10 books to read on the dock right now

Published: September 4, 2020 · Updated: September 11, 2020

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Summer may be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean cottage season has to. And what better way to enjoy lakeside life than with some soothing time spent on the dock with a few good books? Whether you pair your new read with a sunrise or sunset, cup of coffee or a cocktail, we’re sure you’ll enjoy these books while you watch the leaves the change.

And for more reads, check out 10 books every cottager should have on their bookshelf.

1. Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan

The author of the bestselling phenomenon Crazy Rich Asians returns with another New York Times bestseller, Sex and Vanity. This one’s a modern love story, with a funny and delightful way of displaying the clash of two cultures. Daughter of an American-born Chinese mother and blue-blooded New York father, Lucie, finds herself torn between two worlds: her white side and the life she might lead with George Zao. This one will be hard to put down once you start reading.

2. The Guest List by Lucy Foley

Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club pick and a New York Times bestseller, this one is a wickedly entertaining thriller. On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate a wedding. But this day turns dark and deadly when someone turns up dead. Just the kind of cabin read you’d hope for, eh?

3. If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane

Bestselling author Mhairi McFarlane returns with another heartfelt romantic comedy. Jamie Carter, the office playboy, needs a steady girlfriend to impress the bosses, and Laurie, needs to get over her ex whose pregnant girlfriend has made the office grapevine. Together, they flaunt their fake couple status. Ooh, now this is some drama we can get behind.

4. Playing Nice by JP Delaney

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Before, comes a new psychological thriller that will leave you stunned. A couple’s life is upended by the revelation that their son was switched at birth. At first, the families try to reach mutual agreements. But then secrets are exposed and everyone is done playing nice. You won’t be able to put this one down.

5. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Even if you’ve already read this international best seller, we think this book is worth a second look through. This is a classic masterpiece with important words of wisdom about listening to our hearts and following our dreams. For some quiet time at the cottage, this self-discovery read might just be the food for soul you needed.

6. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

This Canadian poet brings her talent to the forefront with a collection of poetry and prose. She writes about experiences that can touch everyone, such as love, loss, femininity, violence, and abuse. It’s the perfect material for some quiet cottage time reflection.

7. A Stranger on the Beach by Michele Campbell

All is not always what is seems, especially for Caroline Stark and her beach house. This perfect property lived in by her perfect family starts to crack after a fight between Caroline and her husband. She turns to a stranger she meets on the beach, but the relationship quickly turns destructive and Caroline finds herself in a situation she never would’ve imagined.

8. The Wives by Tarryn Fisher

New York Times bestselling author Tarryn Fisher is back with a new fast-paced thriller. A woman knows her husband has two other wives, but after years of never knowing who they are, she decides to meet them. But she quickly finds out there’s way more to her relationship than she originally thought she knew.

9. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

This beautiful coming-of-age story is a New York Times bestseller for a reason. Sensitive and intelligent Kya Clark is an outcast from her community. After a murder in the area, she quickly becomes the number one suspect. She also becomes the muse of two young men from town.

10. The Skin We’re In: A Year Of Black Resistance And Power by Desmond Cole

This one’s a national bestseller from Canada’s celebrated writer, Desmond Cole. His book The Skin We’re In will help to educate every reader on the Black Lives Matter movement. Get ready for a powerful read that has sparked a national conversation and inspired activists.

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