The best list of beach reads, V3

The best list of beach reads, V3

It’s no secret by now that I love to read, and I read often. That said, I’m not much for the reading challenges that seem to be all the rage these days or setting goals around the number of books I want to read. I’d say I average about a book a week, but there are some books that just take longer because they are longer (ahem, Lonesome Dove) and other books that I tear through in one glorious uninterrupted afternoon.The Mothers and Latin Beet Kitchen

This is my third version of my recommended beach reads–particularly apt this year, sine I’m currently reading on a beach! You can check out my previous lists here and here. My reading has reflected the current political climate a bit more this year, and I’ve been making an effort to read a more diverse range of authors. That said, I still love the true escapism of a good lighthearted book (especially on vacation!) so there’s plenty of that too.


My Husband's Wife

The fiction I couldn’t put down

Gone With the Wind [an American classic that’s earned all its praise]

My Husband’s Wife + The Couple Next Door [both thrillers that kept me up late turning the page]

Half of a Yellow Sun + Americanah [Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie might be my new favorite author]

Truly Madly Guilty [another gem by Liane Moriarty!]

Song of Solomon [a bold cast of eccentric characters with a strange but compelling storyline]

The Mothers [a surprising story about young love]

Le Barthelemy in St Bart's in the French West Indies


Gift From the Sea [written in the 1950’s, it’s still incredibly relevant for women who work and write]

When Breath Becomes Air [a memoir that will bring you to tears while encouraging you to LIVE]

Socially-conscious reads

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness [pulling back the layers on institutionalized racism]

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis [an interesting look into the psyche of the white working class culture that played a bit part in last year’s election]

We Should All Be Feminists [short, sweet and to the point]

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League [the account of a young man who overcame but never quite escaped his roots]

Central Park in the fall in New York City

What’s on my list

Little Women [a classic I haven’t read since I was a kid!]

The Underground Railroad


A Man Called Ove [one that my mom loved]

The Sympathizer [winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for fiction]

What’s on your list to read this year? 

p.s. If you’re looking for more to read, the best list of beach reads V1 and the best list of beach reads V2

  • Caroline Barnard

    Underground Railroad is on my list, as well as The Essex Serpent, which has been a huge hit here in the UK – I’m not sure it’s made it stateside yet. I’m also trying to read more diversely, I find it helps to keep a list of what books I have read and who they are by, otherwise I end up reading in the same circles over and over again.

  • Kacey Gardner

    Thank you! I was just trying to Google what to read next. I just tore through The Underground Railroad. It was excellent. Think now I’m finally going to read Americanah.

  • I need to check out these books.


  • kirsten

    I devoured Homegoing in a day and a half–it’s magical and so informative! Loved The Underground Railroad and The Sympathizer too 🙂 I’ll have to check out “The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace”. Thanks for sharing!

  • camorose

    Yes! I keep trying to get into Goodreads because I think it would be helpful with this, but I’m not 100% converted on the platform yet! I loved Underground Railroad though, highly recommend!

  • camorose

    Yes! Americanah was great, and I also really loved Half of a Yellow Sun by the same author. Highly recommend them both!

  • camorose

    Yes I need to do Homegoing next–I loved Underground Railroad! 🙂