• 4 Binge-Worthy Books to Read at the Beach {Found Locally}

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    June is officially here and that means longer days and beach getaways.  Whether you’re kicking it DTS or are beach hopping on an island, we’ve got you covered. We’ve rounded up some of the best books to read this month, courtesy of one of our writers + the mastermind behind @HobokenBooksta. Keep reading to discover four binge-worthy books to read at the beach {that can be found locally at shops like Little City books + more}. 

    The Girl He Used To Know by Tracey Garvis Graves

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    Genre: Romance

    Two students at the University of Illinois, Annika Rose and Jonathan Hoffman quickly become the quintessential, all-American power couple {your future soul mates might be waiting for you in the chess club, ladies}. What most people don’t know is that Annika struggles in social situations and has a really hard time connecting with people. While her beauty and intelligence mask her social awkwardness at first, inevitably it becomes hard to ignore that she is very different than most people.

    Much to Annika’s confusion, Jonathan finds himself totally smitten with her and all her quirks. Her ability to always remain true to herself inspires Jonathan to become more honest and less reserved. With Jonathan’s love and support, Annika finds herself growing into a stronger, more capable person. When life throws an unexpected curveball at the young lovebirds, their love story ends as Jonathan relocates to the East Coast and Annika pursues a master’s degree in Chicago.

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    Fast forward ten years and we find both Jonathan and Annika living out their dreams, exactly as they had planned – just not together. As fate would have it, Jonathan runs into Annika while grocery shopping and realizes their relationship is far from over. Can they salvage their love connection from ten years ago or is it truly too late? A tender love story that will have your heartache and swell with both heartbreak and affection for Annika and Jonathan.

    An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen 

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    Genre: Thriller

    Young and broke, Jessica Farris is hardly making ends meet working as a makeup artist in the Big Apple. When the opportunity to make some quick and easy cash presents itself, she knows she cannot turn it down. This particular opportunity requires her to take part in a psychological study conducted by a professor at a local university about morality related to human behaviors. The study quickly moves from intriguing to alarming, as Jess is asked to do stranger and stranger things. When Jess starts to question the motives behind the study, she soon realizes this is something much bigger than just a few questions and tasks. Caught in a dangerous web of lies and manipulation, Jess knows time is running out if she wants to get out of this alive.

    Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams 

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    Genre: Contemporary Women Fiction

    We’ve all encountered our fair share of bad breakups over the years, but the only thing that changes is how we deal with them. Whether it’s overindulging in some rowdy girls’ night outs, sending a few self-destructive texts to your ex, or blowing an entire paycheck on a new wardrobe, our breakup coping mechanisms have {hopefully} evolved over the years.

    Queenie Jenkins’s world is turned upside down after the man of her dreams breaks up with her. After a combination of too many horrific dates and toxic one night stands, she is forced to come to terms with the confusion, loss, and heartbreak surrounding the breakup.  As a young Jamaican-British woman living in London, Queenie has constantly struggled to really figure out who she is and how to stay true to that person.

    After hitting an emotional rock bottom that not even her friends know how to get her out of, Queenie must think about the woman she is and the woman she wants to be.  Witty, honest, and relatable, Queenie’s story is a great reminder that happy endings do not always have to be about finding love and happiness with someone else. Especially when the most important relationship you have is with yourself.

    I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella

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    Genre: Romance

    Very true to her name, Fixie Farr must fix every problem that she encounters in life, even if it is none of her business. She is literally incapable of saying no when people ask her for help. Her kindness seems to pay off when she meets Seb, a handsome stranger, in a coffee shop who asks her to watch his computer while he steps out for a phone call. Fixie feels pretty good about her nice deed of the day, especially when she saves his computer from extensive water damage when part of the ceiling caves in.

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    Extremely thankful, Seb writes an IOU attached to his business card, redeemable for a favor. Fixie laughs it off and thinks nothing of it until her brother’s friend, Ryan, comes back to town. Ryan was her first love before he abruptly moved to California, leaving her behind.  All the feelings instantly come flooding back and they resume their relationship where it left off. When Fixie learns that Ryan is desperate for a job, she decides to redeem her IOU. An endless cycle of favors ensues, leading to a rather surprising relationship between Seb and Fixie. When Seb accidentally reveals that Ryan was cheating on her with several women in the office, Fixie feels her whole world implode. Will she ever find love and happiness? Or will the life she wants so badly constantly be just out of her reach? Follow Fixie’s journey with and pick up this must-read book.

    What book will you be reading at the beach this month? Let us know in the comments!


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    Alex is a total Jersey girl from Hunterdon County who now resides in downtown Hoboken. When she’s not practicing yoga at Asana Soul Practice or working as a Registered Nurse in New York City, you can most likely find her curled up on the couch with a good book and glass {or three} of wine. Books have always been her passion and loves nothing more than spending her days off at Little City Books searching for some hidden gems.