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19 Beach Books You Should Totes Read This Summer

Jul 18 2016 - 7:00am

Tender YA stories of first love and friendship [1], 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 [2] 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 [3] with a tote to stash it in. So grab your paperback [4] and your bag; last one to the beach is a rotten egg!

Be sure to check out our 2016 reading challenge [5] for even more bookish fun this Summer.

The Vacationers

Pair Emma Straub's funny novel The Vacationers [6], about a family whose various relationships come to a head on a tropical vacation, with this "I Need a Vacation" tote [7] ($198).

Beautiful Ruins

Take Jess Walter's Italian-coast-set romance Beautiful Ruins [8] to the beach in this straw tote [9] ($40).

Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend

Use this pink striped tote [10] ($28) to carry Katie Finn's YA novel about ex-boyfriends and ex-BFFs, Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend [11].

A Life in Men

Use this intricate straw tote [12] ($180, originally $300) to carry Gina Frangello's novel A Life in Men [13], 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 [14], belongs in this striped canvas bag [15] ($26).

One Plus One

Pair Jojo Moyes's upcoming love story about a single mom, One Plus One [16], with this diamond-patterned canvas tote [17] ($125).

We Were Liars

Stash E. Lockhart's suspenseful island-set story of love, friendship, and family, We Were Liars [18], in this soft blue beach tote [19] ($29).

Since You've Been Gone

Morgan Matson's YA novel about friendship and a Summer of firsts, Since You've Been Gone [20], belongs in this ice cream canvas beach tote [21] ($18).

Romance Is My Day Job

This newspaper print tote [22] ($25) is perfect for stashing Harlequin editor Patience Bloom's memoir about her unexpected love story, Romance Is My Day Job [23].

The Forever Girl

Set on Grand Cayman Island, Alexander McCall Smith's novel about first love and the struggles of marriage, The Forever Girl [24], pairs perfectly with this tropical tote bag [25] ($70, originally $176).

The Lemon Grove

Tuck Helen Walsh's steamy novel about sex and obsession on a Summer vacation to Spain, The Lemon Grove [26], in this see-through blue plastic tote [27] ($17, originally $36).

The Rosie Project

Keep your copy of Graeme Simsion's novel The Rosie Project [28], about a socially awkward professor who uses a scientific approach to find a wife, in this cheery smiley and rainbow canvas tote [29] ($545).

The Theory of Opposites

Pack Allison Winn Scotch's story of a woman whose husband proposes a two-month break, The Theory of Opposites [30], in this Hamptons beach towel tote [31] ($1,500).

This One Is Mine

Where'd You Go, Bernadette author Maria Semple's debut novel, This One Is Mine [32], is a satirical look at life and love in modern-day Hollywood. Take it to the pool with you in this POP! sequin and denim tote [33] ($50).

The Yonahlossee Riding Camp For Girls

Use this sequin-embellished raffia tote [34] ($405) to carry Anton DiSclafani's steamy coming-of-age historical fiction, The Yonahlossee Riding Camp For Girls [35].

Eleanor & Park

Rainbow Rowell's heartwrenching YA novel Eleanor & Park [36] is about high school first love, so it's only fitting you'd tote it in this library-card bag [37] ($20).


Stephen King's carnival-set thriller Joyland [38] (which features an unexpected love story) belongs in this "that's bananas" tote [39] ($198).

Nantucket Sisters

Set on the beaches of Nantucket, Nancy Thayer's Nantucket Sisters [40] is about a friendship challenged by love. Throw it in this blue striped tote [41] ($37, originally $74) for your beach escape.


Stash Rachel Pastan's erotic thriller (a retelling of Daphne du Maurier's gothic classic Rebecca) Alena [42] in this painted carryall tote [43] ($80).

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