50 Best Summer Reads of All Time
Settle in for beach reads to suit your every mood and guaranteed to take you to other worlds. These amazing books are totally packed with pleasure and are an escape in and of themselves.
Take a little escape for the weekend with Mary Kay Andrew’s sultry romantic mystery all about the tawdry and zany goings-on in Belle Isle, North Carolina. Get ready for a page-turner about the weekenders who drop in and the regulars who belong there. The story starts as the heroine’s husband fails to arrive on the ferry, sparking her to get pulled in to a murderous and twisty fast-paced tale that centers on the perils of divorce.
There once was a girl from Nantucket…you how the rest goes! Elin Hilderbrand’s breezy novels about life on the island make you feel like you’ve just bounced ashore. This one follows two friends, Madeline and Grace, who get caught up in a swirl of gossip about love affairs. This intriguing beach read delves into the secrets you keep and the ones you shouldn’t hide.
Fall in love with Lindy West’s smart, insightful, and totally hilarious take on living life in a scrutinized body. She writes with soul and wit in this memoir about comedy, love, writing, and the way the world responds to her as a woman who doesn’t conform to expectations. West’s eloquent prose will truly shift your thinking. Just like these 14 books every woman should read in her lifetime, this book is a must-read for the ladies.
Ever have a best friend so close she feels like a sister? That’s the bond at the center of Judy Blume’s entrancing novel set on Martha’s Vineyard in the kind of summer houses most of us only dream about. Caitlin chooses Vix to be her bestie, but their complex friendship has to weather changes across the years while they each remain haunted by a shattering summer event from long ago.
First Comes Love
Dive into Emily Griffin’s family drama about two sisters and their alternately prickly and loving bond—especially in the aftermath of tragedy. Josie’s single, but longing for a child, while Meredith seems to have the perfect family life. The plot twists will keep you turning pages filled with astute observations, wit, and all those relatable emotions that exist between sisters.
The Great Gatsby
This literary tour-de-force moves at a fast clip. Saunter from high society parties to the dark valley of the ashes in this novel about wealth accumulation and the people hurt in its aftermath. Gatsby pursues Daisy, a woman whose laugh sounds like money, but he may be perpetually out of her league—even without the entanglement of tragedy that links them both. They don’t call it an American masterpiece for nothing. Here are 50 books you should read by the time you’re 50.
In the mood for some can’t-put-it-down Zombie literature? Delve into Cormac McCarthy’s brooding, heartbreaking take on life during an apocalypse. Monsters abound, but its also a meditation on love and survival and the relationship between a man and his son. Just like the 11 books that are guaranteed to get your book club talking, this book is certainly going to be one you have to tell everyone about.
The Year of Magical Thinking
Virtuoso essayist Joan Didion turns her eye toward her husband’s sudden death in this memoir on grief, love, and longing. You’ll find yourself deep in the throes of a kind of reckoning and its hard-won mercies. Didion helps the reader make sense of loss through an intimate look at her own.
There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé
Take a deep dive into poetry with Morgan Parker who’s been called the voice of a generation. Her poems brim with passion and intensity as her works capture the ineffable experience of black millennial womanhood in contemporary America.
The Good Fight
Turn to best-selling novelist Danielle Steel for a sure-to-be page-turning beach read. Her latest is here with a story about a woman caught in the upheaval of America’s political past. Count on the world’s most popular author to keep you riveted to Meredith’s story. She’s a heroine who comes of age in the midst of her father’s conservative values and those of her liberal grandfather while blazing her own trail as an activist during the Civil Rights Era.