Do you want to look great on the beach this summer? Here are the top 10 books to bring with you when you head out to get some rays and work on your tan. Yes, books. Books at the beach are easier than your phone, are a unique conversation starter, and help you make a distinct impression on whomever you might meet. You can also select a book that you and your friends read together. Even if you don’t frequent the beach together, you can enjoy sharing your thoughts and reactions if you all are reading the same book.
So, what books should you bring? What messages do they send about you? Why is it good for you? These 10 suggestions are just a quick cheat sheet for getting the right fit. Obviously, any book is better than none, but the best book is the one you are genuinely interested in.
#10 – One of us is Lying by Karen McManus
A thrilling psychological suspense with drama and deceit. This wild ride will keep you on the edge of your beach towel, turning the pages to find out what’s next. The sequel is out, too.
What it says about you: Exciting, Mature, Edgy, Connected.
#9 – A Map of Days / The Conference of the Birds by Ransom Riggs
Set in the Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children Universe, this supernatural series is set in the U.S.A. A fun adventure with quirky characters, it is much darker and more serious than your typical ‘magical protagonist’ Young Adult book. Does not require reading the other books in the series.
What it says about you: Fun Loving, Unique, Self-Aware
#8 – Dancing at the Pity Party by Tyler Feder
This graphic novel is emotional and tells a story that we can all relate to. The real life gravity of the story can teach us a lot about how to handle problems in our own lives.
What it says about you: Emotionally Intelligent, Self-Aware, Mature
#7 – Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
This intergalactic sci-fi adventure focuses on a squad that needs to save the universe. The characters are rich, and it’s a great blend of action and humor.
What it says about you: Exciting, Fun Loving, Techie, Funny
#6 – The Damned by Renee Ahdieh
I don’t need to explain to you why vampires and murder are perfect for summer reading, do I? The sequel to this drops this month, too.
What it says about you: Edgy, Connected, Exciting.
#5 – Influence by Sara Shepard and Lilia Buckingham
The author of Pretty Little Liars and a major influencer team up here for an adventure about deception and secrets in the world of social media stardom.
What it says about you: Mature, Edgy, Connected
#4 – This Train is Being Held by Ismee Williams
A chance meeting on the subway becomes a romance that you will root for. The story also deals with the difficulties teens face related to race, mental health, and self-expression.
What it says about you: Romantic, Self-Aware, Emotionally Intelligent
#3 – Literally any Classic by various authors
I am not cheating here. There are tons of great classics that are usually easier to find around the house or cheap / free from the library. These will give you something to talk about with peers and adults alike. It’s all about customization for this: bring Frankenstein if you want a thriller, bring Northanger Abbey if you want a romance.
What it says about you: Mature, Emotionally Intelligent, Self-Aware
#2 – Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
This book is actually one of the oldest on the list (2018), but it has a great deal of humor, romance, and focuses on the lives of con-going teenagers discovering themselves and their sexualities. Be careful, you might finish this in one day.
What it says about you: Unique, Self-Aware, Edgy, Fun Loving
#1 – We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Smart and edgy, this thriller also deals with a family that appears to have it all… until a well-kept secret turns everything upside down. This is the epitome of summer reading: a page turner that you’ll want to share with everyone.
What it says about you: Connected, Exciting, Self-Aware.
What are some books you recommend? Comment below and share your favorites!