I don’t know about you, but nothing screams perfect beach day to this writer than a good beach read. Toes buried in the sand, the warm smell of sunscreen in the air and the crisp binding of a book being freshly opened. Whether you love history, biographies, humor, romance or true crime our list of best beach reads for the Summer has something for everyone. Add them to your bag and head to the water.
The first book on our list is “The Last thing He Told Me” by Laura Dave. If you’re a True Crime lover, this one’s for you. Hannah is suddenly left alone after the very public implosion of her husband’s company and she must figure out why Oliver has left a large duffel bag of cash and a small footprint of life. Read it before you see it: Julia Roberts has already signed on to be part of a mini-series based on this book.
“The Paper Palace” by Miranda Cowley Heller has a local appeal, with the story being set on Cape Cod. During a summer dinner party the protagonist of the story partakes in infidelity, which start this book off on it’s course. An insight to how even the most well laid plans can be set off course.
The third book on our list seemed like an appropriate pick for the times. “Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness” by Kristin Radtke. The author explores the cultural origins of loneliness and what do we lose as a society when we all turn inward to ourselves. The topic may seem a bit heavy, but after coming out of Covid-19 it’s a must add to your beach reads.
If you can never get enough tee time, pick up “A Course Called America: Fifty States, Five Thousand Fairways and the Search for the Great American Golf Course” by Tom Coyne. Coyne travels the country over one year to play every course to ever host a US Open, starting with the historic Newport Country Club in Rhode Island.
Now an HBO Original series, “Beartown: A Novel” from Fredrick Backman centers around a group of boys connected through their hockey team. The chance to compete in the National Semi Finals becomes the catalyst for a violent act in their small town that changes things forever. The decisions we make every day can ultimately define us.
Baseball Star Willie Mays joins John Shea for “24: Life Stories and Lessons from the Say Hey Kid,” to tell the story of his life in, aptly, twenty four chapters. Bob Costas provided the foreward for this Memoir. This a must have beach read even if you’re not a huge baseball fan.
“One Last Stop” by Casey McQuiston follows the life of August as she arrives to New York City with her entire life in five boxes. A loner by nature, August meets a mysterious girl on the train that changes everything, but with a twist that we won’t spoil.
Former President Bill Clinton teams up with James Patterson once again with a sequel to their 2018 release, “The President is Missing.” This year’s thriller, “The President’s Daughter,” is about, well, the President’s daughter. More specifically her kidnapping by a terrorist organization and the attempt to get her returned safely.
Long a staple of summer beach reads, Jennifer Weiner brings us a new story about female friendships through a case of mistaken identity…or is it? “That Summer” will fulfill your beach read needs.
If you’re looking for a beach read that will help you escape to distant lands, look no further than “The Escape” by Katherine St. John. Even the authors name sounds exotic. This story is set on a film set in the Caribbean where some of the cast are hoping to revive their careers. Secrets begin to come to light all while the set is hit by a Hurricane.
If you prefer to be on the edge of your beach chair, grab Stephen King’s newest “Billy Summers.” King tells the story of Summers, a hired hit man with one final job. Things, of course, don’t go as planned and the reader is swept into a story they won’t put down.
“People We Meet on Vacation” is the story of two longtime friends that resume their once annual summer vacation together. Author Emily Henry delivers a comedy that will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy.
Need more beach reads for summer? Check out Time’s 36 New Books to Read This Summer, Harper’s Bazaar’s The Best Books to Read in 2021, Vogue’s The Best Books to Read This summer, The 20 Best Beach Reads to Add to Your Summer Reading List from Good Housekeeping, Travel + Leisure’s The 20 Most Anticipated Books of Summer 2021, or the New York Times’ Summer Reading list.