Summer means it’s time to relax, so grab your towel, sink your toes in the sand, and cozy up with a good book! Bookstr is outfitting you with the best beach reads to breeze through the summer!
1. THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW BY A.J. FINN
No beach voyage is complete without a page-turning mystery novel in the bag. This psychological thriller follows the story of a woman suffering from agoraphobia who witnesses a murder from her window. Nobody believes her and she’s not sure if she believes herself. With the long awaited movie adaptation finally on Netflix, now’s the perfect time to catch up on this intoxicating read.
2. WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING BY DELIA OWENS
If you haven’t already got around to this chart-topping read, Where the Crawdads Sing is the perfect summer accompaniment. Part coming-of-age and part murder-mystery, Owens highlights the simultaneous beauty and rawness of the wild and one girl’s survival and growth amongst it all.
3. THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD BY ZORA NEALE HURSTON
Published in 1937, Their Eyes Were Watching God is a timeless classic about a fearless Black woman searching for love in the South, who isn’t afraid to disregard societal norms along the way. It’s a free-spirited story of independence and soul-searching that holds readers tight and never lets go.
4. LIFE OF PI BY YANN MARTEL
In hindsight, a book about a shipwreck and a boy surviving on a raft with a tiger may not be the most comforting beach read. Still, Life of Pi is an undeniable gem of the 21st century. A compelling survival tale wrapped in beautiful prose, this book blends the worlds of fantasy and reality, reminding readers of the beauty of the natural world and spirituality.
5. JOYLAND BY STEPHEN KING
Joyland is a bit of a deep cut from the King collection. It strays from King’s usual lethal brand of straight horror in favor of a coming-of-age story of a boy getting over heartbreak. It’s set at a small amusement park off the coast, and rings strongly of Coney Island and boardwalk adventures, a fitting backdrop for your own summer adventures. Horror fans don’t despair, despite the softer plot, there’s still plenty of scares to be had by the end.
With these page turners in your beach bag, you’re sure to have plenty of fun under the sun!
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