Reading Guides: Beach Reads

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Beach Reads

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A Little Chick Lit/Romance/Family Plots/YA Literature

I Like My Life / Abby Fabiaschi --- PS3606.A2438 I4 2017
Maddy is a devoted stay-at-home wife and mother, host of excellent parties, giver of thoughtful gifts, and bestower of a searingly perceptive piece of advice or two. She is the cornerstone of her family, a true matriarch . . . until she commits suicide, leaving her husband Brady and teenage daughter Eve heartbroken and reeling, wondering what happened.
Little Deaths: A Novel / Emma Flint --- PR6106.L55 L58 2017
It's 1965 in a tight-knit working-class neighborhood in Queens, New York, and Ruth Malone--a single mother who works long hours as a cocktail waitress--wakes to discover her two small children, Frankie Jr. and Cindy, have gone missing.
Swimming Lessons / Claire Fuller --- PR6106.U45 S95 2017
Ingrid Coleman writes letters to her husband, Gil, about the truth of their marriage, but instead of giving them to him, she hides them in the thousands of books he has collected over the years. Then she disappears from a Dorset beach, leaving behind her husband, and her two daughters, Flora and Nan.
Alice & Oliver: A Novel / Charles Bock --- PS3602.O3255 A79 2016
Alice Culvert is a force: passionate, independent, smart, and gorgeous, she—to her delight—attracts attention wherever she goes, even amid the buzz of mid-90s New York. In knee-high boots, with her newborn daughter, Doe, strapped to her chest, Alice is one of those people who just seem so vividly alive, which makes her cancer diagnosis feel almost incongruous. How could such a being not go on? But all at once, Alice's existence, and that of her husband Oliver, is reduced to a single purpose: survival.
The Decent Proposal: A Novel / Kamper Donovan --- PS3604.O56685 D43 2016
[T]wo people are brought together by a very decent proposal cooked up by a very secretive benefactor in  which the strangers go on one year of dates, one date a week, for half a million dollars each if they can stand each other for the whole time.
Beautiful / Christina Lauren --- PS3612.A9442273 B42 2016
After walking in on her boyfriend shagging another girl in their place, Pippa Bay Cox ditches London for the States to go on a drunken road trip with Ruby Miller and some of her Beautiful friends.
Autofocus / Lauren Gibaldi --- PZ7.1.G498 Au 2016
Maude's birth mother died after giving her up for adoption. When her friend Treena goes to college in the same town where the birth mother grew up, Maude decides to visit and explore her past as part of a senior photography project. Bennett, who lives in the same dorm, understands Maude's need to find her mother. As information surfaces, Maude starts to realize that her mother’s past doesn't have to define her own future.
Best of My Love / Susan Mallery --- PS3613.A453 B475 2016
To overcome her painful past, baker Shelby Gilmore goes on the hunt for a friend—a male friend to convince her stubborn psyche that men can be trusted. But where in a town as small as Fool's Gold will the petite blonde find a guy willing to not date her?
Modern Lovers / Emma Straub --- PS3619.T74259 M63 2016
Friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring.
Firsts: A Novel / Laurie Elizabeth Flynn --- PZ7.1.F598 Fi 2016
When word gets out that seventeen-year-old Mercedes has been sleeping with virgins so they can give their girlfriends the perfect first time she never had, she must salvage her reputation and determine where her heart belongs.
If You Only Knew / Kristan Higgins --- PS3608.I3657 I46 2015    
Letting go of her ex-husband is harder than wedding-dress designer Jenny Tate expected...especially since his new wife wants to be Jenny's new best friend....Jenny trades the Manhattan skyline for her hometown up the Hudson.
If I Was Your Girl / Meredith Russo --- PZ7.1.R874 If 2016
Amanda Hardy only wants to fit in at her new school, but she is keeping a big secret, so when she falls for Grant, guarded Amanda finds herself yearning to share with him everything about herself, including her previous life as Andrew.
The Gilded Years: A Novel / Karin Tanabe --- PS3620.A6837 G55 2016
Since childhood, Anita Hemmings has longed to attend the country's most exclusive school for women, Vassar College. Now, a bright, beautiful senior in the class of 1897, she is hiding a secret that would have banned her from admission: Anita is the only African-American student ever to attend Vassar. With her olive complexion and dark hair, this daughter of a janitor and descendant of slaves has successfully passed as white, but now finds herself rooming with Louise "Lottie" Taylor, the scion of one of New York's most prominent families. Pulled into her elite world, Anita learns what it's like to be treated as a wealthy, educated white woman--the person everyone believes her to be--and even finds herself in a heady romance with a moneyed Harvard student.
The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko / Scott Stambach --- PS3619.T354 I58 2016
Seventeen-year-old Ivan Isaenko is a life-long resident of the Mazyr Hospital for Gravely Ill Children in Belarus. Born severely deformed, yet mentally keen with a frighteningly sharp wit, strong intellect, and a voracious appetite for books, Ivan is forced to interact with the world through the vivid prism of his mind. For the most part, every day is exactly the same for Ivan. That is until the seventeen-year-old Polina arrives at the hospital. At first, Ivan resents Polina. She steals his books. She challenges his routine.
