Whenever you’re talking about must-have beach things, books are always a great idea. But which ones? DCM’s staffers started discussing their favorites not long ago, and we decided to collaborate and share with our readers. Behold: Our suggestions for excellent beach reads. Enjoy!
Laurie Perrigin’s Must-Read Beach Novel for 2015
I usually waffle whenever anyone asks me to pick just one favorite current read, but this summer, there is no doubt in my mind: I’m recommending “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins. This is a really interesting page-turner of a mystery, filled with complicated characters (and issues). I’ve been telling everyone who’ll listen “You have GOT to read this one!” If you tore through “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn, you’ll love “The Girl on a Train.”
Honorable Mention: I’m currently reading “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah, and so far it is an epic experience. This is *not* a quick beach-y kind of read, but it is a beautiful, sweeping historical novel that’s really, really touching on so many levels. At the halfway point, I feel safe in recommending this one too!
Tori Linville’s Must-Read Beach Novel for 2015
There’s action, there’s humor and there’s Special Agent Kate O’Hare’s perfect foil in conman Nicolas Fox. I’ve always enjoyed Stephanie Evanovich’s quick wit and for the O’Hare and Fox team in “The Heist,” she teams up with “Monk” writer Lee Goldberg. What emerges is a perfect combination of sass and action that keeps the pages turning. It’s a perfect time to start this series and catch up to the fourth installment, “The Scam,” out Sept. 15.
Honorable Mention: “Beachcombing at Miramar: The Quest for an Authentic Life” changes a day at the beach for the better. Richard Bode created this introspective book in 1997 after heading to the beach to reflect on his life. Turning reality on its head, Bode contemplates the true meaning of this life we lead.
Amber’s Must-Read Beach Novel for 2015
This summer’s best pick is “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail” by Cheryl Strayed. This is a beautiful story of human triumph. The author decides to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, which runs from Mexico to Canada, to regain perspective on life, and while doing so, she tells her story honestly and vividly.
At times you will cry for her experiences, and at other times, you find yourself shouting, “Keep going. You can do this!” You want her to succeed with every page that is turned. This book will impact your summer.