Summer is here, and we’re looking forward to heading to the beach with a good book in tote. Here are five beach reads that we suggest for summer.
1. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Micheal Chabon
Thrill-seekers will love Micheal Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. Told via wonderfully colorful descriptions, this novel features the mental imagery and fluctuating moods typical of a comic book. Be transported from the beach to New York City in1939, a year characterized by both tragedy and triumph. Follow the two protagonists as they navigate the dangerous era with sheer audacity….and a little bit of imagination.
2. The Princess Saves Herself in this One by Amanda Lovelace
An empowering book by Amanda Lovelace, The Princess Saves Herself in this One features a wonderful collection of cathartic poems that speak of the beauty and challenges of being a woman. This book is for modern feminists–men or women–who appreciate the efficacy of poetry in making us feel human. Perfect for the beach, the book allows you to slow down and reflect on not only life’s intricacies but how the stories we tell ourselves sometimes elude us.
3. The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman
This incredibly inspiring novel recounts the courage of Dr. Jan Zabinski and his wife Antonina, owners of the Warsaw Zoo, who helped save the lives of 300 Polish Jews during the Nazi occupation. Based on Antonina’s real-life diary, you won’t be able to put The Zookeeper’s Wife down.
4. Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
This thrilling mystery novel by the author of The Girl on the Train features a plotline that twists and turns, gripping readers and submerging them in a haunting new world with a supernatural touch. Told from more than a dozen different perspectives, the suicide-turned-murder investigation takes so many twists and turns that you’ll find yourself having to remember to breathe. This compelling page-turner is the perfect beach read!
5. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
Lovable renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, host and narrator TV’s fascinating Cosmos series, has crafted a book for those eager to learn about the wonders of space, but don’t have the time and resources to become experts. Well-written with a touch of humor and life-sized perspective, Tyson brings you on a magical journey through the fundamentals of our captivating solar system and beyond. This is the perfect book for appreciating the artistry of the universe while you sip a cold drink on your sunbed.