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The Ultimate List of Beach Reads for 2024

With our ultimate list of beach reads for 2024, you’ll discover page-turning stories that will transport your mind to new places and keep you hooked all summer long.

Last Updated on June 28, 2024 by BiblioLifestyle

The Ultimate List of Beach Reads for 2024

As the days get longer and the sun calls us outside, readers know it’s time for beach reading season. It’s that time of year when the only sound better than waves hitting the shore is the turning of a good book’s pages. But you don’t need a beach for that perfect moment. Whether by the pool, at the lake, or in your backyard, a great book under the sun is all you need. So, to celebrate beach reading season, I’ve put together The Ultimate List of Beach Reads for 2024. All books on this list are organized into categories, and these stories will take you to new places, make you think, and keep you reading long into those warm summer nights. So, grab your sunglasses and a towel, and jump into the great reads waiting for you this season.

TOP 7 BEACH READS FOR 2024

The top seven beach reads I’m recommending you add to your beach bag are:

  1. Housemates by Emma Copley Eisenberg
  2. The Hazelbourne Ladies Motorcycle and Flying Club by Helen Simonson
  3. Sandwich by Catherine Newman
  4. A Talent for Murder by Peter Swanson
  5. The Lost Story by Meg Shaffer
  6. Let the Games Begin by Rufaro Faith Mazarura
  7. Nonna Maria and the Case of the Lost Treasure by Lorenzo Carcaterra
Housemates by Emma Copley Eisenberg

Housemates by Emma Copley Eisenberg

Two young housemates, Bernie and Leah, embark on a road trip across America to discover themselves and document the nation through photography and writing. Following the death of Bernie’s mentor, they explore the country, meeting diverse people and experiencing the breadth of American life. Their journey of artistic exploration and personal growth deepens their friendship and understanding of art, love, and freedom. “Housemates” is a celebration of youth, queer life, and the transformative power of art and love.

You can get a copy of Housemates by Emma Copley Eisenberg on Amazon or Bookshop.

The Hazelbourne Ladies Motorcycle and Flying Club by Helen Simonson

Set in the summer of 1919, Constance Haverhill faces an uncertain future as men return from the war, displacing her from her job and home. Sent to a seaside hotel as a companion, she befriends the adventurous Poppy Wirrall and joins her ladies’ motorcycle club. Amid societal shifts and the revocation of wartime freedoms, Constance navigates love and change in this vibrant historical fiction.

You can get a copy of The Hazelbourne Ladies Motorcycle and Flying Club by Helen Simonson on Amazon or Bookshop.

Sandwich by Catherine Newman

Sandwich by Catherine Newman

A hilarious and touching tale of a family summer vacation in Cape Cod, where Rocky navigates aging, hormonal changes, and family secrets. As she balances between her growing kids and aging parents, a series of events forces her to confront her past and accept that she can no longer hide her secrets from her loved ones.

You can get a copy of Sandwich by Catherine Newman on Amazon or Bookshop.

A Talent for Murder by Peter Swanson

A Talent for Murder by Peter Swanson

Librarian Martha Ratliff suspects her husband, Alan Peralta, a traveling salesman, of sinister activities when she links him to five cities where five women have been killed. Seeking help, she contacts her old friend Lily Kintner. Together, they devise a plan for Lily to shadow Alan at his next conference. As Lily follows him, she discovers she isn’t the only one tracking Alan, leading to unexpected twists and a fast-paced narrative.

You can get a copy of A Talent for Murder by Peter Swanson on Amazon or Bookshop.

The Lost Story by Meg Shaffer

The Lost Story by Meg Shaffer

In “The Lost Story” by Meg Shaffer, best friends Rafe and Jeremy went missing in the West Virginia woods as teenagers and emerged six months later but ended up estranged. Fifteen years later, Emilie Wendell seeks Jeremy’s help to find her lost half-sister, Shannon Yates, who vanished in the same forest. Jeremy reveals Shannon is the queen of a magical land called Shanandoah, where he and Rafe had once adventured. Rafe, who had his memories erased, reluctantly joins the quest. The story unfolds with adventure, romance, and a dark past, highlighting the tender love between Jeremy and Rafe and the enchanting world of Shanandoah.

