Top 5 Beach Reads

Reading at the beach is a great way to spend your summer.


Reading at the beach is a great way to spend your summer.

Arya Banerjee, Photo Journalist


  1. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Read 

“The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” is a captivating summer read that is guaranteed to transport you to the charm and mystique of old Hollywood. Against a backdrop of sun-kissed beaches and star-studded parties, this novel unravels the scandalous life of era-defining actress Evelyn Hugo. “With each turn of the page, you delve deeper into her world, as she opens up about her seven tumultuous marriages and the secrets she’s guarded for decades” shares Madison Emms  (10). It tells a story of love, ambition, and sacrifice, as it provides a window to a different world. As the summer sun shines, allow Evelyn Hugo to take you through her life, and be transported to a time of glamour and intrigue.


  1. The Code Breaker’s Secret by Sarah Ackerman 

“The Code Breaker’s Secret” is a thrilling summer read filled with espionage and hidden messages. Set in the dead of summer, this captivating novel follows the life of Anna, a brilliant cryptanalyst. Anna innocently finds herself entangled in a dangerous web of codes and conspiracies. And as she races against time to decipher a mysterious message, the story takes you on a journey so enthralling you won’t be able to put the book down. With each chapter, the tension builds, and the July heat helps add an extra layer of excitement to this one-of-a-kind adventure. Get ready to immerse yourself in the scorching heat of a summer filled with character arcs, espionage, and conspiracies in “The Code Breaker’s Secret.”


  1. The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo 

“The Alchemist” is a timeless read that embarks on a transformative journey of self-discovery. This classic novel follows the story of Santiago, a young Andalusian shepherd boy, who sets out the world on a quest to fulfill his dreams. Guided by the wisdom of a mysterious alchemist, Santiago meanders through the vast deserts of Egypt in search of a hidden treasure. Along the way, he encounters a diverse cast of characters and learns valuable life lessons about following one’s passions, listening to the heart, and what it means to take a risk. Characterized by rich symbolism and profound insights, “The Alchemist” is a passionate tale that reminds us to never sell ourselves short, and always reach for the stars. 


  1. My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh

My Year of Rest and Relaxation” is a darkly humorous summer read that takes you on a unique journey of escapism. Set in New York City, the novel follows the protagonist, a young woman filled with despair and tragedy because of the death of her father and the absence of her mother, chooses to conduct a  year-long experiment of sedation and isolation in an attempt to detach herself from the world and be permanently asleep. Using wit and unconventional frankness, the story explores alienation, identity, and the pursuit of personal peace. Through the protagonist’s unusual quest for rest, the book’s message encourages thinking about modern society and the lengths people may go to find peace in an increasingly chaotic and selfish world.


  1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin 

“Pride and Prejudice” is a classic that takes readers back in time to 19th-century England. The novel follows the spirited and unorthodox Elizabeth Bennet as she navigates the societal norms and expectations of her time. As love, misunderstandings, and class divisions intertwine, the story explores prejudice, social status, and the pursuit of happiness. With its wit, memorable characters, and sharp social commentary, “Pride and Prejudice” captures the essence of Austen’s writing and continues to resonate with readers today, reminding us of the timeless nature of love, self-discovery, and the complexities of human relationships.