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The Best Beach Reads For a Summer Getaway

Aug 19 2016 - 9:00am

Looking for poolside page-turners you can dive into while you're away on a Summer getaway? With a mix of popular classics, romantic novels, thrillers, and modern fiction, we're highlighting a range of options you can tote along on your next vacation. Before you start packing, take a look at these must-have beach reads, plus some of the best books of this Summer [1].

The Vacationers

Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures author Emma Straub writes about one family's two-week trip to the island of Mallorca in The Vacationers [2], a story about the complicated up-and-down dynamics among family and friends.

Gone Girl

If you haven't picked up Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl [3] yet, Summer is the perfect time to get lost in the can't-put-it-down thriller about a mysterious marriage.

The One & Only

Bestselling author Emily Giffin's latest novel, The One & Only [4], takes place in a small Texas town where football is everything. Shea, a 33-year-old woman, was born and raised in the college community, and when tragedy strikes, she's forced to face difficult questions about love and friendship.

The One & Only was also featured in our POPSUGAR Must Have box [5]!

One More Thing

Funny guy and former The Office writer B.J. Novak brings his musings to the page with One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories [6], a collection of witty, clever shorts that cover the trials of love, social media, and trying to succeed.

Beautiful Ruins

Transport yourself to the Mediterranean with Beautiful Ruins [7] by Jess Walter, a romantic read that tosses between Italy in the 1960s and modern-day Hollywood.

I Am Pilgrim

Terry Hayes's thriller I Am Pilgrim [8] tells the story of a secret agent — with the code name Pilgrim — who is forced to face his greatest enemy after the murder of a wealthy American.

The Opposite of Loneliness

Marina Keegan's The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories [9] is a posthumous collection written by a 2012 Yale student who had a play set to be produced and a job waiting at the New Yorker when she died tragically in a car crash days after graduation. Following the viral success of her final essay for the Yale Daily News, "The Opposite of Loneliness," her essays and stories have been gathered into a collection.

The Bees

The Bees [10] by Laline Paull is what Room author Emma Donoghue calls a "heart-pounding novel" and a "wild ride" about an ancient culture with a strong caste system in which only the queen can breed. Flora 717, a member of the lowest caste, is caught between personal dreams and society's demands when she dares to challenge the queen's wishes.


Unique and amusing, Rainbow Rowell's Attachments [11] follows the back-and-forth emails between two female co-workers who like to dish on their relationships — and the company's Internet security officer who finds himself falling for one of the women based only on her private exchanges.

The Good Luck of Right Now

The Silver Linings Playbook author Matthew Quick returns with the story of the 38-year-old Bartholomew, who struggles to be on his own after his mother's death. In the witty book, titled The Good Luck of Right Now [12], Bartholomew finds a letter from Richard Gere [13] among his mother's things, and he sets out to find himself as he writes letter after letter to the actor.

Love Walked In

Marisa de los Santos's Love Walked In [14] follows Cornelia, a coffee-shop manager, and Clare, a young girl, as their lives weave together.

Uganda Be Kidding Me

Chelsea Handler's back with another book, Uganda Be Kidding Me [15], this time sharing her hilarious, outrageous stories from traveling the world.

We Were Liars

The Fault in Our Stars author John Green calls We Were Liars [16] by E. Lockhart "thrilling, beautiful, and blisteringly smart." In it, there's a group of four friends called The Liars, and one of them, a girl named Cady, is part of a distinguished, mysterious family.

Valley of the Dolls

It's sex, drugs, and New York City for the three show-business girls in Jacqueline Susann's Valley of the Dolls [17] — a cult classic that's ideal for poolside reading.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Sharp and witty, Maria Semple's Where'd You Go, Bernadette [18] follows a young girl, Bee, as she pieces together emails, documents, and secret correspondence to find her mother, Bernadette.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Charming and nostalgic, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society [19] by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows brings together letters and storylines from the 1940s to tell the tale of a quirky society against the backdrop of a dark war.

The Chaperone

For a fun mix of nostalgia and romance, dive into The Chaperone [20] by Laura Moriarty, which follows a 1922 It girl and her chaperone, Cora, as they leave Wichita, KS, and take on Manhattan, NY.

