Few things are better than settling down in the sand, under the warm sun, putting on your sunglasses and pulling out a great book! Reading on the beach is such a widely practiced activity that there’s an entire genre of fiction devoted to “beach literature,” aka books that are light and fun to read between building sandcastles and jumping in the ocean.
Here are a few books to add to your beach library in 2016:
If you like dark mysteries:
All The Missing Girls, Megan Miranda
Arguably 2016’s The Girl on The Train, All The Missing Girls tells the story of a girl who left her hometown after her best friend disappeared, and then returns years later to take care of a family matter. You won’t know who to trust and you won’t want to put it down, so start this one first thing in the morning!
The Girl Before, Rena Olsen
Fans of Gone Girl will love The Girl Before, a story of a woman who is kidnapped and tries to put all the pieces together of her abduction and what it has to do with her husband. The plot alternates between past and present to throw the reader off their game, so pay close attention to this one!
If you like romances:
All Summer Long, Dorthea Benton Frank
Like most other Dorthea Benton Frank novels, All Summer Long is a witty and realistic tale of a New York couple who prepare to move to Charleston, SC for retirement. You’ll relate to the themes of how life and love evolve over the years.
Love & Gelato, Jenna Evans Welch
A sweet and whimsical story of people who go on a romantic adventure in Italy. A perfectly sweet novel to read on the beach that will have you hugging your sweetie closer!
If you like non-fiction:
It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying is Cool, Too), Nora McInerny Purmort
A memoir that tells the story of a woman who finally finds the one only to find out that he has rare, terminal brain cancer. It’s beautifully funny and poignant.
You’ll Grow Out of It, Jessi Klein
Lead writer and executive producer of “Inside Amy Schumer,” Jessi Klein tells tells the hilarious story of how she went from a tom boy to a “tom man” and found success.
What books are in your beach bag this year?