10 Must-Read Books to Bring to the Beach

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Salty waves wash over your toes as you relax on vacation, and your hands long for a captivating page-turner as the sun warms your back. Here are 10 guilty-pleasure beach reads for summer.

Big Little Lies
by Liane Moriarty
If you desire a storyline filled with schoolyard scandal, little white untruths, sins of ex-husbands and their new younger wives, and women dealing with it all at a crossroads, then Big Little Lies will satiate your craving. It’s no big surprise that HBO picked it up and created a miniseries.
Small Great Things
by Jodi Picoult
Tackling serious topics such as racism, fear, hope and choice, author Jodi Picoult writes about a labor and delivery nurse who was prohibited from caring for a newborn because she was African-American.
Dangerous Games
by Danielle Steele
Easily making its way on this year’s New York Times Best Sellers list, Dangerous Games is a riveting tale of corruption, politics, ambition and justice. Television correspondent Alix Phillips teams up with her cameraman and ex-Navy SEAL Ben Chapman against an enemy far more sinister than they could have ever imagined.
Lincoln in the Bardo
by George Saunders
While a little existential for a day on the beach, Lincoln in the Bardo asks the profound question: How are we supposed to love and live when we know that inevitably everything will come to an end?
The Silent Wife
by A.S.A. Harrison
Fans of The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl will absolutely love A.S.A. Harrison’s The Silent Wife. Todd and Jodi have a rocky marriage. At stake is their affluent life in their beautiful waterfront condo in Chicago as Todd continues to cheat, and Jodi lives in denial. The Silent Wife is about a marriage in the throes of dissolution, a couple headed for catastrophe, concessions that can’t be made and promises that can’t be kept. Nicole Kidman is set to star in the movie adaptation this year.
The Young Wives Club
by Julie Pennell
Four friends rely on each other in the tiny town of Toulouse, Louisiana, and navigate from girlhood to womanhood. Pennell is a champion at ending each chapter with an emotional cliffhanger, making her book impossible to put down.
The Forever Summer
by Jamie Brenner
In this soul-searching tale told by Jamie Brenner, lead character Marin Bishop is a rule-follower with a picture-perfect life. With one careless move, she finds herself alone and unemployed. Marin journeys to Cape Cod to meet the family she didn’t even know existed. Set at her grandmother’s bed and breakfast, Marin’s beliefs in her own identity are shaken to the core.
Banana Cream Pie Murder
by Joanne Fluke
The latest in the Hannah Swensen mysteries, this sweet read begins with a seven-day honeymoon cruise for bakery owner Swensen. Upon her return, she is met with a murder mystery involving her mother’s neighbor. A banana cream pie and two dessert plates on the victim’s coffee table suggest she knew the killer.
All Grown Up
by Jami Attenberg
Author Jami Attenberg is most famous for her novel, The Middlesteins. In her most recent work, Attenberg writes about Andrea Bern, an unmarried former artist in her late 30s, who works in advertising. While lacking in emotional depth, All Grown Up reads as easily as a knife slides through butter.
Edgar and Lucy
by Victor Lodato
Edgar and Lucy’s success lies in the diverse skills of author Victor Lodato. Not only is he a writer of a novel on the New York Times Best Sellers list, Lodato is a poet, playwright and winner of a Guggenheim. Weaved effortlessly through more than 500 pages, this novel addresses love, family, magic, spiritualism and death.