The summertime is a hotbed for magical, endless, surreal, and diary worthy experiences. You know what we’re talking about: summer love, freedom, heartbreak, and sunburns. In between long walks on the beach and courting your seasonal flames, you’re going to have some down time. We suggest you unwind, hydrate, and collect inspiration from these rad female visionaries! Here are our top picks for your 2015 Beach Reading List:





How Should A Person Be by Sheila Heti


Mislaid by Nell Zink

The First Bad Man by Miranda July

Get In Trouble by Kelly Link

Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. by Viv Albertine

I Love Dick by Chris Kraus




Saint Mazie by Jami Attenberg 

The Vacationers by Emma Straub



 When You Say One Thing But You Mean Your Mother by Melissa Broder



MotherLand, Fatherland, Homelandsexuals by Patricia Lockwood

I Went To Sleep Drunk And Woke Up Hungry by Katie Wheeler-Dubin

Graphic Novels:


Melody by Sylvie Rancourt

 Super Mutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki

Displacement by Lucy Knisley 




Not Funny Ha Ha by Leah Hayes


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Bee Gray is a creative writer and essayist living in Oakland, California. She loves studying contemporary culture, media, and human behavior. She thinks life is art, she thinks women are art, she surrounds herself in goddesses, she can't stop talking. Follow her on Instagram @beesuschrist.