What's a day at the beach without something good to read? If you're tired of glossy magazines and want to dig into something with a bit more substance, we've rounded up 10 must-reads from a novel that follows a girl's experience with a cult in 1960s California to a thriller about a plane crash and its unlikely survivors.
- The Girls by Emma Cline: There’s a good chance you’ve heard of Cline’s gripping tale of 14-year-old Evie who gets sucked into a Charles-Manson-like cult in 1960s California. The captivating subject matter mixed with Cline’s expert writing makes this a book not to be missed.
Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler: A hyped up book from the time of its six-figure advance, Danler’s tale of 22 year old Tess’s move to NYC and her journey to finding her place both in the city and at the high-end restaurant she works for.
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante: The first of Ferrante’s series The Neapolitan Novels, My Brilliant Friend takes you to a town outside of Italy and follows the friendship of two girls throughout the years.
Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman: Wasserman captures a darker side of girlhood friendship with this tale full of love, violence, and rebellion.
Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn: A necessary read if you’re headed to Jamaica (Dennis-Benn’s debut novel deals largely with a village on the island) and a lovely read even if you’re not.
Before the Fall by Noah Hawley: This one is for the thriller lovers. Hawley weaves together the story of a plane crash and its two survivors with the backstories of all the victims in this suspenseful tale.
Modern Lovers by Emma Straub: Friends that have been close since their college days, now living in Brooklyn as they near their fifties, are forced to reflect on past romantic choices in Straub’s equally funny and insightful new book.
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff: Groff’s prose is faultless in this tale of love and loss and the complications in marriage.
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara: Yanagihara’s tale follows the construction of four college classmates’ lives after their move to New York in an attempt to follow their dreams.
Rich and Pretty by Rumaan Alam: Sarah and Lauren have been best friends for two decades but now that they both live in NYC and lead terribly different lives, it becomes a question if their friendship will last.