The Best Beach Books To Read Now

I am heading into new territory with today’s post! Typically, I’m all about the fashion, but summer means vacation, and vacation means the beach. What’s a must have for a day at the sea shore? A great book! The problem is that I am WAY too busy to read these days. How would I show you the best beach books to read now when I don’t have time to read any? I did research! And by “research” I mean I asked my sister, the author, for some recommendations, lol. Ha Below are her suggestions and a bit about each.

The Best Beach Books To Read Now – Romance

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Secrets of a Summer Night

I like a wide variety of genres, so today, I’m sharing a bit of everything. Let’s start with Romance! If you’re a fan of Bridgerton, you’ll like this series. Each book follows a “wallflower” as they find the man/marquis of their dreams. (Disclaimer: I grew up reading romance novels, but they were light on spice. Not so much these days. I tend to just scroll through the steamy pages, so I can’t really tell you if these are super sexy or just normal sexy, lol. Read at your own risk.)

The Wallflowers: four young ladies at the side of the ballroom make a pact to help each other find husbands . . . no matter what it takes.

Proud and beautiful Annabelle Peyton could have her pick of suitors—if only she had a dowry. Her family is on the brink of disaster, and the only way Annabelle can save them is to marry a wealthy man. Unfortunately, her most persistent admirer is the brash Simon Hunt, a handsome and ambitious entrepreneur who wants her as his mistress.

Annabelle is determined to resist Simon’s wicked propositions, but she can’t deny her attraction to the boldly seductive rogue, any more than he can resist the challenge she presents. As they try to outmaneuver each other, they find themselves surrendering to a love more powerful than they could have ever imagined. But fate may have other plans—and it will take all of Annabelle’s courage to face a peril that could destroy everything she holds dear.

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Love on the Brain

These aren’t your typical romance novels. These feature brilliant protagonists. In The Love Hypothesis, Bee is working on a project for NASA. I loved the scientific approach to love. I couldn’t relate to the brilliance of the protagonist, but romance is romance. After reading approximately 10 million romances, it’s nice to see a different approach. I’ve read several by Ali Hazlewood and enjoyed them all.

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Love Hypothesis comes a new STEMinist rom-com in which a scientist is forced to work on a project with her nemesis—with explosive results.

Like an avenging, purple-haired Jedi bringing balance to the mansplained universe, Bee Königswasser lives by a simple code: What would Marie Curie do? If NASA offered her the lead on a neuroengineering project—a literal dream come true after years of scraping by on the crumbs of academia—Marie would accept without hesitation. Duh. But the mother of modern physics never had to co-lead with Levi Ward.
 
Sure, Levi is attractive in a tall, dark, and piercing-eyes kind of way. And sure, he caught her in his powerfully corded arms like a romance novel hero when she accidentally damseled in distress on her first day in the lab. But Levi made his feelings toward Bee very clear in grad school—archenemies work best employed in their own galaxies far, far away.
 
Now, her equipment is missing, the staff is ignoring her, and Bee finds her floundering career in somewhat of a pickle. Perhaps it’s her occipital cortex playing tricks on her, but Bee could swear she can see Levi softening into an ally, backing her plays, seconding her ideas…devouring her with those eyes. And the possibilities have all her neurons firing. But when it comes time to actually make a move and put her heart on the line, there’s only one question that matters: What will Bee Königswasser do?

The Best Beach Books To Read Now – Creepy

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The Housemaid: An absolutely addictive psychological thriller with a jaw-dropping twist

I am like my sister in a lot of ways, but on this, we differ. I LOVE psychological thrillers and creepy stories. The Housemaid is sufficiently scary and has a nice twist. There’s two more in the series that I plan on reading next.

“Welcome to the family,” Nina Winchester says as I shake her elegant, manicured hand. I smile politely, gazing around the marble hallway. Working here is my last chance to start fresh. I can pretend to be whoever I like. But I’ll soon learn that the Winchesters’ secrets are far more dangerous than my own…

Every day I clean the Winchesters’ beautiful house top to bottom. I collect their daughter from school. And I cook a delicious meal for the whole family before heading up to eat alone in my tiny room on the top floor.

I try to ignore how Nina makes a mess just to watch me clean it up. How she tells strange lies about her own daughter. And how her husband Andrew seems more broken every day. But as I look into Andrew’s handsome brown eyes, so full of pain, it’s hard not to imagine what it would be like to live Nina’s life. The walk-in closet, the fancy car, the perfect husband.

