One of the many joys of summer is the slow pace of life, and the even slower pace of a relaxing vacation. Packing a page-turning book to read on the beach is a wonderful way to stay entertained while enjoying the slow life. Here are this summer's best beach reads.
'My Lovely Wife' (Samantha Downing)
When we hear about keeping a relationship alive, we often think of ways to keep the relationship interesting physically, but "My Lovely Wife" introduces a different approach. The husband and wife in this thriller choose to pull themselves out of their boring marriage by committing murder together. A love-fueled killing spree might be the adrenaline rush this couple needs.
'The Travelers' (Regina Porter)
In her debut novel, Regina Porter weaves together the lives of two families of different races. "The Travelers" explores our humanity, personalities and how we change with time. The characters also show how we are changed by those we encounter.
'Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory' (Raphael Bob-Waksberg)
Short story collections are wonderful for travel or vacation because they are easy to pick up and put down as you jump in and out of the water. This collection comes from the creator of the popular Netflix show BoJack Horseman and focuses on modern love and the strange ride it can take people on. With many of the stories set against unusual backdrops and infused with dark humor, it is sure to keep readers entertained.
'When We Left Cuba' (Chanel Cleeton)
An anticipated follow-up to her best-selling "Next Year in Havana," Chanel Cleeton spins a stunning (and seductive) tale of a woman who is forced to flee Cuba with her family after Castro comes into power in "When We Left Cuba." Eventually the woman finds herself in the midst of an affair and a government-organized plot to seize Cuba again. Cleeton's style makes this a beautiful, digestible read that's perfect for the beach.
'Park Avenue Summer' (Renée Rosen)
Those who love television show The Bold Type for its inside peek at getting ahead in the magazine industry will love this read. Park Avenue Summer recounts the history of Cosmopolitan magazine and the feminist movement of New York City during the 1960s. The plot follows a girl who moves to the city with a dream of becoming a photographer before she enters the ranks of Cosmopolitan where she climbs the corporate ladder. Seamlessly combining fiction and history to spin an enthralling tale like a docudrama, this is a book to carry with you throughout the summer from vacation to the work commute.