The best list of beach reads

The best list of beach reads

It should be no secret that I love to read: it’s been my favorite hobby since I was a kid. I think there’s an element of only child-ness in there: I love how easy it is to amuse yourself when you’re lost in a good book, no matter where you are. Like Hemingway said: “There is no friend as loyal as a book.” And that said, a good book is the most valuable travel companion there is!

Providence Athenaeum

And with summer vacation coming up, here’s an overview of my favorite reads: they’ll keep you enthralled through a long flight or a delayed flight, or on those days where your biggest problem is what beach to visit or how long your mojito is taking. I’ve grouped them rather loosely: the classics should be required reading, the ones can’t put down are exactly what they sound like, the books that keep on giving are sequel or trilogy sets and the ones on my list are the books I’m hoping to read this spring and summer. Enjoy!

Recommended beach reads for 2015

The Classics

Recommended beach reads for 2015

The Ones You Can’t Put Down

Recommended beach reads for 2015

The Books that Keep On Giving

Alabaster Books in New York City


The Ones on my List

 What is on your reading list this summer? What is your go-to classic book recommendation? 

p.s. bibliophiles might also enjoy the Providence Athenaeum and a visit to the Morgan Library

  • Yes, yes, yes! Have been starting to put together my summer reading list and this is perfect! Right now I want to read through all of Jane Austen and F. Scoot Fitzgerald. Great post! 😀

  • Brandy

    Thanks for the recommendations! I’m always looking for new books to read.

  • Zofia Bałdyga

    I’ve just finished reading Lonesome Dove. I’ve never expected that a Wild West novel might buy me in a second. This one did.

  • Brenna

    I am still thinking about “all the light we cannot see” months after I finished it. brilliant book.

  • Yes to To Kill A Mockingbird, always! One of the few books I carry with me in paperback on my travels. Another is The Princess Bride, such a well-written classic. And I’ve been meaning to read that Japanese decluttering one, especially as I minimize my closet and prepare to live out of a suitcase again!

  • I’ve never read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, but it’s on my list and I own a copy, so I’m hoping to pick it up soon! I also want to read The Husband’s Secret because my best friend read it and said it was entertaining. I’d like to pick up All the Light We Cannot See, especially since it won the Pulitzer. I started it several months ago, but I wasn’t in the right mood, so I put it down.

  • Briel79

    I didn’t like The Girl on the Train at all. Good recommendation in The Night Circus though! Love that one.

    Not sure if I’ve recommended this to you before but I recently read what has been released of the Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss and really enjoyed them! It took a chapter or two to get into the first book but after that no problem. 🙂

  • I love a good book post. 🙂 I’m definitely in a non-fiction phase at the moment (currently reading: Life by the Cup by Zhena Muzyka; recently finished: Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer [which I read with my jaw on the floor pretty much the whole time]). For fiction books, I tend toward spy or other thriller type novels. My favorites include the Sigma Force books by James Rollins, Ludlum’s original three Bourne books, and the Pendergast books by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. I’ve also liked everything Greg Iles has written.

  • Thanks for sharing. Starting to gather up all my summer want to reads. You have to read All the Lights You Cannot See. I had been going through a lot WWII books when a book club suggested it, wasn’t excited for another one but this one blew me away. Hope you enjoy. I’m adding a few of these to my list.

  • Ooooh this is such a juicy post! All I want to do now is get myself to the bookstore:)

  • camorose

    Ah yes! I read through most of Jane Austen when I was traveling in my early 20s–they were always easy to find in English language bookstores abroad! 🙂

  • camorose

    Great! Can’t wait to hear how you like these recommendations 🙂

  • camorose

    Right?! I absolutely loved it and I’m still so surprised at how much I enjoyed it, since it’s not really my “type” of book at all.

  • camorose

    Ohhh ok! I can’t wait!

  • camorose

    I don’t think I’ve actually ever read The Princess Bride–will have to add that one to my list!

  • camorose

    Yes! Definitely read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, it’s one of my favorites ever.

  • camorose

    Ohhh ok! I don’t think I’ve heard of the Kingkiller Chronicles, so I’ll add that one to my list 🙂

  • camorose

    Adding all of those to my list–thanks!

  • Let me know how you find it! Written by the same guy who wrote Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, wonderful storyteller.

  • camorose

    Ohhh ok! I can’t wait–I’m a huge fan of WW2 fiction, so I’m sure I’ll love it.

  • camorose

    Yes! So glad!

  • Becky Susan Galbraith

    I agree! What a great list. I am starting out the summer with some fun reads, right now It’s a Ball by J Morgan McGrady, good to start off with a side splitter. But I love some good deep reads to, I am sure I can find one or 2 from this list!

  • Rebecca and the World

    Just went out and bought The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up!

  • Heather

    I’m a big fan of reading books about or set in the places I visit. Right now I’m really into Henning Mankell’s murder-mysteries set in Sweden. I also recommend Purge by Sofi Oksanen for anyone traveling through the Baltics. It offers great insight into what life was like for the local population during the Nazi and Soviet occupations. Not the happiest of topics, for sure, but an important one. Next up for me is Queen Emma and the Vikings: A History of Power, Love, and Greed in 11th-Century England by Harriet O’Brien. I saw it in the gift shop at the Viking Museum in Oslo and couldn’t resist 🙂

  • camorose

    Yay! I will check out It’s a Ball, thanks!

  • camorose

    I’m reading it right now! So into it!

  • camorose

    Noting all of this down! Thank you!

  • Samantha

    Thanks for the recommendations I will definitely check them out.
    I just moved to Melbourne and don’t really know anyone and was wondering if you joined up to a book club here? I think it might be a good way to meet people 🙂

  • camorose

    Definitely think it would be a good way, but all of my book clubs have been through friends and friends of friends. Might be a good way to open up the friend circle though–everyone knows someone!

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