Heidi’s Summer Beach Read Picks

It’s getting to be that time of year… the time when it’s completely acceptable to read books that are probably not going to win any literary prizes. That’s right — I’m talking beach reads.

Here’s what I’m looking forward to getting sandy and sunscreen-stained this summer:

Shining GirlsThe Shining Girls, by Lauren Beukes

Described as The Time Traveler’s Wife meets The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and lauded by the NYT‘s Janet Maslin as “a strong contender for the role of this summer’s universal beach read,” this is the story of a time-traveling serial killer who is impossible to trace–until one of his victims survives. (June 4)

CuriosityThe Curiosity, by Stephen Kiernan

This time, The Time Traveler’s Wife meets Michael Crichton in this novel about a man, frozen in the Arctic ice for more than a century, who awakens in the present day. (July 9)

EngagementsThe Engagements, by J. Courtney Sullivan

From the author of Maine (a past favourite beach read of mine) comes this new story spanning nearly a hundred years featuring four wholly unique marriages. (June 11)

Crazy Rich AsiansCrazy Rich Asians, by Kevin Kwan

A supposedly hilarious novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season. (June 11)

Kiss Me FirstKiss Me First, by Lottie Moggach

A chilling and intense story of a solitary young woman drawn into an online world run by a charismatic web guru who entices her into impersonating a glamorous but desperate woman. (July 9)



Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps, by Kelly Williams Brown

Cheeky vignettes on the process of becoming a grownup? The perfect addition to real aloud to friends over sundowners in Tofino. (Out now)

What are your picks for beach-reading season?


One comment

  1. Blissfully happy to see The Shining Girls* tops your list too! I’m planning to follow it up with Paula Daly’s thriller Just What Kind of Mother Are You?* and (dare I admit it?) Lauren Graham’s coming-of-age in NYC novel Someday, Someday, Maybe*.

    (*Thanks as always to Net Galley for keeping me in beach reads and providing me with egalleys of these titles.)

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