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The best beach reads of 2015


May 19, 2015

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      One of my favorite things about summer is that, during those glorious months, our schedules often allow us to carve out time for self-care. To me, self-care is driving to the beach, sprawling out on my comfiest towel, and indulging in a good read while I listen to the rhythmic sound of the ocean waves and the salty mist dances through my hair.
     As you make your way to vacation destinations or just escape to the solace of the backyard this summer, you might want to check out some of these new releases for your reading pleasure.

The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins
    Reviewers are likening the psychological thrills and addictive suspense you’ll find in this book to Gone Girl. Rachel, the “girl on the train,” commutes daily and notices the backyard of a happy couple she dubs “Jess” and “Jason.” One day, she sees “Jess” kissing another man. The next day, “Jess” goes missing. The story unfolds as Rachel draws closer into the investigation of the disappearance, promising twists that readers would never expect.

Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee
    Those of us who read To Kill a Mockingbird during grade school are quite familiar with both its characters and moral takeaways. Harper Lee’s most recent release follows up with the characters of TKAM twenty years later, as Scout returns to Maycomb to visit her father while struggling to gain insight on personal and societal issues. You can take part in this historic release soon enough — it hits shelves on July 14!

So You've Been Publicly Shamed, by Jon Ronson
    Bestselling author of The Psychopath Test, Ronson explores the new frontier of public humiliation facilitated by the Internet and the hackers therein. Filled with tales of famous public downfalls via social media and Internet scandal, this book presents an interesting look at a growing, current problem of diminishing privacy, cyberbullying and digital attacks on personal identity.

All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
    Set in Germany and France during WWII, this book examines the lives of Marie Laure, a blind 14-year-old French girl, and Werner, an orphan from Germany with a knack for repairing radios. Readers follow the individual stories of both characters as they navigate war-torn lands in the hope of survival. A #1 New York Times bestseller and winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the tale promises to be intriguing, profound and long-remembered.

Royal Wedding: A Princess Diaries Novel, by Meg Cabot
    Was anyone else enchanted by the transformation of awkward high-schooler Mia Thermopolis into Princess Mia in the early 2000s? I surely was, and I'm thrilled for this follow-up book that checks back in with the Princess as she prepares for -- gasp! -- her wedding day! Will she wed the handsome groom and have a perfect ceremony, or will plans be dashed by political schemes that threaten the monarchy of Genovia? You can find out yourself on June 2!

Saint Mazie, by Jami Attenberg
    Follow the life and times of Mazie Phillips, owner and operator of a famous New York City movie theater, as she navigates the Jazz Age, Prohibition and the Great Depression, documenting her experiences in a diary found over 90 years later. The life and times of Mazie are stitched together in past and present day, as modern-day readers learn about the big-hearted, charitable woman who was devoted to helping the poorest of New York City citizens during the Great Depression. Based on a real woman (and real events!), this read will delight all who open its pages.

The Country of Ice Cream Star, by Sandra Newman
    Are you a fan of The Hunger Games and other dystopian-type plots? If so, you won’t be disappointed. The main character of this story, Ice Cream Star, is living in a world where a mysterious plague called “Posies” kills off everyone before the age of 20. When her brother becomes symptomatic, Ice Cream Star goes on a journey to find a cure only rumored to exist. It’s being touted as a truly captivating and memorable read.


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