Beach Reads 2016

beachreadsYesterday afternoon I went down to Ambleside for my first beach read of the season… and it was glorious.  There’s something irresistible about the combination of sun, sand, sea, and book.  As rushedrushedrushed as life sometimes feels (especially as the kids’ school year winds to a close), I fully intend to take time to pass the time reading on the beach, and here are some of the books I intend to take with me:

What We Become* by Arturo Perez-Reverte

Max is a charming conman working as a ballroom dancer on an ocean liner when he meets Mecha, a married woman.  The two share a strong connection that lasts over decades.

girlsThe Girls by Emma Cline

I like the contrast of dark themes and sunny beach, and can’t wait to get my hands on this debut.  The New York Times raves, “Emma Cline’s first novel, “The Girls,” is a seductive and arresting coming-of-age story hinged on Charles Manson, told in sen­tences at times so finely wrought they could almost be worn as jewelry.”

sweetbitterSweetbitter by Stephanie Danler and The Assistants by Camille Perri

Call it new adult chick lit if you must; to me stories of young women discovering who they are and what they stand for (and hopefully making several interesting mistakes along the way) veritably screams, “Beach!”

sleepingSleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

Taking a page from World War Z, Sleeping Giants takes the form of an oral history, in which an 11-year old girl falls through a hole in the earth and is found cupped in the palm of a giant mechanical hand.  This is the book that has been most recommended to me, and I’m looking forward to immersing myself in its mysteries.

voodooThe Voodoo Killings by Kristi Charish

Above all else, I’m still a sucker for a good zombie story.  Kincaid is a 27-year old necromancer living in modern day Seattle and making a living channelling Kurt Cobain, when she finds herself embroiled in a murder mystery.

Have a great beach read you’d like to add to the list?  Please share in the comments below.  Happy Beach Reacing!

-Patricia

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