No summertime activity conjures as much joy or relaxation quite like planting yourself on a blanket beachside, devouring
healthy snacks made from kale chocolate covered almonds and allowing your imagination to get lost in the company of an incredible new reading adventure. These are 20 beach reads to add to your summer plans immediately; summer is short, so do your heart a favour and make a beach date with one of these books ASAP.
The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion
A former pianist has a second shot with his fiery actress flame nearly two decades after letting her go – but will he ditch his mundane life to take a risk? A gorgeous tale about second chances and our courage to take them, The Best of Adam Sharp is the daring exploration of bridges never crossed. Be prepared to laugh on this hysterical journey as Adam examines his past and decides if it’s worth revisiting. Your beach day with Adam will be your best beach day ever.
From Rockaway by Jill Eisenstadt
A beach read that takes place on one of New York City’s favorite coastlines? Sign me up. Four wildly different friends reunite one summer while college is out to perform a sacred lifeguard ritual: The Death Keg. Their lives are changed forever. A brilliant story laced with dark humour and intrigue, From Rockaway is the ultimate ode to working class youth and the inevitably different futures that come with being from a different class.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Reclusive and aging Hollywood starlet Evelyn Hugo hires a rookie magazine reporter, Monique Grant, to pen her life story, but there is one question that remains unanswered: Why Monique? In true Taylor Jenkins Reid style, this emotionally explosive plot will have you laughing, crying and longing for more Evelyn upon the spectacular ending.
Startup by Doree Shafrir
We know about doctor drama, editorial drama, PR drama and fashion drama – but have you yet indulged in startup drama? Well, your drama-loving hearts are about to be blown away. Beloved Buzzfeed editor and veteran journalist Doree Shafrir delivers a knockout tale about the woes, gender politics, love, mistakes, victories and the Manhattan struggles all surrounding the startup culture – all in one brilliant beach read with unforgettable characters.
A Game of Ghosts by John Connolly
What happens when you combine suspense with the supernatural? Oh, only the most intense summer reading experience to be had in 2017. Internationally bestselling author John Connolly delivers an epic tale about the disappearance of private detective Jaycob Eklund… who was entangled in an investigation involving reported hauntings. A dark and twisty tale of pure psychological thrill, A Game of Ghosts will leave your imagination teased and craving more of Connolly’s addictively spooky storytelling.
Come Find Me, Sage Parker by Aliza Latta
Sage Parker left her daughter Maeve Parker nine years ago and never returned. Now, disillusioned and heartbroken, Maeve is determined to convince the world mothers are unnecessary. Then boy crushes come into play and, naturally, they change the fate of everything. When the boy she cares about most is wrenched away from her life permanently, Maeve goes on a quest to find her estranged mother. Spoiler alert: nothing will stop her.
The Darkest Promise by Gena Showalter
Your sweltering summer just got hotter! New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter delivers an enrapturing paranormal romance that involves an iron-willed sovereign leader and the fair woman he falls for…who happens to be under the wrath of a curse. A heart-stopping reading experience that will add adrenaline to your beach reading day, The Darkest Promise is one of this summer’s sexiest reads.
Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown
Craving a tantalizing summer treat with suspense as the main ingredient? Well, you just found it. Watch Me Disappear centers around the disappearance of a Berkeley mom and the unraveling of her picture-perfect family – add in a horrific twist, and you have this summer’s version of Big Little Lies. If you want to be in a serious sweat session for 368 pages, it’s time to pick up your new favorite book.
It’s Always the Husband by Michele Campbell
Kate, Aubrey, and Jenny have been BFFs since college. Flash forward two decades later, one is standing on the edge of a bridge, while another is urging her to jump. A fiercely unpredictable suspense about a murder that will keep every reader fervently absorbed until the last unnerving page, It’s Always the Husband shines a light on one of the criminal world’s most prevalent prejudices.
The Breakdown by B.A. Paris
If you are still reeling from the shocking plot of Behind Closed Doors, you’re going to eat up every psychologically-thrilling sentence in The Breakdown. The esteemed New York Times bestselling author returns to deliver one of the most engrossing plots of the year. Cass was in the middle of the woods when she spotted a mysterious car with a woman inside of it…a woman who would later be killed. She hasn’t been safe ever since. A gorgeously chilling and addictive plot from the first page to the last, The Breakdown is the book you’ll read in one beach sitting.
