I’ve been reading up a storm recently. Instead of watching TV before bed, I made the switch to books. I’ve also been swapping movies on the plane for novels. And with so many of my recent trips being by the water, most of the books have been summer beach reads.
After reading over ten books in the past two months, I narrowed it down to five for the top summer beach reads. Some are funny, some are page-turning thrillers. And I thoroughly enjoyed each one. Although I’m calling this my best beach reads post, you obviously don’t need to read these books by the ocean!
THE KNOCKOFF BY LUCY SYKES & JOE PIAZZA
After pages and pages of non stop laughter, I’ve been recommending this book to anyone and everyone. It’s about an editor of a top glossy magazine who finds herself essentially replaced by her former assistant in the magazine’s efforts to go digital. It’s such a relatable book whether you roll your eyes at people who don’t understand social media or can sympathize with a generation struggling to tweet for the first time. And if you’re at all related to the fashion, tech or beauty industry, you’ll find it even that much more entertaining.
WATCHING EDIE BY CAMILLA WAY
If you loved Gone Girl and Girl on the Train, make this next on your list. The book is so suspenseful that I finished it in one day. The story is based on a 33 year-old pregnant woman living alone in London. She is reconnected with her creepy old childhood friend. It weaves in and out of the present time and from when they were teenagers, leaving you wondering about the friend’s motives for returning. The ending is shocking!
ROMANCING THE THRONE BY NADINE JOLIE COURTNEY
Full disclosure: I’ve been friends with the author for years. But as her friend, I can say that there is nobody better to write a novel about royalty. Nadine has always been fascinated! This book is like a mixture of Gossip Girl meets Kate Middleton. It’s about two teenage sisters who are polar opposites but fall head over heels for a prince . It may be a young adult novel but the love triangle is incredibly entertaining!
THE DOLLHOUSE BY FIONA DAVIS
Switching back and forth from the 1950s and the present time makes this book rich of history while still totally relatable. It follows the tale of a modern journalist whose life is falling apart as she becomes obsessed with the past of a once incredibly glamorous women-only hotel. Her life connects with one of the residents and a mysterious secret is explored and shockingly revealed.
THE REGULARS BY GEORGIA CLARK
They say don’t judge a book by its cover but this one is just as adorable as the lips illustration you first see when you pick it up. It reminds me of a mix between the movies 13 Going on 30 and Love Potion No.9 all told from a Lena Durham Girls perspective. Three “regular” girls suddenly become drop-dead gorgeous. But beauty isn’t all that its cracked up to be.
Most of these books I found in my girl Grace’s book club. She is the most voracious reader I know and has great recommendations. I’m joining a book club of my own with some friends in LA so I’d love to hear if you have any summer books you’d recommend. I’m also toying with the idea of doing a live stories on Instagram during our book club so just let me know if you’d be interested!
Photos by Michelle Kyle