best reads for your beach vacation

The current weather in Rochester, NY  is 15 degrees with snow showers anticipated all day. I have felt cold to the bone since December so needless to say I am ready for warmth. Luckily, we’re going on our first cruise vacation ever in just 2 and a half weeks! It’s a 10-day vacation in total with our first few days being spent in Tampa visiting friends and family. Our Norwegian Cruise ship departs from Tampa with stops in Belize, Mexico, Honduras, and Grand Cayman.

It’s funny because I always swore I’d never go on a cruise! I’m pretty claustrophobic and the thought of being on a boat for an extended period of time never appealed to me. We were out with good friends a few months ago though and we all carried the sentiment of being desperate for some time away from work and warmth. Things were kicked into high-gear and not even 24 hours later we had all booked our vacation! When it comes to travel I’ve learned to never say never because some of the best experiences I’ve had have been in places and doing things I never would have guessed I loved so much.

As I’ve been packing and prepping, I wanted to share my list of top beach reads. Hopefully, you all have a nice escape coming up where you can enjoy these perfect books while laying on a lounge chair, sipping a fruity cocktail with the warm sun hanging in the sky above.

These are all books that I’ve read and have loved! I hope you read them and love them as much as I do.

  1. It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover “Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up – she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.”
  2. The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker “One night in an isolated college town in the hills of Southern California, a first-year student stumbles into her dorm room, falls asleep—and doesn’t wake up. Her roommate, Mei, cannot rouse her. Neither can the paramedics, nor the perplexed doctors at the hospital. Those affected by the illness, doctors discover, are displaying unusual levels of brain activity, higher than has ever been recorded before. They are dreaming heightened dreams—but of what?”
  3. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover “When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she doesn’t think it’s love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her. Never ask about the past. Don’t expect a future.”
  4. The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle “When Sabrina arrives at her thirtieth birthday dinner she finds at the table not just her best friend, but also three significant people from her past, and well, Audrey Hepburn. As the appetizers are served, wine poured, and dinner table conversation begins, it becomes clear that there’s a reason these six people have been gathered together.”
  5. I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan “Dr. Georgia Young’s wonderful life–great friends, family, and successful career aren’t enough to keep her from feeling stuck and restless. When she decides to make some major changes in her life, including quitting her job as an optometrist and moving house, she finds herself on a wild journey that may or may not include a second chance at love.”
  6. The Woman In The Window by A.J. Finn “Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare. What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger?”
  7. Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella “After ten years together, Sylvie and Dan have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, and beautiful twin girls and they communicate so seamlessly they finish each other’s sentences. They have a happy marriage and believe they know everything there is to know about each other. Until it’s casually mentioned to them that they could be together for another sixty-eight years . . . and panic sets in. They decide to bring surprises into their marriage to keep it fresh and fun. But in their pursuit of Project Surprise Me there are disastrous and comical results.” 
  8. The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close “When Beth arrives in D.C., she hates everything about it: the confusing traffic circles, the ubiquitous Ann Taylor suits, the humidity that descends each summer. At dinner parties, guests compare their security clearance levels. They leave their BlackBerrys on the table. They speak in acronyms. And once they realize Beth doesn’t work in politics, they smile blandly and turn away. Soon Beth and her husband, Matt, meet a charismatic White House staffer named Jimmy, and his wife, Ashleigh, and the four become inseparable. But as Jimmy’s star rises higher and higher, the couples’ friendship—and Beth’s relationship with Matt—is threatened by jealousy, competition, and rumors.”
  9. One Station Away by Olaf Olafsson “An overlooked pianist who finally receives fraught success after decades of disappointment. An elusive dancer whose untimely death her fiancé is desperate to untangle. A mysterious patient who is comatose after a violent accident. Magnus, a New York neurologist—son to one, lover to another, and doctor to a third—is the thread that binds these women’s stories together as he navigates relationships defined by compromise and misunderstanding, guilt and forgiveness, and, most of all, by an obsessive attempt to communicate—to understand and to be understood, to love and to be loved.”
  10. The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo “Lucy and Gabe meet as seniors at Columbia University on a day that changes both of their lives forever. When they meet again a year later, it seems fated—perhaps they’ll find life’s meaning in each other. But then Gabe becomes a photojournalist assigned to the Middle East and Lucy pursues a career in New York. What follows is a thirteen-year journey of dreams, desires, jealousies, betrayals, and, ultimately, of love. Was it fate that brought them together? Is it choice that has kept them away? Their journey takes Lucy and Gabe continents apart, but never out of each other’s hearts.”

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