Temperatures are rising, the beach is calling, and nothing’s better than soaking in the sun to the soundtrack of waves crashing with some good beach reads.
Even better are great summer beach reads that improve your life, transform your thinking or expand your perspective.
Expanding on ways to make putting yourself first and self-care a priority, books tend to be my go to.
The books that I’ve chosen as my top picks for the summer offer just that. Here’s a roundup of 4 pages turners that will keep you entertained all summer long.
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Feel Free: Essays by Zadie Smith
Always reliable for deep thought, and challenging what is, Zadie Smith’s latest book is Feel Free: Essays, which poses questions we’re all asking.
Gathering in one place for the first time previously unpublished work, as well as already classic essays, such as, “Joy,” and, “Find Your Beach,” Feel Free offers a survey of important recent events in culture and politics, as well as Smith’s own life.
Behold The Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
In her debut novel, Imbolo Mbue highlights the immigrant experience in America is this bright and captivating story.
Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, has come to the United States to provide a better life for himself, his wife, Neni, and their six-year-old son.
In the fall of 2007, Jende can hardly believe his luck when he lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers.
Clark demands punctuality, discretion, and loyalty—and Jende is eager to please.
Clark’s wife, Cindy, even offers Neni temporary work at the Edwardses’ summer home in the Hamptons. With these opportunities, Jende and Neni can at last gain a foothold in America and imagine a brighter future.
Perfect summer beach read for today’s social climate.
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Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, this summer beach read is a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives.
Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother- who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons.
Soon Mia and Pearl become more than just tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair.
But Mia carries with her a mysterious past, and a disregard for the rules that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.
Read it before it’s miniseries adaptation debuts on Hulu!
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Matchmaking For Beginners by Maddie Dawson
Marnie MacGraw wants an ordinary life—a husband, kids, and a minivan in the suburbs. Now that she’s marrying the man of her dreams, she’s sure this is the life she’ll get. Then Marnie meets Blix Holliday, her fiancé’s irascible matchmaking great-aunt who’s dying, and everything changes—just as Blix told her it would.