I only try on one of Nina’s pristine white dresses once. Just to see what it’s like. But she soon finds out… and by the time I realize my attic bedroom door only locks from the outside, it’s far too late.

But I reassure myself: the Winchesters don’t know who I really am.

They don’t know what I’m capable of…

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Verity

Colleen Hoover is a force. She’s constantly on the bestseller list. She writes a lot of romance, but this definitely falls under the CREEPY banner. Still, it’s one of her best-selling novels, and readers love it. There were moments when I was like, Girl – RUN. I would love to get your take on the ending if you’ve read it.

Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish.
 
Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity’s notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn’t expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity’s recollection of the night her family was forever altered.
 
Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents could devastate the already grieving father. But as Lowen’s feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife’s words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue loving her.

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The First Lie Wins

I just finished this book and it was a real page-turner. It was tense without being violent or creepy. Lots of plot twists throughout.

REESE’S BOOK CLUB PICK | #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“This fast-paced read has everything you could want in a thriller: secret identities, a mysterious boss and a cat & mouse game that kept me guessing the whole way through.” —Reese Witherspoon

Evie Porter has everything a nice Southern girl could want: a doting boyfriend, a house with a white picket fence, a tight group of friends. The only catch: Evie Porter doesn’t exist.


The identity comes first: Evie Porter. Once she’s given a name and location by her mysterious boss, Mr. Smith, she learns everything there is to know about the town and the people in it. Then the mark: Ryan Sumner. The last piece of the puzzle is the job.

Evie isn’t privy to Mr. Smith’s real identity, but she knows this job isn’t like the others. Ryan has gotten under her skin, and she’s starting to envision a different sort of life for herself. But Evie can’t make any mistakes—especially after what happened last time.

Evie Porter must stay one step ahead of her past while making sure there’s still a future in front of her. The stakes couldn’t be higher—but then, Evie has always liked a challenge. . . .

The Best Beach Books To Read Now – Fantasy

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A Court of Thorns and Roses

This series has been out for a while, and it has a cult following. If you’ve ever seen “ACOTAR” in a story or social media post, this series is what they are talking about. It’s part adventure and romance, all wrapped up in a fantasy world. If you’re not afraid of fantasy – give it a try. These fall into the sexy category in a big way, FYI.

The sexy, action-packed first book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Court of Thorns and Roses series from Sarah J. Maas.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a terrifying creature arrives to demand retribution. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she knows about only from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not truly a beast, but one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled her world.

At least, he’s not a beast all the time.

As she adapts to her new home, her feelings for the faerie, Tamlin, transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But something is not right in the faerie lands. An ancient, wicked shadow is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it, or doom Tamlin-and his world-forever.

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Fourth Wing 

I’m not sure if this is fantasy or dystopian or just YA, but it took the world by storm last year. I stumbled on it and liked it a lot. It draws you in quickly and is full of adventure. Oh, and dragons. lol. I guess we’ll qualify it as fantasy. But it’s good, ends with a real bang and is part of a series.

Twenty-year-old Violet Sorrengail was supposed to enter the Scribe Quadrant, living a quiet life among books and history. Now, the commanding general—also known as her tough-as-talons mother—has ordered Violet to join the hundreds of candidates striving to become the elite of Navarre: dragon riders.

But when you’re smaller than everyone else and your body is brittle, death is only a heartbeat away…because dragons don’t bond to “fragile” humans. They incinerate them.

With fewer dragons willing to bond than cadets, most would kill Violet to better their own chances of success. The rest would kill her just for being her mother’s daughter—like Xaden Riorson, the most powerful and ruthless wingleader in the Riders Quadrant.

She’ll need every edge her wits can give her just to see the next sunrise.

Yet, with every day that passes, the war outside grows more deadly, the kingdom’s protective wards are failing, and the death toll continues to rise. Even worse, Violet begins to suspect leadership is hiding a terrible secret.

Friends, enemies, lovers. Everyone at Basgiath War College has an agenda—because once you enter, there are only two ways out: graduate or die.

The Best Beach Books To Read Now – Adult Fiction

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The Thursday Murder Club: A Novel 

The writers in my critique group suggested this series about four friends in a retirement community who get caught up trying to solve a murder case. I haven’t had time to read it yet, but it sounds like a ton of fun! It’s gotten a lot of great reviews.

Four septuagenarians with a few tricks up their sleeves
A female cop with her first big case
A brutal murder
Welcome to…
THE THURSDAY MURDER CLUB

In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet weekly in the Jigsaw Room to discuss unsolved crimes; together they call themselves the Thursday Murder Club.

