31 Best Beach Reads Of All Time

Perfect for those hot summer days when you want to spend time basking in the sun on the warm sands – beach reads! We’ve gathered all the beach reads that you’ll need to read this summer. So, whether you find yourself on the beach or not this summer, check them out!

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Best Beach Reads

beach reads: the weekenders

The Weekenders – Mary Kaye Andrews

Riley Griggs has a season of good times with friends and family ahead of her on Belle Isle when things take an unexpected turn. While waiting for her husband to arrive on the ferry one Friday afternoon, Riley is confronted by a process server who thrusts papers into her hands. And her husband is nowhere to be found.

beach reads: malibu rising

Malibu Rising – Taylor Jenkins Reid

It’s the day of Nina Riva’s annual end-of-summer party, and anticipation is at a fever pitch. Everyone wants to be around the famous Rivas. The siblings are a source of fascination in Malibu and the world over. But the only person not looking forward to the party is Nina herself, who has just been publicly abandoned by her husband.

beach reads: the summer i turned pretty

The Summer I Turned Pretty – Jenny Han

Belly measures her life in summers. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer. A place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one wonderful and terrible summer, the more everything changes.

beach reads: island affair

Island Affair – Priscilla Oliveras

Sought-after social media influencer Sara Vance is coming into her own after recovering from an eating disorder. But her successful sibling always have a way of making her feel like the odd one out. So, when her boyfriend is a no-show for a Florida family vacation, Sara recruits Luis Navarro to play the part of smitten fiancé.

beach reads: call me by your name

Call Me By Your Name – Andre Aciman

A sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. Each is unprepared for the consequences of their attraction. Recklessly, the two verge toward the one thing both fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy.

The Wedding Date Jasmine Guillory: the proposal

The Proposal – Jasmine Guillory

When freelance writer Nikole Paterson goes to a Dodgers game with her actor boyfriend, his man bun, and his bros, the last thing she expects is a scoreboard proposal. Saying no isn’t the hard part. They’ve only been dating for five months. And he can’t even spell her name correctly. The hard part is having to face a stadium full of disappointed fans…

romance books for teens

Love & Gelato – Jenna Evans Welch

Its the dying wish of Lina’s mother for Lina to live in Tuscany with her father that she’s never met. Reluctantly, Lina leaves Seattle to live with her father. Lina receives her mother’s diary from when she was a photography student in France and it takes her on a journey through her mother’s life. And as an added bonus, Lina’s neighbour is super handsome!

Best Romance Books 2022: the boardwalk bookshop

The Boardwalk Bookshop – Susan Mallery

When fate brings three strangers to a charming space for lease on the California coast, the Boardwalk Bookshop is born. And it’s a dream come true for Bree, Mikki and Ashley. But whilst their business is thriving, their personal lives are not.

beach reads: then you came along

Then You Came Along – Debbie Macomber

Robin Masterson’s little boy wants a dog more than anything in the world. And there just happens to be one next door. But the friendly black lab belongs to the unfriendliest man in the neighborhood, Cole Camden. Soon Robin and Cole are looking at each other in a whole new way.

James Wilkens decides to spend New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas, where he meets Summer Lawton. And they arrange to meet in Vegas at the same time in a year from now. Except it turns out to be more than a date – it’s a wedding.

beach reads: summer on the island

Summer On The Island – Brenda Novak

After the death of her US senator father, Marlow Madsen travels to the small island off the coast of Florida where she spent summers growing up to help her mother settle the family estate. For Marlow, the trip is a chance to reconnect after too long apart. It’s also the perfect escape to help her feel grounded again. One she’s happy to share with friends Aida and Claire.


The Summer Getaway – Susan Mallery

With her divorce settlement about to run out and a mortgage she can’t afford, Robyn Caldwell needs a plan for her future. She nurtured her family and neglected herself. But how’s she supposed to think when her daughter has become the most demanding bride ever, her son won’t even consider college, her best friend is on the brink of marital disaster and her ex is making a monumentally bad decision that could bring everything crashing down on her head?

chesapeake shores the inn at eagle point cover

The Inn At Eagle Point – Sherryl Woods

It’s been years since Abby O’Brien Winters set foot in Chesapeake Shores. The Maryland town her father built has too many sad memories and Abby has too few spare moments – thanks to her demanding Wall Street career, her crumbling marriage and energetic daughters.

