Top 5 Beach Reads This Summer

Are you planning on having a summer getaway this summer? Planting yourself on the beach, becoming beautifully bronzed and leaving behind all your worries? Well, I don’t know about you, but when I’m on a beach getaway in another state, in another country… I need some worthy reading materials. Below are Top 5 Beach Reads I highly recommend… they cover the gammet from murder/mystery to inspiring self-love. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! Happy Reading!

1) “Sharp Objects” by Gillian Flynn

This book has been out for awhile and has been constantly raved about. An HBO series has even been created on it. If you read Gone Girl, you will love Sharp Objects. Small time Chicago journalist, Camille Preaker, has to head back to her small town Wind Gap in Missouri, after 8 years, to cover the murders of two young girls. Heading back to Wind Gap is the last thing that Preaker wants to do, but feels she must so as prove that she is a worthy enough reporter to her Editor at the Chicago Daily Post. Heading back brings back sour memories of her childhood; it’s been years since she has really communicated with her hypochondriac mother or to the half sister she barely knows. Haunted by her own demons, Camille has to unravel the psychological puzzle of her past to get her feature.

Gillian Flynn keeps you on your toes throughout the entire novel. You will fly through this book without a doubt, completely consumed by every page.

2) “Girl, Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis

Not going to lie, I am a fan of the inspirational reads… but truth is, sometimes these types of books can lose their “oomf” after awhile. Rachel Hollis keeps you hooked throughout the entire book. Rachel is the founder of the lifestyle website: TheChicSit3e.com and CEO of her own media company in Los Angeles. She truly highlights that NO ONE, no matter how they portray themselves, has life figured out. Behind the smiles of all kinds of women are insecurities. Rachel truly captures problems that we have all faced, or will probably one day face some time in our lives, and reminds you that you are NOT alone. No one has their life figured out. If you really want a boost on how to tackle life’s problems free of self-judgement, this is the book for you. She really exposes her own vulnerable moments. I especially liked her chapter: The Lie: I’ll Start Tomorrow. The biggest issue I believe everyone faces is procrastination. Putting something off to tomorrow when you could start today. Pick up her book today. You won’t be able to put it down until you’re done.

3) “The Hate U Give,” by Angie Thomas

If you are a political junkie and follow the news incessantly like I do, then I am sure you are up to date on the injustices that people of color face on a daily basis from law enforcement. Racial bias/profiling is rampant around the world. In the United States, police stops are still marred by racial discrimination. From Eric Garner, to Michael Brown to Stephon Clark… Angie Thomas captures this injustice in her book, turned cinematic feature, The Hate U Give.

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter is a young girl caught between two worlds: the poor neighborhood that she lives in, and the suburban prep school she attends. The already imbalanced world she lives in is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer after a police stop. Khalil was unarmed. The shooting turned into a national headline after his death. Some of the media portrays him as thug, a drug dealer… a gangbanger. Protesters take to the streets to bring awareness to the injustice against Khalil, and to people of color in general. The police try to intimidate her… the local drug lords try to intimidate her… Everyone wants to know what happened that night… and Starr is the only witness.

The Hate U Give is not only an amazing read, but it really sheds light on a political issue plaguing our country today.

4) “Power,” by Naomi Alderman

Across the globe, women experience all kinds of domestic violence and oppression and they can’t physically defend themselves. What if that wasn’t the case? What if women had a physical strength, stronger than anything man has ever seen? What if women all over the world were suddenly experiencing this strength… and using it to gain power? Naomi Alderman’s novel, “Power” explores this possibility. How would the world change? What happens when the power shifts genders, and the world is run by women?

Naomi’s novel truly shows how this physical strength can make a difference. She dives into her characters, explores their roles and creates a world that we could only see in our imaginations. You won’t be able to put this book down, so pick it up now.

5) The Book of Awesome Women,” by Becca Anderson

Looking for some inspiration? Work in a male-dominated industry and need some awesome women to idolize over? Look no further than Becca Anderson’s “TheBook of Awesome Women.” Women have been forgotten in mainstream history books time and time again. How can young women aspire to be the sheroes of their generation when society leads us to believe that female stories and triumphs are few and far between. Anderson changes that.

Women’s stories have gone unacknowledged time and time again… the time to change that is now. With over 200 portraits of powerful and inspiring female role models, “The Book of Awesome Women” is changing the perspective of women’s contributions to the world. Read about women like Dian Fossey, Indira Ghandi, Eleanor Roosevelt, Anita Hill, Coretta Scott King and more. Talk to you sisters, mothers, daughters and cousins about the foremothers who blazed trails and broke barriers across all fields from sports, science, cyberspace, city hall, and the silver screen. Discover the successes of these women, and fuel the desire in women to write history with a female presence. Be inspired.