When a local developer is found dead with a mysterious photograph left next to the body, the Thursday Murder Club suddenly finds themselves in the middle of their first live case.

As the bodies begin to pile up, can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer, before it’s too late?

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Demon Copperhead

I loved The Poisonwood Bible so I was excited to read this take on David Copperfield. It’s got a great, southern voice, but it’s not for the faint of heart. Poor Demon has a time of it. I’m in love with the imagery of this novel. And of course, I’m a fan of all things southern, so this was right up my alley.

From the acclaimed author of The Poisonwood Bible and The Bean Trees, a brilliant novel that enthralls, compels, and captures the heart as it evokes a young hero’s unforgettable journey to maturity
Set in the mountains of southern Appalachia, Demon Copperhead is the story of a boy born to a teenaged single mother in a single-wide trailer, with no assets beyond his dead father’s good looks and copper-colored hair, a caustic wit, and a fierce talent for survival. Relayed in his own unsparing voice, Demon braves the modern perils of foster care, child labor, derelict schools, athletic success, addiction, disastrous loves, and crushing losses. Through all of it, he reckons with his own invisibility in a popular culture where even the superheroes have abandoned rural people in favor of generations ago, Charles Dickens wrote David Copperfield from his experience as a survivor of institutional poverty and its damages to children in his society. Those problems have yet to be solved in ours. Dickens is not a prerequisite for readers of this novel, but he provided its inspiration. In transposing a Victorian epic novel to the contemporary American South, Barbara Kingsolver enlists Dickens’ anger and compassion, and above all, his faith in the transformative powers of a good story. Demon Copperhead speaks for a new generation of lost boys, and all those born into beautiful, cursed places they can’t imagine leaving behind.

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The Lost Bookshop

A vanishing bookshop that only shows up to people who need it? Yes, PLEASE! This is on my TBR pile. I have heard great things about it so I thought I’d share.

The Echo of Old Books meets The Lost Apothecary in this evocative and charming novel full of mystery and secrets.

‘The thing about books,’ she said ‘is that they help you to imagine a life bigger and better than you could ever dream of.’

On a quiet street in Dublin, a lost bookshop is waiting to be found…

For too long, Opaline, Martha and Henry have been the side characters in their own lives.

But when a vanishing bookshop casts its spell, these three unsuspecting strangers will discover that their own stories are every bit as extraordinary as the ones found in the pages of their beloved books. And by unlocking the secrets of the shelves, they find themselves transported to a world of wonder… where nothing is as it seems.

The Best Beach Books To Read Now – One More

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Hope In The Holler

You know I can’t do a post on books without plugging my own novel! Yes, it’s considered “middle grade” but I promise you it’s a great read for any age. It got lots of great reviews and even won an International Literacy Award. If that’s not enough for you, my mother LOVED it. If you knew her, you’d know she’d tell the truth, lol.

* “This is a masterpiece of middle grade fiction, at once summoning the timelessness of life in rural America while blending in modern elements.”–School Library Journal, starred review

Right before Wavie’s mother died, she gave Wavie a list of instructions to help her find her way in life, including this one: Be brave, Wavie B! You got as much right to a good life as anybody, so find it! But little did Wavie’s mom know that events would conspire to bring Wavie back to Conley Hollow, the Appalachian hometown her mother tried to leave behind. Now Wavie’s back in the Holler–and in the clutches of a dastardly aunt.

Living with uncaring relatives is no picnic, but Wavie finds real joy in the beauty of the mountains and sleeping in her mother’s childhood bed. She takes her mother’s advice to heart, making friends with Camille and Gilbert–funny, kindhearted kids her aunt calls “neighborhood no accounts.” And when Wavie learns a shocking family secret, it is their support that just might allow her to be brave enough to find–and grab–a piece of that good life.

Let me know if you like the recommendations. Maybe I can get my sister to let me do another one, lol. And if you’ve got a great book to share, let us know in the comments!

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71 Comments

  1. Love these suggestions!

  2. Gale Bowen says:

    I have read Verity and The Lost Bookshop. Two very different genres, but both are great reads. I had an inkling of Verity’s ending from earlier in the book. Whew! Even so, it was a tense ride!

  3. I leave for the beach in less than 2 weeks and always grab books for the trip! I’ve already asked my Facebook friends for suggestions. I’m SO glad the post didn’t end at romance, because that’s not my thing. I hate a predictable ending, so romance bores me. I LOVE the suspense (“creepy”) ones. I’ll be looking into the suggestions offered. PLEASE tell me your sister has read “The Silent Patient.” I feel sure she has if she’s a big reader and loves the creepy stuff. It has the best plot twist ever!