Then a panicked phone call from her youngest sister brings her racing back home to protect Jess’ dream of renovating the charming Inn at Eagle Point. But returning means reuniting with the man she left ten years ago.

beach reads: a walk along the beach

A Walk Along The Beach

Inseparable since the loss of their mother as teenagers, the Lakey sisters are perfect opposites. Quiet, demure Willa has always admired Harper’s sense of adventure. She enjoys her peaceful routine as a café owner in their coastal hometown of Oceanside. Then a handsome customer shows interest in Willa and Harper urges her to take a chance on love. Until Harper receives crushing news that threatens to bring everything to a halt.


Cottage By The Sea

Rocked by tragedy, Annie Marlow returns to the one place she knows she can heal: the cottage by the sea where she spent many happy childhood holidays with her family. There, she meets Keaton, Mellie and Britt. Her spirit is starting her heal. Until new events threaten her new idyll life. And the opportunity of a lifetime tears her apart.


Island Time – Susan Wiggs

Off the coast of Washington lies Spruce Island, home to Rainshadow Lodge, the perfect summer retreat. Neither Mitch Rutherford or Rosie Galvez expect to find romance during their month-long visit to the rambling Victorian getaway. And despite their differences, they find themselves drawn to each other.

contemporary romance novels: meet me at beachcomber bay

Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay – Jill Mansell

When Clemency meets the brilliant Sam Adams, she could just about fall in love with him. If he weren’t married. Three years later, she settles in Cornwall to focus on her career. Until Sam upends her life by showing up as her stepsister’s boyfriend.

contemporary romance novels: beach read

Beach Read – Emily Henry

Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author and January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast. The only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they’re living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer’s block.

contemporary romance novels: it happened one summer

It Happened One Summer – Tessa Bailey

Piper Bellinger is fashionable, influential, and her reputation as a wild child means the paparazzi are constantly on her heels. When too much champagne and an out-of-control party lands her in the slammer, her stepfather decides to cut her off. And sends her to learn some responsibility at a dive bar in Washington.

contemporary romance novels

The Worst Best Man – Mia Sosa

A wedding planner left at the alter? Carolina Santos wants to leave that behind her. She’s been offered an opportunity to change her life. There’s a catch: she has to collaborate with the best (more like worst) man from her failed wedding. Lina isn’t interested in falling in love, but there are sparks flying between them.

Valentine's Day Books: well met

Well Met – Jen DeLuca

Emily knew there would be strings attached when she relocated to the small town of Willow Creek, Maryland for the summer to help her sister. But who anticipated her getting roped into volunteering for the local Renaissance Faire alongside her teenaged niece? Or that the schoolteacher in charge of the volunteers would be so annoying that she finds it impossible to stop thinking about him?

books by elin hilderbrand: golden girl

Golden Girl – Elin Hilderbrand

On a perfect June day, Vivian Howe, author of thirteen beach novels and mother of three children, is killed in a hit-and-run car accident. She ascends to the Beyond where she’s assigned to Martha, who grants her three ‘nudges’ to change the outcome of events on earth during one last summer.


The Wedding Date – Jasmine Guillory

On the eve of his ex’s wedding festivities, Drew Nichols is minus a plus one. Until a power outage strands him with the perfect candidate. Alexa Monroe wouldn’t normally agree to go to a wedding with a guy she only just met, but it was hard to resist Drew. It was supposed to be a fake date, but their weekend of fun in San Francisco means they can’t stop thinking about each other.


