Product Round-up June 13, 2018

20 Summer Beach Reads to SwearBy

Whether you’re a voracious reader or can barely finish a chapter, we’ve got you covered. We asked the SwearBy community for their can’t-miss summer beach reads and compiled a Top 20 list. Now grab a rosé and some sunblock, and you’re in business.

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1. Crazy Rich Asians (Trilogy) by Kevin Kwan

“I’m OBSESSED with the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy by Kevin Kwan. I devoured the first in three days and then read the next two in just a weekend! So good!” Larisa

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2. The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

“I just finished this book and it’s fantastic! I couldn’t put it down. It takes you through every emotion under the sun: heart ache, heart break, excitement, frustration, anticipation, joy…it had me in tears of sadness and tears of laughter.” Lauren

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3. Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

“Egan’s writing is vivid and elegant. I otherwise don’t love historical fiction but this is one of the better books I’ve read in a while. Highly recommend.” Jessica (seconded by Cricket)

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4. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

“A great read about a seemingly banal suburban existence…” Vanessa

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5. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

“A feel-good tale that’s a perfect summer read. Honestly, my favorite book of the year!” Sarah

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6. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

“A must-read about twenty-somethings in the post-WWI West Village. Wonderful character development and plot make it a Swear from me.” Alexa

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7. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

I’m a sucker for the multigenerational epic in general and I didn’t know anything about this interesting corner of Korean/Japanese history and relations. But more than anything, I (and people I’ve discussed the book with) found the kindness and work ethic of the older generation to be moving and reminiscent of beloved immigrant grandparents and their stories and struggles.” Monica

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8. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“An uncomfy read at times, but only in the best way…mostly just amazing and hilarious writing that will open your eyes to a lot of things we’ve normalized.” Emily (seconded by Chris)

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9. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

“I really enjoyed the entire Neopolitan Novels set. Finishing this series triggered a spell that’s kept me reading voraciously since.” Jessica

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10. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

“Beautifully and bravely written…on love, loss, and life.” Heather

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11. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

“My all-time favorite book. I recommend it to everyone…it was one of those books that changed my life, which is kind of crazy for a fiction book!” Kathy (seconded by Jamie)

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12. Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

“Kind of the perfect summer beach read — sex, lies, and booze combined with compelling characters and interesting meditations on identity, love, and to whom our stories actually belong.” Lisa (seconded by Lalena)

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13. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

“I couldn’t put it down!” Mary

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14. Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

It’s an incredibly gripping story – fictional but based on true events – I couldn’t put it down. It’s a total tear-jerker of a read and asks a lot of questions of you as a mother, but really captivating. I ripped through it in three days which, as a mama to three littles, is unheard of in my house!” Stephanie

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15. When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chödrön

“It’s specifically a good read when you’re going through anything tough.” Tum

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16. Sweet Caress by William Boyd

I found it on the streets of Park Slope, and while I wasn’t initially that drawn to it, I’m enthralled. The writing is witty, empathetic and real – very British, in sum. Two interesting facts are that 1) it’s written by a man but in the first (female) person and it works. And 2) there are lots of old pics throughout which apparently the author has found (in yard sales and the likes) and includes them in the book as part of the story (characters, scenes, etc).” Celine

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17. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

“One of the most intricately woven stories and well written books I have ever read. The story itself is beyond heart wrenching and will shake you to your core.” Becky

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18. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

“A great page turner from the minute you pick it up! And a great depiction of old Hollywood life.” Becky

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19. The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar

“This one is a beautiful story that alternates between two young women, living eight hundred years apart. It’s stunningly written, very heartwarming, and makes me more empathetic to what other people are going through on this planet.” Hitha

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20. Mr. Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt

“An engrossing tale about the journey of two women and how their lives collide. It’s a complex narrative that is never exactly what it seems. Samantha Hunt’s descriptive writing is hard to put down and even harder to forget.” Cricket

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