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TravelHaven Tips — Great Beach Books

Sure, it’s chilly now, but warm weather will roll around eventually, right? When it does, you’re probably heading to the beach. And what’s a stay at the beach without a good read? Chris Otto posted ten titles on Travelers Today that she thinks will be this year’s hot summer reads.

We plan to put these three in our beach bag, but read Chris’s article and pick your favorites.

The Lobster Kings by Alexi Zentner. This sweeping novel follows the Kings family, which has had a lobster dynasty on Loosewood Island for three hundred years. Weave in a death, sibling rivalry, meth dealers, Johnny Cash and romance and you have a can’t-put-it-down beach read. (Scheduled for May release.)

The Girls of August by Anne Rivers Siddons. Here’s a beach book about going to the beach. This novel follows the lives of four women who spend a week at a different beach house each August, until tragedy changes their lives in unexpected ways. Stephen King calls it “maybe the book she was born to write.” (Scheduled for July release.)

The Snow Queen by Michael Cunningham. Author Cunningham, who won the Pulitzer Prize for The Hours, sets his sixth novel in New York City in 2004. It focuses on two brothers, one who experiences a religious awakening after an unexplainable experience and the other, a musician, who tumbles into drug use as he attempts to come to terms with his fiance’s illness. (Scheduled for May release.)