One of my absolute favorite summer activities is to read on the beach. I grab my sunglasses, a comfy beach hat, and claim a spot in the shade under an umbrella so that I don’t get sunburnt, and then read for hours. There are few things in life that I find more relaxing than reading a good book on the beach with the soothing sound of the waves in the background. Every summer I make a tentative list of books that I hope to get to in my free time. I know once a new semester starts I will have so much reading for classes that when I do have free time to read for fun, I won’t be in the mood. That being said, here are a few of the books that I am most excited to finally read this summer.
- ‘The House in the Cerulean Sea’ by T.J. Klune
Lately, I have been hearing so many good things about this book. The Goodreads description of the book begins, “A magical island. A dangerous task. A burning secret.” If that doesn’t draw you into a book, then I don’t know what will. I don’t know much about the plot of this book other than it is full of whimsy and heart-warming characters. It seems like the type of book that is best to just jump into blindly and watch the story unfold, but if you want more details about the specifics of the plot, you can check out the description on Goodreads. I have heard nothing but rave reviews, so I suggest looking into this book if you haven’t heard of it yet. It seems like the perfect, heartwarming book for the summer.
- ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ by Delia Owens
This book was on my summer reading list last summer, but I just never got around to reading it. So many of my friends have told me that I have to read it and that the twists and turns will keep me guessing until the end. At this point, it seems like everyone except me has read this book, so I need to make sure that I get around to finally reading it and understanding what the hype is about.
- ‘Becoming’ by Michelle Obama
I have been meaning to read this memoir since I got it as a Christmas gift. I have been too intimidated to pick it up since it is 490 pages long, and I didn’t have faith in myself to manage that big of a book alongside all my readings for class. This summer I am definitely going to read this book, either physically or by listening to the audiobook narrated by Michelle Obama, which I have heard amazing things about. I especially enjoy listening to audiobooks in the summer when I am going on walks or bike rides outside. I am not patient enough to just sit and listen to an audiobook without getting distracted, but if I am doing another activity, I like multitasking and listening to an audiobook at the same time.
- ‘The Unhoneymooners’ by Christina Lauren
In the summer, I love to read fast-paced, fun romance books. I have heard that the writing duo Christina Lauren writes amazing romance books, so I figured this summer would be the perfect time to check out one of their books. The Unhoneymooners is about Olive and Ethan, sworn enemies who end up going on a honeymoon when everyone at the wedding gets food poisoning except them. This seems like the perfect beach read, and I am definitely going to pack it on vacation.
I hope everyone has a relaxing summer filled with good books!