The Unhoneymooners – Christina Lauren

Olive is always unlucky; her identical twin sister Ami is the luckiest person in the world. While she’s about to marry the man of her dreams, Olive is forced to be friends with her nemesis: the best man, Ethan. But when the entire wedding – except for Olive and Ethan – get food poisoning, there’s an all-expenses-paid honeymoon in Hawaii up for grabs. Pretending to be newlyweds, the two take a trip to paradise.

books by elin hilderbrand: the beach club

The Beach Club – Elin Hilderbrand

Mack Petersen, manager of the hotel, has been working at The Beach Club for 12 summers. Only it’s different this year. His boss, the owner Bill Elliot, shows up with a new set of demands. His girlfriend is pressing him to get married and the bellman threatens him in a deadly scene. And then Love O’Donnell turns up, looking for a stranger to father her child.


A Summer Affair – Elin Hilderbrand

Claire has a problem setting limits. She wants it all and her friends think that she has it all. A devoted husband, four beautiful children, and a successful career. And Claire knows she can handle chairing the committee for Nantucket’s social event of the year. What she doesn’t know is that it will propel her into the orbit of billionaire Lock Dixon and unexpected sparks fly.


28 Summers – Elin Hilderbrand

When Mallory Blessing’s son, Link, receives deathbed instructions from his mother to call a number on a slip of paper in her desk drawer, he doesn’t know what to expect. And when Jake McCould answers – husband to Ursula DeGournsey, frontrunner in the Presidential election – Link thinks that there must be a mistake.


The Love Season – Elin Hilderbrand

It’s a hot August Saturday on Nantucket Island. And two lives will be transformed forever. Marguerite Beale, former chef of culinary hotspot Les Parapluies, has been out of the public eye for over a decade. Until she gets a phone call from her goddaughter, Renata Knox. She has seen her since the death of Renata’s mother fourteen years earlier. Renata wants to know about her mother’s life and death from Marguerite.


Silver Girl – Elin Hilderbrand

Desperate and facing homelessness, Meredith receives a call from her old best friend, Constance Flute. Connie’s had recent worries of her own and the two depart for a summer on Nantucket in an attempt to heal. But there is no complete escape on the island and they’re plagued by new and old troubles.


Summerland – Elin Hilderbrand

A warm June evening, a local tradition, the students of Nantucket High gather for a bonfire on the beach. What begins as a graduation night celebration ends in tragedy after a horrible crash leaves the driver, Penny Alistair, dead, and her twin brother in a coma. The other passengers, Penny’s boyfriend and friend, are physically unhurt, but the emotional damage is overwhelming.


The Surfing Lesson – Elin Hilderbrand

Margot’s romantic feelings for her husband Drum are disappearing. But while the family is on vacation in Nantucket, Margot finds an opportunity to regain her love for her husband, in the form of his ex-girlfriend. She hopes that jealousy will reignite their love. But can she save her marriage?

books by elin hilderbrand: summer of'69

Summer of ’69 – Elin Hilderbrand

Welcome to the most tumultuous summer of the twentieth century. It’s 1969, and for the Levin family, the times they are changing. Every year, the children have looked forward to spending the summer at their grandmother’s house in downtown Nantucket. But nothing is going to be the same for them or anyone in America.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is considered a beach read?

A beach read is a book you can take with you on holiday or to the beach. They’re often light-hearted and will bring an extra bit of joy to your time in the sun!

What is a good beach book to read?

There are so many good beach reads! Here are our faves:

  1. Beach Read – Emily Henry
  2. The Summer I Turned Pretty – Jenny Han
  3. The Proposal – Jasmine Guillory
  4. It Happened One Summer – Tessa Bailey
  5. Golden Girl – Elin Hilderbrand
  6. The Unhoneymooners – Christina Lauren
  7. 28 Summers – Elin Hilderbrand
  8. Island Time – Susan Wiggs
  9. Summer of ’69 – Elin Hilderbrand
  10. The Summer Getaway – Susan Mallery

Is Beach Read appropriate?

Beach Read has some strong language, moderate profanity and pretty detailed sex scenes.

Does Beach Read have a sequel?

Unfortunately for us, no, Beach Read does not have a sequel.

 Which of these beach reads are you hitting this summer? Let us know!

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