In This Moment by Karma Brown
When Meg Pepper beckons for a teenage boy to cross the road in front of her, a car plows into him, changing the course of her life forever. Driven by guilt, Meg stays dutifully by the boy and his father’s side during his rehab process… at the expense of keeping her own family intact. As Meg grows dangerously close to the boy’s father and old secrets begin to surface, she must decide: will she forgive herself and save her family or allow guilt to take the driver’s seat? An emotionally riveting read, In This Moment is Karma Brown’s best book yet!
A Beautiful Poison by Lydia Kang
The Spanish influenza takes a grip on New York City… but young socialite Allene looks beyond the disease for the culprit behind a certain string of deaths. A beautiful and tantalizing web of secrets, friendships, wealth, family, and shocking revelations, A Beautiful Poison offers a stunning look into historical New York and the dark shadows that haunted it.
Eden by Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg
Becca Meister Fitzpatrick is the quintessential family matriarch – picture-perfect family and social status included. When she discovers her late husband squandered away their entire family fortune, all of that changes. A drama-filled parade of hidden secrets, affluence and the unraveling of long-held family legacies, having a copy of Eden in your hands is mandatory beach attire.
The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand
Two twin sisters who haven’t seen each other in over a decade… the bigger problem? They live only 11 miles apart. When a family crisis forces them to confront the past and the reality of their grudges, will their sisterhood reignite or succumb to the ashes of old wounds? If you love quintessential beach reads, then you need this perfect serving of Hilderbrand magic in your life.
The People We Hate at the Wedding by Grant Ginder
Eloise is set to say “I do” in her ultra chic London wedding… but her envious siblings and exuberant mother have other sentiments on the opulent occasion. This highly buzzed-about book is already sending shockwaves through the summer-reading world and we see why – every word of Ginder’s wedding drama is laced in compelling hilarity and satisfaction. Oh, and Kevin Kwan (another master at family dramas), even gave this one his official seal of approval.
Proof by C.E. Tobisman
No beach reading roster comes without a lawyer character to love, and you’ll fall in literary adoration with the techie-turned-attorney in Proof. Caroline Auden is still reeling from the last case that nearly destroyed her career and is determined to keep her struggling practice afloat… but fate has a curve ball. When her grandmother leaves her entire estate to a mysterious charity, Caroline is plunged into the sinister plot that leaves her running for life in the streets of Los Angeles. Engrossing and hopelessly entertaining, Proof is the suspense read you don’t want to miss.
Lying to Children by Alex Shahla
Are you a fan of Jonathan Tropper and Nora Ephron? Then you’re going to love this beach-perfect novel treat about the hilarious dynamics of a suburban family and raising children. A fictional father pens letters to his college-aged children about the history of their family and the harmless white lies told in between – all from dad’s hilarious perspective. An emotional celebration of a father’s love (and all the imperfections and uniquities that come with it), Lying to Children will win over your heart and have you laughing out loud from the first word.
The Sunshine Sisters by Jane Green
Two estranged sisters come together to adhere to the wishes of their dying mother… but the dysfunction doesn’t quite stop there. Their mother’s illness brings out the envies, jealousies and long-harbored resentments that could tear them apart forever once surfaced. A dazzling family drama that will prove if blood is enough to keep people together, The Sunshine Sisters is the perfect beach read.
The Half Life of Remorse by Grant Jarrett
Two vagrants with oh-so-complicated pasts meet on the streets of Indiana. What they don’t realize is that their paths crossed many years before – and it involved an unforgivable crime. An unputdownable puzzle of past mistakes, estranged family, the art of forgiveness, and the possibility of redemption, The Half Life of Remorse will tug at every reader’s heartstrings.
The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish
Historical fiction dream alert! Two women of incredible intellect are separated by a century and endless ripples of history – but their lives intersect in one of the most entertaining ways possible. A stunning and electrifying portrait of London in the 1660s and a historical scavenger hunt, The Weight of Ink is bound to steal every history aficionado’s heart this summer.
Have you read any of these perfect beach reads? How was it? If you haven’t read any, which one are you most excited to start?