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

Bring Up the Bodies

By Hilary Mantel

What It’s About: The must-read of the season is the follow-up to Manterl’s Booker Prize-winning Wolf Hall. The author says you can start with the second book, but you may want to make this a two-for: Wolf Hall revisits the court of Henry VIII through the eyes of Thomas Cromwell, while Bodies focuses on the political intrigue surrounding Henry’s short-lived second wife, Anne Boleyn.

Beach Burn: All you Anglophiles who thought you learned about the infamous monarch and his wives from watching The Tudors‘ steamy sex scenes will get a real history lesson.