It’s been a tough winter in many places across the country, with storm after storm taking its toll. Some lucky people will be heading to the beaches of Florida to escape winter, if only for a week or two.
Beaches are made for relaxing, and for reading. If you’re one of the lucky ones heading South, and looking for your next great beach read, here are ten suggestions.
1. The Martian – Andy Weir
What do you do when you’re the last person left on Mars? The Martian tries to answer that question – you’ll be dying to know what happens next and you won’t want to put the book down until you’ve finished it. Read the book before the movie comes out this fall.
2. Not That Kind of Girl – Lena Dunham
She many only be in her mid-twenties, but Lena Dunham has the wit of people twice her age. Her collection of essays are funny, thought-provoking and very relateable.
3. Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins
Love a thrilling book that keeps you turning the pages? Many people who have read the novel are calling it the next Gone Girl. It’s the perfect book to keep you on your toes, while you work on your tan.
4. The Rosie Effect – Graeme Simsion
Over the the past few years, countless thousands of people fell in love with the sweet but socially awkward protagonist Professor Don Tillman, and the relationship he formed with Rosie. In the follow-up novel, you’ll follow the pair as they adjust to life in New York City after moving from Australia.
5. Brain on Fire – Susannah Cahalan
Pick up this autobiography and you won’t be able to put it down, or believe it’s not fiction. Susannah wakes up in the hospital not remembering the last month of her life, and when she learns what happens, she doesn’t recognize herself.
6. American Sniper – Jim Defelice
American Sniper, the movie directed by Clint Eastwood, and nominated for 6 Academy Awards is based on this gripping book. Read about how a military vet is tested both on the line of duty, and off.
7. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
It was recently announced that Harper Lee, at the forever young age of 88, will be releasing her second book this summer. Before you pick it up, revisit the old classic that made her such a beloved figure.
8. The Beach – Alex Garland
A book about a beach, to read at the beach. In this novel, the protagonist sets out to find a private beach oasis in Thailand. Sounds like paradise, but the way the story unfolds, you’ll find yourself happy you’re on the more public beaches of Florida.
9. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
This book turns 30 years old in 2015, yet the dystopian novel seems incredibly relevant, perhaps even more so than when it was published. In the future, the United States of America is no more, and in the new society of the Republic of Gilead, women have no rights.
10. A Short History of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson
Delightful, informing and funny, this book zips along at a snappy pace. Who says a day at the beach can’t be educational?
We wish you good readings and warm, sunny beach weather. If you’re looking for more book recommendations check out the summer reading post we wrote last year.