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The Perfect Summer Beach Reads You Won’t Be Able to Put down
I’ll admit it, I have always been sceptical of the ‘beach read’ genre – often putting them down as having cheesy, predictable plots, with no real literary value. Though, as I’ve grown older and wiser, I’ve begun to see the genre in a new light.
In between digesting history articles on Jstor during term time, I have come to appreciate stepping into a light-hearted 200-page read during my university holidays. Though with limited vacation time, it’s of the utmost importance that you find the very best beach reads to fill up your summer days. Do not fear though! We here at The Maker have got you covered with some beach read recs to sort you out this summer season…
‘Lessons in Chemistry; by Bonnie Garnus
Garnus’s ‘Lessons in Chemistry’ follows quirky protagonist, Elizabeth Zott – a young chemist turned TV chef after she becomes a young single mother. Set in the 50s, the novel tackles issues of feminism, sexual assault and misogyny while still retaining a laugh-out-loud quality. This novel is a perfectly balanced beach read.
‘Alex and Eliza: A Love Story’ by Melissa de la Cruz
As a history student, I can’t help but love a bit of historical fiction and what could be a better bit of holiday escapism than a historical romance?? The plot is centred around New York’s biggest social event: the Schuler’s’ ball. For those Hamilton fans, this story is another retelling of the relationship between Eliza Schuyler and Alexander Hamilton making it the perfect read for some historical holiday escapism.
‘The Hating Game’ by Sally Thorne
Who doesn’t love a bit of enemies to lovers? I know I do. Thorne’s ‘The Hating Game’ hits the perfect sweet spot of spiciness while also pulling at your heartstrings. As we follow polar-opposite co-workers Lucy and Joshua battling it out for a promotion at their publishing firm, you can’t help but become invited in both these characters. While it may seem a bit counterproductive to read about a workplace while on holiday if you’re looking for a bit of romance to spice up your summer vacation, I’d defiantly give this book a shot.
Whether you are vacationing on a beach or in your back garden this summer, hopefully, one of these books can kickstart your summer reading list. From us at The Maker, we wish you a sunny (hopefully) and relaxing summer season!
Words by Anna Craig