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7 Perfect Summer Reads for Your Next Beach Trip
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by Savoir Flair 4-minute read May 30, 2024

Brighten your summer days with these delightful beach reads.

Summer is the perfect time to escape into the pages of an engaging book, whether you're lounging by the pool or basking in the sun at the beach. This season, we’ve curated a list of must-reads that promise to transport you to different worlds, spark joy, and leave you with a smile. No mysteries, no thrillers, no heavy lifting — just light-hearted, feel-good novels that make for perfect companions during your summer escapades. 

These stories are designed to complement your relaxation, making sure you spend more time enjoying your holiday and less time searching for your next book. From charming rom-coms to heartwarming tales, Savoir Flair’s picks for Summer 2024 will keep you entertained from cover to cover. 

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Emily Brontë Wuthering Heights

Recommended by: Haleh Nia, Founder and Editor-in-Chief

Earlier this month, I was on a work trip in London when I made my first-ever visit to the storied Notting Hill Bookshop, an iconic spot immortalized by (you guessed it) the film that shares its name. While there, I couldn't resist the allure of the beautifully covered classic books. Yes, I admit to judging these books by their covers — but I’m all the better for it because I brought home several literary masterpieces penned by female authors. Among them, my standout favorite is Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights.

Despite having previously read its pages, rediscovering Brontë’s only published novel felt like uncovering a rare gem in familiar terrain. The story, set against the bleak and brooding moors of Yorkshire, spins a tale of intense, almost ferocious love between the enigmatic Heathcliff and the spirited Catherine Earnshaw. The novel explores themes of passion, revenge, and the destructive force of love that can span generations.

The experience reminded me that returning to a classic can be as exhilarating as it is comforting. Wuthering Heights’ dark complexities and haunting narrative feel endlessly modern, proving that, like the wild moors of Yorkshire, some stories are truly timeless. 

Emily Brontë Wuthering Heights aed72 at The Notting Hill Bookshop
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Coco Mellors Cleopatra and Frankenstein

Recommended by: Grace Gordon, Editorial Director

Cleo is a beautiful, carefree, creative early 20s expat living in New York. Frank is a successful, established businessman who is 20 years her senior, but the moment they meet, their fate is sealed. A May/December romance blooms, and soon the two marry, but married life for such different people is no cakewalk. While they navigate the challenges of married life and all of its ups and downs, they contend with their own self-growth and evolution while forces in their life bring them together and pull them apart. Funny, relatable, beautiful, heartbreaking, and masterfully well-written, this is one summer beach read that you’ll think about long after the sun goes down. 

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Kevin Kwan Lies and Weddings

Recommended by: Xandi Eleazar, Content Manager

Kevin Kwan is the king of summer reads, and Lies and Weddings is one of the most anticipated books of the year. This novel from the bestselling author presents a forbidden affair that erupts volcanically (literally and figuratively) amid a luxurious tropical wedding in this outrageous comedy of errors. Imagine a rom-com paired up with a psychological thriller, and you’ve got Lies and Weddings — an enjoyable summertime read! The story revolves around Rufus Leung Gresham, the future Earl of Greshambury, who faces the dire financial problems of the legendary Gresham Trust. His mother’s solution? Seduce a wealthy woman at his sister’s wedding. As Rufus weaves through a whirlwind of sultans, barons, and oligarchs, he must decide between hotel heiress Solène de Courcy, venture capitalist Martha Dung, or humble girl-next-door Eden Tong. From Hawaii’s black-sand beaches AND Marrakech’s dramatic skies to Los Angeles’ glitzy bachelor pads and England’s oldest estates, Kwan delivers a juicy, hilarious, and sophisticated tale where love, ambition, and lies intertwine in unexpected ways.

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Susan Abulhawa Mornings in Jenin

Recommended by: Jana Shakhashir, Managing Editor

Finding solace and understanding in literature feels more important than ever right now. Books offer us an escape from harsh realities, but they also serve as gateways to deeper understanding and empathy for those experiences we're far removed from but want to understand. Mornings in Jenin is a novel that holds profound significance within Palestinian literature. It spans four generations of a Palestinian family, unraveling their heart-wrenching saga against the backdrop of the Israeli occupation. Through the eyes of Amal, we journey through the pain of displacement and loss, while also experiencing moments of profound love and hope. Susan Abulhawa's lyrical prose brings the olive groves of Jenin to life, making us feel every emotion deeply.  This summer, Mornings in Jenin is a must-read for anyone seeking to understand our reality and find hope in the darkness.

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Aingeala Flannery The Amusements

Recommended by: Mimi Droeshout, Fashion and Beauty Editor

Set in the seaside town of Tramore, County Waterford, The Amusements centers on Helen Grant, a local teenager dreaming of escaping to art college with her glamorous classmate, Stella Swaine. Despite the town's nostalgic charm, leaving isn't as easy as it seems, with Helen and Stella's lives pulled by tides beyond their control. Spanning three decades, this book intricately weaves the stories of the Grant and Swaine families, offering a brilliantly observed portrait of small-town life. It's a captivating exploration of dreams, choices, and the roads taken and not taken — definitely a must-read this summer. 

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Sarah J. Maas A Court of Thorns and Roses

Recommended by: Sarah Haddad, Editorial and Social Media Assistant

Known affectionately by fans as ACOTAR, this series has captured the imaginations of readers and stormed social media with its enthralling blend of romance, adventure, and faerie lore. The journey begins with nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre, whose life changes forever after she slays a wolf in the woods. Drawn into a treacherous, magical land, her initial icy hostility towards her captor, Tamlin, transforms into a fiery passion that threatens to consume them both. This riveting tale has taken #booktok by storm, compelling readers to devour book after book in the series, making it an essential addition to your summer beach bag.

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Liane Moriarty Big Little Lies

Recommended by: Hanadi Baddour, Arabic Editor

Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon have confirmed that a third installment of the HBO series is in the works, making it the perfect time to read the book it was adapted from — if you haven't already. This novel explores the seemingly perfect lives of three women, Madeline, Celeste, and Jane, whose children attend the same kindergarten in the upscale enclave of Monterey, California. As secrets, lies, and scandals bubble beneath this idyllic suburban façade, the tension peaks in a dramatic trivia-night event. 

Praised by critics as both “wise” and “entertaining,” the book blends dark humor with a sharp exploration of relationships and societal pressures. Its addictive storytelling, suspense, and witty dialogue make it a compelling summer read. This piece has already made a significant impact on television, and with the new season on the horizon, the original story offers an even deeper understanding of the characters and plot twists.

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