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Ten 2017 Beach Reads For Your Hilton Head Island Vacation

What’s the recipe for a perfect vacation? Striking the right balance between fun and relaxation. On Hilton Head Island, there’s plenty to do. And that includes doing nothing at all! Part of embracing #LowcountryLife is moving at a slower pace. Stopping to smell the roses. Wiling away a sunny afternoon at the beach, or lounging poolside with a cocktail in hand.

One of the best companions for a leisurely afternoon is a great book! Pack one of these popular 2017 books alongside your sunscreen and sunglasses for your Hilton Head Island vacation.

All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg

All Grown up


This dark comedy about a flawed heroine is a witty and fast read, perfect for an afternoon spent poolside. This is Attenberg’s sixth book, her most famous being 2012’s New York Times Bestseller The Middlesteins. If you’ve enjoyed her past work, or are a fan of shows like Sex and the City or Girls, give this novel a try.

Celine: A Novel by Peter Heller



The newest offering from the author of the bestselling The Dog Stars is a page-turner. Celine is the suspenseful tale of a wealthy, elderly private eye hired to investigate the mysterious death of a young woman’s father. The beautiful writing and quirky characters of this novel will pull you in while you relax on the beach.

Into The Water by Paula Hawkins

Into the water


The latest novel by the author of The Girl on the Train will appeal to fans of Gone Girl-style thrillers. In Into The Water, two women are found dead at the bottom of a river during the same summer. The surprising twists and addictive anticipation of this psychological thriller mean you won’t want to put it down. Luckily, when you’re on vacation you don’t have to.

Nevertheless: A Memoir by Alec Baldwin



Celebrity memoirs always make great vacation reads, and Alec Baldwin’s is no exception. It is as candid as it is clever. Baldwin brings the quick wit that made him famous to his writing and opens up about his past struggles and successes. Whether you know him from 30 Rock, one of his many films, or his recent appearances on Saturday Night Live, you’re bound to enjoy a vacation day spent in Baldwin’s world.

One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul

One Day Well All be Dead


This debut collection of essays from Scaachi Koul showcases the impeccable sense of humor and unique outlook on life that originally landed the author a gig writing for Buzzfeed. You’ll love Scaachi’s hilarious, often awkward, personal stories – but good luck trying not to laugh out loud on the beach, resulting in an awkward moment of your own.

Rich People Problems: A Novel by Kevin Kwan

Rich People Problems


Did you read Kwan’s bestselling Crazy Rich Girlfriend, or its sequel China Rich Girlfriend, on a past vacation? Then you’ll love devouring the third installment, Rich People Problems, on your next vacation. Kwan is back with his funny and fanciful tales of a rich Singapore family’s many dramas. This quick, lighthearted romp makes for a perfect poolside read.

Unplug: A Simple Guide to Meditation for Busy Skeptics and Modern Soul Seekers by Suze Yalof Schwartz and Debra Goldstein



Everyone loves to unplug and unwind on vacation. So why not pack a beach read that will help you carry that sense of calm back to your everyday life? The slow-paced life that Lowcountry is known for makes Hilton Head Island one of the most relaxing vacation destinations you can choose. It’s the perfect place to find your inner Zen! Take things a step further by checking out these health and wellness options on the island.

The Best of Adam Sharp: A Novel by Graeme Simsion

Best of Adam Sharp


Graeme Simsion’s latest novel has appeared on many “Most Anticipated of 2017” lists thanks to the success of his books The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect. Now he’s back with a new, charming love story that serves as a great companion for a day at the beach.

The Young Wives Club: A Novel by Julie Pennell

The Young Wives Club


Julie Pennell’s debut novel likens itself to Desperate Housewives and The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. The story follows the love lives and friendships of four Louisiana women. It’s the perfect vacation pick for readers desiring something warm and uplifting.

When You Find Out the World is Against You: And Other Funny Memories About Awful Moments by Kelly Oxford

The World is Against You


This follow-up to Oxford’s bestseller Everything is Perfect When You’re a Liar won’t disappoint fans. Oxford, known for her hilarious Twitter account, is back with a new batch of essays about childhood, parenthood, and everything in between. It’s the ideal beach read for fans of writers like Mindy Kaling, Tina Fey, or Jenny Lawson.

With these ten great beach read recommendations, you’re all set for the best summer ever! All that’s left is booking the perfect vacation. Click here to request your own Hilton Head Island vacation guide. And don’t forget to download the Island Compass App before you arrive!


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