Beach Reads: Five Summer Books To Make You Look Sexy And Smart

Sure, you want to look sexy at the beach—but you can do it while reading a great book. What makes for a great summer read? It’s a little different for everyone: You might want something light as an ocean breeze, full of  bare-chested hunks on the sand. Or perhaps you’d like to be enveloped in a book that lingers for month. Whether you’re catching up on the must-read doorstop of the season (like Haruki Murakami’s 1,184-pager,  1Q84), yearn for a dishy celebrity biography (try Frank Langella’s Dropped Names), want to curl up with a bestseller before it turns into a movie (The Art of Fielding), or just want another trashy vampire story you don’t mind getting a little damp poolside (take your pick), there’s something for everyone.

Here are a few queer-interest titles that will get you through the steamy months ahead.


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  • Ted B. (Charging Rhino)

    What?? There’s actual, real sex at Comic-Con?

  • CowboyPhil

    I think I am am just as astonished as Teb B.

    These people are actually having SEX!

  • andy_d

    I recommend Jim David’s “You’ll be Swell.” Had me in stitches by the end of Chapter 2.

  • topsyturvy

    My two cents:

    Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (a fun and fast and twisty read and if Elizabeth Banks isn’t cast as Amy in the inevitable movie, I’ll protest; Flynn said one of her influences was the movie War of the Roses and it shows!)

    Carry the One by Carol Anshaw (members of a wedding party tied together by a tragedy)

  • Peter

    I agree with ‘Gone Girl’ by Gillian Flynn.

  • Amanda Meheux

    Hi there, currently in Sitges near Barcelona promoting my book The Cava Queen – think Will and Grace meets Sex and The City, Tales of the City with a big sequinned splash of Priscilla x If you could check it out and give it a whirl , it may just make you laugh so much you dampen your budgie-smugglers xxx

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