By Jessica Reid, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
It’s been quite a year, right mom? Now it’s time to grab a book and get away. Whether you are beach-bound, lake-front or simply sprawled out at home in front of your air conditioner, we could all a little escape. No matter what your plans are, with the help of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, you can relax with a good book.
With so many new releases coming out this year, we’ve rounded up a list of the most anticipated beach reads of 2021. From romances that make your heart flutter to fantastical fantasies and thrillers that will surely get your blood pumping, the books below will be a great addition to your reading pile!
Click here to find the beach reads below and more in the Library catalog:
Before She Disappeared by Lisa Gardner
Enjoy this action-packed thriller by bestselling author Lisa Gardner. A recovering alcoholic, Frankie Elkin spends her time searching for those individuals that the world has forgotten. On her latest case, she learns that she is asking questions that some don’t want answered. Will she discover the truth in time, or will she be among the next to disappear?
Girls with Bright Futures by Tracy Dobmeier
The world of academia is cut-throat as three mothers discover when they are alerted that there is only one spot left at a prestigious school. What are these mothers willing to do to secure their daughters future?
Golden Girl by Elin Hilderbrand
The Queen of Beach Reads is back! Author Vivian Howe is killed in a hit and run accident but is given the opportunity to watch below for one final summer. Will she be able to help those she left behind grow without her?
The Soulmate Equation by Christine Lauren
The dynamic duo that makes up best-selling author Christine Lauren is at it again with this fun and adorable romance! Single mom Jess Davis decides to give love another shot and signs up for a genetic dating site. Unfortunately, her genetic match is someone she doesn’t care for. Will these two discover that the numbers don’t lie?
Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto
Equal parts murder mystery and rom com, this book is bound to delight all! When Meddelin accidentally kills her blind date, she calls on the women in her family to help cover it up. Shenanigans ensue! Will Meddelin escape murder charges and find true love? Or will this date go down as the worst blind date in history?
The Housewives: The Real Story Behind the Real Housewives by Brian Moylan
Delve deep into the history of The Real Housewives with interviews from the production team as well as current and former housewives. Get the juicy details of controversial Housewives that you both love and hate!
Last Summer at the Golden Hotel by Elyssa Friedland
Breezy and charming, this book is sure to charm. “Last Summer at the Golden Hotel” on family legacies, nostalgia, and multigenerational dynamics as two families come together to decide on a resort that has been with the families for generations. Will they decide to keep it or will they sell it and hold on to the memories of a time gone by?
The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris
“Get Out meets The Devil Wears Prada in this electric debut about the tension that unfurls when two young Black women meet against the starkly white backdrop of New York City book publishing.” Initially excited at the hiring of a new employee, Nella’s life takes a quick turn when she starts receiving threating letters telling her to quit. With witty dialog and strong characters, this book takes a hard look at the gatekeeping in the publishing industry.
If I Disappear by Eliza Jane Brazier
When Sera’s favorite podcaster, Rachel, goes missing, she decides to follow the clues left on the podcast only to discover Rachel is not the only person to go missing. This is a great read for fans of true crime everywhere!
Hana Khan Carries On by Uzma Jalaluddin
Hana, a young woman who is pursuing her dream career in radio while helping in her family’s restaurant must deal with her growing attraction to the boy whose family runs the rival restaurant close by. Hana pours her heart out on her podcast, sharing her dreams, fears, and angst. This Own Voice book is sure to capture fans of Sleepless in Seattle.