8 Recommended Beach Reads
The Best Books to Take with you to the Beach This Summer
By Amanda Dominguez-Chio
Whether you’re sunbathing at the beach or poolside, summer is the perfect time for reading. When it comes to finding the ideal summer read, choosing which genre to read plays a big role. Some people prefer to read thrillers, while some prefer reading books that let them escape reality and bring them pleasure. Generally, you don’t want to read something convoluted or dense at the beach. That being said, here is a list of beach reads that are perfect for your summer vacation.
You Can’t Touch my Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson
Some of you may be familiar with the talented Phoebe Robinson. Others may not. Robinson’s book You Can’t Touch My Hair is the perfect book for fans and those unfamiliar with her work in the entertainment industry. Her book provides several essays that explore our current cultural climate. Using her signature humor, Robinson discusses “the angry black woman myth” and lists some of the ways to “avoid being the black friend,” among other things. As soon as you finish reading her book, you’ll want to pick up another Phoebe Robinson book.
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
Read about The Daily Show host’s childhood in South Africa. In his memoir, Noah addresses that he was born during the apartheid, where interracial relationships were deemed illegal.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Little Fires Everywhere centers on the people in Shaker Heights, Ohio, specifically the Richardson family and Mia Warren and her daughter Pearl. When Mia and Pearl move to Shaker Heights, their lives gradually intertwine with the Richardson family after a custody battle erupts from one of the families living in Shaker Heights, not only causing everyone in town to take sides, but placing Elena Richardson and Mia on opposite sides. The book received recognition early this summer when news broke out that Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington announced they were adapting Little Fires Everywhere into a mini series for Hulu.
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Gann.
In this riveting thriller, Gann details the mysterious deaths against the Osage Indian Nation. The murders eventually grab the FBI’s attention, sending agents to try and find out the culprit. Discover how the Osage murders eventually shaped the FBI.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Author Sherman Alexie has published several books, but perhaps The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is his most well-known. The novel follows Junior, a young man born and raised on the Spokane Indian reservation. He decides to leave the reservation in pursuit of a better education, only to attend an all-white school. Although the book is often described as a Young Adult novel, the novel has been critically praised by many and received many awards, including the New York Times Notable Book of the Year.
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Homegoing is an example of a multi-generational novel, following the descendants of two Ghanaian half-sisters, Effia and Esi. While one marries an Englishman and resides in Cape Coast Castle, the other is sold and shipped off to America. One story follows Effia’s descendants enduring the constant warfare in Ghana, while the other follows Esi’s descendants living in slavery, the Civil War, the Great Migration, all leading up to the present day.
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
Fans of Jane Austen and period dramas will love Elizabeth Gaskell’s classic love story, North and South. Margaret Hale is uprooted from her comfortable home in Helstone to the industrial town of Milton. There she encounters John Thornton, the owner of Thornton mills, known for his unfair treatment towards his employees. North and South is a timeless classic worthy of your attention.
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Truman Capote masterfully chronicles the 1959 murders of the Clutter family from Holcomb, Kansas. Four members of the family were brutally murdered, yet there appeared to be no motive for the crime. Earlier that day, Perry Smith and Dick Hickock, recently out of Kansas State Penitentiary, are planning their big score against the Clutter family. As the novel progresses, details of the murders are revealed, as an investigation is open to find and capture the two culprits.