There's nothing better than getting lost in a good book on the beach or by the pool -- unless you are toting the tome to the water's edge inside a bright, beautiful bag.
Here, some of the summer's most buzzworthy books and prettiest tote bags.
The book: The Age of Miracles, by Karen Thompson Walker (Random House, $26). The world is ending (the rotation of the Earth has suddenly begun to slow) as the life of a young woman is just beginning.
The bag: Orla Kiely "Willow," $490. Lane-Knight.
The book: The Chaperone, by Laura Moriarty (Riverhead, $26.95). The 1920s tale of an up-and-coming 15-year-old movie star, who is irreverent and blossoming with sexuality, and her conservative summer chaperone.
The bag: Consuela, $165. Lawrence's.
The books: Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail , by Cheryl Strayed (Knopf, $25.95). Memoir of a woman's 2,663-mile hike over three states and nine mountain ranges. This is Oprah's first book-club selection in two years.
The Red House, by Mark Haddon (Doubleday, $25.95). Two long-estranged siblings and their disjointed families share a rented vacation home.
The bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs "Pretty Nylon, Little Tate," $198. Nordstrom
The book: Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn (Crown, $25). A missing wife, a mountain of evidence pointing toward the husband and a twisted plot that defies expectations.
The bag: Two's Company 2 Chic, $105 (shown with Natural Life purse clip, $34). Bella Butterflies.
The book: The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln, by Stephen L. Carter (Knopf, $26.95). What if Lincoln had survived the assassination plot, only to wind up facing impeachment two years later?
The bag: Sak Saum "Lynn," $80. The Revolving Door.
The books: Where We Belong, by Emily Giffin (St. Martin's, $27.99, on sale Tuesday). The story of two women, the secret that binds them and its impact on the lives of those closest to them.
American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America, by Michelle Obama (Crown, $30). Gardening tips, recipes and inspirational stories from the first lady.
The bag: Sloane Ranger, $45. The Pink Hanger.