There are few things that go together as well as a relaxing beach day and a good read. Every summer, I find myself devouring book after book. I don’t know if it’s my inner child coming out and telling me it’s time to tackle a summer reading list (remember those in middle school?). But the summertime is definitely when I read the most. With this in mind, today I’m sharing my own summer reading list. I’ve had a few of these books on my to-read list for a while now, so I’m hoping to finally get a chance to see what they’re all about.
I’m not promising myself that I will get around to reading all of these books. But regardless, here are 10 beach reads on my list…
1. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
With The Great Gatsby movie coming out, the 1920s have been interesting me lately. This book is all about Ernest Hemmingway’s wife, Hadley, and their glittering romance in Paris.
2. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
According to reviews, funny girl Mindy Kaling wrote this book to give readers a tour of her life…and a few laughs along the way. If you liked Bossypants, this one is probably for you.
3. The Queen’s Lover by Frencine Du Plessix Gray
This historical novel about Marie Antoinette’s life begins at a masquerade ball in 1774 Paris, and goes on to tell about her love story with a Swedish aristocrat. Sounds spellbinding!
4. Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls
This book is by the same author who wrote The Glass Castle, a personal favorite of mine. I hear that it strikes literary gold.
5. Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close
A story of three friends who feel like everyone they know is getting engaged or married. Sounds like a must-read for girls in their 20s.
6. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
The author of Lean In is the chief operating officer of Facebook. She wrote this book to empower women and motivate them to seek challenges, take risks and pursue your goals in the workplace. Everyone seems to be talking about this one!
7. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
This read sounds a little heavy—its protagonist is Hazel, a girl who faces the final chapter of her life after battling a tumor. However, there’s a twist in the plot when an important character arrives at her Cancer Kid Support Group one day…
8. Why French Women Don’t Get Fat by Mireille Guilano
I’ve been told this one is great for a little light reading on the beach… So intrigued!
9. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
One of my Team LC bloggers recently finished this book in a week…she couldn’t put it down. All she told me were two words: forgotten life.
10. Beautiful Ruins: A Novel by Jess Walter
I’ve heard this book tells the story of an almost-love affair on the Italian coast. Sounds like a beach read to me.
Should we read one of these for our next book club?
Let me know which one of these you would like to read below.
P.S. For more of my book recommendations, check out my Fall Reading List too.