Best beach reads of 2018

Best beach reads of 2018

What’s better than taking a brand new book to the beach on a sizzling summer day? We can’t think of anything! So we’ve rounded up some of the year’s most anticipated new releases that we know you’ll love.

Simply lay out that beach towel, throw on the sunnies – and dive in to these page-turners!

The High Season by Judy Blundell

For fans of Meg Wolitzer, this is the book you’ll want to throw in your beach bag this year. Ruthie is packing up her home as the summer renters close in on their move-in date, wishing they could stay in the house longer. As the pristine widow Adeline moves in with her stepson, she’ll find her way into Ruthie’s life in a way the homeowner hadn’t expected. As new tumultuous guests begin to arrive in Ruthie’s familiar town, she’ll find that her life slowly begins to unravel in this summer to remember.

Sex and the City and Us by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

If you want more of your favorite fabulous New York besties, Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda, this entertaining read will be your new summer book love. Based on a real life columnist Candace Bushnell, HBO created Sex and the City, an iconic show that would define a generation. In this new release, Jennifer Keishin Armstrong takes readers on a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the show and the impact of female friendships on the world.

Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott

If you’re looking for a psychological thriller to keep you on your toes while basking in the sun, Give Me Your Hand will do just that. When Kit and Diane met in high school, they embarked on an unexpected friendship that quickly ended in deceit as secrets arose. Over a decade later, the two will find themselves competing for the same dream job; a competition with dangerous consequences.

The Pisces by Melissa Broder 

After a dramatic breakup with her long-term boyfriend, Lucy moves into her sister’s Venice Beach home for the summer, taking on the task of watching her beloved dog. Attending love therapy group discussions and going on the occasional Tinder date, Lucy can’t seem to shake the feeling that her life is going nowhere fast… until she meets a handsome and mysterious merman who will have her questioning everything in her world. A humorous and unconventional romance, The Pisces will have you wanting a merman too.

When We Found Home by Susan Mallery

Callie Smith has never had a family to call her own so when she discovers a long lost brother and sister, she moves in with them and the three siblings start down a path of new beginnings. As they learn to navigate this new life together, Callie, Malcolm and Keira will find new love, a sense of belonging and an overwhelming sense of support from their newfound relationship. Set on the shores of Lake Washington, When We Found Home will have you fully entranced while you bask in the summer sun.

Florida by Lauren Groff

From The New York Times bestselling author of Fates and Furies comes a new collection of short stories all based in Florida. Stories of the dangerous Florida terrain, the unique communities and the exquisite citizens will entertain. This book spans decades and hits all the emotional elements of a good Lauren Groff publication.

The Summer of New Beginnings by Bette Lee Crosby

Meghan and Tracy may be sisters but they couldn’t be more different from one another. As their lives are moving in unanticipated directions, they return home to deal with the new challenges presented to them. As Tracy takes on single motherhood, Meghan will do everything she can to save her father’s business legacy and avoid finding love at all costs. This women’s fiction novel about sisters and the power of letting love in is the beach read you will breeze through this summer.

Alison Luther

Alison Luther is a freelance editor and writer based in Fredericksburg, TX, where she lives with her husband and two children. Her background is in digital consumer content and marketing strategies, but today she focuses on small business marketing, ghostwriting, and writing about all things books on She Reads. In addition to raising longhorn, chickens, and children, she loves to cook and is a voracious reader.

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