10 Summer Beach Reads

One of my favorite things to do in the summer is to hang out at the beach or by the pool and read a good book. I want a book that is light, entertaining, and fun – not too serious or something that requires too much thought. If you enjoy summertime reading, here are a few suggestions:

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Love the One You’re With by Emily Giffin
Newlywed Ellen runs into her bad-boy ex-boyfriend and begins to wonder if she made the right decision by marrying the sweet, if somewhat boring, Andy. As she contemplates rekindling things with her ex, her relationship with her husband suffers. At times Ellen doesn’t seem to appreciate that she has a life some people only dream about, but, overall, she is likable and has problems with her husband and his family that most people can relate to. Love the One You’re With is a light read and it’s fun to see Ellen try to sort out her life.

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The Bride Will Keep Her Name: A Novel by Jan Goldstein
Madison is engaged to be married to Colin, a reporter, when she finds out he might be hiding a big secret. She receives an anonymous tip that he’s behind the recent murder of a prostitute and begins investigating for herself.

 

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Cemetery Dance by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Special Agent Pendergast of the FBI partners with New York cop Vincent D’Agosta to solve the murder of their friend. The case involves voodoo, zombies, and a bizarre cult that practices animal sacrifices. Pendergast is a modern day Sherlock Holmes and southern gentleman who uses his powers of deduction catch the bad guys. (Read my review here)

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Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris
Telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse gets involved in lots of supernatural drama involving werewolves and fairies in her ninth book. This book has some fun moments, but is much darker than previous books. It’s good for the beach, though, because the non-stop action makes it hard to put down. (Read my review here)

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Queen Takes King: A Novel by Gigi Levangie Grazer
This is the latest book by the author of “The Starter Wife,” which was turned into a TV show starring Debra Messing. This one is about a New York society couple going through a scandalous divorce.

 

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When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris
A hilarious collection of twenty-two essays about David Sedaris’ life and everyday experiences, such as traveling to Japan to quit smoking. If you are planning a summer road trip, the audio book would be great for making the time go faster. Sedaris narrates the audio book himself and conveys his sarcasm and wit perfectly.

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Killer Summer by Ridley Pearson
In this new thriller, a gang of criminals plots to steal bottles of wine once belonging to Thomas Jefferson from a wine convention being held in Sun Valley, Idaho. It’s up to town sheriff Walt Fleming to uncover the plot and stop the thieves.

 

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The Doomsday Key by James Rollins
Sigma Force returns for another action adventure novel, this time involving genetically modified corn, Celtic symbols, and the Catholic Church. The action takes place across Europe, including a crazy, and completely unbelievable, car chase through the Coliseum in Rome. (Read my review here)

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Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks
Adrienne and Paul meet at a bed and breakfast on the coast of North Carolina and share a brief, but intense, love affair. This one has been out for a while and was made into a movie starring Richard Gere and Diane Lane, but, to me, it is still the ultimate beach read. It’s a tearjerker, but it’s also very romantic and touching.

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The Other Side of the Story by Marian Keyes
I’m a huge fan of Marian Keyes and this is the book that got me hooked on her amazing storytelling. She weaves together the three separate stories of women who, we ultimately learn, are connected to one another. JoJo is a former New York cop turned literary agent in London, where she represents up-and-coming author Lily. Gemma is a party planner, and ex-friend of Lily’s, who must move back home to Ireland to take care of her depressed mother. Narrated it turns by each woman, this novel shows that there are always two sides to every story.

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