In this first week of August, you can glimpse the shadow of fall lurking in the distance—back to school, back to sweaters, back to regular office hours. But for now, it’s still all about 90-degree days, iced coffees, and trips to the beach—complete with lighthearted, fun beach reading. Check out these suggestions for your end-of-summer seashore sojourns.
On your kindle
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, by Ann Brashares
While its title pretty much screams “chick flick,” and boys seem particularly hard-pressed to understand it (“it’s a book about a magic pair of pants?”), the opening novel of Ann Brashares’ trilogy is a fast-paced, well-crafted story about growing up—sometimes against your will—and sticking with the people who grow up alongside (and not always along with) you.
The four rotating narrators in Brashares’ uniquely motifed novel (seriously, it’s about a seemingly magical pair of pants) are charming and funny in their own ways, and the author does a wonderful job creating individual characters and voices. Four teenaged girls—Carmen, Lena, Bridget, and Tibby—share letters, stories, and a pair of jeans that perfectly fits four different body types as they spend their first summer apart. The ensuing pages will likely remind you of your own childhood, filled with friends, family, and first heartbreaks.
On your smartphone
Beach Reads for Smart People, by Hannah Miet
If you’re tired of skimming “beach read” selections that refer you to tried-and-true novels about brides and babies, friends and fallouts, or perhaps a mysterious man named Christian Grey, then look no further than this Atlantic Wire roundup of “beach reads for smart people.” A collection of readers and writers—from New Yorker staff writers to novelists and bloggers—recommend several slightly obscure titles to tote along to your beachy destination. Check out the list and select a few for your next beach trip.
On a podcast
A 150+ Song Summer Playlist, by Stephanie Georgopulos
Summer is a time for rolled-down windows, radio blasting, and sticky walks to work and play, fueled by summer music streaming through your headphones. If you’re anxious to hang onto the last few weeks of summer, download this 150+ song playlist on Spotify. The accompanying article offers hilariously-penned suggestions for songs to listen to at certain occasions (for example: When you’re just like, “It’s 98 degrees outside but I’m a bad bitch, so whatever”: “Trick Me” by Kelis).
Angels and Demons, by Dan Brown
If you’re the beach-reader who enjoys a thriller so captivating you’ll rarely find yourself looking up at the sand or the sea, then check out Dan Brown’s slightly lesser-known prequel to The DavVinci Code. This book, too, trails symbologist Robert Langdon as he attempts to circumvent the Illuminati, a secret sect of the Catholic Church, who have revealed plans to destroy Vatican City. The book provides glimpses of art and religious history, as well as its fair share of theology and murder mystery. Pick it up before a long beach day, because you won’t be able to put it down.
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Molly is The Daily Muse’s resident bookworm. She currently works in communications and is begrudgingly learning to be a grownup. She likes coffee shops and (the bakery aisle of) grocery stores, reading about other places but not necessarily traveling to them, keeping things clean, and stalking the Harvard Opportunes, her beloved college a cappella group.More from this Author