Friday, May 24, 2024

The Best Backlist Beach Reads To Throw In Your Beach Bag


It's here! Memorial Day Weekend! I can't think of a better weekend to curl up with a beach read. You have all the excitement of summer ahead of you and hopefully a pile of books you want to read, too!

Sometimes the best beach reads are the ones that have been out for a few years that fly under the radar or you may have looked them over. For the past ten years, I've compiled a list of my favorite backlist beach reads that shouldn't be missed! The best part about backlist beach reads is the fact that they are out in paperback, which is the perfect type of book to throw in your bag or luggage. This list has something here for everyone  - young adult, romance, and historical beach reads and when possible, I have linked the title to my review.

Young Adult Beach Reads: 


The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
The Lake Effect by Erin McCahan
The Boys Next Door/Endless Summer by Jennifer Echols
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland
The Season of You and Me by Robin Constatine
Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
Open Road Summer by Emory Lord
The Summer After You and Me by Jennifer Doktorski
The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen
The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen
Save the Date by Morgan Matson
Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett 

Adult Beach Reads: 

A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams
The Summer House by Hannah McKinnon
The Book of Summer by Michelle Gable
Slightly South of Simple by Kristy Woodson Harvey
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves
The Island by Elin Hilderbrand
All the Summer Girls by Meg Donohue
Under a Dark Summer Sky by Vanessa Lafaye
Villa America by Liza Klausmann
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
You, Me, and the Sea by Meg Donohue
The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves
The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams
The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand 

 The Summer I Met Jack by Michelle Gable
The Husband Hour by Jamie Brenner
The Secret to Southern Charm by Kristy Woodson Harvey
The Southern Side of Paradise by Kristy Woodson Harvey
Summer of '69 by Elin Hilderbrand
The Golden Hour by Beatriz Williams
Surfside Sisters by Nancy Thayer 
The Islanders by Meg Mitchell Moore
Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren 
Drawing Home by Jamie Brenner
 Beach Read by Emily Henry
28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand
Summer Longing by Jamie Brenner
The Last Train to Key West by Chanel Cleeton
Girls of Summer by Nancy Thayer
Summer Darlings by Brooke Lea Foster
Hello, Summer by Mary Kay Andrews
Mailbu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Under the Southern Sky by Kristy Woodson Harvey
We are the Brennans by Tracey Lange
Golden Girl by Elin Hilderbrand
 Every Summer After by Carley Fortune 
  The Summer Place by Jennifer Weiner 
 The Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hilderbrand
   Meant to Be by Emily Giffin
 Sea Glass Summer by Miranda Liasson 
 Nora Goes Off Script by Annabel Monaghan
  On Gin Lane by Brooke Lea Foster
 The Lost Summers of Newport by Beatriz Williams, Karen White, and Lauren Willig
The Siren by Katherine St. John  

 Recent Additions:

 Same Time Next Summer by Annabel Monaghan
The Beach at Summerly by Beatriz Williams
Hula by Jasmin Iolani Hakes
California Golden by Melanie Benjamin
The Cuban Heiress by Chanel Cleeton
Little Monsters by Adrienne Brodeur
Happy Place by Emily Henry
The Darlings by Hannah McKinnon
Save What's Left by Elizabeth Castellano

 Meet Me at the Lake by Carley Fortune
Pineapple Street by Jenny Jackson
The Summer of Songbirds by Kristy Woodson Harvey
Summer Reading by Jenn McKinlay
Tom Lake by Ann Patchett
The Firefly Summer by Morgan Matson
The Blue Bistro by Elin Hilderbrand
Have you read any of these beach reads? Do you have any recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments below.



  1. Such a great list! I feel like Beatriz Williams could have her own subcategory - she has become so synonymous with summer for me!

    1. Right? I completely agree and I am so looking forward to her latest novel! Thanks for visiting, Angela.


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