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10 Perfect Beach Reads for Summer Vacation

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Summer is the perfect time to pick up a new book. Here are my picks.

I’ve always been a bookworm. I was absolutely that kid reading with a flashlight under my covers late into the night. I could never get enough!

Summer vacations were always the best because I had more time to read. I would actually annoy my mom with how many times I asked to go to the library, ha! (Side note: Thanks, mom).

Turns out, I’m still that way as an adult. I always find myself  looking for something new to read. I also don’t stick to any particular genre, and actually will read anything I can get my hands on, true to my social media bios. Fiction, non-fiction, historical fiction, biographies, memoirs… my latest purchase is actually The Vikings: A History by Robert Ferguson from a local used book store.

Anyway, if you’re look for something new to read or to take with you on your travels this summer, I wanted to share a few of my favorites from the past year or so:

If you love historical fiction (and spoiler alert: you’re in the mood to cry), I recommend The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. A tale of bravery, it also has romance, war time action and anecdotes, and a lot of history. While you’re at it, Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah is also a great choice — but pack tissues. It’s one of the only books that has ever made me cry.

One of my favorite books of 2016, Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal is the story of a girl who found her way through life despite not quite fitting in. She is passionate, talented, and creative in a way that many people aren’t. I found this book wholesomely inspiring, and so well-written. Definitely a must-read, in my opinion.

Euphoria by Lily King was “inspired by the life of revolutionary anthropologist Margaret Mead, [and] is a captivating story of three young, gifted anthropologists of the 1930s caught in a passionate love triangle that threatens their bonds, their careers, and ultimately their lives.” I actually think there is a lot more to this book than just a love triangle. The stories of culture and the passion the characters have for their work is humbling.

One of my forever favorites is And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini (actually — you can’t go wrong with anything by Khaled Hosseini, to be completely honest). His writing is exquisitely masterful and every single story is captivating beyond measure. These are the type of books that I simply cannot put down.

If you want a mind-bending book that makes you think, Dark Matter by Blake Crouch is the book for you. In short, it’s a science fiction thriller that explores worlds the run parallel to our own. It’s the idea that the universe splits every time we choose one thing over another. The main character is thrust out of his own world and must decide what to do next. This book got a five-star rating from me.

If you’re into touching stories about family with insane plot twists, my picks are Leaving Time and The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult. I also loved The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and highly recommend it if you’re into easy-to-read, World War II-era books.

And finally, if you just want a light-hearted novel to read, I’d pick up Defining Her by Samantha March. It’s a quick read with characters who must learn that their pasts don’t define who they will be in the future.

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A few of the books I’ll be reading this summer are:

If you want to spend some time working towards your career and professional goals, here are a few of the titles GenTwenty recommends:

What’s on your summer to-read list?

About the Author

Nicole Booz

Nicole Booz is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of GenTwenty, GenThirty, and The Capsule Collab. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and is the author of The Kidult Handbook (Simon & Schuster May 2018). She currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s probably hiking, eating brunch, or planning her next great adventure.


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