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  • 7 Books to Read at the Beach {or Anywhere} This Summer

    Summer is here and it’s time to grab a new book and head down to the beach {or out to the pier} to enjoy the balmy weather. With a self-help read, a young adult romance, and a few non-fiction choices, the books below will keep you lounging in the sun for hours {sunblock not included}. Happy reading!

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    10% Happier, Dan Harris

    Dan Harris gives a real life look into how he dealt with pressure early in his career. In a light and humorous manner, this book will get you thinking about your own life practices and how to become more mindful in your day to day work without losing your edge. Who wouldn’t sign up to be 10% happier?

    What Alice Forgot, Liane Mortiary

    Have you ever thought about what your life will be like in 10 years? Main character, Alice, has fallen down at the gym and woke up forgetting the last 10 years of her life. She doesn’t remember having three children or that she is the midst of divorcing her husband. Fans that are missing HBO’s Big Little Lies, must pick up Liane Mortiary’s early novel — it’s a great light read for the beach.

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    Everything, Everything, Nicole Yoon

    If you loved The Fault in Our Stars you will easily enjoy this read. Young romance, an illness, and some teenage texting set the stage for a book that will make you think, but will also make you laugh. Super quick read. P.S. It was also made into a movie so we’ll see you at Bow tie Cinemas in Hoboken for cheap movie Tuesday {$6 movie ticket and a $5 large bucket of popcorn}!

    I am Malala, Malala Yousafzai

    Malala is a true inspiration for all girls. If you are looking to take break from fiction this summer, this autobiography will take you through the early life of Malala and her family in Pakistan. Learn about her struggle for education, how she found her voice, and then became a target of the Taliban. We pretty much guarantee you will end up doing endless amounts of research and YouTubing once you are done reading in order to learn more about this woman’s extraordinary life.

    The Nightingale, Kristen Hannah

    The romantic tale of two sisters struggling in France during World War II, this historical fiction novel gives a different view point of wartime heroines. If you are looking for a book filled with emotions, then this is the winner for you. You will not be able to put this book down.

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    Girls in White Dresses, Jennifer Close

    Wedding season is upon us and this book will give you the laughs to get through all the bridal showers, bachelorette parties, and wedding nights this summer. Too funny to put down! Jane Close will make you laugh out loud remembering your early 20s, when things seemed so confusing {have they gotten any easier?}. Warning: you will fall in love with at least one character and laugh publicly on the PATH during your commute.

    The Handmaids Tale, Margaret Atwood

    Set in the somewhat near future in the United States, this book follows the main character, Offred, whose life is completely changed after the US government is overthrown. If you are in the mood for book with a more serious twist, this is definitely where you should dive in. This one will no doubt make you think. And bonus: check out the new series adaptation on HULU when you finish.

    Have you read one of these? Let us know what you think.

    And tag us while doing your summer reading on IG @HobokenGirlBlog or #HobokenGirl!


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    Colleen is a twenty-something living in Hoboken. She works in publishing by day — but is typically dreaming of a good book on the beach, beverage in hand. A few of her favorite things: Puppies, pineapples, reading, and road trips. When she's not reading, she can be found brunching and exploring Hoboken with friends.


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