Summer is here, finally, and the beach and cool waters await our fierce brown bodies! But what’s a beach twirl without a hot, page-turning book?

Whether you’re in need of a scandalous escape, inspiration to jumpstart your dream career or more know-how for life’s power plays, Jawbreaker has the beach reads you need snuggled next to your bikini now!

Get ready to grab your 30 SPF sunscreen, shade blockers, and your pick of these jawbreaking reads!

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1. Deadly Stuff Players by Flo Anthony

Hardcover: $12.18, Paperback: $13.50

The original queen of entertainment gossip Flo Anthony offers up a juicy, mystery novel soaked with guns, sex and scandal! When the wife of a billionaire is found murdered in a sports bar, it’s up to a NFL hall-of-famer Rome Nyland and the baddest gossip columnist in the game (is that you, Flo?) to figure out who killed her! Add a sexy affair and rumored sex tape (uh oh!) and you’ve got yourself one hell of a beach read! We’re predicting you’ll finish this one in less than three days!

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2. Learn to Earn More Journal by Myleik Teele

$20.00

CEO of curlBox and our girl Myleik Teele, is an inspiration for ladies who dream of taking their careers to the next level! This cool journal is loaded with personal tips straight from Myleik on how to start anything you desire, how to journal (we need that!) and how to create lists (handy!). Myleik also gives the insider dish on how she wrote her way to success!

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3. Men We Reaped: A Memoir by Jesmyn Ward

Paperback: $12.02, Hardcover: $17.06

Jesmyn Ward is an author we have our eyes on. In the past four years, she’s written two novels, her first, Salvage the Bones, which is set during Hurricane Katrina and won the National Book Award in 2011, despite not much critical acclaim. Her memoir, Men We Reaped, depicts her childhood in rural Louisiana and the lives of five young men she grew up with—including her brother—who all died in a span of four years. Tragic!

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4. Miss Jessie’s: Creating a Successful Business from Scratch-Naturally by Miko Branch

$18.62

Miko Branch, and her late sister Titi Branch, co-founded the natural hair brand, Miss Jessie’s, which has left an indelible mark on the hair care industry. The memoir gives readers relatable business advice. Miko also shares how their grandmother, Miss Jessie, whom the company is named after, taught the sisters independence by teaching them the value of being “do it yourself” women!

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5. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

$6.39

Anyone who read the work of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie—the woman’s voice on Beyonce’s “Flawless” banger—would agree this sister is a game-changer! The Nigeria native, also known for her popular TEDx talk, expands her essay and gives a modern, 21st century take on feminism. This New York Times bestseller also includes Adichie’s personal experiences around sexual politics and what it means to be a woman. This is one of those musts for your bedroom shelf!

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6. NW: A Novel by Zadie Smith

Paperback: $11.28, Hardcover: $18.84

A super page-turning novel for your day at the beach, this New York Times best seller is set in Northwest London and chronicles the lives of four natives—Leah, Natalie, Felix and Nathan. All of the girls are trying to make lives for themselves outside of their childhood estate of Caldwell. And before they know it, they find out L-town can be just as complicated as it is exciting!

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7. The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

Paperback: $9.60, Hardcover: $21.09

Isabel Wilkerson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who, after 15 years of research, was able to tell the story of Black citizens from the south migrating to the north and western cities in search of a better life from the 1930s through the 1970s. This book was just optioned by Shonda Rhimes for FX, so hurry up and get the backstory before the TV show premieres!

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8. The Power Playbook: Rules for Independence, Money and Success by Lala Anthony

$17.11

Lala Anthony is the ultimate power chick who also balances being a media personality, actress, and a fab wife and mother. The Power Playbook dishes advice on how she created a thriving career she loves and balances it all in fierce heels! Lala also opens up on some of personal experiences, setbacks and how to truly find success on your own terms.41N+hI1WoyL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_

9. God Help the Child: A Novel by Toni Morrison

Hardcover: $14.79, Paperback: $18.40

The iconic Toni Morrison returns with her first novel, set in modern times, telling the story of how children and adults can have an ever-lasting effect on each others’ lives. The novel centers on Bride, a young woman with “beautiful blue-black skin.” Bride was rejected by her lighter skinned mother and goes through issues with her man. This one is a tearjerker so get ready!

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10.  Don’t Waste Your Pretty by Demetria L. Lucas

$13.50

Demetria Lucas’ second book serves up some old school, auntie advice and it’s all in the title Don’t Waste Your Pretty! After interviewing thousands of men and answering over 38,000 anonymous questions on Ask.fm, this advice guide is a compilation of all those queries and wonders and you’re likely to relate to most of them!

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11. Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Hardcover: $17.59, Paperback: $12.06

Funny girl Amy Poehler released a book that’s sure to answer all your questions on how she got her start in comedy and how she comes up with those crazy one-liners! Yes Please is a collection of stories, lists, poetry (yes, poetry!), photographs and advice. Expect chapters titles like “Treat Your Career Like a Bad Boyfriend,” “Plain Girl Versus the Demon” and “The Robots Will Kill Us All.” It’s safe to say you’ll get some career insight and will laugh out loud and uncontrollably!

Brittney Fennell

Brittney Fennell

Brittney is a NYC journalist who has goals to disrupt culture in ways unseen.