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The 10 best beach reads for Summer 2024

Reading a book on the beach - the best beach reads for summer 2024

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Summer is here and even if you’re not going on vacation, it’s a great time to get lost in a book. Whether you crave a fun romance novel or a fast paced thriller, these 10 best beach reads for summer 2024 are the best way to beat the heat or lay out in the sun with your toes in the sand.

10 Best Beach Reads for Summer 2024

Same Time Next Summer by Annabel Monaghan – Sam is 30 with an amazing job in the city and a cute doctor fiance. However when she ends up at her parent’s beach house, she runs into Wyatt, her childhood love. This one sounds a little predictable, but sweet if you’re looking for a quick, light read.

Same Time Next Summer

 

The Five Star Weekend by Elin Hildebrand My book club is currently reading this one. Hollis is a food blogger who is newly widowed after her husband gets in a car accident one morning after an argument. Hollis decides to go away for a five star weekend on Nantucket. This is a story of friendships, relationships and self discovery set on a quaint coastal island.

The Five-Star Weekend

 

Bad Summer People by Emma Rosenblum – A murder, on an island, and two couples who each have a grudge. If you love a little thriller mixed with your beach read, this one is it.

Bad Summer People: A Novel

 

The Block Party by Jamie Day – Memorial Day weekend for one affluent neighborhood means that it’s time for their annual block party. However during the party, one of the neighbors winds up dead leaving everyone wondering who did it and why. As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that each family has their own secrets they’d like to keep hidden. This one reminds me of something you’d see on Bravo or Lifetime and I’m here for it.

The Block Party: A Novel

 

Swan Song by Elin Hildebrand – ok so Elin Hildebrand is like the queen of beach reads so she gets 2 on this list. And apparently this will be her last book based on Nantucket. This one is filled with lavish parties at beautiful Nantucket homes, swims in the ocean, and murder. As always, the character development is amazing in true Hildebrand fashion.

Swan Song

 

Just For The Summer by Abby Jimenez – A guy and a girl each have the same problem in that everyone they date, goes on to meet their soulmate. They decide to just have a quick summer fling and rent a house together in Lake Minnetonka.  But then soon find themselves helping each other navigate difficult situations and realizing maybe fate brought them together.

Just for the Summer

 

The Summer Pact by Emily Griffin – this one comes out July 9th!!! 4 girls meet in college and soon become best friends. Right before graduation they are struck by tragedy and they make a pact to always be there for one another. Years later, they are each following their own destiny when one of the girls, Hannah calls on her friends to help her pick up the pieces.

The Summer Pact: A Novel

 

Sandwich by Catherine Newman – Rocky is away at her family’s Cape house with her parents, her husband and her half grown children. She navigates the needs of her family while also navigating the mood swings and hot flashes of menopause and flashbacks to years prior. This story is all about the dynamic shifts within the family and personal growth.

Sandwich: A Novel

 

The Next Mrs Parrish by Liv Constantine – This is the sequel to The Last Mrs. Parrish (linking it here if you haven’t read it) which was a Reese’s Book Club Pick and I’ve been seeing it all over Tik Tok. Now you can also read this as a stand alone without reading the prequel. This book is twisty with characters that you will love to hate.

The Next Mrs. Parrish: A Novel

 

Little Rot by Akwaeke Emezi – Taking place in a city in Nigeria about a party that goes off the rails, sex, and corruption. This one has been described as gritty and one of the most anticipated books of the year!

Little Rot: A Novel

 

Happy Reading!!!

 

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18 In Lifestyle

It’s August. Why don’t you

It's August why don't yo. Woman holding cup of coffee over outdoor rug patio

It’s August. Why don’t you…

There’s something special about August. It’s just the best of both worlds. You see, I love fall. It’s very much my favorite season.  But I am also a summer girl at heart. So to me, August is like having your cake and eating it too.  Perhaps it’s knowing that summer is winding down and that there are new beginnings around the corner with back to school, getting into routines, fall approaching and the -BER months. Around this time every year I try to cram in every last bit of summer, right up through Labor Day hanging out poolside, grilling while also getting excited for all the pumpkin spice that will be coursing through my veins, sweaters  and cozy recipes.

