Here are 10 amazing books to read! This list is filled with books you can’t put down and you’ll want to share with friends.
Living at the Jersey Shore, we call September and October our local summer. It’s a beautiful little window where the weather is still warm, so you can still enjoy the beach, but the crowds are gone.
It’s the perfect time to grab a book, and your beach chair and head to the ocean to enjoy some much-needed reading. The sand is cooler under your feet, it’s more peaceful, and you can hear the waves crashing on the shoreline.
Sometimes I grab takeout for my family, and we’ll all meet and have dinner. I love it when it’s just chilly enough where you need a sweatshirt. There’s something magical about it.
Although I’ve never done it, I have seen Book Clubs get pizza delivery to the beach. I’m always so envious as they form a circle in the sand and discuss their monthly book selection.
But I’m happy the bustle of summer is gone and everything is a bit more relaxed. Now I look forward to returning to a routine and adding to my TBR list!
“Books to the ceiling, Books to the sky, My pile of books is a mile high. How I love them! How I need them! I’ll have a long beard by the time I read them.”– Arnold Lobel
Below you’ll find some excellent reading suggestions for you and your Book Club. Each book has a reading guide, a review, links to the author and publisher’s website, and more. We hope you’ll spend more time reading a book and less time searching for one.
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Meant To Be
By Emily Giffin
Why I like it: It’s thoroughly entertaining, especially if you liked following John F Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette, on which the book is loosely based. There’s romance, family strife, and drama. Although this is a light read, there are many talking points for Book Clubs.
The Christie Affair
By NINA de GRAMONT
Why I like it: Historial fiction lovers will enjoy reading this spin on what could have happened to Agatha Christie in the twelve days she disappeared back in 1925. I loved reading about the period and the restrictions on women. It’s clever and exciting and has a few twists and turns I didn’t see coming. Book Clubs will love this book!
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Every Summer After
By Carley Fortune
Why I liked it: This coming-of-age story is a romantic and emotional read. It’s the kind of book you can get lost in on a rainy day. The setting is a beautiful summer community in upstate NY.
The Last Thing He Told Me
By Laura Dave
Why I liked it: This book begs the question; how well do you know your husband? It’s a mystery filled with family drama and secrets. Sometimes you’re past catches up with you. This book is fast-paced, easy to read, and perfect for a vacation or sitting on the beach.
Summer of ’69
By Elin Hilderbrand
Why I like it: The setting is Nantucket in the 60s, a tumultuous time in our nation and an interesting one. Historical references to events add an extra sense of time and place and a bit of nostalgia. Family drama and secrets make it the perfect vacation read.
Lessons In Chemistry
By Bonnie Garmus
Why I like it: This book is heartfelt, charming, and funny all at the same time. I enjoyed all the characters, especially Elizabeth’s little dog, six-thirty, who was incredibly intuitive. I was surprised by how much I liked this book. It would make an excellent Book Club Choice. One of my favorites I’ve read this year.
In Five Years
By Rebecca Serle
Why I like it: This book is a quick and emotional read about friendship and love. The characters are well developed, and you can quickly get drawn into this story. It will inspire some self-reflection and make an engaging book for discussion.
A Hundred Summers
By Beatriz William
Why I liked it: Social taboos, class discrimination, love, family, and betrayal are front and center in this story. Add The New England Hurricane of 1938 and you’ve got a lively Book Club meeting.
Florence Adler Swims Forever
By Rachel Beanland
Why I liked it: This story is a beautiful family saga of the Adler family that deals with love, loss, and the cost of keeping secrets. There are a lot of talking points in this book, and it would make an excellent Book Club book!
The House In The Cerulean Sea
By TJ Klune
Why I liked it: I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book as I usually don’t gravitate towards YA. At the heart of this novel is the importance of surrounding yourself with people who feel like family and finding a place where you belong. Don’t miss this one, especially if you have a young reader.
By Emily Henry
Why I liked it: Beach Read by Emily Henry hits all the marks for the perfect book to throw in your beach bag. It’s easy to read, fun, and keeps you turning the pages until the very end.