There are few things more relaxing than laying on the beach under an oversized umbrella, listening to the waves crash, and getting lost in a new book. Seriously, it’s heaven! Whether you’re taking a day trip somewhere nearby or are adventuring on a tropical getaway, summer gives a whole new definition to self-care Sundays, and we’re so here for it. Looking for the perfect book to add to your summer reading list? We’ve got you covered. Below, we’ve put together a list of our eight favorite beach reads for summer 2019.
OUR FAVORITE CONTEMPORARY READ FOR SUMMER 2019
If you love an inspirational book about chasing your dreams despite the odds, On the Come Up by Angie Thomas (author of The Hate U Give) is a must-read. Our contemporary pick for summer 2019, this story is centered around 16-year-old Bri, who’s fighting to make her claim to fame as an aspiring rapper in order to help her struggling family stay off the streets.
OUR FAVORITE THRILLER READ FOR SUMMER 2019
We love a good thriller—and this book will certainly leave you on the edge of your seat. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides, our favorite thriller for summer 2019, is the story of famous painter Alicia Berenson, who has the perfect life—until she shoots her husband in the face, that is. Alicia refuses to say a word on the matter, which leads to the skyrocketing popularity of her artwork and an engaging mystery about her motivations. Theo Faber, a criminal psychotherapist who becomes obsessed with Alicia's case, may be just the person to unravel the truth.
OUR FAVORITE MEMOIR READ FOR SUMMER 2019
If you prefer to read something that isn’t a work of fiction, look no further than our favorite memoir for summer 2019—Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls, by Kira Madden. A collection of essays, Madden discusses the struggles of growing up as a biracial queer teenager in a privileged household tainted with drug and alcohol abuse.
OUR FAVORITE SELF-HELP READ FOR SUMMER 2019
Oftentimes, it’s easy to get lost in the world of technology, social media, and the need to constantly be on the go. How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell, which is our self-help pick for summer, discusses just that—how to do nothing in a society that’s so focused on go, go, go. Odell believes that taking a step back can help us see the world, its issues, and ourselves in a new light.
OUR FAVORITE NONFICTION READ FOR SUMMER 2019
If you’re a fan of the hit true crime comedy podcast, My Favorite Murder, you’ll be wanting to pick up our favorite nonfiction read for summer 2019—and if you aren’t yet, you have some reading and listening to do! Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark digs into hard-hitting, real-life issues the authors have come face-to-face with, including depression, eating disorders, and personal safety.
OUR FAVORITE HISTORICAL FICTION READ FOR SUMMER 2019
Take a trip back in time this summer with a historical fiction read. In City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert, 95-year-old Vivian Morris tells the story of her 19-year-old self, reminiscing and recalling how the events of her younger years spent at the Lily Playhouse Theater in Manhattan—filled with scandals and a love affair—changed her life forever.
OUR FAVORITE ROMANCE READ FOR SUMMER 2019
If you love love, you’ll want to check out our favorite romance read for summer 2019: The Bride Test, by Helen Hoang. The book tells the story of Khai Diep, a man with autism who feels as though he’s incapable of love, and mixed-race Esme Tran from Ho Chi Minh City, as the two struggle to find and cultivate love against a ticking clock.
OUR FAVORITE FANTASY READ FOR SUMMER 2019
We love a captivating fantasy, which is why Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James landed on our beach read list for this summer. Tracker, an individual who’s known for his hunting skills, is put to the task of hunting down a boy who disappeared three years ago. As part of a unique group of people—among them a shape-shifting man-animal—he travels from city to city in search of the boy. With plenty of obstacles, unknown enemies and lies, this fantasy read will keep you hooked until the very last page.
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