New Summer Beach Books

Although the weather in Hawaii promotes year-round beach reading, summer still comes to the islands – with more tourists looking for that idyll that lets them escape for a few weeks.  Janet Martin’s article for the New York Times – New Under the Sun: Books for Basking  – made it to the front page of the Honolulu Star Advertiser recently, and I was happy to see her top beach read is Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies (check out my review here).

Her list of fiction to read this summer – that I might try – includes:

  • Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson
  • The Kings of Cool by Don Winslow
  • Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (thriller)
  • Granddad, There’s A Head on the Beach by Colin Cotterill (mystery)

A few nonfiction piqued my interest too:

  • Cronkite by Douglas Brinkley
  • Love, Life, and Elephants: An African Love Story by Diane Daphne Sheldrick

    It promises to be a long hot summer, and when the trade winds stop blowing, August in Hawaii can be as hot and humid as Washington, D.C. without the air conditioning.

Check out Maslin’s article for more reading suggestions and book summaries.