5 Fantastic Beach Reads to Dive Into This Summer

Summertime means it’s time for beach reads! Time to pack the sunscreen, floppy hat, cool drink, and that perfect book to relax with by the beach or pool. And even if you’re not going to be sitting on a beach, beach reads are perfect summer reading.

When I look for books to take on vacation, I want something light, entertaining, and not too challenging. This is why I typically grab romances, mysteries, and the occasional thriller to go with my flip-flops.

Beach Read by Emily Henry

I know it’s a little on the nose to suggest this one but it’s just so perfect. In this contemporary romance, An acclaimed but blocked literary master and a best-selling novelist who has stopped believing in true love agree to a summer-long writing project that challenges them write well in each other’s styles.


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Book cover for Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Envisioning a summer vacation in the humble Singapore home of a boy she hopes to marry, Chinese American Rachel Chu is unexpectedly introduced to a rich and scheming clan that strongly opposes their son’s relationship with an American girl.

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Holiday in the Hamptons by Sarah Morgan

In this contemporary rom com, a secret identity and a surprise reunion lead to a second chance at love for an unlikely pair.

Book cover for The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand

The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand

In this domestic thriller, a bride-to-be is found dead in the harbor. And Chief of Police Ed Kapenash searches for the killer within her own wedding party.

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High Season by Judy Blundell

Forced to rent out her family’s beautiful seaside Long Island home every summer just so that they can afford to keep it, Ruthie is forced to go to extreme lengths to protect the life she loves in the wake of a suddenly estranged marriage, greedy co-workers who are threatening her job, the return of an old flame and her teen daughter’s destructive relationship.

In closing

Warmer weather, school’s out, and the pool’s open all add up to it being beach read season. Enjoy a fun and not-too-challenging read as you relax this summer.