The 12 best beach reads to get lost this summer

Summer is finally here, and with it a plethora of reading opportunities, whether you’re lounging by the pool or just getting out of the overly air-conditioned office a little early. You could look at Barthes or Baudrillard, of course, but come on, it’s July! Officially, it’s time to unplug and let your brain feast on the best that Beach Cannon has to offer! (Note: here the term beach reading is not used casually but rather celebrates books which, while eminently interesting and beautifully executed in their own right, also pair very well with a sun-heated towel and an XL size iced coffee. Basically, it’s the summer books that you set aside the barbecue plans to finish.)

The Guncle by Steven Rowley

A formerly famous gay sitcom star is suddenly tasked with raising his niece and nephew in this sweet and sassy romance set against the backdrop of the majestic Palm Springs (with a little Connecticut twist).

One last stop by Casey McQuiston

Desperate, instantly identifiable crush gets the time travel treatment in this long-awaited McQuiston’s sequel Red, white and royal blue. The shy loner August falls head over heels in love with the super-cool commuter Jane, only to discover that his mad love is actually trapped in the New York subway around 1970.

Malibu on the rise by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Four siblings, each celebrating in their own right, throw a big party at their Malibu mansion, ushering in delicious drama, mayhem, and possibly arson (!) In this novel from the author of Daisy Jones and the Six.

The other black girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris

An all too real satire of the Lily-White publishing industry is mixed with wonderfully outward magical realism in this debut novel, which follows editorial assistant Nella as she is first thrilled, then punished by the hiring another black woman. at the famous Manhattan publishing house where she works.

The ladies by Alex Michaelides

If you couldn’t get enough The secret story or that of Mona Awad rabbit, the novel by Michaelides, which follows a secret society of college girls in Cambridge in the context of a campus murder, might just be for you.

Objects of desire by Claire Sestanovich

Sestanovich’s clear and singular prose illuminates these 11 stories, each dealing with various aspects of human relationships and female identity, in a way that really makes this first collection stand out.

While we were dating by Jasmine Guillory (July 13)

Jasmine Guillory is the undisputed queen of modern romance, and this novel, in which an aspiring movie star and the publicist tasked with making her fall for each other before encountering life’s many complications, is a another jewel in his crown. .

The startup woman by Tahmima Anam (July 13)

Coder marries her high school crush and is catapulted into not quite desired fame after writing an algorithm for a leading tech incubator in this wise and wickedly funny novel about love, creativity, and verse limits technological.

Well it’s exhausting by Sophia Benoit (July 13)

GQ columnist and ultra-bright Twitter star Sophia Benoit ponders everything from feminism and anxiety to the deep joy of reality TV in this fun, charming and often hilarious essay book.

Privacy by Katie Kitamura (July 20)

Fans of mystery and thriller will be delighted with this complex and thrilling novel that follows a performer from The Hague through the challenges of her job as well as a litany of personal relationship dramas.

The participation by Megan Abbott (August 3)

Two glamorous and mysterious sisters together run a ballet academy and attempt to unravel the ramifications of a disturbing accident in this tense and suspenseful novel that causes anxiety in the best possible way.

Something new under the sun by Alexandra Kleeman (August 3)

Something new under the sun

Fans of Kleeman’s first novel, You too can have a body like mine, will fall for this alternately decadent and disturbing exploration of a Hollywood ravaged by climate change.

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