This summer’s best beach books
By Aimee Heckel
There’s something about the purr of the ocean and the calling of seagulls that forms the perfect backdrop for a great book. Even though you’re already far away from the daily stresses, it feels amazing to escape even further.
Looking for some literary inspiration? Here are our favorite beach books for your summer vacation this year.
If you want to:
Escape with erotica, read “The Siren,” by Tiffany Reisz.
Even if you think you don’t like erotica, just read the first few pages of this one. It’s far from the typical cheesy, poorly written romance novel, and it’s much higher quality than “50 Shades of Cliches.” It will instantly sweep you away and entertain every page, as you follow the story of a famous erotica writer and her interesting relationship with her controlling, yet arousing, book editor. What good is vacation, if not for a few naughty pleasures?
Enjoy a brand new indulgence, pick up Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Cunningham’s newest novel, “The Snow Queen.”
Although we haven’t read it — it’s set for release in May — Cunningham’s books (such as “The Hours”) have a solid following; if you’ve read one, you will want to read them all. This dark book follows two brothers, one who goes through a religious experience and the other, a musician trying to write a love song for his sick wife.
Get inspired by nonfiction, read “Long Walk to Freedom,” by Nelson Mandela.
This fascinating autobiography inspired the movie, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.” Written in secret while imprisoned for 27 years, you will learn a lot about this famous African leader, from his spirit to his experiences to his mind. This book is more than just the story about Mandela’s life; it is about life.
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