the best new novels to bring to the beachAh, summer. For the next few months we can all look forward to longer, warmer days, outdoor arts and cultural festivals, and many sunny afternoons spent at the beach. This summer, don’t forget to pack the newest, most acclaimed books of the season when you head out to catch some rays. Here are a few more suggestions to add to your summer reading list:

Screen Shot 2014-06-25 at 8.29.20 AM“Big Little Lies” by Liane Moriarty. New York Times book critic Janet Maslin confidently suggests reading anything by novelist Liane Moriarty, especially including the incredibly popular “The Husband’s Secret.” She describes this new novel, available at the end of July, as one that “infuses a school community in Australia with a sinister aura,” making for an enticing novel that begs to be read poolside or at the beach.

“#Girlboss” by Sophia Amoruso. Sophia Amoruso has been a woman to watch for some time now, but not because of her literary talents. Founder for the clothing empire Nasty Gal, Amoruso is a cuttingly smart entrepreneur who has enjoyed self-made success over the past few years as her company went from stumbling start-up to million-dollar fashion phenomenon. #Girlboss is her literary debut, and it’s an energetic, raw account of the steps she took towards becoming the fashion icon and businesswoman she is today. Full of advice and personal stories, #Girlboss is definitely one of this summer’s go-to beach books.

“Jet Set” by William Stadiem. Writes Maslin, “as for this summer’s brand-new reading, if there’s one overriding motif, it’s this: the crazier, the better,” which she says is certainly true of William Stadiem’s latest work, “Jet Set.” This novel combines aeronautics history, the decadent high times of the ‘50s and ‘60s, and anything that evokes the nostalgic glamour of air travel, making for a delightfully escapist literary treat.

Screen Shot 2014-06-25 at 8.30.03 AM“Mr. Mercedes” by Stephen King. If you’ve read any of Stephen King’s chilling novels, then you already know that he is a masterful storyteller. Maslin confirms that “Mr. Mercedes” does not disappoint, calling it a “taut, suspenseful race-against-time book,” and suggesting it as a great new novel for summertime reading.

Other novels of note include “Factory Man” by Beth Macy, “The Secret Place” by Tana French, “The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair” by Joel Dicker, and “The Closer” by Mariano Rivera.

What books are you bringing to the beach with you this summer?

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