The Best Summer Beach Reads of 2019


What better way to spend a quiet summer afternoon by the pool, on the beach, or before bedtime than being inspired by a new book or author you haven’t read yet? A select group of Hamptons hotels have joined forces with Bedside Reading to encourage readers by offering free books to their guests. How cool is that?  Here’s is a little background on this educational program as well as their list of the hottest summer books you will want in your beach bag too. Bedside Reading is announcing their July book selections in the Hamptons.

Bedside Reading Founder and CEO Jane Ubell-Meyer says, “All summer long we look for fun and interesting beach reads, perfect for a lazy day by the pool or beach. We want you to indulge, unplug and lose yourself in a book.

Bedside Reading is a national program, placing books at 5-star hotels throughout the United States. When guests check into the Hamptons-area partner hotels this summer, they will receive a “Take Me Home!” Bedside Reading Hampton tote bag compliments of Bedside Reading® and the hotel. Jane Ubell-Meyer has been placing books throughout the Hamptons since 2002. 

Participating hotels include: 1770 House, Baker House 1650, Baron’s Cove, Mill House Inn, Southampton Inn, The Hedges Inn, The Maidstone Hotel, Topping Rose House, White Fences Water Mill, and Hyatt Place East End. Each hotel receives a tote-bag filled with 5-6 books; books vary by hotel. This summer the program includes books from Fiction, Non-Fiction (and Business), Children’s, YA, Cookbooks, and Wellness books. 

Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton

Book lovers don’t have to visit the Hamptons to get a free bag of the program’s bestsellers, they can simply reserve their own bag (shipping fee is additional) at

The Month of July – Hamptons’ titles include:

A Day Like Any Other: The Great Hamptons Hurricane of 1938 by Genie Chipps Henderson,
A Wedding Day on the Beach by Holly Chamberlin
Being Here…Too: Short Stories of Modern Day Enlightenment by Ariel and Shya Kane
Cape May by Chip Creek
Heels of Steel by Barbara Kavovit
Hot Pants in Hollywood: Sex, Secrets & Sitcoms by Susan Silver
Leo Gray and the Lunar Eclipse by K.J. Kruk
Pretty Revenge by Emily Liebert
Nine Tana Leaves by James Noble
Running with our Eyes Closed by Mel Greenberg
Paranoid by Lisa Jackson
Signs of Life, Love and other Miracles by Stephanie Kirz
The Truth is the Art of Being by Dee Delaney
Whisper Network by Chandler Baker

Happy summer reading!

—by Willa O’Connor