If finding a good story isn’t on your summer bucket list, you’re doing it all wrong.
Journeying away from the chaos of your daily routine — be it a vacation or just the day at the beach — obviously requires good books in your tote. And let’s face it: What’s better than a picnic in the sand with a nice glass of rosé and a bestseller? This Fourth of July weekend is the perfect opportunity to indulge in summer literature and a little bit of your favorite pink drink.
With the variety of options available this year, you definitely shouldn’t have trouble filling your shelves. Depending on whatever you’re feeling during this weekend’s beach outing, there’s something for you.
If you’re in need of something haunting:
Girl Last Seen by Nina Laurin is a chilling suspense about two missing girls whose stories intertwine — perfect for Paula Hawkins fans.
The Child by Fiona Barton is the psychological suspense that follows a journalist who is uncovering the mystery behind a tiny skeleton that was discovered in a demolished London home.
If you’re in need of something refreshing:
Touch by Courtney Maum gives readers a peek inside a trend forecaster’s life after she decides she needs to make some changes when it comes to love and work.
If you want to go back in time:
The Dress in the Window By Sofia Grant turns the clocks back and finds two sisters who are joining forces to create amazing clothes in a post World War II society.
The Life She Was Given by Ellen Marie Wiseman chronicles a family breaking apart amid a Depression-era traveling circus and finding the light at the end of the tunnel in the ’50s.
If you need some motivation:
The New Super Power for Women by Steve Kardian gives females insight on how to protect themselves this day in age, whether that means cyber bullying, campus assaults, and so on. Kardian has served as a detective and FBI defensive tactics instructor, among other law enforcement positions, so it’s safe to say he knows his stuff.
If you don’t mind a good cry:
The Salt House by Lisa Duffy follows a family in Maine picking up the pieces after a tragedy shakes their entire world.
If you welcome chaos:
Mad by Chloé Esposito is the story of an identical who will stop at nothing to get her sister’s so-called perfect life. London and Sicily are the perfect backdrops if you have to cure your wanderlust.
I Must Have You by Joanna Novak is an emotional story of a young girl’s infatuation with extreme dieting, sex, and a relationship with a young drug dealer.
If you’re looking for a little romance:
Dating You Hating You by Christina Lauren is the writing duo’s latest story about two people who have an awkward first encounter but can’t seem to kill the flame. Will this last when they discover that they’re vying for the same job?
If you’re feeling nostalgic:
Perennials by Mandy Berman is a coming-of-age debut about friendships and summer camps that will take you right back to your tween years.
Fly Me by Daniel Riley heads to the West Coast in the ’70s as a young girl forgets about her prestigious degree and makes her way to Cali for a stewardessing position that ultimately leads to danger.
Things That Happened Before the Earthquake by Chiara Barzini follows a young Italian girl who makes her way to L.A. with eccentric filmmaker parents in the ’90s while dealing with unstable scene in California and an earthquake that shakes Eugenia to her core.
If you need a good belly laugh:
Would Everybody Please Stop by Jenny Allen is a hysterical essay collection filled with so-called “reflections on life” and “other bad ideas” that will keep the tears (of laughter) coming.
If you’re looking for a memoir:
Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood is the story of an unorthodox priest whose world is turned upside down when his daughter and son-in-law return to his rectory after a crisis strikes.
If you’re looking for something mainstream:
The Answers by Catherine Lacey follows a young New York millennial named Mary who lands herself a job as an Emotional Girlfriend in the “Girlfriend Experiment” in order to make ends meet with her medical expenses.
Wish You Were Here by Renée Carlino follows Charlotte as she tries to make sense of her life in L.A. when her world collides with a painter named Adam. Afterward, when she finds herself in a more serious relationship, she has trouble moving past Adam — the one who got away.
What Are We Doing With Our Lives by Chelsea Marshall & Mary Dauterman might fool you at first. It’s not a children’s book, but a picture book detailing millennials digitally-connected lives.
You’ve got more than enough options. Get reading!