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Beach Reads of the Summer

Sun, Sand, Soft Drinks, and Page-Turners

Bask in the sunshine

Summer is the time where you'll start on that hourly job to stay productive and earn ching-ching. Though, that first job is a distant memory that we often remember.

In a few days, you’ll toss on a pair of shorts, slide your feet in sneakers, and take a bus ride to the local beach. Some days you sit alone on the sand, taking in the sun, and losing yourself in a thought-provoking read while listening to a podcast or a music playlist.

This list will include a few newest additions, page-turners, and the ones set in the summer:

‘Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper’ by Hilary Liftin

Celebrity ghostwriter Liftin chronicles the tabloids’ favorite marriage as actress Lizzie Pepper. When the curtain falls, her romance isn't what she thought and everyone else thought.

Twists and turns. A journey in the heights of Hollywood power, royalty, and life in the spotlight that is nearly impossible to escape.

‘The Last Song’ by Nicholas Sparks

An unfolding and unforgettable tale follows Veronica ‘Ronnie’ Miller, who is sent to spend the summer with her father. Three years Ronnie remains angry and alienated from her parents, especially her father.

‘The Great Gatsby’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Both a popular high school book we remember vividly, and why not read it again. Through Nick Carraway's perspective of summer 1922.

‘When Life Gives You Lululemons’ by Laura Weisberger

This latest addition offers a biting style with a dazzling look into the sexy, over-the-top world, where nothing is as it appears.

‘The East End’ by Jason Allen

A rich and propulsive read revolves around an atmospheric of family secrets and scandals, of love and heartbreak, of working class versus the privileges of the wealthy. Set in a place of pleasure and pain—where people will die for love, kill for the truth, and dream of escaping.

‘Magic for Liars’ by Sarah Gailey

Fantasy meets investigative noir. Ivy Gamble has never wanted to be magic. Content with her life—she has a sustainable career as a private investigator, an empty apartment, and a slight drinking problem. But when Ivy is hired to investigate the gruesome murder of a faculty member at her sister, Tabitha’s, private academy. She starts to lose herself in the case, the life she could have had, and the answer to the mystery that seems just out of reach.

‘Mr. Nice Guy’ by Jennifer Miller and Jason Feifer

Vivid and sensual read. Imagine Carrie Bradshaw teamed up with another sex columnist to write dueling accounts of their sexual exploits.

‘Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixtiest History of the Sixties’ by Tom O'Neill and Dan Piepenbring

The most infamous crimes in American history. What really happened in 1969?

In 1999, journalist Tom O'Neill was assigned a magazine piece about the thirteenth anniversary of the Manson murders. In those two nights in Los Angeles, O'Neill finds the story of California in the 60s.

‘Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered’ by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark

Behind the voices of the podcast, My Favorite Murder!

Sharing stories ranging from their struggles, and delving into their own pasts, true crime stories, and beyond to discuss meaningful cultural and societal issues.

‘Bunny’ by Mona Awad

There is definitely a cross between The Craft meets Heathers. Bunny is a twisted tale of loneliness, belonging, creativity, friendship, and desire.

‘City of Girls’ by Elizabeth Gilbert

Pen from the same author wrote Eat, Pray, Love. Set in the summer of 1940, this story follows 19-year-old Vivian Morris as she lands in New York after getting kicked out of college. She stumbles upon the theater scene and meets an entertaining group of artists.