You can get a copy of The Lost Story by Meg Shaffer on Amazon or Bookshop.

Let the Games Begin by Rufaro Faith Mazarura

Let the Games Begin by Rufaro Faith Mazarura

Let the Games Begin follows Olivia Nkomo, a driven 23-year-old intern, and Ezekiel Moyo, a 24-year-old sprinter, as they meet and connect during the Olympics in Athens. Both children of Zimbabwean immigrants, their flirty banter evolves into a deep bond while they navigate personal aspirations and family expectations. The story balances the excitement of the Games with heartfelt themes, offering a delightful and uplifting romance.

You can get a copy of Let the Games Begin by Rufaro Faith Mazarura on Amazon or Bookshop.

Nonna Maria and the Case of the Lost Treasure by Lorenzo Carcaterra

Nonna Maria and the Case of the Lost Treasure by Lorenzo Carcaterra

Nonna Maria, a beloved amateur sleuth, faces assassins and hunts for hidden treasure. Captain Murino, her longtime friend, seeks her help when an old enemy comes seeking revenge. Simultaneously, another mystery unfolds as a dying friend entrusts his granddaughter with a treasure map. Together, they navigate medieval castles and secret caverns, facing dangers and uncovering secrets in their most thrilling adventure yet.

You can get a copy of Nonna Maria and the Case of the Lost Treasure by Lorenzo Carcaterra on Amazon or Bookshop.

P.S. I interviewed the author about the previous two books in the series, and you can tune in to the episode here: Nonna Maria and the Case of the Stolen Necklace by Lorenzo Carcaterra

List of Literary Fiction Beach Reads for 2024

The literary fiction beach reads of 2024 I’m recommending you add to your beach bag are:

  • Housemates by Emma Copley Eisenberg
  • Margo’s Got Money Troubles by Rufi Thorpe
  • Four Squares by Bobby Finger
  • All This and More by Peng Shepherd
  • The God of the Woods by Liz Moore
  • The Anthropologists by Aysegül Savas
Housemates by Emma Copley Eisenberg

Housemates by Emma Copley Eisenberg

In “Housemates” two young housemates, Bernie and Leah, embark on a road trip across America to discover themselves and document the nation through photography and writing. Following the death of Bernie’s mentor, they explore the country, meeting diverse people and experiencing the breadth of American life. Their journey of artistic exploration and personal growth deepens their friendship and understanding of art, love, and freedom. “Housemates” is a celebration of youth, queer life, and the transformative power of art and love.

You can get a copy of Housemates by Emma Copley Eisenberg on Amazon or Bookshop.

Margo's Got Money Troubles by Rufi Thorpe

Margo’s Got Money Troubles by Rufi Thorpe

“Margo’s Got Money Troubles” tells the story of Margo Millet, a young woman navigating adulthood, new motherhood, and financial struggles. After an affair with her English professor leaves her pregnant and alone, Margo turns to unconventional means to make ends meet. With help from her estranged father, she starts an OnlyFans account, adapting wrestling strategies to build a successful online persona. The novel explores the challenges of seeking financial stability and the quest for personal empowerment in a digital age.

You can get a copy of Margo’s Got Money Troubles by Rufi Thorpe on Amazon or Bookshop.

Four Squares by Bobby Finger

Four Squares by Bobby Finger

“Four Squares” follows Artie Anderson, an older gay writer in NYC, through two timelines. One starts in the 1990s with his tight-knit friend group and career shift from advertising to novel writing. The other begins on his 60th birthday in 2022, highlighting his life as a successful ghostwriter and member of a Gay and Lesbian Seniors center. Finger explores themes of community, aging, and the evolution of relationships in gay Manhattan, blending keen observations with heartfelt storytelling.

You can get a copy of Four Squares by Bobby Finger on Amazon or Bookshop.