  4. The Thursday Murder Club series is hilarious and I highly recommend it too. Anything by Freida McFadden is great. I would have to add The Happier Life from Kristy Woodson Harvey to this list of must reads for the summer. It’s on my top five for the year!

  5. Cant wait to add some of these to my summer reading. thanks!

  6. I knew your sister did the book review post because the other post you said gurls! Ha! I am really a romance and Christian love story book reader so I may try a few of the first ones she mentioned. You and your sister look so much alike! So thankful you have her and yall are so close.
    Blessings,

  7. missbeebee says:

    love you!!! your wit & common sense is a breath of fresh air! i am also part of the 50’s & up club

  8. sue koren says:

    I just read Signal Fires by Dani Shapiro – one of my absolute favorites now!

  9. The Thursday Murder Club” is a fantastic book. It’s actually the first in a series of 3. But it isn’t a “carry over” kind of series..although the characters in all the books they are complete stories.
    That way you you are not left hanging on to see what happens in the next book.
    I seriously want to hang out with these people.

    1. I love it too! Did you know it will be a movie soon?

  10. Karen Johnson says:

    I hope you enjoy your time with your family. You and your sister look alike! Thanks for the book recommendations. I am an avid reader and love reading at the beach. I will definitely check them out before my next beach trip

  11. Tricia Andreassen says:

    Thank you so much for sharing and I wanted to share that my new beach read is ready at JekyllPoint.com that is a summer read that hit #4 in new release. It would mean so much if you would consider reading it and sharing! I would be happy to send you a book!

  12. Your sister did a great job with the detail about the books. I may have to check a few out. You both make a great team together, and I love your blog! ❣️

  13. We need you to give us quarterly reviews! I read Colleen Hoover because she was featured in Texas Monthly magazine. Verity was the first and it was powerful! It messed me up for a couple of days. Maybe don’t start with that one!
    Charlene

  14. The Lost Bookshop was so good! Verity was good but not really my style. I love Historical Fiction the most. Can’t wait to read First Lie Wins! Thanks

  15. I have already read a few of these and a few look rather intriguing!

  16. Thank you for the beach read recommendations. Just ordered a couple. Can’t wait 😊

    1. Glad you found something to read!

      1. Your sister did a great job on the details of the books. And you both work so well together… I love your blog!!❤️

  17. I could tell right away that this was your sister’s blog!! She is definitely a Keeper! What a Great selection of books she presented for us all to try! I enjoyed her blog and look forward to more! I can’t wait to read the “Housemaid!”

  18. This had to be your sister’s with all the books! I’m looking forward to reading the Housemaid! Thanks for the list!

  19. I loved the book review! Perfect for summertime as I am an avid reader. It is a great addition to the blog. Makeup trends are always fun, too. I will look on Libby for some of these books to read on my Kindle. Thanks!

  20. MaryCarol says:

    I love to read and tell your sister thank you for the list.

  21. Sheila Martin says:

    The Lost Bookshop must be good – my library has 29 holds for it – now I’m number 30!! I really enjoyed the Fourth Wing – but I got irritated when it was obvious to me who she should trust!! Thanks for the suggestions.

  22. love the makeup and book selections. Thanks for the great info!

  23. I loved this post! I’ve read some of these and loved them. I added others to my list.
    I’m going to read her novel too.

  24. I’m definitely going to add some of your sister’s choices to my next choice of books to purchase.
    I did enjoy her contribution to your blog.

  25. Your sister wrote the book post. First you don’t have time to read that many books and if I remember right she also wrote a book. Love getting tips on which books to read this summer when life is a little slower!

  26. Tees are some really good suggestions. I’m an avid reader and always looking for a good book. I have read Demon Copperfield and it’s a hard one to read but very good.

  27. I think your sister wrote this post. I normally stick to Christian authors. I can’t remember their names except Terri Black I think and another named Lorraine. I can’t remember last name but I read her long series about Norwegian settlers coming to America. So good.

  28. Dorothy Kinnaman says:

    Your sister definitely wrote this blog! And, I’m had avid reader, having read three of these recommendations. Will keep this list for future reading! Yay for this blog!

  29. Vickie S Dudley says:

    I knew this was your sister pretty soon after I started reading. Great blog with some excellent information. I’ve read a few of the selections and agree with the reviews.

