The Best Beach Reads for a Spring Getaway

POPSUGAR Sex & CultureSource: The Best Beach Reads For a Spring Getaway

Looking for poolside page-turners you can dive into while you're away on a Spring or Summer getaway? With a mix of popular classics, romantic novels, thrillers, and modern fiction, we're highlighting a range of options you can tote along on your next vacation. Before you start packing, take a look at these must-have beach reads!

  • Beautiful Ruins: For a more recent read, check out Beautiful Ruins ($16) by Jess Walter, a sharp, romantic read that tosses between Italy in the 1960s and Hollywood today.
  • Summerland: Toss Summerland ($15) by Elin Hilderbrand into your beach bag for a thoughtful story about how friends, family, and community can come together in the aftermath of a tragedy.
  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette: Sharp and witty, Maria Semple's Where'd You Go, Bernadette ($26) follows a young girl, Bee, as she pieces together emails, documents, and secret correspondence to find her mother, Bernadette.
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day: Witty and charming as usual, humorist David Sedaris offers hilarious tales of learning French, embracing a new culture, and more in Me Talk Pretty One Day ($16).
  • Heart of the Matter: Emily Giffin's Heart of the Matter ($15) captures a complicated dynamic between a surgeon, his wife, and the mother of one of his patients.
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude: It's not always easy to find time to read the classics, so if you have a long stretch of hours over Spring break, consider cracking open One Hundred Years of Solitude ($25) by Gabriel García Márquez, the story of a fascinating family in a mythical Latin America town.
  • My Inappropriate Life: For a fun, cheeky beach read, turn to Heather McDonald's hilarious stories in My Inappropriate Life: Some Material Not Suitable For Small Children, Nuns, or Mature Adults ($25).


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  • Valley of the Dolls: It's sex, drugs, and New York City for the three show-business girls in Jacqueline Susann's Valley of the Dolls ($14) - a cult classic that's ideal for poolside reading.
  • Freedom: In the wake of its 2010 publication, Jonathan Franzen's Freedom ($28) garnered all kinds of positive attention. Although it's a bit dense, the mystery-fused read would make for a smart, insightful poolside pick.
  • Girls in White Dresses: Just in time for wedding season, you can pick up a copy of Girls in White Dresses ($15) by Jennifer Close, a story about three 20-something friends who find themselves going to wedding after wedding, struggling to figure out their own lives.
  • The Notebook: If you're a die-hard fan of the movie - and love a little romance - your beach vacation is the perfect time to read The Notebook ($8) by Nicholas Sparks.
  • The Chaperone: For a fun mix of nostalgia and romance, dive into The Chaperone ($27) by Laura Moriarty, which follows a 1922 It girl and her chaperone, Cora, as they leave Wichita and take on Manhattan.
  • Little Known Facts: For a dose of sharp writing and juicy celebrity culture, dive into Christine Sneed's debut novel, Little Known Facts ($25), told from several points of view. Set around an A-list Hollywood actor and his family, the book looks at the highs and lows of fame and how it affects relationships.
  • Fear of Flying: Erica Jong's Fear of Flying ($16) follows a fearless woman, Isadora Wing, as she struggles to set aside her insecurities and pursue her passions.
  • Skipping a Beat: Sarah Pekkanen's Skipping a Beat ($14) dives into the tangled web of a marriage between two high school sweethearts who aren't on the same page in their relationship.
  • This Is Where I Leave You: One of 2009's must reads, Jonathan Tropper's This Is Where I Leave You ($26) will be getting the movie treatment soon, so now's the time to read the witty, raw novel about a family who comes together in the wake of a father's death.


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  • The First Husband: The First Husband ($26) by Laura Dave tells the story of Annie, a woman who's shattered when her boyfriend decides he needs space - only to find herself married to someone else three months later.
  • Summer Sisters: No one does friendship quite like Judy Blume, and Summer Sisters ($10) is the perfect pick to carry along when you're on vacation with your pals.
  • The Great Gatsby: If you've found yourself swooning over the new movie trailer, reread F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby ($15) for a quick refresher before the film's May release.
  • Love Walked In: Marisa de los Santos's Love Walked In ($15) follows Cornelia, a coffee shop manager, and Clare, a young girl, as their lives weave together.
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: Charming and nostalgic, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society ($15) by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows weaves together letters and story lines from the 1940s to tell the story of a quirky society against the backdrop of a dark war.
  • Gone Girl: If you haven't picked up Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl ($25) yet, Spring break is the perfect time to get lost in the can't-put-it-down thriller about a mysterious marriage.
  • Sloppy Firsts: Can't resist a lovable YA book? If you're looking for an entertaining series, check out Megan McCafferty's Sloppy Firsts ($14), the first in her series about witty heroine Jessica Darling.
  • Attachments: Unique and amusing, Rainbow Rowell's Attachments ($26) follows the back-and-forth emails between two female co-workers who like to dish on their relationships - and the company's Internet security officer who finds himself falling for one of the women based only on her private exchanges.