By John Gower
Are you hitting up the beach this summer? A relaxing beach is the perfect place is crack open a new book from your summer reading list. No matter how old you are, you can start a new book the next time that you take a trip to beach. However, there are plenty of great books to choose from that recently came out for your summer reading and it can be a little difficult to choose just one to start. Here are a few suggestions for the best 2013 summer beach reads so you can pick up a copy of one and head on over to the beach right away!
1) A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams
- Williams’s bestselling novel, A Hundred Summers, is topping summer reading lists of romance-lovers everywhere because of its engrossing plot and masterfully designed character interaction. If you love a heart-warming tale of love, do not let this book go!
- Set in the 1930s, the book centers around a socialite who, after having her heart broken, runs into her ex-best friend and ex-fiancé, who are now married to each other. The town begins gossiping about the three, who are all going through very difficult emotional times as they try to sort out their feelings for one another in an enthralling storyline.
2) Joyland by Stephen King
- One of the most iconic names in contemporary American literature, Stephen King has already left a permanent legacy in the world of writing. His latest book, Joyland, published on June 1st, makes for the perfect summer beach read if you love “whodunit” novels or Stephen King.
- The plot follows a college student who works at an amusement park in North Carolina, set during 1973. While he is working, he learns about a past murder and the legacy of a dying child and the novel begins to change into a more eerie ghost story. However, King created a holistic work and incorporated themes of love and coming-of-age into the gripping plot.
3) A Song of Ice and Fire Series: Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
- Game of Thrones is one of the most popular television dramas today, and it was originally based off of George R. R. Martin’s series, A Song of Ice and Fire. The book is a must-read for any fans of the television show—men, women, and teenagers alike can all enjoy the books. Plus, with five installments in the series so far and the sixth currently being written, A Song of Ice and Fire will keep you occupied for quite some time.
4) The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling)
- The Cuckoo’s Calling has been out since April 30th, but until just a few days ago, it was believed to be the debut novel of a military veteran and a current civilian security worker. After some of the more experienced readers began noticing the vaguely familiar style and voice of Galbraith, the actual author decided it was time to get rid of her pseudonym and reveal her identity: it was none other than J. K. Rowling, author of the famed Harry Potter series.
- The book itself is a classic crime novel about a regular, middle-class detective whose life seems to be falling apart when he is offered to investigate the suicide of a famous supermodel. Suddenly, he is thrown into the world of the media and is surrounded by its defining characteristics: pleasure, illusion, seduction, affluence, and desperation. He must use his own strengths to combat the industry accordingly and solve the case.
5) Mickey and Willie: Mantle and Mays, the Parallel Lives of Baseball’s Golden Age by Allen Barra
- Written by Allen Barra, who is a widely recognized sports writer, Mickey and Willie is a great read for anyone interested in baseball. The book explores the connections between Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays, two baseball legends who were separated by time. However, the similarities between the lives of the two were uncanny. Additionally, although their fans did not know it, the two were very good friends due to their common experiences. Barra’s writing delves into the mysteries of the history between Mantle and Mays.
Enjoy one of these sunny summer days with any of these listed books instead of the usual beach day or bonfire. If none of the latest books for summer 2013 stand out to you, there is always the option of going classic. You can never read too many classic novels on the beach — they have a certain spark and elegance that only the past authors and language can produce. For a romance and a work of social commentary that will cure hours of your boredom, read Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. For a more thrilling experience, try Dracula by Bram Stoker or Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.
John Gower is an analyst for NerdWallet, a personal finance website dedicated to helping you save money with tips on everything from the summer reading to a good discount code.