December 2019

Tell Melissa: Your Top 5 Beach Reads

It’s summer, and there’s a patch of sand somewhere with your name on it. So, we asked about your favorite beach reads. Before you grab your beach tote, buy one of these great beach reads to toss in.

1. Buy Fingersmith

I always go back to mysteries, and this is the best of all. It combines mystery and historic fiction and a huge twist. She is a wonderful writer, and the book transports you to another time, place, and experience.—Johanna, die-hard New Yorker

2. Buy My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands

It is absolutely hysterical, and I laughed out loud through the entire book! Read it with a cocktail!—Linsay, Clemson, NC

3. Buy The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The first in a crime-fiction trio, I couldn’t put this dark mystery down. A mix of family intrigue, secrets hidden by time, and sexual tension, it’s the perfect page-turner.—Elizabeth, San Francisco, CA

4. Buy The Lucky One

I need a good ole’ love story once in a while. Some easy, “no-thinking” fun. Relaxing, feel-good, alone-time reading.—Lida, Laguna Hills, CA

5. Buy Atlas Shrugged

My favorite “beach” read, or any other. I’ve read it about every 5 years since college. Of course, I like mysteries and sci-fi as well.—Kathleen, Long Beach, CA


1. Fingersmith by Sarah Waters $10.88
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2. My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands by Chelsea Handler $7.95
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3. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson $15.47
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4. The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks $7.99
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5. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand $13
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Buy Fingersmith by Sarah Waters, $10.88

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Buy Fingersmith by Sarah Waters, $10.88, at amazon.com

  • Combines mystery, historic fiction, and a huge twist
  • Transports you to another time, place, and experience

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Buy The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks, $7.99

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Buy The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks, $7.99, amazon.com

  • A feel-good love story
  • Just right for alone time in the sun

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Buy Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, $13

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Buy Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, $13, amazon.com

  • A classic
  • Philosophy plus mystery

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Buy The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, $15.47

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Buy The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, $15.47, at amazon.com

  • First in a crime-fiction trio
  • Mix of family intrigue, secrets hidden by time, and sexual tension
  • Perfect page turner

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Buy My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands by Chelsea Handler, $7.95

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Buy My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands by Chelsea Handler, $7.95, at amazon.com

  • Laugh-out-loud funny
  • Perfect summer read
  • Should be read with a cocktail in hand

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