Published By: Orna Ghosh

Summer Reading Challenge: Dive into Captivating Books for a Beach Escape (Without Leaving Home)

Summer's here, and while the ideal scenario involves toes in the sand and a good book in hand, reality doesn't always cooperate. 

Maybe the weather isn't cooperating, or a beach vacation isn't in the cards this year. But fear not, bookworms! You can still create your summer escape with a captivating read, transporting you to sun-drenched beaches, charming coastal towns, and thrilling adventures- from the comfort of your favourite reading nook.

So, grab your favourite iced beverage, crank up some beachy tunes (optional: throw on a swimsuit cover-up for an immersion!), and dive into these captivating books that will whisk you away on a summer adventure:

  • One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle. Poppy, a heartbroken woman grieving the loss of her mother, takes a solo trip to Positano, Italy, on a whim. There, she encounters a charismatic woman who looks eerily familiar – it's her mother, but 30 years younger! This heartwarming and whimsical novel explores love, loss, second chances, and the beauty of self-discovery under the Italian sun.
  • The Guest List by Lucy Foley. On a remote and idyllic island off the coast of Ireland, a wedding celebration turns deadly when a guest is found murdered. Told from the alternating perspectives of the wedding attendees, this twisty and suspenseful novel will keep you guessing until the very last page. Perfect for those who crave a good dose of summer chills!
  • Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes. It is a captivating memoir chronicles American writer Frances Mayes' journey of restoring a dilapidated villa in the heart of Tuscany. Filled with descriptions of mouthwatering Italian cuisine, charming towns, and the simple pleasures of life in the Italian countryside, "Under the Tuscan Sun" is a delightful read that will have you yearning for a plate of pasta and a glass of Chianti under the Tuscan sun.
  • The Summer Affair by Elin Hilderbrand. Set against the backdrop of glamorous Capri in the 1950s, this captivating novel tells the story of a young American woman, Alice, who becomes entangled in a passionate love affair with a charismatic Italian businessman. But their romance is threatened by societal pressures and a dark secret from Alice's past.
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. Deep in the remote marshlands of North Carolina, Kya Clark raises herself after her family abandons her. This coming-of-age story explores themes of resilience, survival, and the beauty of the natural world. With its vivid descriptions of the marsh ecosystem and its inhabitants, "Where the Crawdads Sing" is a captivating read for nature lovers.
  • The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune. Linus Baker, a caseworker for a magical child welfare agency, is tasked with evaluating a young orphan with unusual magical abilities. This heartwarming and humorous novel is a delightful escape filled with found family, whimsical characters, and a touch of magic.

Why not add some social interaction to your literary beach escape? Here are a few ideas-

  • Virtual Book Club. Gather your bookworm friends online and discuss your beach reads. Share your thoughts, favourite moments, and book recommendations.
  • Read & Review. Start a blog or social media channel dedicated to your summer reading challenge. Review the books you've read and share your beach escape experience with others.

Enhance your summer reading experience by creating a beachy ambience at home! Light some scented candles with ocean or citrusy scents, string up seashells or twinkle lights, and enjoy your book with a refreshing summer drink!