12 Great New Books To Bring To The Beach This Summertime

A good beach read might be as ubiquitous a summer staple as sunscreen, but what makes a volume a beach read is harder to define. Should it be fast-paced? High energy? Physically sunlight?( Never mind emotionally — tears are just salt water, anyway !)

True, the label can be used as condescendingly as” chick light ,” but what’s wrong with beach reading? The fact is, we’re all just looking for the right volume to keep us turning pages instead of drowsing off on the sand this summer, and that’s a perfectly valid quest. In practise, it entails something a little different for everyone, whether it’s a thriller, a romantic slapstick, or a family sagas, so we’ve come up with a range of new books that might attain the perfect companion for your next day trip to the shore.

Bon voyage!


The Windfall by Diksha Basu

As the title clues, Basu’s debut hinges on a sudden explosion of good luck; a middle-class East Delhi couple suddenly comes into a luck. Meanwhile, their son has headed to New York for business school, where he’s fallen into a romantic entanglement he dreads his parents can’t accept. As the family attempt to navigate their status as nouveau-riche Indian in a globalizing world, they find their life more destabilized than improved by their newfound riches. — Claire Fallon

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The Changeling by Victor LaValle

Aside from his regular, intense nightmares, rare-book dealer Apollo lives a entranced life with his wife Emma and their newborn son. When Emma disappears, Apollo journeys to find her, and the resulting narrative is both beautifully written and engaging. Like LaValle’s earlier volumes, The Devil in Silver and The Ecstatic , his latest is fairy tale-like and genre-bending — a literary horror tale. — Maddie Crum

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The Awkward Age by Francesca Segal

The joy and the pain of matured love fulfils the exhilaration and the pain of puppy love in this illuminated household drama. Single British mommy Julia has fallen in love with American doctor James, also a single parent. Unfortunately, her daughter Gwen and his son Nathan don’t get along — unless they’re getting along too well. Seem like a recipe for disaster? Yeah, it is. — CF

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Lonesome Lies Before Us by Don Lee

From the author of The Collective , Lonesome Lies Before Us is another story about frustrated ambition and revisiting youthful dreamings. Alt-country musician Yadin Park never quite reached his potential, fame-wise; but it was his inability to work a crowd and to charm potential fans that did it , not a lack of talent. His collaborator, Mallory, was luckier, and when the two meet for the first time in years, Yadin is forced to consider what could have been. — MC

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Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

The new psychological thriller from Hawkins, who wrote The Girl on the Train , has garnered mixed reviews. But if you liked her first, you’ll likely enjoy spending some vacation time with her new novel, which again mixes an examination of historical mistrust of women’s sanity with a shocking mystery full of spins and turnings. Plus, it will definitely inspire you to be careful around the organizations of water. — CF

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Sex and Rage by Eve Babitz

There’s been much ado lately about autofiction and the strengths of the storytelling sort constructed popular by Karl Ove Knausgaard and his ilk. But Eve Babitz’s narratives, published in the’ 70 s, describe heavily enough from her own life that reading her work feels like reading a intentionally crafted diary — in the best way. Sex and Rage , her 1979 fiction republished the summer months, is, like much of Babitz’s work, about a heroine waffling between her love for L.A. and the listlessness that the city inspires. — MC

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Startup by Doree Shafrir

BuzzFeed editor Shafrir tweaks the foibles of the modern tech scene in a farcical dramedy about tech journalists, startup CEOs and the rarified world they move in. It has the tone and relatable, glamorous characters of a romantic comedy — but a girl-power spin that attains it so much more satisfying. — CF

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White Fur by Jardine Libaire

Libaire’s story of star-crossed devotees — Elise and Jamey — borrows its epigraph from none other than” Romeo and Juliet .”” Call me but love, and I’ll be new christened ,” it reads,” Henceforth I never will be Romeo .” So begins her novel about the tumult of young love, which takes readers from New Haven to the East Village, scored by’ 80 s rock hittings. — MC

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Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy

Meloy’s novel is about a family vacation that runs so horribly awry that it seems almost perverse to read it during your own beach vacation. But the central escapade, terrifying as it may be, builds for obliging reading, and you may not be able to stop turning the pages once “youre starting”. — CF

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Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong

Khong’s first novel begins with a striking image: The protagonist’s grandfather’s clothes have been flung haphazardly on trees throughout the neighborhood. It’s an act of defiance on his part; since he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, his family has worked to make his life orderly, writing his name on the tags of his shirts. Like much of the book — which investigates heroine Ruth’s relationship with her family and with her ex-fiance — this sad scene is laced with wit. — MC

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Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan

Kwan has made a huge splash with his novels about a ridiculously wealthy Chinese clan, of which Rich People Problems is the third. Rich People Problems centres on the family infighting and scheming that ensues when a family matriarch determines herself on her deathbed. With torrid romances, backbiting and jealousy, and conspicuous consumption on display, Kwan’s books are like taking a” Real Housewives” episode with you to the beach — but better. — CF

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The Destroyers by Christopher Bollen

Looking for a sprawling, epic thriller to run your route through during a week by the pond? Bollen’s gritty new novel features all the makes: Assassination, mysterious disappearances, webs of lies and heated summertime flings. — CF