One Hundred Years of Solitude

It's not always easy to find time to read the classics, so if you have a long stretch of hours over Summer break, consider cracking open One Hundred Years of Solitude [21] by Gabriel García Márquez, the story of a fascinating family in a mythical Latin America town.

Little Known Facts

For a dose of sharp writing and juicy celebrity culture, dive into Christine Sneed's debut novel, Little Known Facts [22], told from several points of view. Set around an A-list Hollywood actor and his family, the book looks at the highs and lows of fame and how it affects relationships.

This Is Where I Leave You

One of 2009's must reads, Jonathan Tropper's This Is Where I Leave You [23], will be getting the movie treatment soon, so now's the time to read the witty, raw novel about a family who comes together in the wake of a father's death.

Skipping a Beat

Sarah Pekkanen's Skipping a Beat [24] dives into the tangled web of a marriage between two high school sweethearts who aren't on the same page in their relationship.

Inferno: A Novel

In The Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown's page-turner Inferno: A Novel [25], professor Robert Langdon turns his fascination to Dante's Inferno.

The First Husband

The First Husband [26] by Laura Dave tells the story of Annie, a woman who's shattered when her boyfriend decides he needs space — only to find herself married to someone else three months later.

Me Talk Pretty One Day

Witty and charming as usual, humorist David Sedaris offers hilarious tales of learning French, embracing a new culture, and more in Me Talk Pretty One Day [27].

Girls in White Dresses

Just in time for wedding [28] season, you can pick up a copy of Girls in White Dresses [29] by Jennifer Close, a story about three 20-something friends who find themselves going to wedding after wedding, struggling to figure out their own lives.

And the Mountains Echoed

If you fell in love with Khaled Hosseini's previous works, like The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, then you should definitely check out And the Mountains Echoed [30]. It's a book about family and friendships that travels from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos.

The Notebook

If you're a die-hard fan of the movie — and love a little romance — your beach vacation is the perfect time to read The Notebook [31] by Nicholas Sparks.

Heiress, P.I.

In the YA novel Heiress, P.I. [32] by Amanda Mahan, the shy teenage heiress to a hotel chain finds herself thrust into the spotlight she prefers to avoid when she links up with her friend (and crush) to help a famous private investigator.

VJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV's First Wave

VJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV's First Wave [33] follows the glory days of MTV: 1981 to 1987. The original VJs give the inside scoop on the network and celebrities they encountered, as well as their own personal journeys.

Sloppy Firsts

Can't resist a lovable YA book? If you're looking for an entertaining series, check out Megan McCafferty's Sloppy Firsts [34], the first in her collection of novels about witty heroine Jessica Darling.


Toss Summerland [35] by Elin Hilderbrand into your beach bag for a thoughtful story about how friends, family, and community can come together in the aftermath of a tragedy.

Summer Sisters

No one does friendship quite like Judy Blume, and Summer Sisters [36] is the perfect pick to carry along when you're on vacation with your pals.

Flight Patterns

Flight Patterns [37] tells the story of one woman who is forced to confront her past and the family she tried to leave behind.

The Weekenders

The Weekenders [38] is just one of the many books you'll want to keep in your beach bag this season. All seems normal with this group of island locals until someone's husband goes missing and the town's deeper secrets begin to unravel.

All Summer Long

If you're a hopeless romantic, then All Summer Long [39] is the perfect read for you. A young couple from New York finds themselves at odds when a move to South Carolina causes strife in their relationship.

Out May 31

Love & Gelato

As its title would suggest, Love & Gelato [40] is a sweet love story about two people who have a romantic adventure in Italy.

It's Not Okay: Turning Heartbreak Into Happily Never After

The former Bachelorette star spills all about her quest to find love and infamously rejecting Juan Pablo Galavis in her memoir, It's Not Okay: Turning Heartbreak Into Happily Never After [41].

The Island House

In The Island House [42], a college English professor returns to her Summer island house in hopes of reconciling with a past love.

Out May 31

Mother, Can You Not?

