There's nothing like a day spent at the beach curled up on your beach towel, sun tanning your skin, engulfed in a good read. To help you find that perfect summer-approved book to make your beach time just as relaxing and enjoyable as possible, here are the top ten summer beach reads for 2017. Loved by many, these recommendations come backed by our algorithm so you can trust these books are guaranteed to be ones you'll keep forever. If you have an upcoming beach trip coming up in the next week or so, don't hesitate any longer—scroll through these top picks and find your next good read.
July 6, 2017
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Rachel Khong: Goodbye, Vitamin
WHAT'S IT ABOUT: Her life at a crossroads, a young woman goes home again in this funny and inescapably moving debut from a wonderfully original new literary voice.
USERS SAID: "Khong is a magician, and we are lucky to fall under her spell at the very beginning of her brilliant writing life." ―Lauren Groff
Jodi Picoult: Small Great Things
FUN FACT: This book is being made into a motion picture!
USERS SAID: “[Picoult] offers a thought-provoking examination of racism in America today, both overt and subtle. Her many readers will find much to discuss in the pages of this topical, moving book.”
Nancy Thayer: Secrets In Summer
FUN FACT: This novel was written by a New York Times's bestselling author.
USERS SAID: “Secrets in Summer is the quintessential beach book. Nantucket proved to be the perfect, and perfectly gorgeous, setting for this slightly soap opera-ish story filled to the brim with honest emotions and personal growth.”—Harlequin Junkie
Catherine Lacey: The Answers
WHAT'S IT ABOUT: "Like Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, [The Answers] is also a novel about a subjugated woman, in this case not to a totalitarian theocracy but to subtler forces its heroine is only beginning to understand and fears she is complicit with." --Dwight Garner, New York Times
FUN FACT: This book comes recommended by the New York Times, Vanity Fair, Huffington Post, W, Nylon, Elle, Buzzfeed, and Kirkus.
Shari Lapena: The Couple Next Door
BEST FOR: Those looking for a thriller
USERS SAID: “I read this novel at one sitting, absolutely riveted by the storyline. The suspense was beautifully rendered and unrelenting!” —Sue Grafton, New York Times bestselling author of X
Liz Fenton And Lisa Steinke: The Good Widow
FUN FACT: Bestselling authors Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke make their suspense debut in this twisty, emotional thriller.
USERS SAID: "This was a book I anxiously awaited. I has preordered it and was super excited when it finally landed on my Kindle. I started it Saturday evening and from page one, I was hooked."
Mandy Berman: Perennials
WHAT'S IT ABOUT: At what point does childhood end and adulthood begin? Mandy Berman’s evocative debut novel captures, through the lens of summer camp both the thrill and pain of growing up.
USERS SAID: "I found the characters were deep and interesting and enjoyed how the perspective shifted throughout to give different hints about what is really happening."
Sophie Kinsella: My Not So Perfect Life
FUN FACT: This novel is a New York Time's Bestseller.
USERS SAID: "I have now fell in love with this author. In fact, after I am done writing this review, I am off to Amazon to purchase another of her novels! The sincerity and rawness of this novel leaves nothing to be desired. Great read!"
Paula Hawkins: Into The Water
FUN FACT: This book comes from the author behind The Girl on the Train.
USERS SAID: "Perfect summer vacation reading. I couldn't put it down and really enjoyed the punch at the end. Paula Hawkins has become one of my favorite writers."
Kevin Kwan: Rich People Problems
FUN FACT: This novel is a New York Times best seller.
USERS SAID: "If you are going to read this book, I suggest you reread the Crazy Rich Asians and China Rich Girlfriend first so it will be easy to follow the story. I enjoy the returning characters and the new ones. There are flashbacks that will make you appreciate or understand the characters more."
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