Summer is here, and that means it's time to break out the beach chairs, sunscreen, and of course, a good book.
Whether you're lounging by the pool or soaking up the sun on the sand, there's nothing like getting lost in a great story as you soak up some vitamin D. But with so many options out there, it can be tough to decide on the perfect beach read. That's where we come in! We've scoured the shelves and compiled a list of the best beach reads for summer.
1. "The Overstory" by Richard Powers
For readers who love a good environmental mystery, "The Overstory" is a must-read. This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel tells the interconnected stories of nine people whose lives are forever changed by trees. From a Vietnam veteran to a young woman fighting to save a grove of redwoods, this novel weaves together themes of activism, love, and the natural world. It's the perfect blend of literary fiction and beachy escapism.
2. "Daisy Jones and the Six" by Taylor Jenkins Reid
If you're in the mood for a juicy celebrity romance, "Daisy Jones and the Six" is the book for you. Set in the 1970s music scene, this novel tells the story of Daisy Jones, a rising star, and the band she joins, the Six. As the two navigate the highs and lows of fame and love, you'll be swept up in their glamorous and tumultuous world. Plus, the audiobook version, narrated by a full cast, is particularly immersive.
3. "Where the Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens
For a heartwarming coming-of-age story, you can't go wrong with "Where the Crawdads Sing." This novel follows the life of Kya, a young woman who is ostracized by her community and left to fend for herself in the marshes of North Carolina. As she grows and learns to navigate the world on her own, she discovers her own strength and resilience. With beautiful prose and a captivating plot, "Where the Crawdads Sing" is a must-read for any beachgoer.
4. "The Flatshare" by Beth O'Leary
If you're in the mood for a lighthearted romantic comedy, "The Flatshare" is the perfect pick. This novel tells the story of Tiffy and Leon, two roommates who share a flat but have never actually met. As they communicate through notes and messages left around the apartment, they begin to develop a connection. But with Tiffy's demanding job and Leon's demanding girlfriend, can they make a relationship work? This sweet and funny novel is sure to bring a smile to your face.
5. "Beach Read" by Emily Henry
For a romantic beach read that's a little more on the steamy side, try "Beach Read" by Emily Henry. This novel tells the story of Augustus Everett and January Andrews, two writers who retreat to a beach town to work on their next novels. As they spend the summer together, they begin to develop feelings for each other and must decide whether to follow their hearts or stick to their original plans. With steamy scenes and a swoon-worthy romance, "Beach Read" is the perfect choice for readers looking for a little bit of spice.
Conclusion: The Best Beach Reads for Summer
Whether you're in the mood for a heartwarming coming-of-age story, a steamy romance, or a lighthearted comedy, there's a beach read on this list for everyone. So grab your sunscreen, find a comfortable spot, and dive