Summer Reading: The New York Times’ Best Sellers You’ll Want to Take to the Beach

Well, it’s official; summer is here. Now that the last of the schools have let out for the summer, it’s time to hit the beach and catch some waves. Between sipping on a cold drink and playing in the sun, you might want to pick up a book. The beach read is a time-honored tradition, and there are a few bestsellers that fit the profile of the perfect paperback to throw in your summer tote. So, what should you be reading this summer?

The Hidden Power of F*cking Up – The Try Guys

If you are familiar with the wildly popular YouTube series, The Try Guys, this is one book you’ll want to take with you to the beach this summer. Part advice book, part memoir, the foursome that became wildly popular on the internet attempts to teach readers how to throw caution to the wind, and learn that sometimes mistakes bring you to pretty amazing places.

Ned Fulmer, Eugene Lee Yang, Keith Habersberger and Zach Kornfeld have a lot of advice to dull out, and surprisingly it’s not all about becoming a viral video star. In fact, most of the book is about trying out as much as you can, because one activity could take you to completely unexpected places. Some juicy tidbits about their videos and how they came to be “the try guys” is also included.

City of Girls – Elizabeth Gilbert

The author of Eat, Pray, Love is back with another gripping tale. This time, though, it isn’t a memoir. The novel follows the life of Vivian, a college drop-out who finds herself living in New York with an aunt. Partly about Vivian’s coming of age, and partly about the long-lost era of the theatre, City of Girls is both funny and complex, mysterious and easily digestible.

Gilbert’s writing style persists through City of Girls, so if you fell in love with Eat, Pray, Love, this is probably one you want to have in your beach bag. Whether you are planning for a beach trip to the Jersey Shore, or you’ll be sitting on the Gulf Coast, you’ll be transported to New York in the 1940s.

Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens

Okay, so this book has already spent 41 weeks on the New York Times’ Best Seller’s List. That doesn’t mean you’ve gotten around to reading it yet. The breakout novel focuses on an urban legend from a quiet coastal town in North Carolina. The town’s residents know all about the “Marsh Girl.”  She’s a legend, a seemingly innocent urban myth – that is until Chase Andrews turns up dead.

The “Marsh Girl” Kya is beautiful in a natural way, and the entire book attempts to depict how nature and society collide, sometimes in difficult and strange ways. If you ever read Island of the Blue Dolphin as a kid, this has a similar vibe, but with far more adult themes.