If you're a fan of her widely popular Instagram account @CrazyJewishMom [43], then you will no doubt love Kate Siegel's new book, Mother, Can You Not? [44], as she recollects all the hilarious stories of her overbearing mother.

Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice

If you're obsessed with Jane Austen, then Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice [45] is the book for you. Curtis Sittenfeld's book tells everything you love about the classic tale of the Bennet family and Mr. Darcy in an innovative and exciting new way.

Raymie Nightingale

If you're searching for that perfect beach read, then look no further than Raymie Nightingale [46]. Two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo pens a sweet story about one unlikely Summer friendship between three girls competing against each other.

What We Find

Get inspired with No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr's new book, What We Find [47], about new beginnings and one woman's quest to find true happiness.

Property of a Noblewoman: A Novel

Danielle Steel's new novel tells the story of two people who are drawn together [48] under the most unusual circumstances of events.

I Said Yes: My Story of Heartbreak, Redemption, and True Love

The Bachelorette star Emily Maynard Johnson takes fans through what it was really like having her love life broadcasted on TV [49].

The Summer Before the War: A Novel

In this sweet romance novel, Helen Simonson writes about two people who fall madly in love [50] right before World War I reaches their small little town in England.

Find Her

Into crime thrillers like Gone Girl? Give Find Her [51] a shot. Author Lisa Gardner tells the story of a young woman still coping with her kidnapping, which occurred years earlier.

Stars Above

If you love young adult books but haven't yet dipped your toe into the Lunar Chronicles, get this collection of nine stories written by Marissa Meyer. Five out of the nine stories in Stars Above [52] are brand new!

The Past

A family reunites at their country house for three weeks in The Past [53], a novel by Tessa Hadley.


Alexandra Bracken has finally released Passenger [54], a time-traveling romance that fans of Outlander might enjoy.

The Guest Room

Looking for a steamy mystery? Look no further that Chris Bohjalian's The Guest Room [55], a novel full of romance . . . and murder!

Secret Sisters

Who doesn't love a good romantic mystery? Jayne Ann Krentz's Secret Sisters [56] is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Ashley Bell

Famed author Dean Koontz presents a new thriller with Ashley Bell [57], starring a young heroine who has a year to find and save a mysterious stranger.

Precious Gifts

Get your romantic novel on with Danielle Steel's Precious Gifts [58].

Here's to Us

In Here's to Us [59], three women must put their differences aside when a man they all loved suddenly dies.

Out June 14

First Comes Love

From the author who brought you Something Borrowed, Emily Giffin writes First Comes Love [60], a story about two sisters who find themselves at a crossroads in life.

Out June 28

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

If you didn't get a chance to buy tickets, pick up a copy of J.K. Rowling's new book Harry Potter and the Cursed Child [61].

Out July 31

Truly Madly Guilty

Truly Madly Guilty [62] gets real about learning to appreciate things in life when it's sometimes too late.

Out July 26


Travel to the City of Light this Summer with Danielle Steel's enchanting new novel, Magic [63].

Out July 5

The Girls

Let The Girls [64] transport you back to the 1960s, as a group of friends go from girls to women.

Out June 14

The Pursuit

The Pursuit [65] will keep you on your toes during your beach trip with this intriguing game of cat and mouse.

Out June 21

Rich and Pretty

In Rich and Pretty [66], two young women find their world and friendship completely changed when they start living adult lives.

Out June 7


If you're looking for a sappy love story this Summer, this is the perfect fit for you. Falling [67] tells the sweet tale of a young woman who finds a family in the last place she expected.

Out July 19

Daughters of the Bride

As she plans her mother's wedding [68], one woman's dark secrets slowly start unravel in this novel, Daughters of the Bride [69].

Out June 12

The Singles Game

The author behind The Devil Wears Prada writes about the scandalous life a young tennis player in The Singles Game [70].

Out July 12

Family Tree

Family Tree [71] tells a compelling story about love, loss, and moving on from the past.

Out Aug. 9

The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo

The simply hilarious Amy Schumer writes The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo [72]; a witty collection of personal essays.

Out Aug. 16

How to Ruin Everything

How to Ruin Everything [73] has the perfect collection of essays for you to read on your lounge chair while soaking in some rays.

Out June 14

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