All This and More by Peng Shepherd

All This and More by Peng Shepherd

In “All This and More,” we meet our protagonist, Marsh, at forty-five years old when she gets a chance to rewrite her past and reshape her present through a game show using quantum technology. Despite rising to success and revisiting old flames, she begins to suspect the show’s promises may be too good to be true. This novel invites readers to explore the consequences of choices and the quest for a perfect life.

You can get a copy of All This and More by Peng Shepherd on Amazon or Bookshop.

The God of the Woods by Liz Moore

The God of the Woods by Liz Moore

“The God of the Woods” follows the mysterious disappearance of 13-year-old Barbara Van Laar from her family’s summer camp, years after her brother Bear went missing from the same place. As rumors swirl about a local serial killer, young investigator Judy Luptack seeks the truth amid a backdrop of family dysfunction and abuse. Moore masterfully blends domestic drama with a crime novel, creating an intricate and emotionally engaging story.

You can get a copy of The God of the Woods by Liz Moore on Amazon or Bookshop.

The Anthropologists by Aysegül Savas

The Anthropologists by Aysegül Savas

“The Anthropologists” follows a young documentary filmmaker navigating life with her husband in a foreign city. The novel explores their daily routines, inside jokes, and efforts to create a stable life while intertwining their experiences with the filmmaker’s documentary project. Through detailed observations, the story delves into universal questions of existence and the beauty of everyday moments, presenting a warm, human portrayal of life.

You can get a copy of The Anthropologists by Aysegül Savas on Amazon or Bookshop.

List of Family and Friendship Beach Reads for 2024

The beach reads of 2024 that center family and friendship I’m recommending you add to your beach bag are:

  • The Lady Waiting by Magdalena Zyzak
  • Wives Like Us by Plum Sykes
  • Sandwich by Catherine Newman
  • The Same Bright Stars by Ethan Joella
The Lady Waiting by Magdalena Zyzak

The Lady Waiting by Magdalena Zyzak

“The Lady Waiting” follows a 21-year-old Polish immigrant named Viva who wins the immigration lottery and moves to Los Angeles. After a failed attempt to settle in Chicago, she meets Bobby Sleeper, a wealthy Polish woman, and becomes her live-in personal assistant. The story, narrated by an 84-year-old Viva from 2079, involves a stolen Vermeer painting and a scheme to reclaim it for a reward. Filled with humor, unique characters, and a touch of luxury, the novel offers a witty and engaging tale.

You can get a copy of The Lady Waiting by Magdalena Zyzak on Amazon or Bookshop.

Wives Like Us by Plum Sykes

Wives Like Us by Plum Sykes

“Wives Like Us” follows Ian Palmer, a top-tier butler, as he navigates the world of British elite. Tasked with managing his employer Tata Hawkins’ chaotic life, Ian faces new challenges when Tata’s husband hires a bikini influencer, sparking scandal. Tata leaves with her daughter, causing upheaval, and Ian must organize a grand party amidst the chaos. The story features scheming socialites, lavish events, and a budding romance for an American newcomer, Selby Fairfax.

You can get a copy of Wives Like Us by Plum Sykes on Amazon or Bookshop.

Sandwich by Catherine Newman

Sandwich by Catherine Newman

A hilarious and touching tale of a family summer vacation in Cape Cod, where Rocky navigates aging, hormonal changes, and family secrets. As she balances between her growing kids and aging parents, a series of events forces her to confront her past and accept that she can no longer hide her secrets from her loved ones.

You can get a copy of Sandwich by Catherine Newman on Amazon or Bookshop.

The Same Bright Stars by Ethan Joella

The Same Bright Stars by Ethan Joella

In “The Same Bright Stars,” a lonely man named Jack Schmidt struggles with the decision to sell his family’s historic beach restaurant to a corporate chain. As he navigates the complexities of his staff’s personal issues, an old girlfriend returns with a life-changing secret. Set in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, this gentle domestic drama explores themes of friendship, family, and the challenges of middle-aged life. Joella weaves a heartwarming tale that emphasizes human connections and the often bittersweet moments of everyday life.

You can get a copy of The Same Bright Stars by Ethan Joella on Amazon or Bookshop.

