Whether it’s Sahel, El Gouna, Dahab, or any other, laying on the beach between the sun and the sand and reading through sunglasses to the sound of waves and laughter is a joy, especially for bookworms. We all know the moment when we exhaust ourselves from swimming, then tan in the sun with our favourite book in our hands.
These recommendations will immerse you even deeper in the summer vibes while offering you a story that you won’t be able to put down!
We Were Liars by E. Lockheart
Nearly a decade old, We Were Liars is a 2014 Young Adult novel that takes place on a perfect island. Cadence Sinclair is the 18-year-old narrator and main character of the story. She’s the eldest grandchild of an old, filthy-rich, aristocratic family. She’s also mostly amnesiac, and carries a horrible weight that she doesn’t understand the nature of. The final twist will have you turning the pages for hours!
Robinson Crusoe By Daniel Defoe
Robinson Crusoe is a perfect book to demonstrate that classic novels don’t have to be boring. Also set on an island, this novel has a completely different vibe from the previous entree. The island is deserted this time, and the titular castaway character is stranded on it for 28 years. Written in the form of confessional letters, it’s a gripping story that won’t let go of you!
Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman
Set during a summer in 1980s Italy, it’s a novel full of atmospheres; the tanning sun, the shimmering sea, the trees, art, and literature. The story follows 17-year-old Elio as he enjoys his summer in his family’s summer house, and falls obsessively in love. The novel is emotional, beautiful, and striking.
The Lost Daughter by Elena Ferrante
Translated from its Italian original, The Lost Daughter takes place on the Ionian coast in Italy and concerns two mothers; Leda, a middle-aged divorcée, and Nina, a young mother on the beach. The story that emerges between them uncovers dark histories, guilt, and pain, and is incredibly captivating.