I love reading in the summer… and honestly, I don’t have much time to read in any season but the summer. That’s why between May and August, I load up at the library and make sure I always have a book on hand. There’s nothing I’d rather do than spend a day at the beach with a good book.
This is the start of a series of “Beach Books” posts with suggestions for summer reading. For me, beach reading is like watching a good TV show: it offers escapism and is highly entertaining but not too mentally demanding. That’s what I look for in a summer book. My schoolbooks can deliver the headaches come September.
My first recommendation is Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella. You may recognize this author from her very famous Shopaholic series (made into a terrible movie of the same name), but Kinsella’s non-Shopaholic books are far superior in my opinion (Can You Keep a Secret? is another favorite).
I just finished Twenties Girl yesterday and it was one of my most satisfying stories I’ve read in a long time. The book is about Lara Lington, a twentysomething Londoner who, on top of being dumped by her longtime boyfriend and abandoned by her business partner, becomes haunted by the demanding ghost of her recently deceased great-aunt, a woman she never knew. Suddenly she has to fulfill the last wish of Sadie, the ghost, while getting her own life back on track. Twenties Girl is charming, witty, moving, and mysterious—all fabulous elements for a book you won’t be able to put down.