Valley’s Top Five Summer Beach Reads

Since summer is in full swing and beach days are upon us, Valley has some recommendations for beach reads that are absolute musts. Whether you’re in the mood for a romance novel, life story or inspirational message, Valley has got you covered.

“The Apartment” by Danielle Steel

Danielle Steel’s novel follows the lives of four different women who live, like the title indicates, in the same apartment. It addresses all aspects of their lives, including personal, professional and last but not least, romantic. Each character is vastly different in personality, but the strong bond that they have is evident in the way they choose to be there for each other through different conflicts and their constantly evolving lives.

“Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell

Want to make your beach time more productive? Malcolm Gladwell’s classic (that every person who desires to be successful should read) is informational, yet compelling at the same time. Plus, it will make any college kid seem like they have their life together.

“Wonder” by R.J. Palacio

Looking for something uplifting or moving? Look no further than the R.J. Palacio’s heartwarming story about the resilient August Pullman, a 10-year-old with chromosomal abnormalities that caused facial distortions. Although the book was initially written for kids, it is a story of accepting differences that is highly recommended by many. (Coming soon in movie theaters, too!)

“Sleepless in Manhattan” by Sarah Morgan

For those of you who love New York and romance, this is the book for you. Sarah Morgan’s first installment to the series is a story about the protagonist, a young woman named Paige, finding love and following her professional dreams of opening a company in the Big Apple. Of course, things don’t go as she originally planned, but that does not mean they turn out any less wonderful.

“The Interestings” by Meg Wolitzer

For those who want a thought-provoking read, Meg Wolitzer makes her characters, at their simplest, well, interesting. In reality, the characters that grace its pages are complex and absolutely thrilling. Following a group of adults that met as kids at a summer camp for gifted children, the ordinary life events that happen to the characters are relatable. However, it is the layers of each character that are revealed in every chapter that are simply unpredictable. Every time you think you know something, think again.

What’s your favorite beach read? Tag us on Twitter @ValleyMag and let us know!