Beach reads by Rya Vallabhaneni
With school ending, the weather brightening, and the world reopening its doors, many people are packing their suitcases. They’re phoning relatives and buying plane tickets; loading the car and going swimsuit shopping.
Long afternoons spent by the ocean are being planned, and this requires a few essentials: flip-flops, sunscreen, and a good beach read.
Beach reads come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from slow-burn romances to high-speed whodunnits. They are applauded for their ability to crank out plots in record time, and typically don’t require much emotional investment.
Beach reads are comfort novels. They are the books we look to when wanting to take a short vacation—even just a day trip—from reality.
Below you’ll find recommendations from middle school students, college students, and adults.
From middle and high school students
Romance: Sarah Dessen, Colleen Hoover, My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Mystery: Perfect Little Children by Sophie Hannah
Fiction: The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
From college students
Romance: Emily Henry, André Aciman
Historical Fiction: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Mystery: Agatha Christie
Fiction: The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
Coming-Of-Age: Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld
Romance: Elin Hilderbrand, Robyn Carr
Mystery: Tana French, Jean Hanff Korelitz, The Guest List by Lucy Foley
Fiction: Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner, Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Coming-Of-Age: Mary Jane: A Novel by Jessica Anya Blau
Just for kicks: Jaws by Peter Benchley
What are you summer reading book picks?
Looking for more book picks, listen to a WAMC interview with Lily Bartels The Open Door Bookstore and Gift Gallery in Schenectady NY.
She was interviewed by Joe Donahue and shared her thoughts on the following new books:
• Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch by Rivka Galchen
• Horse by Geraldine Brooks
• The Shores of Bohemia: A Cape Cod Story, 1910-1960 by John Taylor Williams
• The Church of Baseball by Ron Shelton
• The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill
• Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead
As always, we encourage our friends to shop at their favorite local and independent bookstores, including the Open Door Bookstore in Schenectady.