Ah, summer — that blissful season when life is cool and carefree. (Just kidding — you're trapped in an office while it's gorgeous out, your hair can't handle the humidity, and your vacation days are dwindling.) But! The spate of new releases at your local bookstore is finally more compelling than your out-of-date Netflix queue.
We've rounded up a selection of reading material by turns easy, breezy, and above all, brilliant — plus its perfect cocktail complement. Enjoy.
Read This: Modern Lovers
What says "Brooklyn" better than ironically sipping an Old Fashioned while reading a novel about modern romance? Emma Straub's follow-up to last year's runaway success The Vacationers tells the story of two middle-aged-ish couples whose children become romantically entangled.
Drink That: Old Fashioned
Nuanced observations on the shifting dynamics of family and womanhood ensure the novel is as thoroughly grounded in the contemporary as your cocktail isn't.
What cocktail do you reach for while reading on the beach?