List of Historical Fiction Beach Reads for 2024

The historical fiction beach reads I’m recommending you add to your beach bag are:

  • The Hazelbourne Ladies Motorcycle and Flying Club by Helen Simonson
  • The Goddess of Warsaw by Lisa Barr
  • The Glassmaker by Tracy Chevalier
  • Spitting Gold by Carmella Lowkis
The Hazelbourne Ladies Motorcycle and Flying Club by Helen Simonson

The Hazelbourne Ladies Motorcycle and Flying Club by Helen Simonson

“The Hazelbourne Ladies Motorcycle and Flying Club” is set in 1919, and we meet Constance Haverhill, a woman left without prospects after the war, who is sent to a seaside hotel as a companion to a family friend. There, she becomes involved with Poppy Wirrall, an unconventional woman who runs a ladies’ motorcycle club and employs local women. As Constance integrates into this dynamic circle, she connects with Poppy’s brother, Harris, a wounded fighter pilot. Amidst the social changes and the retreat of wartime freedoms, the women navigate their roles in a transforming society. This story blends comedy, romance, and a vivid depiction of post-war England.

You can get a copy of The Hazelbourne Ladies Motorcycle and Flying Club by Helen Simonson on Amazon or Bookshop.

The Goddess of Warsaw by Lisa Barr

The Goddess of Warsaw by Lisa Barr

“The Goddess of Warsaw” follows Lena Browning, a legendary Hollywood actress with a dark secret about her past in the Warsaw Ghetto during WWII. Initially known as Bina Blonski, a Polish Jew who posed as an Aryan spy to fight against the Nazis, Lena rises to fame in Hollywood but is haunted by her past and driven by a desire for justice. The story spans from her dangerous days in Warsaw to her illustrious career in Los Angeles, weaving a tale of bravery, sacrifice, and the relentless pursuit of vengeance.

You can get a copy of The Goddess of Warsaw by Lisa Barr on Amazon or Bookshop.

The Glassmaker by Tracy Chevalier

The Glassmaker by Tracy Chevalier

From the bestselling historical novelist, a rich, transporting story that follows a family of glassmakers from Renaissance-era Italy to the present day. In 1486 Venice, Orsola Rosso, the eldest daughter of a glassblowing family, secretly learns the craft to support her family after her father’s death. As the story spans centuries, we follow the Rosso family through triumph and loss, from plagues to wars, and the transformation of Venice from a trade center to a tourist destination. The Rosso women ensure their craft and bonds endure. The Glassmaker is a mesmerizing portrait of a woman, a family, and a city as everlasting as their glass.

You can get a copy of The Glassmaker by Tracy Chevalier on Amazon or Bookshop.

Spitting Gold by Carmella Lowkis

Spitting Gold by Carmella Lowkis

A gothic mystery set in 19th-century Paris, blending a captivating sapphic romance with the story of two estranged sisters, Sylvie and Charlotte, who reunite for one last con as spirit mediums. When their father falls ill, they target the haunted de Jacquinot family, but soon face real supernatural horrors. As they question the reality of the vengeful spirit, deeper secrets emerge. Fans of Sarah Waters and Sarah Penner will enjoy this thrilling debut.

You can get a copy of Spitting Gold by Carmella Lowkis on Amazon or Bookshop.

List of Women’s Fiction Beach Reads for 2024

The women’s fiction beach reads I’m recommending you add to your beach bag are:

  • The Memo by Rachel Dodes, Lauren Mechling
  • The Heirloom by Jessie Rosen
  • How to Age Disgracefully by Clare Pooley
  • Summers at the Saint by Mary Kay Andrews
  • Swan Song by Elin Hilderbrand
  • The Wedding People by Alison Espach
The Memo by Rachel Dodes, Lauren Mechling

The Memo by Rachel Dodes, Lauren Mechling

“The Memo” follows Jenny Green, a 35-year-old woman living in Pittsburgh who feels her life has fallen short compared to her peers. She reluctantly attends her college reunion and encounters Desiree LeBlanc, a career counselor who offers to change Jenny’s life by giving her the Memo and the chance to revisit pivotal moments with precise guidance to become a self-actualized superwoman. The novel tackles themes of love, work, friendship, and ambition with wit and sharp humor, providing a keen look at modern life’s challenges and the illusion of perfection in the social media age.

