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If you're anything like us, one of the best parts of summer is relaxing—whether poolside or in a hammock—with a frosty drink and a great book. And while we're creating our own dreamy beach oasis and comfy campsite at home these days, we can still count on the books we're reading to whisk us away.
From gripping thrillers to rom-coms and tales of friendship, we rounded up some of our absolute favorite summer reads. Whether you prefer print, Audible or Kindle, they're all available at prices where you can stock up on several—or try Kindle Unlimited. Happy reading!
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Soon to be an Amazon Prime Video series starring Riley Keough, Sam Claflin and Suki Waterhouse, and produced by Reese Witherspoon, this page-turner tells the tale of one of the world's greatest bands—and why they fell apart. Love Fleetwood Mac and Almost Famous vibes? This one's for you. Also available on Audible.
Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan
Crazy Rich Asians author Kevin Kwan returns with returns with this glittering tale of a young woman who finds herself torn between two men: the WASPY fiancé of her family's dreams and George Zao, the man she is desperately trying to avoid falling in love with. Also available on Audible. (We also recommend continuing on the Crazy Rich Asians adventure with its equally-as-addictive sequels, China Rich Girlfriend and Rich People Problems.)
Fame Adjacent by Sarah Skilton
Imagine being the only cast member of a 1990s kids' show (like the Mickey Mouse Club) who didn't hit superstardom as an adult (Hi, Justin, Britney & Ryan!). In this fun rom-com, former child star Holly Danner is determined to crash her show's big reunion after being snubbed an invite. Also available on Audible.
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
This beautifully written coming-of-age mystery tells the tale of a young girl raising herself in North Carolina swampland. A Reese's Hello Sunshine Book Club selection, Witherspoon is also producing the film adaptation. Also available on Audible.
An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Looking for some fast cash, Jessica Farris signs up for a psychological study and get more than she bargains for in this thriller. From the best-selling authors of The Wife Between Us, and currently being developed into a series by USA Network. Also available on Audible.
Liane Moriarty is best known for her smash hit Big Little Lies, but every single one of her books is a great read, so we're recommending them all: Nine Perfect Strangers ($15 at Amazon); Big Little Lies ($2 at Amazon); The Husband's Secret ($10 at Amazon); Truly, Madly, Guilty ($10 at Amazon); What Alice Forgot ($10 at Amazon); Three Wishes; ($8 at Amazon); The Last Anniversary ($10 at Amazon); The Hypnotist's Love Story ($9 at Amazon). All also available on Audible.
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—Originally published May 19, 2019 at 3 a.m. PT