The ISHINE365 crew are all avid book lovers who crave a good beach and poolside read. We decided to give you guys some solid recos on the best books we’ve read lately Enjoy! xx




1 – Outlander (series)

Outlander is the first in a series of eight historical novels by Diana Gabaldon. It focuses on 20th century nurse Claire Randall, who time travels to 18th century Scotland and finds adventure and romance with the dashing James Fraser (we promise you will fall head over heels in love with this man).  Outlander won the Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award for Best Romance of 1991. A TV adaption of the Outlander series premiered on Starz, and they are currently filming season 2 which depicts the second book (Dragonfly In Amber) of this series. Make sure you read the book first and then follow up with the TV show, you will be hooked as soon as you meet the actor who plays James Fraser


2 – Not That Kind Of Girl

Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned” is a memoir book written by Lena Dunham. The book is a collection of autobiographical essays, lists, and emails. Basically, it’s just a hilarious book about her experiences throughout her twenties, things we can all relate to: friends, boys, body issues, career hurdles, and finding herself in the real world. A perfect, easy read for a day at the beach or pool. It reached #2 on the The New York Times Best Seller list on October 19, so clearly tons of people agree! Check it out.


3 –You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

Bestselling author, speaker and world-traveling success coach, Jen Sincero, cuts through the din of the self-help genre with her own verbal meat cleaver in You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. In this refreshingly blunt how-to guide, Sincero, serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, life-changing insights, easy exercises and the occasional swear word.


4 – A Discovery of Witches (trilogy)

A Discovery of Witches is a historical-fantasy novel and the debut novel by American scholar Deborah Harkness. It follows the story of Diana Bishop, an alchemical history professor at Oxford University who, after accidentally calling an elusive, long-thought-lost manuscript, is compelled to embrace the magic in her blood she has sought to keep out of her life and engage in a forbidden romance with charming vampire Matthew Clairmont. If you love Harry Potter and Twilight, you will *LOVE* this book series.

*Our fav witches of all time*

5 – The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train is a psychological thriller novel by British author Paula Hawkins.

The perfect description via Amazon:

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

Did that make you want to read it? We don’t know how it couldn’t! The movie is currently in pre-production and it supposed to be amazing. Read up before the film is released.

6 – The Night Circus

The Night Circus, By Erin Morgenstern, is a phantasmagorical fairy tale set near an ahistorical Victorian London in a wandering magical circus that is open only from sunset to sunrise. Le Cirque des Rêves, the Circus of Dreams, features such wonders and “ethereal enigmas” as a blooming garden made all of ice, acrobats soaring without a net, and a vertical cloud maze where patrons who get lost simply step off and float gently to the floor.

Sounds crazy, right? Because it is. Another book comparable to Harry potter, get lost in the magic of this novel while bronzing poolside in your ishine365 bikini.