Monsters: A Love Story / Liz Kay --- PS3611.A9 M66 2016
A cracklingly funny and poignant debut novel about the ways we love, even when we're not at our best
The Nerdy and the Dirty / B. T. Gottfred --- PZ7.1.G68 Ne 2016
en Lupo is sick and tired of hiding who she is. On the outside, Pen is popular, quiet, and deferential to her boyfriend. On the inside, however, Pen is honest, opinionated--and not quite sure that she's like other girls. Do they have urges like she does? His classmates may consider him a nerd, but Benedict Pendleton knows he's destined for great things. All he has to do is find a worthy girlfriend, and his social station will be secured. Sure, Benedict is different--but that's what he likes about himself. When fate intervenes, both Pen and Benedict end up at the same vacation resort for winter break.
Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper: A Novel / Hilary Liftin  ---  PS3612.I3385 M68 2015 
When her marriage to a Hollywood mega-star is over, actress Lizzie Pepper, America's Girl Next Door, decides to tell her side of the story and, in doing so, realizes that her romance wasn't what she and everyone else thought.
Put a Ring on It / Beth Kendrick -- PS3611.E535 P88 2015   
Brighton Smith doesn't do outrageous. As an insurance actuary, it's her job to assess risk and avoid bad investments. But when her fiancé calls to confess he's married someone else on a whim…she snaps. That night, at a local bar, Jake Sorenson--hot, rich, and way out of her league--buys Brighton a cocktail. At midnight, she kisses him. And by dawn, they're exchanging vows….With her heart on the line and the odds stacked against them, Brighton must decide whether to cut her losses or take a leap of faith that this love affair is one in a million.
Housewitch / Katie Schickel --- PS3619.C3545 H68 2015
Allison Darling, former foster child, now a stay-at-home mom of three, desperately wants to fit in with the organic latte drinking, hundred-dollar-yoga-pants-wearing moms who run Monrovia, her charming seaside village. Constantly feeling like an outsider, Allison dreams of more for her children. When the Glamour Girls, a soap-selling company run by the most charismatic and powerful women in town, recruits Allison, she jumps at the invitation. The Glamor Girls have a hand in everything in Monrovia, from bake sales to business deals. This is what Allison's wanted her whole life-- to be liked. To be popular. To belong. After Allison's estranged mother passes away, she learns her family's heartbreaking legacy and the secret Allison's been fighting to suppress all her life emerges: she's a witch.
All the Bright Places / Jennifer Niven --- PZ7.N6434 Al 2015   
Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him. Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death. When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom.  
After You / Jojo Moyes --- PR6113.O94 A68 2015 
How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living? Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can't help but feel she's right back where she started. Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life.
Making Nice / Matt Sumell --- PS3619.U456 M35 2015 
[R]age-filled…Alby is flailing wildly against the world around him…But after the loss of his mother to a long battle with cancer, swirling at the center of Alby's fury is a grief so big, so life-shatteringly profound, it might swallow him whole. As Alby drinks, screws, and jokes his way through his pain—from his childhood home on Long Island to a houseboat in a California and many somewheres in between—his heartache, his anger, his kindness and his capacity for good bubble up when he (and we) least expect it.
Among the Ten Thousand Things: A Novel / Julia Pierpont --- PS3616.I365 A83 2015
Jack Shanley is a well-known New York artist, charming and vain, who doesn't mean to plunge his family into crisis. His wife Deb gladly left behind a difficult career as a dancer to raise the two children she adores. In the ensuing years, she has mostly avoided coming face-to-face with the weaknesses of the man she married. But then an anonymously sent package arrives in the mail: a cardboard box containing sheaves of printed emails chronicling Jack's secret life. The package is addressed to Deb, but it's delivered into the wrong hands: her children's.
I Take You: A Novel / Eliza Kennedy --- PS3611.E558 5I3 2015
Lily's fiancé Will is a brilliant, handsome archaeologist. Lily is sassy, impulsive, fond of a good drink (or five) and has no business getting married. Lily likes Will, but does she love him? Will loves Lily, but does he know her? As the wedding approaches, Lily's nights—and mornings, and afternoons—of booze, laughter, and questionable decisions become a growing reminder that the happiest day of her life might turn out to be her worst mistake yet.
Big Stone Gap / Adriana Trigiani --- PS3570.R459 B54 2015
Town pharmacist and local spinster Ave Maria has been keeping the secrets of Big Stone Gap for a long time, but now a skeleton is about to tumble from her own family closet.
The Rosie Project / Graeme C. Simsion --- PR9619.3.S497 R67 2013
Don Tillman, a professor of genetics, sets up a project designed to find him the perfect wife, starting with a questionnaire that has to be adjusted a little as he goes along. Then he meets Rosie, who is everything he's not looking for in a wife, but she ends up his friend as he helps her try and find her biological father.  To continue the story check out The Rosie Effect (PR9619.3.S497 R665 2015).

