POPSUGAR Celebrity

The Beach Books You Should Totes Read This Summer

Jul 9 2014 - 6:00am

Tender YA stories of first love and friendship, a laugh-out-loud family vacation saga, historical fiction that transports you to exotic locales — plus a nostalgic thriller set in a haunted amusement park, a few breezy chick lit novels, a memoir about a Harlequin editor finding love, and a passionate coming-of-age story of affairs and family secrets — we've got your Summer vacation reading covered. You won't be able to put down these light, fun, and enthralling reads on this crazy thing called love. Books, check. But for added fun, we've paired each beach read with a tote to stash it in. So grab your paperback and your bag; last one to the beach is a rotten egg!

The Vacationers

Pair Emma Straub's funny novel The Vacationers [1], about a family whose various relationships come to a head on a tropical vacation, with this canvas wave tote [2] ($75).

Beautiful Ruins

Take Jess Walter's Italian-coast-set romance Beautiful Ruins [3] to the beach in this rafia tote [4] ($120).

Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend

Use this cheeky boys tears bag [5] ($48) to carry Katie Finn's YA novel about ex-boyfriends and ex-BFFs, Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend [6].

A Life in Men

Use this heart canvas tote [7] ($20) to carry Gina Frangello's novel A Life in Men [8], which follows a woman on a sexually adventurous trip to Europe to process the loss of a best friend.

The Secret Life of Violet Grant

Beatriz Williams's historical romance about a love triangle and family secrets, The Secret Life of Violet Grant [9], belongs in this striped canvas bag [10] ($26).

One Plus One

Pair Jojo Moyes's upcoming love story about a single mom, One Plus One [11], with this zigzag-printed bag [12] ($118).

We Were Liars

Stash E. Lockhart's suspenseful island-set story of love, friendship, and family, We Were Liars [13], in this sequin-edged tote [14] ($197).

Since You've Been Gone

Morgan Matson's YA novel about friendship and a Summer of firsts, Since You've Been Gone [15], belongs in this patterned canvas beach tote [16] ($60).

Romance Is My Day Job

This When in Venice beach bag [17] ($90) is perfect for stashing Harlequin editor Patience Bloom's memoir about her unexpected love story, Romance Is My Day Job [18].

The Forever Girl

Set on Grand Cayman Island, Alexander McCall Smith's novel about first love and the struggles of marriage, The Forever Girl [19], pairs perfectly with this tropical tote bag [20] ($313).

The Lemon Grove

Tuck Helen Walsh's steamy novel about sex and obsession on a Summer vacation to Spain, The Lemon Grove [21], in this canvas and leather printed tote [22] ($135, originally $225).

The Rosie Project

Keep your copy of Graeme Simsion's novel The Rosie Project [23], about a socially awkward professor who uses a scientific approach to find a wife, in this cheery cherry-printed tote [24] ($10).

The Theory of Opposites

Pack Allison Winn Scotch's story of a woman whose husband proposes a two-month break, The Theory of Opposites [25], in this earthy striped tote [26] ($58).

This One Is Mine

Where'd You Go, Bernadette author Maria Semple's debut novel, This One Is Mine [27], is a satirical look at life and love in modern-day Hollywood. Take it to the pool with you in this pink checked tote [28] ($156, originally $260).

The Yonahlossee Riding Camp For Girls

Use this nautical-inspired tote [29] ($165) to carry Anton DiSclafani's steamy coming-of-age historical fiction, The Yonahlossee Riding Camp For Girls [30].

Eleanor & Park

Rainbow Rowell's heartwrenching YA novel Eleanor & Park [31] is about high school first love, so it's only fitting you'd tote it in this library-card bag [32] ($20).


Stephen King's carnival-set thriller Joyland [33] (which features an unexpected love story) belongs in this glitter tote [34] ($60).

Nantucket Sisters

Set on the beaches of Nantucket, Nancy Thayer's Nantucket Sisters [35] (out June 17) is about a friendship challenged by love. Throw it in this blue toile tote [36] ($78) for your beach escape.


Stash Rachel Pastan's erotic thriller (a retelling of Daphne du Maurier's gothic classic Rebecca) Alena [37] in this floral beach tote [38] ($79).

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