You can get a copy of The Memo by Rachel Dodes, Lauren Mechling on Amazon or Bookshop.

The Heirloom by Jessie Rosen

“The Heirloom” follows Shea Anderson, a marketing executive who is superstitious against heirloom engagement rings. When her boyfriend John proposes with a vintage ring, Shea embarks on a journey to uncover its previous owners. Joined by journalist Graham, the quest takes them from New York to Europe. Along the way, both Shea and Graham confront their own distrust of love, shaped by their parents’ divorces. The novel is a blend of romantic gestures and a deeper exploration of the long-lasting effects of parental separation, emphasizing female autonomy and independence.

You can get a copy of The Heirloom by Jessie Rosen on Amazon or Bookshop.

How to Age Disgracefully by Clare Pooley

“How to Age Disgracefully” follows Daphne, who, after 15 years of isolation, decides on her 70th birthday to re-engage with the world. She joins a senior citizens’ club, where she meets a diverse group including Lydia, a former stay-at-home mom; Art, a struggling ex-actor; William, a retired paparazzo; and Ziggy, a teenage single dad. Together, they form unlikely friendships and embark on a mission to save their local community center. The novel explores themes of aging, love, crime, and the complex choices of life.

You can get a copy of How to Age Disgracefully by Clare Pooley on Amazon or Bookshop.

Summers at the Saint by Mary Kay Andrews

“Summers at the Saint” is set at the historic St. Cecelia hotel in Georgia, where Traci Eddings, a former outsider who married the boss’s son, now owns the hotel. Facing staff shortages and financial woes, Traci must restore the hotel’s glory amidst family sabotage and secrets from the past. With help from a new summer crew, Traci battles personal and professional challenges, seeking justice and perhaps new love. This beach read combines warmth, humor, and intriguing twists.

You can get a copy of Summers at the Saint by Mary Kay Andrews on Amazon or Bookshop.

Swan Song by Elin Hilderbrand

Swan Song by Elin Hilderbrand

“Swan Song” centers around Blond Sharon, a notorious gossip in Nantucket, who decides to pursue fiction writing. Her creative writing class assignment leads to the introduction of Kacy Kapenash, daughter of the retiring police chief Ed Kapenash, and her friend Coco Coyle. The plot thickens when a wealthy couple arrives and their multi-million beachfront house burns down, with Coco missing and suspected of arson. We also see Chief Ed take on the investigation during his final weekend. This beach read delivers a mix of summer intrigues, love affairs, and lavish parties.

You can get a copy of Swan Song by Elin Hilderbrand on Amazon or Bookshop.

The Wedding People by Alison Espach

The Wedding People by Alison Espach

“The Wedding People” is a novel about Phoebe Stone, who arrives at the Cornwall Inn in Newport, Rhode Island, alone and mistaken for a wedding guest. Phoebe is there to fulfill a dream she once shared with her husband, despite being at her lowest point. Unexpectedly, she forms a connection with the bride, leading to a series of surprising and heartfelt moments. This beach read is an exploration of life’s unpredictable journeys and the chance encounters that can change our course in life.

You can get a copy of The Wedding People by Alison Espach on Amazon or Bookshop.

List of Mystery and Thriller Beach Reads for 2024

The mystery and thriller beach reads I’m recommending you add to your beach bag are:

  • The Main Character by Jaclyn Goldis
  • Swiped by L.M. Chilton
  • A Talent for Murder by Peter Swanson
  • The Midnight Feast by Lucy Foley
  • Love Letters to a Serial Killer by Tasha Coryell
  • The Unwedding by Ally Condie
The Main Character by Jaclyn Goldis

The Main Character by Jaclyn Goldis

In “The Main Character,” reclusive thriller author Ginevra Ex invites Rory on a luxurious trip along Italy’s Mediterranean coast aboard the newly renovated Orient Express. Rory is shocked to find her brother, best friend, and ex-fiancé among the passengers, all harboring secrets. As the journey progresses, Rory realizes she is part of Ginevra’s real-life thriller, with escalating deceptions and a potential deadly climax. Rory must uncover the reasons behind Ginevra’s manipulations before it’s too late.

