Nine of the best beach reads you can soak up an afternoon – The Hollywood Reporter


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During the summer, settling down with a good book for hours is a must-have vacation activity. Right now is the season for all-day trips to the beach, battling sunburn, and getting lost in a page-turning novel that transports you to another world.

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Even if you can’t make it to the coast, a good read on the beach will immerse you in the woven history, whether it’s indulging in the naughty gossip of Lady Whistledown in Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton or settling into Cape Cod-inspired Cousins ​​Beach from author Jenny Han’s Amazon-turned-book series, The summer when I became pretty. If you’ve read through both of these titles before, or are looking for a new read, we’ve rounded up 10 of the best beach reads perfect for taking care of yourself while soaking up the rays (or staying in the shade). ).

From memoirs and historical fiction novels to murder mysteries and romance novels, check out our top picks of recent and past titles you may have missed that have gained star-studded bookworm approval, including Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Hailey Bieber. And if you’re looking to go paperless at the beach, most of these novels are also available to download as eBooks for Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite and other bookworm-friendly tablets or as Audible audiobooks.

1. Hook, line and sinker by Tessa Bailey

It’s wildly different for me to recommend a sequel over the original; however, Tessa Bailey has outdone herself in Hook, line and sinker (Avon), the second book in the Bellinger sisters’ series. Eccentric and relatable Hannah Bellinger returns to Washington’s small coastal fishing town of Westport to shoot a struggling indie film, or so she says. After Hannah’s personal and professional growth, I felt like I was seeing a friend – and the spicy scenes aren’t too bad either!

“Hook, Line and Sinker” by Tessa Bailey



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2. To find me by Viola Davis

Critically acclaimed actress and producer Viola Davis details her life’s trials, tribulations and successes in her 304-page memoir, To find me (Harper One). From abusive family relationships to racist interactions with Hollywood executives, Davis’ lessons learned from traumatic experiences earn him another level of respect for his hard work, determination and talent. Plus, Oprah Winfrey herself is a back cover reviewer – an immediate yes for me.

Finding Me by Viola Davis

“Find Me” by Viola Davis



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3. The summer when I became pretty by Jenny Han

Now an original Amazon Prime Video series, The summer when I became pretty the books are the last of New York Times bestselling author Jenny Han (whose To all the boys I’ve loved before was also made into a Netflix movie). Readers will be transported to the fictional Cousins ​​Beach in this coming-of-age story that takes you back to your own teenage summer of love.

The Summer I Became Pretty by Jenny Han

“The Summer I Turned Pretty” by Jenny Han


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4. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Author Taylor Jenkins Reid New York Times bestselling novel, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo (Washington Square Press), took the world by storm after going viral on #BookTok. Spotted on TikTok on Hailey Bieber’s lap, it follows Monica and Evelyn’s life in 1950s Hollywood. If you’re anything like TikTok book user/lover @katiiemcdougal, keep some tissues handy to get you through!

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

“The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” by Taylor Jenkins Reid



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5. One day in December by Josie Silver

A reading approved by Reese’s Book Club, the New York Times Bestseller One day in December (Ballantine Books) is set in winter London and tackles the nightmare of any friendship – sharing a crush. Author Josie Silver takes us with her as Laurie struggles to support her best friend Sarah while falling in love with Sarah’s boyfriend, Jack.

One Day in December by Josie Silver

“One Day in December” by Josie Silver



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6. The couple next door by Shari Lapena

This murder mystery sparked my book club’s short-lived obsession with mystery novels. Without giving too much away, Shari Lapena adds a plethora of twists to the classic parental fear of a missing child in the 336-page thriller, The couple next door (Penguin). The complex journey to find missing baby Cora unfolds an intricate plot, unexpected suspects and endless emotions.

The couple next door by Shari Lapena

“The Couple Next Door” by Shari Lapena



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seven. When Dimple meets Rishi by Sandhya Menon

There is nothing healthier and more enjoyable than a young love. Sandhya Menon New York Times Bestseller When Dimple meets Rishi follows two Native American teenagers, Dimple and Rishi, as they grapple with cultural expectations, traditional parents, and the transition to college. Can the Dimple Rebels find love with the traditional Rishis as their parents wish? No matter what, I’m on Dimple’s side.

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

“When Dimple Met Rishi” by Sandhya Menon



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8. The woman between us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

If you liked missing girl, you’ll love this 432-page novel that follows the complexities of marriage from the perspective of divorcee Vanessa, her ex-husband Richard and his new fiancée, Nellie. Fast-paced co-writers Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen The woman between us takes off with haunting twists that start slow and build to a crescendo.

The Woman Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

“The Woman Between Us” by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen



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9. Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

Every “girl next door” flirts with the idea of ​​going to the dark side, right? Well, incredibly wealthy and chronically ill Chloe Brown takes action and hires a tutor to help her get the most out of life and the experience as much as possible – it can’t hurt that. be irresistible. Get a Life, Chloe Brown is the first of three books in the Brown Sisters romance novel series by author Talia Hibbert.

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

‘Get a Life, Chloe Brown’ by Talia Hibbert



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ten. In the dark by Loreth Anne White

Agatha Christie fans can rejoice in this modern take on the classic Christie mystery, And then there was no more. Within the 411 pages of author Anne White In the darkeight apparent strangers find themselves on a “luxurious” getaway on a remote island but soon discover that their quick vacation is more of a nightmare.

In the Dark by Loreth Anne White

“In the Dark” by Loreth Anne White



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