When it comes to summer reading, I am always looking for the perfect beach reads. For me, the perfect beach read is one that I can immediately get into, but also one that won’t keep me up at night. Today I am sharing five of my favourite reads perfect to add to your beach bag this summer.
One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B.J. Novak. Do you love The Office as much as I do? If you do, then you’ll know that B.J. Novak is more than the annoying jerk, Ryan. He’s the talented writer behind episodes like “The Fire” and “Threat Level Midnight” and other great ones too. One More Thing is a collection of short stories (some shorter than others) that deal with various subject matters and levels of humour. Novak’s writing is sharp, witty and he keeps you guessing.
Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close. Stories about three twenty-something women in New York City as they figure out their lives, all the while surrounded by their friends who are getting married and having babies. I loved how Close looked at the experiences of each of these girls, and their friends, highlighting the different struggles and triumphs that young women face as they become adults. The stories which work separately and together are the perfect addition to your beach bag for a quick read, but also one that, if you’re like me, will make you find your story somewhere in its pages.
Extreme Vinyl Cafe by Stuart McLean. I honestly could have put every Vinyl Cafe collection on this list and called it a day. Another short story format (which is really my favourite kind of pick-up-anywhere-and-read book), McLean writes about Dave and Morley, their children Stephanie and Sam and their eclectic group of friends and acquaintances. Stuart McLean is one of the most talented writers I have ever come across. He is incredibly witty (get ready for some side pains from laughter and possibly tears), poetic, and a real Canadian treasure.
Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella. The first in a series of hilarious books, we are here introduced to Becky Bloomwood, the serial shopper who just can’t say no to a new Whistles top or that Denny & George scarf. I love her and count her as one of my favourite book friends. Also, any of the Shopaholic books remind me that my own shopping addiction isn’t really that bad… maybe I should let Christopher read them..
Where We Belong by Emily Giffin. When I was working in a bookstore, I always suggested Emily Giffin books to people looking for a great summer read. Giffin writes about relatable women and their real world struggles. This one in particular is a charming, slightly sad, yet hopeful story that will make your heart full and remind you that life is not always what it seems, and our heart always knows where we belong.
What books are you packing for the beach this summer? I’d love to hear your suggestions!