    1. Yay! I’ll tell her. 🙂

  30. Thank your sister for this post!😂 I love to read and added some of these to my list

    1. I will. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it.

  31. Thanks for this post. I’m off to the library!

  32. Pam Baker says:

    LOVED this post as I read 6-7 books a month. I’ve read a few of these and will add some to my list! Every year when GOODREADS releases their “best of” lists, I try to go out of my genre comfort zone and add some variety! My latest five star rec is Funny Story by Emily Henry!

  33. These are great books and congratulations to “Tonya’s Sister”, Lisa Tyre! It looks like you defiitely wrote this post! I loved it! Thank you!

  34. LOVE to read and always have
    This post is your sisters and I plan on buying her book for my granddaughter!

    1. Awww. Tell your granddaughter to reach out after she’s read it. My sister will be sure and reply.

  35. Annette Raczkowski says:

    Tania,
    You’ve become my go to for EVERYTHING! Love it all… keep it coming 😎
    Annette

  36. Great idea to review books. I always have a book with me, and I’m always looking for recommendations. thanks to your sister for a great post!

  37. I’m guessing the sister did the book blog😊

  38. Great post about the books!!

  39. This was a fun posting, right up my alley! Thanks for the recommendations!

  40. I recommend any book by Rhys Bowen, but especially her Royal Spyness series.

  41. Love these books recommendations! I’ve read several of them already but saw a few I want to add to my TBR list!!! I love your blog and can’t start my day without it 🥰

  42. Cathy Veenstra says:

    I haven’t read The Housemaid yet but several of Freida McFadden’s audiobooks have gotten me through some long boring drives and housework! I know I’m unlike so many others but I disliked Verity and Demon Copperhead. Both were just too dark for me.

  43. Thanks so much! I would love to see more book reviews. Nicely done!

  44. Stephanie says:

    Thanks for the book suggestions! I love reading. I even started reading some christian authors if you have any recommendation.

  45. Tania, I love all your blogs and look forward to them each day. To include a blog recommending books to read is brilliant! now we can pick great summer reads and look fantastic while we’re reading them! Lol
    I have read one of the books that was recommended, The Thursday Murder Club, and It is a wonderful book. I am looking forward to tackling some of the other books listed here.
    Thank you so much for posting this today!

    1. I’m glad you liked the post.

  46. Yay! I guessed right. Your sister wrote this post. 😊 I saw several books I want to read…I wonder if my library has any of them. I highly recommend “The Bone Trap” by Tormond Cockburn. It’s the first of his Mysterious Scotland books. I can’t wait to read the rest in the series!

  47. LOVED the book reviews!!

  48. Rebecca Albano says:

    Your post continue to revitalize my interest in style, makeup, food… LIFE! Thank you!

  49. Ellen Duncan says:

    I really enjoyed this post because I love to read! Thanks for the recommendations. It would be great to have regular visits from your sister on the blog. 😊

  50. Really enjoyed the suggestions for reading!

  51. Mary Kinard says:

    I have recently rediscovered my love of reading! Freida McFadden is one of my favorite authors – I loved the Housemaid series. I will be ready for a new book soon and several of these look interesting. Thanks for this post – and I look forward to more!

  52. Vicki Lynn Werley says:

    The Best Beach Books Blog that your sister Lisa wrote. I have the book Hope in the Holler. I am heading up to the mall today and interesting in buying The Lost Bookshop, Secrets of a Summer Night and The Housemaid. God Bless your wonderful sister.

  53. I love to read so I was thrilled when I saw this post about summer reads. I’ve read some of them already but will be heading to the library to take out a few of your suggestions. I would love to see more posts about books. Thank you!

  54. Donna Brown says:

    Thank you, thank you for doing these book reviews. I am an avid reader and always have a book (aka my kindle) with me whoever I go. I am always on the look out for my next good read so really appreciate this new addition to your blog..
    I’m thinking this is your sisters addition? Good job and keep them coming. Would love to see this as something you well always do now. Might I also suggest a great book…
    Swan song by Elin Hilderbrand….thangs again……love this!

    1. You’re right! The post on books is by my sister! The last book she mentioned is one she wrote. 😊

  55. Love the book recommendations! Thrillers are my favorite! Consider making it a monthly post Tania! My book club has read a few of these & a few I am adding The Housemaid to my list!

    1. I think that is a great idea!

  56. Hi Tania, great pic of you and your sister. I think she wrote this post about books. Hmmm 🤔 Enquiring minds want to know which post she wrote. BTW…great job on “both” posts.
    ~Lisa~

    1. She did write the post on the books. The last book is one she wrote. 🥰