You can get a copy of The Main Character by Jaclyn Goldis on Amazon or Bookshop.

Swiped by L.M. Chilton

Swiped by L.M. Chilton

In “Swiped,” Gwendolyn Turner, an English coffee-truck owner, navigates the frustrating world of online dating. After a series of bad dates, she becomes embroiled in a murder mystery when two of her recent dates turn up dead. As the body count rises, Gwen, now a person of interest, must uncover who is hacking the dating app and targeting her matches. With the help of a shady coworker and a notorious hacker, Gwen embarks on a darkly humorous investigation into male misbehavior and societal pressures in the digital age.

You can get a copy of Swiped by L.M. Chilton on Amazon or Bookshop.

A Talent for Murder by Peter Swanson

A Talent for Murder by Peter Swanson

Librarian Martha Ratliff suspects her husband, Alan Peralta, a traveling salesman, of sinister activities when she links him to five cities where five women have been killed. Seeking help, she contacts her old friend Lily Kintner. Together, they devise a plan for Lily to shadow Alan at his next conference. As Lily follows him, she discovers she isn’t the only one tracking Alan, leading to unexpected twists and a fast-paced narrative.

You can get a copy of A Talent for Murder by Peter Swanson on Amazon or Bookshop.

The Midnight Feast by Lucy Foley

The Midnight Feast by Lucy Foley

In “The Midnight Feast,” the grand opening of a luxurious resort called The Manor quickly turns dark. Amidst the opulence and festivities, old rivalries and hidden secrets emerge. Mysterious and deadly events unfold as guests, including a girlboss, a husband, kitchen help, and a mystery guest, navigate through a web of lies and agendas. With the local police soon involved, it’s clear that not everyone will make it out alive.

You can get a copy of The Midnight Feast by Lucy Foley on Amazon or Bookshop.

Love Letters to a Serial Killer by Tasha Coryell

Love Letters to a Serial Killer by Tasha Coryell

“Love Letters to a Serial Killer” by Tasha Coryell follows Hannah, an aimless woman who starts writing to William, an accused serial killer awaiting trial. After his acquittal, she moves in with him and becomes obsessed with solving the murders he was accused of. As her life unravels, Hannah’s curiosity turns to obsession, leaving her to secretly investigate William while living with him.

You can get a copy of Love Letters to a Serial Killer by Tasha Coryell on Amazon or Bookshop.

The Unwedding by Ally Condie

The Unwedding by Ally Condie

In “The Unwedding,” Ellery Wainwright arrives at a Big Sur resort to celebrate her 20th anniversary alone after a recent divorce. She befriends guests Ravi and Nina, who help her navigate the trip. The resort turns into a mystery scene when a groom is found dead in the pool the morning after his wedding. As another suspicious death follows, Ellery and her friends dive into amateur sleuthing, all while a storm isolates them at the resort. With engaging characters, a thrilling locked-room mystery, and the dramatic backdrop of stormy Big Sur, this novel offers an exciting and emotionally resonant read, making it a perfect choice for a 2024 beach read.

You can get a copy of The Unwedding by Ally Condie on Amazon or Bookshop.

List of Romance Beach Reads for 2024

The romance beach reads I’m recommending you add to your beach bag are:

  • Summer Fridays by Suzanne Rindell
  • Summer Romance by Annabel Monaghan
  • A Daughter of Fair Verona by Christina Dodd
  • Just Some Stupid Love Story by Katelyn Doyle
  • Let the Games Begin by Rufaro Faith Mazarura
  • Elizabeth of East Hampton by Audrey Bellezza, Emily Harding
Summer Fridays by Suzanne Rindell

Summer Fridays by Suzanne Rindell

“Summer Fridays” is set in New York during the summer of 1999. Our protagonist, Sawyer, faces a lonely summer as her fiancé Charles works long hours with his colleague Kendra. However, she unexpectedly connects with Nick, Kendra’s boyfriend, through emails and instant messages. As they bond over their shared feelings of isolation, Sawyer and Nick become each other’s closest confidants. We also see their relationship deepen over the course of doing activities together on summer Fridays. This novel is a great beach read because it captures the excitement and complexity of summer love with a backdrop of warm nights and city adventures.

