Summer is the perfect time to catch up on your reading — but with so many options, you may feel a bit lost on where to begin. Our favorites are filled with fulfilling plots that will make you want to keep reading nonstop! Especially in one or two ideal settings, toes in the sand or with a refreshing drink in hand.
Either or, pick one of these books up before hitting the beach and enjoy these best books to read this summer 2019!
Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life by Dan Buettner
In Japan, millions of people have ikigai (pronounced Ick-ee-guy)— a reason to jump out of bed each morning, a reason of being. What’s your reason for getting up in the morning? Okinawa, where ikigai has its origins, is said to be home to the largest population of centenarians in the world. Could the concept of ikigai contribute to longevity? Dan Buettner believes it does.
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou
Bad Blood is a full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of Theranos, the multibillion-dollar biotech startup. Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes’s worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn’t work. So what now?
Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman
A shocking discovery on a honeymoon in paradise changes the lives of a picture-perfect couple in this psychological thriller. If you could make one simple choice that would change your life forever, would you?
Erin, a documentary filmmaker and Mark, a handsome investment banker are passionately in love and are embarking on a dream honeymoon to Bora Bora island where they can enjoy each other. Except, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water…
The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers in Healthy Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain by Dr. Steven R Gundry M.D.
Most of us have heard of gluten—a protein found in wheat that causes widespread inflammation, bloating in the body. And because of it people spend billions of dollars on gluten-free diets in an effort to protect their health. But what if we’ve been missing the root of the problem? In The Plant Paradox, cardiologist Dr. Steven Gundry reveals that gluten is just one variety of a common, and highly toxic, plant-based protein called lectin and give us an extensive look on how to avoid it and a step by step plan to a better health diet.
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season. This novel is an insider’s look at the Asian JetSet, gloriously, crazily rich lifestyle.
13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Clay Jensen returns home from school to find an anonymous package lying on his porch. When he opens it, he discovers 13 cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. In the cassettes, Hannah’s explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them, but not the only one. If he listens, he’ll find out why.
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
The #1 New York Times Bestselling author of Gone Girl does it again with debuting Sharp Objects. Just coming out from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her hometown to report on a series of brutal murders. But for Camille to get the story, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past.
Adrift: 76 Days Lost At Sea by Steven Callahan
Adrift is a must-have for those who love an adventurous story! This is a 1986 memoir by Steven Callahan and his dramatic tale of survival at the Atlantic Ocean all by himself for 76 days.
Whisper Me This by Kerry Anne King
Single mother Maisey Addington has always fallen short of her own mother’s expectations: never getting married and wasting her intelligence on dead-end jobs. Despite that, Maisey’s sure about one thing: her relationship with her twelve-year-old daughter Elle. Not until a phone call blows apart the balance of their lives. Maisey’s mother is in a coma, and her father faces charges of abuse and neglect.
The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand
It’s Nantucket wedding season and the Otis & Winbury wedding promises to be an event to remember: the groom’s wealthy parents have planned a lavish ceremony at their oceanfront estate. But, the ceremony is going to be memorable for all the wrong reasons after a tragedy happens: a body is discovered in Nantucket Harbor just hours before the ceremony-and everyone in the wedding party is suddenly a suspect. What do you do then?
After by Anna Todd
After is a fan fiction novel by Anna Todd, a New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author, that is one of the best books to read on the beach on a lovely day. The plot of the book revolves around Tessa Young, a bright and straightforward 18-year-old college student with a charming boyfriend back home. Her world is seriously rocked when she meets Harry, a British boy with one too many tattoos and piercings.
A Nantucket Wedding by Nancy Thayer
Nancy Thayer’s romance novel, A Nantucket Wedding, is a heart-warming story about friendship, family, and uncertainty of love. Immerse yourself in the story of a family who come together for a wedding. While they each faced their own set of problems, they find a way to unite as one family. A Nantucket Wedding is a must read if you are searching for books for summer reading.
The Au Pair by Emma Rous
If you are compiling a list of books for summer reading, then The Au Pair by Emma Rous is a must add. The Au Pair is a highly addictive, suspense-filled psychological novel featuring a rich heritage, terrible family secrets, a young woman who witnesses it all, and her suspicion that she might not be physically related to her own family.
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
On the Come Up is a young adult African American fiction by Angie Thomas, the bestselling author of The Hate U Give. The novel focuses on Bri, a sixteen-year-old girl and daughter of an underground rap legend who died right before he became famous, who wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. On the Come Up is one of the best books for summer reading that teaches the importance of fighting for your dreams even though there are a lot of obstacles.
The Husband Hour by Jamie Brenner
The Husband Hour is one of the best books to read on the beach as it is set in a charming beach town. It revolves around a widow, whose solitary life is interrupted by the arrival of a visitor she was not expecting. She is forced to face the dark secrets about her family, her dead husband, and the past she tried to forget.
The Cast by Danielle Steel
Danielle Steel, the queen of intriguing novels, has done it again! And if you are looking for books for summer reading, then The Cast in one book you cannot afford to miss out on. The novel that celebrates women’s strength focuses on Kait Whittier, a magazine column writer with a great following, who after 2 failed marriages and grown children, prefers her solitary life. All that changes drastically after meeting Zack Winter, a television producer.
Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts
Shelter in Place is a #1 New York Times bestseller by Nora Roberts. The story revolves around survivors of a mass shooting that happened in Maine and how they are targeted by the perpetrator three years later, after piecing their lives back together. Shelter in Place is a powerful blend of heroism, matters of the heart and psychological suspense and a must add to any books for summer reading list.
The Lost Man by Jane Harper
The Lost Man by Jane Harper, an Australian author, is a descriptive-styled novel about the Bright brothers who live in the Australian outback. They are thrown into grief and confusion as their middle brother dies and come together to figure out the cause of his death. This New York Times bestseller novel can be considered one of the best books to read on the beach or anywhere.
Bring Me Back by B. A. Paris
Bring Me Back by is a new nail-biting psychological thriller by B. A. Paris that throws you into a twisted world of a murder, a stolen identity, dark secrets and a lot of mystery. Any lists of the best books for summer reading is never complete without a cocktail of love, jealousy and betrayal that Bring Me Back offers and be sure that you won’t be able to drop the book until you get to the last page.
The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory
Jasmine Guillory’s The Proposal is a witty romantic novel about Nikole Paterson, a freelance writer, who turns down her actor boyfriend’s proposal in front of thousands of people at a Dodgers game. She has only known him for 5 months, he had a man bun and didn’t know how to spell your name. The book also features an excellent diverse cast that includes Nikole Paterson, the black main character, a Latino love interest, a chubby Korean and a black lesbian side character and should be included when you buy books for summer reading.