If you are like me. Here are some ways to enjoy every last drop of August.

It’s August, why don’t you…

Pick some sunflowers. (If you’re in the Upstate area, here are some of my fave spots).

Where to see sunflowers in the Capital District

Go to the beach. And bring back some sand and seashells so you can cherish your trip with this sweet memory box.

Have a lobster roll.

Hit up the farmer’s market and enjoy fresh summer produce like peaches, zucchini and corn.

This summer stonefruit and burrata salad has been on repeat all season.

Summer stone fruit and burrata salad - burrata, sliced cherries, sliced peaches and arugula drizzled with balsamic glaze

I also have my favorite zucchini recipes here.

Dry your hydrangeas. Now is a great time to start clipping them and drying them out to use all year round.

How to dry your hydrangeas

Get in the last of those books you wanted to read this summer and finish out the summer reading challenge strong.

You can check out my book recommendations here.

woman laying on couch on back deck reading on her kindle

August 9th is Book Lover’s Day. Get all of your bookie friends together and host a Book Exchange Brunch.

How to host a book exchange brunch

Gather the kids and all their friends together and hit up the Drive -Ins for one last summer hurrah.

Get ready for back to school with this fun back to school countdown or my back to school basket idea.

Start easing into fall decor and DIYs. Like this fall front porch decor idea.

Or check out these fall finds.

Fall front porch decor that isn't mums

Make your bucket list for fall.

Let’s enjoy every last bit of these lazy, sun soaked days shall we? Cheers to August!

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Summer Reading List 2021

2021 summer reading list
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One of the things on my summer bucket list is to read more books. My family used to make fun of me because on my summer vacations I’d often go to the library or Barnes and Noble to get some books to read over the summer while most kids did all they could to avoid reading. It’s always been one of my favorite escapes. I’m sharing my Summer Reading List for 2021 below.

And all of the books are linked on Amazon so you can download to your kindle or purchase the actual book if you still like flipping through pages.

Scroll to the bottom to download my free summer reading list printable with my recommendations.

Summer Reading List 2021

 

28 Summers by Elin Hildebrand 

28 summers - summer reading list

I read this one last summer in 2 days. Elin Hildebrand is one of my favorite authors for an easy beachy read. There’s been talks that they may be making it into a movie too!

 

Summer Sisters by Judy Blume

Summer Sisters Summer Reading List

I read all of Judy Blume’s books as a teenager. I read this one back in college and remember it being really good. It’s a story about two girls who are friends during the summer on the Vineyard. It’s on my list for this summer to read again.

 

The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

the last thing he told me summer reading list

this one is on all of the lists for must reads this summer. This thriller is a Reese’s Book Club Pick and I’ve been told that its perfect if you loved Big Little Lies or Little Fires Everywhere.

 

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Malibu Rising - Summer reading list

based on an end of the Summer beach party in Malibu, this book is about dysfunctional family relationships. Many of the reviews on Good Reads say that the characters are extremely well written and will have your emotions all over the place.

 

The Husbands by Chandler Baker

The Husbands - summer reading list

A female powered thriller that based on the synopsis reminds me a little of the Stepford Wives or Desperate Housewives.

 

Animal by Lisa Taddeo –

Animal - summer reading list

The Amazon reviews say this book is about female rage, sexuality, and adventure and the characters go to dark places. May not be everyone but sounds thrilling.

 

The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller

The Paper Palace - Summer Reading List

This story takes place at a family summer home in Cape Cod where a mother of three comes to a crossroads in her love life forcing her to choose between her husband or her childhood lover.

 

The Therapist by B. A. Paris –

The Therapist - summer reading list

A new couple moves into a gated community and finds that it may not be all it appears to be.  The main character Alice learns that there are some secrets about her home.

 

Happy and You Know It by Laura Hankin

Happy and You Know It summer reading list

Reviewers say this book is like what the ladies of Sex and the City would be like in the social media age.  Think new motherhood in Upper East Side.

Click to download my free printable Summer Reading List

Check off the books as you read them and add a few selections of your own!

For more bucket lists, check out my Summer 2021 Bucket List!

 

 

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2021 summer reading list