Happy June! Memorial Day is behind us and it’s officially the season for beach reading (beach optional, but some sort of water and swimsuit and cold beverage is a must). I’m in the market for some easy reading, so I scoured a bunch of summer reading lists where each of these five new books made multiple appearances and appealed to me enough to at least try to score a copy at the library, if not shell out a few bucks for a kindle copy. Here they are:
The Girls: A Novel by Emma Cline
This novel is getting all kinds of buzz and is topping multiple summer book lists this year. Set in Northern California at the end of the violent 60s, The Girls is about a teenage girl who befriends “a mesmerizing older girl and is drawn into the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader.” It is said to be loosely based on the story of Charles Manson and the young women who were drawn to his cult.
Rich and Pretty by Rumaan Alam
Also omnipresent on the summer book lists, Rich and Pretty follows two childhood best friends as they travel, in their 30s, down separate paths that threaten to pull them apart.
Modern Lovers by Emma Straub
Three college friends and former bandmates live in gentrified Brooklyn and confront the reality of growing older as they have to “suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring.”
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
This epic novel follows the very different paths of two half-sisters born in eighteenth-century Ghana, one of whom is married off to an Englishman and lives in comfort in a castle, while the other is imprisoned beneath her in the castle’s dungeons and then sold with thousands of others into the Gold Coast’s booming slave trade and shipped off to America, where her children and grandchildren will be raised in slavery. The novel follows the lives and descendants of each, right up through the present day.
And because I’m turning forty this year: The Year We Turned Forty
“Three best friends get the chance to return to the year they turned forty—the year that altered all of their lives, in ways big and small—and also get the opportunity to change their future. But it doesn’t take long for all three women to learn that re-living a life and making different decisions only leads to new problems and consequences—and that the mistakes they made may, in fact, have been the best choices of all…”
Do you have any recommendations for beach books or anything you’re particularly looking forward to reading on your summer vacation(s) this year?