-the-pleasure-centers-in-your-brain read to flip through as you wiggle your toes in the sand? Check, check, and check. Whether you're looking for a sultry mystery, a daring adventure, or a rom-com to soothe your drama-worn soul, we've rounded up all of the books you need to spice up your sunny days.
SUMMER READING RECOMMENDATIONS!!!
Summer has arrived, and people all over are flocking to the beach. My friends and family frequently reach out to me for recommendations of what to read while catching some sun and sand. Generally, beach readers are looking for something fun and fast-paced; something that will keep them engaged without being too emotionally heavy.
The Best 2018 Beach Reads
Skip navigation! This narrow classification writes "beach reads" off as being unsophisticated when, in actuality , the best beach reads are anything but. We ask summer books to perform an Herculean task: Keep us entertained amid a million distractions — the beating sun, kids kicking up sand near your towel, Baywatch -esque lifeguards. They have to keep us turning the page. Consequently, beach reads are more gripping, more powerful , and more fun than the average book.
Looking for a great new beach read? We have plenty. There are more than a few brand-new stories included here, and there are also some new installations in already beloved series queued up in this to-read list. There are novels set on the coast and in the cities, across the South and abroad. So enjoy your summer vacation, pour yourself a drink, and get lost in one of these new releases.
Whether you're by the beach, pool, or jetting off to some remote, exotic locale this summer, you're going to want a satisfying story to keep you entertained. These page-turners will all have you itching to get your hands on another great read. Once you've worked your way through this list, don't worry: We've got you covered with lots more great recommendations. Like a modern-day The Handmaid's Tale , this dystopian novel centers around Ro, a high-school teacher trying to have a baby in an America where abortion is illegal, in-vitro fertilization is banned, and every embryo has the right to life, liberty, and property. Ro meets Susan, a mother of two in a failing marriage, Mattie, one of Ro's students who is pregnant, and Gin, a forest-living "mender" who is arrested and put on trial. Gin brings all three women together in this mysterious and compelling drama. If you haven't read this one yet, get on it, because Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington have teamed up to turn the bestselling novel into a series on Hulu within the next year.
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