Thanks, Kate, for having me over on Stripes and Polka Dots! I’m Jess, and I blog over at Curating Style. Today I’m sharing with you my top six beach books.
If you’re looking for a lighter book that has been long-awaited by fans, try Emily Giffin’s Where We Belong. Recently released on July 24th, this book is the quintessential beach read and won’t disappoint*.
Not really into “chick lit”? Jonathan Tropper’s This Is Where I Leave You might suit you, though it’s rife with family and relationship issues. I would dare to say that it’s a realistic book, and I think it’s a great example of contemporary lit.
This summer, I can’t recommend a book more highly than Karen Thompson Walker’s The Age of Miracles. This book had me up until the wee hours, rapidly flicking through pages. Consider this: the earth’s rotation begins to slow, the days and nights grow longer, and gravity is affected. This book follows a preteen as the world begins to change around her. (Despite the younger narrator, it’s written from her adult self’s perspective.) Each part will have you wondering what will happen.
Whether you are a parent, not a parent, or not ever going to be a parent, Pamela Druckerman’s Bringing Up Bébé is a fascinating cross-cultural study. I though Druckerman’s style and writing was entertaining and fun, and you’ll find yourself wondering about childrearing, government funding, and more.
If you’ve become addicted to the HBO series Game of Thrones, as I have, a week on the beach might be the perfect time to start reading George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones. I’ve heard they’re dense and a bit complex, but I get the sense that if you made it through The Pillars of the Earth, you’ll pick up on it quickly.
Erin Duffy’s Bond Girl might look like chick lit, but it’s not; it’s about a woman in a man’s environment, on Wall Street before, during, and after the economic crisis. Though the cover can be off-putting for some, it’s far more involved and industry-focused than you’d think upon first glance. Plus, you get the added bonus of daydreaming about the “glamour” of living and working in Manhattan (if you’re not already there).