Friday, May 19, 2017

If You Love Southern Beach Reads

Guys, it is officially beach read season!  Some of my favorite beach reads have Southern settings. The beaches, the sunshine, the palm trees, the small town...what more could you want? Not only is the South home to many gorgeous beaches, it's also home to two of my favorite destinations: Savannah and Key West.

If you are looking to armchair travel to the sunny South this summer or you want a Southern beach read to bring with you to the pool or on vacation, look no further. Here are my some of my favorite beach reads with Southern settings.

Adult Fiction:

Hemingway's Girl by Erika Robuck  (Key West, Florida)
Slightly South of Simple by Kristy Woodson Harvey (Georgia)
The Night the Lights Went Out by Karen White (Georgia)
The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews - (North Carolina)
The Last Original Wife by Dorothea Benton Frank (Charleston, South Carolina)
All Summer Long by Dorothea Benton Frank (Charleston, South Carolina)
Under a Dark Summer Sky by Vanessa LaFaye (Key West, Florida)

YA Fiction:

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen (Colby, North Carolina)
The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen (Colby, North Carolina)
Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer Holm (Key West, Florida)
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han (Cousins Beach - Fictional Southern beach town)
Endless Summer by Jennifer Echols (Alabama)
Sixteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton (Georgia)

Southern Beach Reads on my TBR List: 

Coming Out This Summer:

Beach House for Rent by Mary Alice Monroe (Isle of Palms, South Carolina)
Same Beach, Next Year by Dorothea Benton Frank (South Carolina)
Cocoa Beach by Beatriz Williams (Cocoa Beach, Florida)

Backlist Southern Beach Reads:

Summer at Hideaway Key by Barbara Davis (Gulf Coast of Florida)
Flight Patterns by Karen White  (Florida coast)
The Sound of Glass by Karen White (Beaufort, South Carolina)
Sea Change by Karen White (St. Simons Island, Georgia)
Lies and Other Acts of Love by Kristy Woodsen Harvey (North Carolina)
The Summer Girls by Mary Alice Monroe (Sullivan's Island, South Carolina)
Spring Fever by Mary Kay Andrews (North Carolina)

What are some of your favorite Southern beach reads? Which ones are on your TBR list? Do you have any recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments below.  


  1. Oh, I have always wanted to go to Savannah! A lot of these are on my TBR, and I'm making a conscious decision this year to read more "summer" books actually during the summer!

    1. I love Savannah. I hope you can visit someday. It's such an awesome city. I hope you get to read more "summer" books this year as well. Thanks for visiting, Angela.

  2. There is something about Southern beaches, isn't there? I don't feel like the setting is hotter than say, East coast beaches. Muggier, somehow. :D

    1. I love Southern beaches. My husband is from Florida and he tries to convince me it's too hot, but I disagree. :) Thanks for visiting, Joy!

  3. Thanks for including Slightly South of Simple in this round up (and with such great company!!!!)

  4. Great lists! I've read a few and several are on my wishlist.

    1. Thanks, Mary! I hope you get to read them soon! Thanks for dropping by.

  5. Key West- what a fabulous setting. I love so many of these covers- they all look so summery. Some favorites are Hemingway's Girl, the Weekenders, and Under A Dark Summer Sky. Turtle in Pradise and Spring Fever are great too!

    1. I love Key West and I definitely wish more books took place there. I love those covers as well, Greg. Thanks for visiting!

  6. What some great summer books. I am hoping to read some of these authors this summer.

    1. I hope you get to as well! Thanks for dropping by, Viki!


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