Or, A Little Mystery, Suspense, Dystopian Literature, Magic /Fantasy or Adventure…

The Clairvoyants: A Novel / Karen Brown --- PS3602.R7213 C53 2017
On the family homestead by the sea where she grew up, Martha Mary saw ghosts. As a young woman, she hopes to distance herself from those spirits by escaping to an inland college town. There, she is absorbed by a budding romance, relieved by separation from an unstable sister, and disinterested in the flyers seeking information about a young woman who's disappeared--until one Indian summer afternoon when the missing woman appears beneath Martha's apartment window, wearing a down coat, her hair coated with ice.
Everything You Want Me To Be / Mindy Mejiia --- PS3613.E4443 E94 2017
Hattie Hoffman has spent her whole life playing many parts: the good student, the good daughter, the good girlfriend. When she's found brutally stabbed to death, the tragedy rips right through the fabric of her small-town community. Full of twists and turns, Everything You Want Me to Be reconstructs a year in the life of a dangerously mesmerizing young woman, during which a small town's darkest secrets come to the forefront, and she inches closer and closer to her death.
All the Birds in the Sky / Charlie Anders --- PS3601.N428 A79 2016
Childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead didn't expect to see each other again, after parting ways under mysterious circumstances during middle school. After all, the development of magical powers and the invention of a two-second time machine could hardly fail to alarm one's peers and families. But now they're both adults, living in the hipster mecca San Francisco, and the planet is falling apart around them.
Pretty Little Things / Lori Rader-Day --- PS3618.A3475 L58 2015    
Juliet Townsend is used to losing. Back in high school, she lost every track team race to her best friend, Madeleine Bell. Ten years later, she's still running behind, stuck in a dead-end job cleaning rooms at the Mid-Night Inn, a one-star motel that attracts only the cheap or the desperate. But what life won't provide, Juliet takes. Then one night, Maddy checks in. Well-dressed, flashing a huge diamond ring, and as beautiful as ever, Maddy has it all. By the next morning, though, Juliet is no longer jealous of Maddy—she's the chief suspect in her murder.
Near Enemy: A Spademan Novel / Adam Sternbergh --- PS3619.T47874 N43 2015   
The popular Shovel Ready (PS3619.T47874 S49 2014) is the first in this series by Sternbergh.  In this second novel New York remains toxic—decimated by a dirty bomb years ago. The limnosphere is a virtual safe haven—if you're rich enough to buy in. Spademan is a hit man; his latest job is to snuff out Lesser, a lowlife lurking around other people's fantasies. As Spademan is about to close the deal, Lesser comes back from the limn with a wild claim: terrorists are planning to attack New York. Again. This time from the inside out.
And Sometimes I Wonder About You: A Leonid McGill Mystery / Walter Mosley --- PS3563.O88456 A82 2015
Investigating the murder of a client he initially refused to help, Leonid navigates difficult personal elements in his own life while uncovering dark secrets about the victim's old-money family and its missing heiress.
Vintage / David Baker --- PR6102.A3375 V56 2015 
Food journalist, wine connoisseur, and onetime bestselling writer Bruno Tannenbaum has long believed that good ingredients, an open heart, a dash of tenacity and a pinch of courage are the elements of a full life. But lately, Bruno's career is floundering, he's separated from his wife and daughters, and is drinking his way through a dwindling bank account. When he stumbles on a clue leading to a "lost" wine vintage, one of the many bottles stolen and smuggled out of France during WWII, now worth a small fortune and sought after by wine collectors throughout the world, Bruno realizes that finding this bottle could be the key to restoring his career, and sets off on a grand adventure.
The Dog Stars / Peter Heller --- PS3608.E454 D64 2012 
Surviving a pandemic disease that has killed everyone he knows, a pilot establishes a shelter in an abandoned airport hangar before hearing a random radio transmission that compels him to risk his life to seek out other survivors.
Skink No Surrender / Carl Hiaasen --- PZ7.H493 Sk 2014
With the help of an eccentric ex-governor, a teenaged boy searches for his missing cousin in the Florida wilds.
Depth / Lev AC Rosen --- PS3618.O83149 D47 2015   
Combines hardboiled mystery and dystopian science fiction in a future where the rising ocean levels have left New York twenty-one stories under water and cut off from the rest of the United States. But the city survives, and Simone Pierce is one of its best private investigators. Her latest case, running surveillance on a potentially unfaithful husband, was supposed to be easy. Then her target is murdered, and the search for his killer points Simone towards a secret from the past that can't possibly be real--but that won't stop the city's most powerful men and women from trying to acquire it for themselves, with Simone caught in the middle.

Last Updated: April 2017

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