The Best Beach Reads of Summer 2017

Here’s our ideal summer set up: We’re posted up in a lounge chair, looking out at the ocean. To our left is a table with a fruity frozen drink we were kind of embarrassed to order and a tube of sunscreen, because we’re responsible adults. On our lap is a book that’s quick to read and entertaining as hell. Here, 30 summery new novels that fit the bill.

The Beach at Painter’s Cove by Shelley Noble

Four generations of women reunite in their crumbling family mansion in Connecticut for a dramatic summer of family, secrets and sisterhood.

One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul

This razor-sharp debut story collection tackles everything from growing up as the daughter of Indian immigrants to awkward conversations with bikini waxers.

Perennials by Mandy Berman

Rachel and Fiona treasured their summers together as campers at Camp Marigold. Years later they’re reunited as counselors, but their relationship is more complicated

Secrets in Summer by Nancy Thayer

For year-round Nantucket resident Darcy, Memorial Day means a sudden onslaught of people. Juggling two men she’s interested in, she’s thrown for a loop when her ex-husband rents the house next door.

Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection by Sharon Salzberg

An expert in loving-kindness meditation, gives us tools to create deeper relationships using meditation techniques and mindfulness exercises. (To be done poolside.)

Made for Love by Alissa Nutting

In this hilariously raunchy and absurd story, a woman moves into a trailer park of senior citizens, where her roommates are her father and Diane—an extremely lifelike sex doll

The Lake Effect by Erin McCahan

A funny and poignant YA novel about that fun and eye-opening summer between high school and college.

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