Friday, May 9, 2014

The Beach Books You Should Totes Read This Summer

by Tara Block)

Tender YA stories of first love and friendship, a laugh-out-loud family vacation saga, historical fiction that transports you to exotic locales — plus a nostalgic thriller set in a haunted amusement park, a few breezy chick lit novels, a memoir about a Harlequin editor finding love, and a passionate coming-of-age story of affairs and family secrets — we've got your Summer vacation reading covered. You won't be able to put down these light, fun, and enthralling reads on this crazy thing called love. Books, check. But for added fun, we've paired each beach read with a tote to stash it in. So grab your paperback and your bag; last one to the beach is a rotten egg!

Pair Emma Straub's funny novel The Vacationers, about a family whose various relationships come to a head on a tropical vacation, with this canvas wave tote ($75).

Take Jess Walter's Italian-coast-set romance Beautiful Ruins to the beach in this rafia tote ($120).

Use this cheeky boys tears bag ($48) to carry Katie Finn's YA novel about ex-boyfriends and ex-BFFs, Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend (out May 13).

Use this heart canvas tote ($20) to carry Gina Frangello's novel A Life in Men, which follows a woman on a sexually adventurous trip to Europe to process the loss of a best friend.

Beatriz Williams's historical romance about a love triangle and family secrets, The Secret Life of Violet Grant, belongs in this striped canvas bag ($26).

Pair Jojo Moyes's upcoming love story about a single mom, One Plus One (out July 1), with this zigzag-printed bag ($118).

Stash E. Lockhart's suspenseful island-set story of love, friendship, and family, We Were Liars (out May 13), in this sequin-edged tote ($197).

Morgan Matson's YA novel about friendship and a Summer of firsts, Since You've Been Gone, belongs in this patterned canvas beach tote ($60).

This When in Venice beach bag ($90) is perfect for stashing Harlequin editor Patience Bloom's memoir about her unexpected love story, Romance Is My Day Job.

Set on Grand Cayman Island, Alexander McCall Smith's novel about first love and the struggles of marriage, The Forever Girl, pairs perfectly with this tropical tote bag ($313).

Tuck Helen Walsh's steamy novel about sex and obsession on a Summer vacation to Spain, The Lemon Grove (out June 3), in this canvas and leather printed tote ($135, originally $225).

Keep your copy of Graeme Simsion's novel The Rosie Project, about a socially awkward professor who uses a scientific approach to find a wife, in this cheery cherry-printed tote ($10).

Pack Allison Winn Scotch's story of a woman whose husband proposes a two-month break, The Theory of Opposites, in this earthy striped tote ($58).

Where'd You Go, Bernadette author Maria Semple's debut novel, This One Is Mine, is a satirical look at life and love in modern-day Hollywood. Take it to the pool with you in this pink checked tote ($156, originally $260).

Use this nautical-inspired tote ($165) to carry Anton DiSclafani's steamy coming-of-age historical fiction, The Yonahlossee Riding Camp For Girls.

Rainbow Rowell's heartwrenching YA novel Eleanor & Park is about high school first love, so it's only fitting you'd tote it in this library-card bag ($20).