22 of The Best Beach Reads Story

Reading for pleasure, we bring our books with us when we vacation, especially to the beaches. We may read more as we slow down from year-round obligations in the summer.

Putting that together, the marketing mavens began calling these books “beach reads” during the summer of 1990.

Thankfully, the characteristics of beach reads continue to expand to be more inclusive of books like memoirs or classic literature, and not just for women as if they, as a gender, can only handle light reading. We include fiction and nonfiction on our reading list.

Lucy Foley is the New York Times bestselling author of The Guest List. The Paris Apartment is a fast read thriller set in Paris about a woman who travels from London to visit her brother, who she can’t find. This mystery has twists and turns to satisfy readers who like page-turners.

“The Paris Apartment” by Lucy Foley

Bestselling New York Times author Sabaa Tahir of All My Rage has the ingredients for a hard-to-put-down novel that explores diverse cultures, a love story, and tragedy. The emotional story follows the lives of three main characters and their journeys.

“All My Rage” by Sabaa Tahir

This engrossing debut novel takes place in the summer of 1995 in Memphis, moving between different timeframes.  It traces three generations of a Southern Black family and one daughter’s discovery that she has the power to change her family’s legacy.

“Memphis: A Novel”  by Tara M. Stringfellow

The Candy House is a follow-up to author Jennifer Egan’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel A Visit From the Goon Squad. I loved the Goon Squad, an inventive novel, and its characters many of whom appear in The Candy House.

“The Candy House” by Jennifer Egan

The title of this book grabbed me like a soapy royalty tale, and so it is. If you are a follower of William and Kate, you won’t be disappointed. Oxford, ritzy society, relationships, tabloids, and lots of fun in this novel.

“The Royal We” by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

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