I think that heaven for me is going to be a crystal clear beach, a comfortable chair, and an endless supply of coconut mojitos and salt and vinegar chips. But seriously, is there anything better than reading all day by the beach or the pool, and then falling into that deep sleep you can only achieve from hours spent in the sun and water? I think there’s a reason our society has romanticized the notion of summer so much – it has a way of making everyone feel 17, and like there’s a million possibilities before them as soon as they open a bottle of Hawaiin Tropics. I’m a big fan of the summer beach read – classic literature and self-help books have their time and place, but for the love of God, don’t kill my vibe by bringing them to my beach day. I’m sharing my favorites for this summer, so you can stay entertained with what I consider the literary equivalent to In N Out burger (which is a high compliment in my world).

-A Curse So Dark and Lonely

This book was essentially a loose (very loose), modern retelling of Beauty and The Beast. If you’re a fan of shows like “Once Upon a Time’, this will be right up your alley. It has plenty of twists and turns, and the characters are all really likable.

-The Lunar Chronicles

This is one of the best book series I’ve read in a long time. It’s basically a dystopian future, where the Earth and Moon are at war. Oh, and there’s a bunch of dystopian Fairy Tale creatures, like Cinderella, Captain Hook, and Snow White running around. I thought the concept sounded bat-shizz crazy, but it got such good reviews I gave it a try, and I was HOOKED. I flew through these books and couldn’t put them down.

-The Similars

Imagine if Gossip Girl was set at a boarding school, and also involved clones, crazy science, mysterious deaths, and an evil genius bent on revenge. I actually enjoyed this book so much that I read it twice, even though I did throw it across the room when I got to the cliff-hanger ended and found out that there’s a sequel that hasn’t come out yet.

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