There’s one thing the internet is filled with today: lists of the best “beach” reads. I am not a beach reader. Not because I don’t live close to a beach, but because it’s messy. Sand gets everywhere and there is zero way to get comfortable to read anything. It’s sweaty and sand gets everywhere and I would much rather listen to the waves, loud birds, and all the other beach happenings.
I am an advocate of summer reading or poolside reading (mainly because there’s chairs provided. I don’t have to lug one across the sand while avoiding falling on my face). So here are a bunch of books worth reading this summer. I’ve included little review blurbs, just in case you need some extra incentive to get on board. And yes, even the IT book of the summer is on there.
Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler – “Gorgeous, sensual prose and a page-turning plot line that casts a spell down to the very last sentence of the final page…tantalizing in all the right ways.” – Refinery29
The Girls by Emma Cline – “Spellingbinding…A seductive and arresting coming-of-age story hinged on Charles Manson told in sentences at times so finely wrought they could by almost worn as jewelry.” – The New York Times
But What If We’re Wrong? by Chuck Klosterman “A spin class for the brain…Klosterman challenges readers to reexamine the stability of basic concept, and in doing so broadens our perspectives.” – Library Journal
The Career Code by Hillary Kerr & Katherine Power “This is the bible for how to get started in your career. Period. There is a reason these two incredible women have built more than one empire. Read it and listen people.” – Rebecca Minkoff
Modern Lovers by Emma Straub “In Modern Lovers, Straub’s new intertwined families are stuck in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, for the summer, but there are plenty of fireworks – including a teen romance and a potential movie about the friends’ punk-rock past.” – Newsday