This is what Meghan Markle thinks is the perfect summer beach read

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Before she was a world-famous Duchess, Meghan Markle was an actress on Suits with a blog called The Tig. The site focused on her travels, her love of fashion and really anything she wanted to write about including her reading materials. She had to shut down the blog once she officially signed on to be a royal but luckily the internet saves everything including her recommended summer reads for 2016.

Of her book choices she wrote on her blog, “And while I usually refer to bestseller lists to accrue my literary plus ones, I opted to ask friends to recommend classics and favorites they thought I would enjoy for my summer of wanderlust. These are the gems that will be joining me for the month of August – from cheeky to grounded, they run the gamut from reads that help you escape to those that get your wheels a-turning.” She also talked about how she doesn’t like to read books on a tablet but prefers them the old-fashioned way (paper.)

Now, since the post is three years old, none of the books are new releases but that doesn’t mean they aren’t classics that will make any beach day or staycation a little bit better.

Meghan Markle’s summer reading list

The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

Need a good cry? Well at least do it on the beach. This is a collection of essays from the late Yale student Marina Keegan.

Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement

A beautiful but sad story on the women and children left behind in Mexican drug wars.

The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy

A look at an American girl abroad in Paris in the exciting 1950s.

Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

Not to be confused by the restaurant novel Sweet Bitter, Bittersweet exposes the inside (and often dark and grotesque) world of a powerful and wealthy New England family.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

This Pulitizer Prize-winning novel has been out for a few years but now you will have time to read it before the movie comes out in September.

Together: Our Community Cookbook by The Hubb Community Kitchen

Interested in learning some wonderful recipes? Check out this book which was written after the Grenfell Tower fire in London when a group of local women came together to cook fresh food for their families and neighbors.

American Tabloid by James Ellroy

If only she had known she would soon be the subject of so many American and British tabloids. However this book focuses on three events surrounding the FBI, the CIA and the mafia in the years between 1958 and 1963.

The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

Can’t go wrong with a classic? And after you read the book you can watch the beautiful film directed by Anthony Minghella and starring Ralph Fiennes and Kristen Scott Thomas.

Rita Moreno: A Memoir by Rita Moreno

Who doesn’t like a good Hollywood memoir?

The Hotel on Place Vendome by Tilar J. Mazzeo

The world-famous Ritz Hotel had quite an interesting history.

Where’d you go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

Another wonderful book that isn’t new anymore but it is going to be the film of the summer starring Cate Blanchett.

Happy reading!