The summer run of books are frequently called “beach reads,” but hammocks are really where it’s at. You don’t have to leave your backyard to enjoy a hammock; it’s typically shaded; and you never get sand in weird places. From real life secrets to a snarky send up of #girlboss wellness culture to a rom-com in a book, here are 6 titles perfect for reading while stretched out in a hammock with a cold drink in reach on a lazy summer day.
The Jetsetters by Amanda Eyre Ward
70-year-old Charlotte wins an essay contest and the prize is a Mediterranean cruise. In an effort to rebuild the bonds between her four grown children, she brings them all with her for 10 sun-drenched days from Athens to Barcelona. Of course, all of their less physical baggage comes along as well, and secrets are revealed.
Self Care by Leigh Stein
The cofounders of a wellness social media start up are struggling to handle their business and be fully present for their next round of funding despite a PR crisis on Twitter. If you’re exhausted by the #SelfCare #GirlBoss #Wellness influencer culture of Instagram or Pinterest or any other social media platform, cleanse your energy with this satirical send up.
Craigslist Confessional by Helena Dea Bala
What would you say if you could tell a stranger anything in perfect confidence, without fear of judgement or your secret getting back to those you know?
Helena Dea Bala tried it, offering to listen to peoples’ struggles for free – whatever they felt like they couldn’t tell anyone else. And so Craigslist Confessional was born. These 40 stories are each told in the confessor’s voice and explores everything from addiction to abuse to simple reflections on life’s choices.
The Guest List by Lucy Foley
On an island off the coast of Ireland, a magazine editor and a rising television star are getting married. Everything is perfect – the designer outfits, the meticulously chosen wedding favors, the expertly curated alcohol selection. Until resentments start to flow along side the champagne and someone turns up dead.
Pizza Girl by Jean Kyoung Frazier
Two women’s lives intersect in ways they didn’t anticipate. Our nameless 18 year old heroine works as a pizza delivery driver in LA while grieving the death of her father. An order for pickle and pepperoni pizza, placed by a suburban stay-at-home mom sends her into an obsessive spiral of speculation. Hilarious, heartbreaking, and fast-paced, this is a perfect choice for gulping down (with a side of Hot Cheetos) in a single day.
Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory
Olivia Monroe moves to LA to start her own law firm, not to date. But the gorgeous man she meets at the hotel bar and flirts with all night? She can’t say no, even when he turns out to be a hotshot senator – especially when he woos her with chocolate cake. Their relationship starts quietly – clandestine dates and even disguises – but when they choose to go public, can their relationship survive the intense media scrutiny that follows?