This is a guest post by Kortney Gruenwald, a freelance writer and founder of international travel and lifestyle blog The Modern Jetsetter. She is also a Content Editor for Sparkpoint Studio. Kortney currently splits her time between NYC and Europe and is working on her first novel. Below, Kortney describes some of the best beach reads to reread over and over again.
There are certain quintessential summer beach reads that I can’t help but reread ad nauseam. Certain reading pleasures are like revisiting old friends in a dreamy sunny destination, ones that warm our hearts and make us laugh as if we’re beachside having cocktails with our BFFs. I rounded up the most iconic beach reads that do just that, so add them to your straw summer tote bag immediately.
One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
My romantic heart has lived vicariously through One True Loves a dozen wonderful times, and I’m excited to indulge in this emotional adventure once again. This breathtaking tale centers around a young woman who must choose between her beloved husband (the one she thought dead) and the new fiancé that saved her. When it comes to epic, sweeping, and soul-shaking love stories, no one does it better than Taylor Jenkins Reid. Secret: Her new book The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo arrives this summer on June 13.
Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan
This dazzling New York Times bestseller and the unforgettable female characters within it will forever have a special place in my heart. Three generations of Kelleher women arrive at their family’s beach house in Maine… and what unfolds is a provocative page-turner about the intricacies, envies, mysteries, and history that surrounds a dysfunctional American family. A complex but highly entertaining tale that will leave you fuzzy inside, Maine belongs on your own beach house nightstand. If you’re looking for a second helping of Sullivan’s literary magic, add her latest Saints for All Occasions to your summer plans.
Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn
Take your imagination on a Jamaican adventure with this 2016 favorite (which I’ll obviously be rereading every year for the foreseeable future). This stunning debut flawlessly captures Jamaican island life, telling the story of sweeping changes and evolving family dynamics that unfold between three strong-spirited women and their village when a storm looms. A daring book that will leave readers with a starkly different perception of this popular vacation spot, Here Comes the Sun is an authentic celebration of Caribbean life. This bestselling author doesn’t have any other books out this year, so rereading this one will suffice for 2017.
Little Black Lies by Sandra Block
Every breezy summer reading list is in need of a thriller to shake up the lighthearted itinerary — Little Black Lies does just that. The first installment in the poignant suspense series introduces psychologist Dr. Zoe Goldman — a resident who is surrounded by a complex web of trouble, madness, and danger, both personally and professionally. An unputdownable series that will have you hopelessly hooked from the first chapter, picking up a Zoe Goldman book will be the best decision you make this summer. After you devour the first two installments, check out The Secret Room, the third part of this epic story and one of 2017’s most buzzed-about titles.
The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand
No one captures a coastal summer in New England quite as flawlessly as Elin Hilderbrand, and the magnum opus of her beach reads is The Rumor. This charming and addictive page-turner focuses on a friendship tested during one of Nantucket’s drama-filled summers — oh, and trust me, there is a wonderful love story nestled in between these pages as well. Once you improve your summer immeasurably by reading this, pick up her 2017 summer release, The Identicals.
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
If you didn’t read Homegoing last summer, then you need to add this extravagant literary treat to your 2017 list immediately. Two half sisters are born into different villages, each unaware of the other’s existence. Flash forward to both leading extremely different lives — one living in a palatial Cape Coast castle and the other imprisoned as a slave within it. A multigenerational story of family, history, and country, I’ll definitely be indulging in this breathtaking international reading experience once more this summer.
The Vacationers by Emma Straub
A family goes on a sunny, two-week European escape in Mallorca – what could possibly go wrong? Everything of course. This richly layered and emotional tale about all the flaws, envies, and secrets that surface on a family vacation will leave you riveted. If you haven’t already read this novel annually since its 2015 release, it’s time to catch up on this classic summer joy. Once you treat yourself to that, move on to the author’s 2016 summer success, Modern Lovers.
Come Away with Me by Karma Brown
Oh, sweet Karma Brown — she is definitely a major ACF (Author Crush Forever). The only thing more delicious than this book cover is the journey that unfolds behind it. Easily one of the most dazzling debuts to date, Come Away with Me is about one woman finding a vibrant life (and an epic love story) after unthinkable loss. Once you fall in love with Karma like everyone else has, you’ll want to gift your soul with In This Moment — her next big summer hit.
Which books do you plan to read this summer? Let us know in the comments!