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11 Books You Need to Take Along on Your Next Beach Day


To me the perfect summer day involves the sun, a body of water to lounge by and a good read. There’s nothing quite like relaxing with a good book under the warm sun. When I reach for summer reading material, I like books that are highly entertaining, a little ridiculous and take me on an adventure. Below, I found eleven books that meet the criteria! Which picks will you add to your reading lists?

If you like the supernatural…

1. September Girls by Bennett Madison: A summer love story about a boy from a broken home and a girl with a secret. A coming-of-age story with a supernatural twist, this book is as mesmerizing as the characters in it.

2. Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld: Is a captivating tale about a set of twins gifted with ESP. One twin denounces the gift, while the other make a life-changing prediction. This book is as much about relationships as it is the unexplained.

If you’re not burnt out from summer weddings…

3. Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella: This book is a very light read that I could totally see as a romantic comedy with Kate Hudson. One flighty sister jumps into a marriage, and the other goes to extreme lengths to correct her sister’s mistake.

4. The Engagements by Courtney Sullivan: This book is a whirlwind that spans over 100 years as it follows the lives four married couples and the meaning of “a diamond is forever.”

5. Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead: A wedding is the perfect chance for adults to act like kids in pursuit of getting what they want. This book follows a family as they prepare for their daughter’s big day and relationships get tested.

If you’re into YA reads…

6. The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp: This isn’t your typical YA novel. The book follows Sutter, a high school alcoholic anti-hero as he tries to slide through life.

7. The Elite by Kiera Cass: This is the second book in the YA series after The Selection. The Elite reads as a combination of a dystopian novel meets The Bachelor meets a Cinderella story. Cat fights and love triangles never read so well.6. The Best American Short Stories 2012 edited by Tom Perrotta: If you’re not in the mood for a novel, then try these short stories from some of America’s best authors. The stories range all genres and suit every mood.

If your family isn’t enough drama…

8. The Yonahlosse Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafini: Set in the 1930s, this book is like Gossip Girl in the Blue Ridge mountains.

9. The Last Summer of the Camper-Downs by Elizabeth Kelly: Cape Cod, politics, and family secrets–no, we’re not talking about the Kennedys! This is a must read of the summer.

If you want to put your mind to work…

10. The Monkey by Carl Hiaasen: A detective with a frozen arm in the freezer begins this eccentric murder mystery. It just gets crazier from there when a monkey, an ex-lover, and voodoo are added to the mix.

If you haven’t had that summer romance…

11. Bared to You by Slyvia Day: This is the first in the Crossfire series, this book makes for an easy, steamy read.

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Graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill. She's one of those people who loves school (or is afraid of the real world) so, she's getting her MFA in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California. If she's not writing, then she's writing. Or if she's really not writing, she's watching Netflix (aren't we all?).