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The 10 best beach reads for Summer 2024

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Summer is here and even if you’re not going on vacation, it’s a great time to get lost in a book. Whether you crave a fun romance novel or a fast paced thriller, these 10 best beach reads for summer 2024 are the best way to beat the heat or lay out in the sun with your toes in the sand.

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10 Best Beach Reads for Summer 2024

Same Time Next Summer by Annabel Monaghan – Sam is 30 with an amazing job in the city and a cute doctor fiance. However when she ends up at her parent’s beach house, she runs into Wyatt, her childhood love. This one sounds a little predictable, but sweet if you’re looking for a quick, light read.

Same Time Next Summer


The Five Star Weekend by Elin Hildebrand My book club is currently reading this one. Hollis is a food blogger who is newly widowed after her husband gets in a car accident one morning after an argument. Hollis decides to go away for a five star weekend on Nantucket. This is a story of friendships, relationships and self discovery set on a quaint coastal island.

The Five-Star Weekend


Bad Summer People by Emma Rosenblum – A murder, on an island, and two couples who each have a grudge. If you love a little thriller mixed with your beach read, this one is it.

Bad Summer People: A Novel


The Block Party by Jamie Day – Memorial Day weekend for one affluent neighborhood means that it’s time for their annual block party. However during the party, one of the neighbors winds up dead leaving everyone wondering who did it and why. As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that each family has their own secrets they’d like to keep hidden. This one reminds me of something you’d see on Bravo or Lifetime and I’m here for it.

The Block Party: A Novel


Swan Song by Elin Hildebrand – ok so Elin Hildebrand is like the queen of beach reads so she gets 2 on this list. And apparently this will be her last book based on Nantucket. This one is filled with lavish parties at beautiful Nantucket homes, swims in the ocean, and murder. As always, the character development is amazing in true Hildebrand fashion.

Swan Song


Just For The Summer by Abby Jimenez – A guy and a girl each have the same problem in that everyone they date, goes on to meet their soulmate. They decide to just have a quick summer fling and rent a house together in Lake Minnetonka.  But then soon find themselves helping each other navigate difficult situations and realizing maybe fate brought them together.

Just for the Summer


The Summer Pact by Emily Griffin – this one comes out July 9th!!! 4 girls meet in college and soon become best friends. Right before graduation they are struck by tragedy and they make a pact to always be there for one another. Years later, they are each following their own destiny when one of the girls, Hannah calls on her friends to help her pick up the pieces.

The Summer Pact: A Novel


Sandwich by Catherine Newman – Rocky is away at her family’s Cape house with her parents, her husband and her half grown children. She navigates the needs of her family while also navigating the mood swings and hot flashes of menopause and flashbacks to years prior. This story is all about the dynamic shifts within the family and personal growth.

Sandwich: A Novel


The Next Mrs Parrish by Liv Constantine – This is the sequel to The Last Mrs. Parrish (linking it here if you haven’t read it) which was a Reese’s Book Club Pick and I’ve been seeing it all over Tik Tok. Now you can also read this as a stand alone without reading the prequel. This book is twisty with characters that you will love to hate.

The Next Mrs. Parrish: A Novel


Little Rot by Akwaeke Emezi – Taking place in a city in Nigeria about a party that goes off the rails, sex, and corruption. This one has been described as gritty and one of the most anticipated books of the year!

Little Rot: A Novel


Happy Reading!!!


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  • Reply
    June 21, 2024 at 6:35 am

    I read a few of these last year and have a few of these on my list this year!

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    Laura @ Our Grand Lives
    June 23, 2024 at 6:43 am

    What a great list! Bring on beach time!

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    June 23, 2024 at 10:14 am

    Nicolle, I’m always on the lookout for book reviews and recommendations. I saw some of these on Amazon. The sandwich caught my eye here.
    Visiting today from PoCoLo

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    Lauren Maker
    June 24, 2024 at 7:50 am

    What a great selection of books to read in summer

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    Anne Sweet
    June 24, 2024 at 7:58 am

    You can’t beat a feel good summer read. I’ve moved your link over to my book club linky though, I hope you don’t mind.

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    Linda Johnston
    June 24, 2024 at 8:34 am

    Hi Nicolle. Thaks forthe recommendations I’m always looking for new (to me) books. Now if I could just get to the beach! We’re done with summer travel so my back porch will do. coming from House of Silverado #83 /#84.

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    Kelly Krebs
    June 25, 2024 at 8:23 am

    Yes to all of these! Just For the Summer might be one of my favorite books I read this year. Thanks for sharing your best beach reads.

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    June 25, 2024 at 9:33 am

    I’ve only got about 30 pages left in my current book. This was just in time! Thanks for the list. Heading over from Inspire Me Tuesday!

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    Sarah MumofThree World
    June 28, 2024 at 3:36 am

    That sounds like a good selection. I don’t tend to do seasonal reading (summer, Christmas etc), but I have read a couple of romantic fiction books recently, rather than my usual thrillers/ detective stories, so maybe that is my summer reading!
    Popping over from Book Worms Monthly.

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    June 29, 2024 at 12:47 pm

    Elin Hilderbrand books have the best beach read covers, right? I think Sandwich is the one on your list that I’d be most interested in though. Stopping by from Bookworms monthly.

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    July 4, 2024 at 10:10 pm

    What a great list of summer reading! I love the summer theme.

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    Suzanne Hines
    July 7, 2024 at 8:02 am

    This is such a great list! I have read a few, and I have a few on my library holds list….and now I have also added a few to my TBR!

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    July 19, 2024 at 6:18 pm

    Great reads and recommendations Nicolle. I’m always on the lookout for reviews and recommendations.
    Thanks’ so much for sharing these with Sweet Tea & Friend’s this month.

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