Summer just isn’t complete without a few great books to read at the beach, pool, or cottage. Here are our recommendations for beach reads to dig into this summer.
By Kevin Kwan
This deliciously devious debut novel follows Rachel Chu as she accompanies her boyfriend Nick Young to his home in Singapore to attend his best friend’s wedding and meet Nick’s family – only to realize that Nick and his friends are not just rich, they’re crazy rich. A classic fish out of water story rife with laughs and sharp social commentary.
By Suzanne Collins
This classic young adult dystopian series was a best seller for a reason. It grabs you with page-turning action, love triangles, and a premise that’s real enough to make you think: children fight to the death on a reality TV show, trying to win their way out of crushing poverty. Katniss Everdeen – a strong, female protagonist for the ages – narrates the series.
By Grace Metalious
Peyton Place has made the list of classic beach reads since its debut in 1956. The novel explores the dark underside of a quiet New England town and packs plenty of drama: incest, murder, and more!
Based on the series by J.K. Rowling, by John Tiffany and Jack Thorne
If you (or your kids) were fans of Harry Potter, and somehow missed the release of this book last year, be sure to grab a copy this summer. Bask in the nostalgia of catching up with Harry, Hermione, Ron, and the gang.
The Valley of the Dolls
By Jacqueline Susann
The “dolls” in the title refer to the pills popped by three young, aspiring showbiz women in 1960’s New York. They climb the social ladder while taking downers, uppers, and everything in between – it’s soapy, scandalous, and good fun.
Bridget Jones’ Diary
By Helen Fielding
The movie (although wonderful in its own right) doesn’t quite do justice to this clever and hilarious novel. Bridget Jones’ Diary is a brilliant modern re-telling of Pride and Prejudice.
By Sophie Kinsella
This series is the epitome of a light-hearted beach read that has plenty of laugh-out-loud moments and a charming, spendthrift heroine. These novels are perfect for when you need to split your attention between a book, making sandcastles, and re-applying sunscreen.
By Oprah Winfrey
Oprah dispenses bite-sized morsels of hard-earned wisdom organized by theme: joy, resilience, connection, gratitude, clarity, power, and more. This small volume contains multitudes – it will keep you thinking long after the leaves change colours.
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