Illustration by: Christina Parks
Your honeymoon is all about romance and relaxation and there's nothing more relaxing than cuddling up on the beach next to your newly-minted spouse and diving into a fun book. This summer, there are enough selections to give you reading material for three honeymoons, but we've narrowed it down our 10 favorites — any one of our picks would be perfect for your first vacation as a wife.
1. The Vacationers by Emma Straub
You'll be instantly transported to Spain's unbelievable beaches in this read, which juxtaposes a lavish vacation destination against juicy family drama. We've all taken one of those trips with our families — you'll be toppled over with laughter and brimming with delight while flipping the pages.
2. One More Thing by B.J. Novak
If you love The Office, you're in for a treat with this book by the hit TV show's writer and co-executive producer. This collection of short stories will take you through a range of emotions, with joy and amusement ranking at the top.
3. Save The Date by Jen Doll
You'll definitely be able to relate to this debut novel from Doll, which chronicles the pomp and circumstance of the American wedding celebration in a really sweet and witty way.
4. Jujitsu Rabbi and the Godless Blonde by Rebecca Dana
This book is a memoir of sorts for Dana who recounts the year she spent in Crown Heights, Brooklyn living with an orthodox rabbi who had become disenchanted with his faith. You will literally laugh until you cry.
5. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
Who doesn't love a jaunt on the Italian coast? Walter stages a love affair that almost comes to fruition in the eye-catching region in the early 1960's — renewed almost half a century later in Tinseltown.
6. Lucky Us by Amy Bloom
A tale of two friends who travel through America and more in the 1940's, this story will take you from London's iconic West End neighborhood to beauty salons in Brooklyn with a healthy dose of love and luck.
7. Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern by Joshua Zeitz
Flappers are much more than a go-to for your Halloween costume every year! They have a quite astounding story starting in the 1920's and this recounts their history in an impossible-to-put-down 352 page book.
8. Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered by Dianne Hales
We all know Mona Lisa and her famous portrait, but her life is a mystery to all but a few. Hales traveled to Florence on numerous occasions to meet Lisa Gherardini's descendants and to unearth how she lived her life. The result? A fascinating and vibrant discovery of just how much we can all relate to the iconic figure and her journey as a wife and mother.
9. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Our first loves are imprinted in our memories forever and this book tells the story of when Eleanor and Park met and fell in love — a sentimental and adventurous tale that will bring back some wonderful memories.
10. The Interestings: A Novel by Meg Wolitzer
This novel takes you through the decades from the summer Nixon resigns to present-day: all in the lives of six teenagers who become best friends at summer camp to their 40's. Their characters are complex and the topics plentiful from friendship to careers.
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