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2018 Spring Reads For the Beach
As the weather continues to warm up, many are headed to the beach for a little rest and relaxation. Pack these New York Times best sellers into your beach bag this spring for a perfect day at your favorite Virginia Beach.
Camino Island, John Grisham
Synopsis: A search for stolen rare manuscripts leads to a Florida island.
New York Times Review: The book provides the pleasure of a leisurely jaunt periodically jolted into high gear, just for the fun and speed of it.
Ready Player One, Ernest Cline
Synopsis: It's 2044, life on a resource-depleted Earth has grown increasingly grim, and the key to a vast fortune is hidden in a virtual-reality world.
New York Times Review: Ernest Cline's "Ready Player One" is a book filled with references to video games, virtual reality, '80s pop-culture trivia, geek heroes like E. Gary Gygax, and funny-sounding cult items like Frobozz and Raaka-Tu. Yet it works for people who like books without pictures too.
Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng
Synopsis: An artist upends a quiet town outside Cleveland.
New York Times Review: The magic of this novel lies in its power to implicate all of its characters — and likely many of its readers — in that innocent delusion. Who set the little fires everywhere? We keep reading to find out, even as we suspect that it could be us with ash on our hands.
Educated, Tara Westover
Synopsis: In this biography, the daughter of survivalists, who is kept out of school, educates herself enough to leave home for university.
New York Times Review: The extremity of Westover's upbringing emerges gradually through her telling, which only makes the telling more alluring and harrowing.
Red Sparrow, Jason Matthews
Synopsis: A Russian intelligence officer trained in the art of seduction becomes entangled with a young C.I.A. officer.
New York Times Review: From dead drops to honey traps, trunk escapes to burst transmissions, Matthews offers the reader a primer in 21st-century spying.
12 Strong, Doug Stanton
Synopsis: Special Forces soldiers fought the Taliban on horseback shortly after 9/11. First published in print as "Horse Soldiers." 16 hours, 40 minutes unabridged. Read by Jack Garrett.
New York Times Review: There's a lot to admire about "Horse Soldiers." Stanton packs a huge amount of research into a thrilling action ride of a book.