In Library land, we like to joke about what type of reader we are. You’ve got the gothic fiend who won’t read books that don’t take place on a dreary moor and the everyday scholars always consuming the latest nonfiction and telling you all about it. There are the amateur sleuths with their mysteries and true crime and the romance darlings who just love love. But you know what kind of reader combines all of these? The Beach Reader.
We are the readers that will read anything, anywhere. There is only one requirement to make it onto our To Be Read (TBR) list—it’s gotta hook you from the start. So, from one beach reader to another, here are some of my all-time favorite tales to kick off your summer from the very first line.
A woman finds herself in a relationship with the singer of the boy band that her daughter adores. At once a singular story of modern-day motherhood and womanhood and a gripping tale that will have you rethinking all you hold as true about what love should be.
First line: “I suppose I could blame it all on Daniel.”
A Texas Ranger finds himself in the middle of a life-altering divide that puts his job and roots at odds. This melds classic noir, western, and thriller in a way that proves Locke’s masterful abilities as an author beyond any doubt. This will be the best mystery you read this summer.
First line: “Geneva Sweet ran an orange extension cord past Mayva Greenwood, Beloved Wife and Mother, May She Rest with Her Heavenly Father.”