We’ve got a solid guess as to what you’ll be doing this Independence Day: Something along the lines of beaching, barbecuing and banking some much-needed R&R, right? Exactly what you should be doing on a holiday weekend.
Before you slip on your bikini and make a run walk for the pool, we’ve got a few items to add to your beach bag (aside from SPF and sunglasses, obviously). Behold: we’ve rounded up our favorite reads for your Fourth of July lounging needs.
We got a royal romance, a Wall Street thriller, heartbreak and of course humor sure to bring the LOLs.
Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy by Judd Apatow, $27
“I have a habit of choosing long, dense novels (and consequently getting lost in them), which is why this summer I’m up for some lighter reading: I’ll be taking Judd Apatow’s new book—a collection of interviews with the comedians he admires, from Chris Rock to Jerry Seinfeld—with me to the beach because, well, what’s better than sun, sand and comedy?”—Nicole Adlman, Style Writer
The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, $18
“The royal wedding is easily my favorite pop culture event, well, ever. And reading this book is like getting Kate & Will’s juicy, soapy backstory (fictional, of course). It’s cliché to say I couldn’t put it down, but really, I couldn’t. I stayed up until 3 a.m. for my happy ending and it was totally worth it.”—Cinya Burton, Style Senior Editor
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan, $10
“A harrowing tale of love, tragedy and war that will break your heart in as many ways as it can. Still the best book I’ve read in as long as I can remember.”—Jacqueline Lee, Photo Editor
The Underwriting by Michelle Miller, $13
“I’m going to be honest: it’s been a long time since I’ve sat down and read a book. That ended after I picked up The Underwriting. But from the very first paragraph, I was hooked. It’s sharp, sexy, smart and everything else you need for a perfect summer thriller. I wouldn’t be surprised if this was the next book to land a huge movie deal.”—Lindsey Sirera, Style Assistant Editor