What’s the best part about summer?  Besides the gorgeous weather, the joy of beer o’clock, and the great shoes?  More time to read! Just to make sure your reading list is full, here are some of our top beach reads.  So, grab some suncreen, a cold one, and relax.  The kids are away, and the moms will play.

p.s.that’s momfaze Mara’s bookshelf. Do you think she loves to read?


Between You and Me 

Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

Logan Wade hasn’t seen her cousin Kelsey in person since their parents separated them as kids. In the intervening years Kelsey Wade has grown into Fortune Magazine’s most powerful celebrity. But their reunion is quickly overshadowed as Logan discovers that the secrets that caused them to be wrenched apart so many years ago have insidiously warped into a show-stopping family business. As Kelsey tries desperately to grasp at a “real” life, beyond the influence of her parents and managers, she makes one catastrophic misstep after another. When Kelsey unravels in the most public way, Logan finds that she will ultimately have to choose between rescuing the girl she has always protected and saving herself.

Simon & Schuster Canada

Editor’s Note: Celebrity scandal from the authors of The Nanny Diaries.   And, since momfaze are writing partners, and McLaughlin & Kraus are writing partners, we are hooked in advance.


A Discovery of Witches

Deborah Harkness

A richly inventive novel, A Discovery of Witches is about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together.

Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

 Penguin Canada

Editor’s Note:  Witches, vampires, Daemons, and a compelling love story. Twilight for grownups. It’s a good thing. (The Sequel, Shadow of Night is out this summer also, and is pretty darn good as well.)


Tigers in Red Weather

Lisa Klaussman

Nick and her cousin, Helena, have grown up sharing sultry summer heat, sunbleached boat docks, and midnight gin parties on Martha’s Vineyard in a glorious old family estate known as Tiger House. Brilliantly told from five points of view, with a magical elegance and suspenseful dark longing, Tigers in Red Weather is an unforgettable debut novel from a writer of extraordinary insight and accomplishment.

 Random House Canada

Editor’s Note:  First of all, we’ve always wanted to go to Martha’s Vineyard.  This one sounds like the perfect intelligent beach read.  If not only to see where the title comes from.


Beautiful Ruins

Jess Walter

The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying.

And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio’s back lot—searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

What unfolds is a dazzling, yet deeply human, roller coaster of a novel, spanning fifty years and nearly as many lives. From the lavish set of Cleopatra to the shabby revelry of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Walter introduces us to the tangled lives of a dozen unforgettable characters: the starstruck Italian innkeeper and his long-lost love; the heroically preserved producer who once brought them together and his idealistic young assistant; the army veteran turned fledgling novelist and the rakish Richard Burton himself, whose appetites set the whole story in motion—along with the husbands and wives, lovers and dreamers, superstars and losers, who populate their world in the decades that follow. Gloriously inventive, constantly surprising, Beautiful Ruins is a story of flawed yet fascinating people, navigating the rocky shores of their lives while clinging to their improbable dreams.

Harper Collins Canada

Editors Note:  This book is not what you’d expect.  From the cover you expect a beach read, but inside you’ll find an insightful commentary on life and the paths not taken.  Pick it up, and don’t delay.

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