Beach weather is rapidly approaching. Soon we will be enjoying our weekends soaking in the sun in our chairs that are nestled into the sand. There’s nothing better to do at the beach than sink into a good read that can keep you occupied for hours. Be sure to make a trip to your Barnes and Noble (or barnes & noble’s website if you have an e-reader like me) and pick up one of these books:
1. The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand
This story follows two best friends Madeline & Grace during their summer in Nantucket. They seemingly live the ultimately perfect lives. But this summer, someone shakes up the natural order of things leading to scandal, lies and you guessed it…rumors. Be prepared for love, sex, betrayal and all things that make for a juicy beach read.
2. Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
Sure, you’ve seen a million trailers for the upcoming movie but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t read the book too. We all know the book is always better. The story follows Louisa Clark, a quirky girl who becomes the caretaker of Will Traynor, who is a quadriplegic. She has bounced from job to job in order to try to help her family to put dinner on the table. This new career proves to be her most challenging job yet as her relationship with Will grows and unfolds.The story is one of the best stories of love and friendship that I have ever read.
3. After by Anna Todd
This is definitely a light summery read. Anna Todd’s After Series stemmed from her One Direction fan fiction on the community writing site Wattpad. Her stories became an instant hit with fans, garnering 1 billion reads, and sparking a book series and recently even a movie deal. The story follows Tessa, a smart and driven young girl beginning her college life. While at school she meets the mysterious, rude, but also beautiful Hardin. She gets pulled into his vortex and can’t seem to get away. Their love story unfolds as does their tumultuous relationship. The constant ups and downs of their relationship will keep you on the edge of your seat. You won’t be able to put this one down.
4. The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
Family tensions finally snap among The Plumb siblings when they learn that their inheritance called “The Nest” has been used to cover up the ‘accident’ that their reckless oldest brother Leo got into that forced him into rehab. What was once a small sum of money was wisely invested by the family’s financial advisor and grew quite considerably over time. The siblings became incredibly dependent on this money that would be arriving to them and chaos ensues when they have it ripped away from them. The story shows just how far people will go for money and the power money has over us as people. It shows the true power of family and friendship yet also how selfishness can so severely damage those relationships. Sweeney develops the characters so well that you will feel like you’ve met them personally. If you’ve ever felt the desire for money as most of us have, you will find the characters incredibly easy to relate to.
5. The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty
Ellen has a great life; a beautiful beachfront home and a booming business as a hypnotist. However, just one piece of the puzzle was missing; love. Then she meets Patrick, a widow with a young child…and a stalker. At first the idea of a stalking ex excites Ellen. But, just how far will this stalker go to get to them? Read and find out!