Books You Have to Read if You’re Headed to the Beach.

The weekend may be over but that doesn’t mean that your hours of laying out in the sun should be! I’ve been having such an enjoyable time diving into a good book while simultaneously soaking up some Vitamin D.  With summer and sun also comes time to read books that I want to read. Not that Managerial Accounting 12th Edition isn’t completely invigorating, but I do crave reading my own books. 😉 

Depending on energy levels and how bright the sun is, I switch off between listening to books on Audible, on my iPad, or a hardcover book. But, no matter what the medium was, these books made the cut as my recommendations of what you should be packing into your bag this summer before it’s time to head back to school. (click the book’s image to follow the unaffiliated links to buy the book!)

The Life We Bury

I listened to this book on Audible and there was a point where I was laying in bed just listening because I was so invested I didn’t want to stop! This book is about a college student who is interviewing a man who was in prison for murder. This thriller is easily makes my top five favorites and I can’t say much more except for read it read it read it!

The Chemist

I know I know, at first I refused to read it too because of Twilight. But give this book a chance and The Chemist will surprise you. If you grew up wanting to be a spy or love reading unique “on the run” books, this one is for you. Although it’s quite long, this book that’s geared towards suspense, romance, and plot twists kept me entertained the entire time during my 6 hour drive back to school and then some.

With Love from the Inside

I tend to listen to more nonfiction books when I use Audible. Partly because I mooch off of my Dad’s account and part because I’m less investing in the characters when I’m listening. But, this book made me cry like a baby in the car while listening which just goes to show what a great job the author does! It’s all about two sides of a story: one of a mother who’s on death row for killing her infant son, and the other side of her daughter. So good people, so good!

The Cursed Child

Throughout this entire screenplay I kept thinking “is JK really letting this happen? or is this like another Fan-Fiction” to the point where I checked the cover to make sure her name was on the front. If anyone has read or watched the Harry Potter series this is next in line to read. This quick screenplay goes through life after He Who Must Not Be Named and follows the adventure of Harry’s middle child, Albus.

It Ends with Us

A hard working woman, the perfect man, her high school love, a rich bestie? Do I need to give more reasons to read this book? I decided to read this book on the beach thinking it would be the perfect easy read. And while the vocabulary and plot was easy to follow, the novel quickly became deeply personal and expressed uncharted themes. I found such a new light when it came to relationships that deemed some serious self-reflection. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a new way to look at a well discussed issue (warning that this book does have triggers to those who are susceptible).

The Fifth Wave (Series)

Need something to fill the void of your Hunger Games and Divergent hole? This book is perfect for that. While it can be corny to the point of being cringe-worthy, I was so hooked that I finished this book in less than a week. Following the path of a girl in the wake of alien destructed aftermath, Yancey kept me engaged enough to run out and buy the rest of the books in the series before the month was up!

The Art of Racing in the Rain

I was on a nine hour motorcoach ride when I read this book beginning to end. It was dusk when the guy next to me leaned over and asked if I was okay. Nope. I was certainly not okay as I was currently sobbing over this book. For anyone who has loved, craved, or lost a dog this book is a must read. Though the eyes of this dog, I think I know what pure love looks like.


I’m always looking for more books to read, let me know what’s on your summer list!

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