Pack one (or a few) of these page-turners with you on your next beach vacation.
The perfect beach read needs to strike a delicate balance—engaging enough to keep you alert while you lounge by the water (don’t forget the SPF!), but not so intense or long that it becomes stressful to read. If you're going on a beach vacation this summer, pack one of these Health editor-recommended reads in your suitcase for your much-needed day of R&R. There's something for everyone on this list. Whether you’re in the mood for a juicy story about a super-rich family, a former beauty editor's memoir on struggling with addiction, or an epic page-turner about a life on a remote Italian island, we've got you (hard)covered.
The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying by Nina Riggs
"This is one of those books that leaves you a little different than you were before. Poet Nina Riggs was 37 when she was diagnosed with 'one small spot' of breast cancer. Within a year, the mom of two young boys learned her disease was terminal. Poignant, vivid, and often funny, her stunning memoir about her last two years will help you relish the beauty in everyday life."
—Catherine DiBenedetto, Features Director
The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn
"If you ever wondered what could go wrong with an open marriage, take a dive into this novel, which follows the lives of couple Lucy and Owen who embark on the journey for six months."
—Dwyer Frame, Senior Digital Editor
How to Murder Your Life: A Memoir by Cat Marnell
"My father is a doctor, so I always heard about the dangers of opioid and drug addiction, but Cat Marnell's memoir helped me realize addiction can truly hit anyone—even a successful beauty writer. Marnell tackles the story of her drug and alcohol dependence with equal parts humor and sincerity and sets it all along the backdrop of the New York City magazine industry, making it the perfect juicy and eye-opening summer read."
—Julia Naftulin, Assistant Editor
The House at the Edge of Night by Catherine Banner
"Lately every time a friend asks me for a book recommendation I tell them to read The House at the Edge of Night. Set on a tiny, isolated Italian island, it’s a multi-generational family saga—my favorite!—with a touch of magical realism. It’s a perfect summer read—sweet but still smart, beautifully written."
—Jeannie Kim, Executive Deputy Editor
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
"The book is super long, but the writer creates such a vivid world and interesting characters, you won’t put it down. I was seriously glued to the book until I knew what happened to the main character."
—Janet Lawrence, Senior Video Producer
Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
"A very well-written and amusing story about an agoraphobic architect and mother named Bernadette. She goes missing before a big family vacation to Antarctica. Although it might not sound like a funny read, I found myself laughing out loud."
—Rebecca Snow, Editorial Intern
Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan
"Full disclosure: I haven’t actually read this novel yet, but it’s in my Amazon shopping cart right now. I recently read Crazy Rich Asians and China Rich Girlfriend, both of which were totally addictive. The third installment in Kevin Kwan's popular series follows an extremely rich family fighting over the dying matriarch’s vast fortune."
—Kathleen Mulpeter, Senior Digital Editor
The Last Girlfriend on Earth by Simon Rich
"This is a collection of stories about love—but it’s definitely not overly romantic. The stories are hilarious, and the author offers an incredibly honest (and at times surreal) take on relationships. Read it if you want to feel a little better about your love life, or if you’ve ever been curious about how Cupid decides who falls in love."
—Evin Billington, Social Media Assistant