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Book List: Beach reads

Richmond Public Library staff have compiled a list of beach reads
beach reading
Richmond Public Library staff have compiled a list of beach reads for the summer.

The Push – Ashley Audrain

Blythe Connor is desperate to be the loving mother that she never had, but she senses that her inability to connect with her daughter, Violet, goes beyond simple parenting challenges. A psychological thriller that asks “how well do you really know your children?”

We Were Never Here – Andrea Bartz

While on their annual backpacking trip, Emily is shocked to learn that her best friend, Kristen, has killed someone. Though Kristen claims it was done in self-defense, Emily begins questioning if she really knows who her friend is – especially since a similar scene unfolded during last year’s trip.

One Two Three – Laurie Frankel

17 years ago, in the town of Bourne, Bison Chemical leached toxic chemicals into the river that nourished the town, and it hasn’t been the same since. When Bison announces plans to reopen in Bourne, it’s the Mitchell triplets – Mab, Monday and Mirabel – who must take on the fight against the company who wronged them.

The Midnight Library - Haig, Matt

The Midnight Library – Matt Haig

If you could revisit any decision, altering the entire course of your life, would you? Nora Seed, caught between her physical life and the afterlife, gets to find out. But at what cost do these decisions come?

The Wife Upstairs - Hawkins, Rachel

The Wife Upstairs – Rachel Hawkins

Down on her luck, Jane moves to Birmingham without a dollar to her name. Her luck shifts quickly when she meets Eddie Rochester, recently widowed, dashing, and able to give Jane everything she ever dreamed of. But the legend of Bea, Eddie’s lost love, is a constant shadow over Jane’s happiness. How will she ever measure up?

People We Meet on Vacation – Emily Henry

Poppy and Alex are best friends, worlds apart but reconnecting every year for one blissful week of vacation. At least, they were, until two years ago when they ruined everything. Poppy, stuck in a rut, convinces Alex to take one final attempt at their once glorious vacation. Can they possibly fix their friendship?

Malibu Rising - Reid, Taylor Jenkins

Malibu Rising – Taylor Jenkins Reid

Malibu, 1983: Nina Riva’s annual party is always the highlight of the summer. Though a picture-perfect family, things with the Rivas aren’t what they seem. This year’s party is bound to be life-changing – and not for the better.

Sex and Vanity – Kevin Kwan

When Lucie Churchill runs into someone from her past while vacationing with her fiancé in East Hampton, she finds herself torn between the man of her family’s dreams – and the man of hers.

Dial A for Aunties – Jesse Q. Sutanto

Meddelin Chan finds herself caught in the worst blind-date ever (that isn’t an exaggeration…she accidentally murders him). Luckily, Meddelin’s meddling mother – and four equally meddling aunties – come to her rescue!

Imposter Syndrome – Kathy Wang

Julia is a COO in Silicon Valley, secretly funneling information to Russia’s largest intelligence agency. Alice is the employee who just might discover Julia’s secret. As the two women grow closer, Julia questions her loyalties, asking herself what, exactly, her connections mean to her, and how far she is willing to go to preserve the life she has worked so hard for.

Ginny Dunnill is a librarian at Richmond Public Library. For more recommendations, visit the library’s website at