While we loved curling up with a good book by the fire all winter long, we have to admit—we’re so happy summer is finally here. Now that you’ve swapped out that fleece blanket with a beach towel and ditched the hot cocoa for a chilled bottle of water, get ready to lay out in the sun with one of these must-have beach reads for summer 2017!
1. Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout
Follow a cast of characters from a small town who all struggle with love, loss, and reconciliation through their own unique experiences in this follow up to Strout’s bestselling book, My Name is Lucy Barton.
2. Eleanor Olipant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
A socially-awkward, quirky young woman with a tendency to stay in her comfort zone finds herself meeting two new companions living very similar isolated lifestyles in this uplifting story about friendship and hope.
3. No Middle Name by Lee Child
A collection of short stories following a character named Reacher, who constantly finds himself in thrilling situations—from solving murder mysteries to tracking down spies.
4. The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
In this unusual love story, a curiously intelligent widow sets off to Essex with her son and her friend where she learns of a rumored deadly creature that she just can’t shake from her thoughts.
5. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
With unforgettable characters and a great dose of culture, this novel follows characters throughout the India subcontinent as they deal with the human struggle of their society’s social conflict.
6. The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand
Sibling rivalry finds two identical—yet strikingly different—sisters swapping lives after nearly 10 years apart. Will they be able to bring their family together, or will old secrets begin bubbling up?
7. The Little French Bistro by Nina George
In this journey of rediscovery, Marianne leaves her life with her unloving husband behind and sets off to a place known as “the end of the world,” only to find warmth and love she didn’t know existed from the people she meets in this land.
8. The Child by Fiona Barton
After unearthing a tiny skeleton under a demolished old house, journalist Kate Waters sets off on an investigation to solve one of the city’s decades-old crimes.
9. The Force by Don Winslow
As a highly decorated NYPD detective sergeant serving on the front lines of war, drugs and guns, officer Denny More is caught in a tough spot when his dirty actions of stealing money and drugs with his partners threatens to come to light.
10. House of Spies by Daniel Silva
Taking on the global war on terror, Gabriel Allon sets off to take down the world’s most dangerous terrorist after one of the deadliest attacks post 9/11.
11. The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson
After a lustful night with a masked Batman at a comic convention, Leia Birch Briggs finds that this man has left her with a memory—a baby. But before Leia can break the pregnancy news to her rather conservative family, she finds that life begins to start falling apart and dangerous secrets start boiling up.
Do you know of any great beach reads that we didn’t list? Tell us all about them in the comments below!