What’s better than diving into a great story while listening to the crash of the surf and the cries of a shorebird? Nothing. Many of our guests enjoy delving into a good book during their time on Sanibel Island. We are happy to announce that tripsavvy.com has just released their list of the best books to read on the beach in 2020. The following 8 books are perfect for reading on the sand or by the pool.

Best Mystery: The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
“With lots of clever twists and surprises, this creepy and entertaining thriller will keep you in suspense.”

Best for Women: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
“A recent pick for Oprah’s Book Club.”

Best for Men: The President Is Missing by James Patterson
“It makes a great gift for Dad, but women will be equally as captivated by this page-turner.”

Best Thriller: Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott
“An irresistible, addicting read about twisted female friendships.”

Best Memoir: Brave by Rose McGowan
“Brave is tough to put down, and even harder to forget.”

Best Short Story Collection: Florida by Lauren Groff
“Groff transports readers into the lives of various Floridians, spanning lives, time and locations.”

Best Suspense: The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
“This must-read, gripping thriller is full of twists and surprises.”

Best Essay Collection: Calypso by David Sedaris
“Whether you’re a long-time Sedaris fan or a newcomer to his work, you’ll be wowed by his intellect.”

Some of our personal favorite beach reads include the Doc Ford series by local author and New York Times Best-Selling author Randy Wayne White, as well as A Gift from the Sea written by Anne Morrow Lindbergh in the 1950s during a trip to Southwest Florida.

During your time on Sanibel, we highly encourage you to visit the islands charming, independently owned bookstores MacIntosh Books + Paper as well as Gene’s Bookstore that was just placed on Forbes’ list of “The Best Bookshops In America For Bibliophile”.

Happy New Year and Happy Reading!

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