Memorial Day Weekend marks the beginning of summer, and you, most likely, are heading off to celebrate it by laying by the beach. The thing is, it’s not even June yet, it hasn’t been warm that long and the water is still freezing. That means your beach activities are severely limited and laying on the beach with only your thoughts is only fun for so long. So to help you pass the time while you work on your tan, we’ve got the best books to spruce up your beach day.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
It’s coming out as a movie right after this weekend, so you may as well prepare by reading the book in advance. It’s a weepy love story about a disabled man and his caretaker, but don’t worry, your sunglasses will hide those tears.
The Silent Wife by A.S.A Harrison
A marriage falling apart thanks to a bunch of creepy secrets all told in alternating voices? Sure, we’ve been here before, (think Gone Girl, Fates and The Furies) but The Silent Wife proves there’s still suspense left in this familiar format.
My Horizontal Life by Chelsea Handler
Chelsea Handler is controversial, but this tiny book, all detailing regrettable one night stands, is undoubtedly funny. As you lay on the beach hungover, Chelsea will remind you that the night could’ve always gone way, way worse.
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
People reference this book all the damn time so you might as well read it. After all, there’s a reason people love it — Gladwell uses inspiring examples to illuminate the pathway to success. It’ll have you revved up and ready to go for work when you get back from your weekend getaway.
The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews
This book was literally made to be a beach read — it’s all about the secrets of a gossipy beach town that are about to brim over. You’ll be in the perfect mindset as you lay in the sand for this mystery.
I’m Glad About You by Theresa Rebeck
A movie star deals with the pressures of fame while she mourns her breakup with her childhood sweetheart. This love story sees the two lives continue to intersect over the years, as you desperately long to see them reconnect. It will have you rethinking all the mean articles you read in Star! while you go grocery shopping.