You can get a copy of Summer Fridays by Suzanne Rindell on Amazon or Bookshop.

Summer Romance by Annabel Monaghan

Summer Romance by Annabel Monaghan

“Summer Romance” by Annabel Monaghan tells the story of Ali Morris, a professional organizer whose life is in disarray after her mom’s death and a recent divorce. When she finally takes off her wedding ring and puts on overalls, her dog introduces her to Ethan. Despite her hesitations as a newly single mom, Ali finds herself contemplating a fun, brief summer romance with Ethan, who makes her feel like a braver version of herself.

You can get a copy of Summer Romance by Annabel Monaghan on Amazon or Bookshop.

A Daughter of Fair Verona by Christina Dodd

A Daughter of Fair Verona by Christina Dodd

“A Daughter of Fair Verona” is narrated by Rosie Montague, the clever and independent daughter of Romeo and Juliet, who tackles family drama and a murder mystery in Verona. When her arranged marriage to the dangerous Duke Stephano takes a deadly turn, Rosie must uncover the killer amidst a web of suspects, including her own parents. This book is a great beach read because of its witty, engaging narrative and the blend of romance and mystery that keeps you hooked from start to finish. Perfect for a sunny day by the shore!

You can get a copy of A Daughter of Fair Verona by Christina Dodd on Amazon or Bookshop.

Just Some Stupid Love Story by Katelyn Doyle

Just Some Stupid Love Story by Katelyn Doyle

“Just Some Stupid Love Story” follows Molly Marks and Seth Rubenstein, former high school sweethearts with clashing personalities who reconnect at their 15th reunion. Despite Molly’s cynicism and Seth’s optimism, their chemistry reignites. They make a bet to predict the romantic fates of five couples, including themselves. Filled with witty dialogue, realistic pandemic settings, and a fresh take on romance archetypes, this book offers a fun, engaging read perfect for a day at the beach. Its blend of humor, love, and relatable characters makes it an ideal escape.

You can get a copy of Just Some Stupid Love Story by Katelyn Doyle on Amazon or Bookshop.

Let the Games Begin by Rufaro Faith Mazarura

Let the Games Begin by Rufaro Faith Mazarura

“Let the Games Begin” follows two British citizens with Zimbabwean roots, Olivia Nkomo and Ezekiel Moyo, as they journey to Athens for the Olympics. Olivia lands an unpaid internship, fulfilling her childhood dream, while sprinter Zeke aims for gold. Their paths cross in the Olympic Village, sparking a genuine connection amid flirty banter and sizzling chemistry. As they explore their relationship, they also navigate personal growth and family expectations. This delightful romance, filled with humor and heart, captures the excitement of the Olympics and makes for a perfect beach read with its lighthearted yet meaningful narrative.

You can get a copy of Let the Games Begin by Rufaro Faith Mazarura on Amazon or Bookshop.

Elizabeth of East Hampton by Audrey Bellezza, Emily Harding

Elizabeth of East Hampton by Audrey Bellezza, Emily Harding

“Elizabeth of East Hampton” transports readers to the summer in the Hamptons, where social classes clash, rumors abound, and unexpected love blooms. Elizabeth Bennet, a lifelong resident, is fed up with the seasonal influx of wealthy Manhattanites and dreams of escaping. However, her life takes a turn when her sister becomes involved with Charlie Pierce, introducing Lizzy to his aloof and wealthy friend, Will Darcy. Despite their differences and initial misunderstandings, Lizzy and Will are drawn to each other. As they navigate family drama, societal expectations, and personal growth, they must confront their feelings and the truth about each other. This is a perfect beach read because it combines romance, humor, and the shimmering backdrop of summer in the Hamptons, making it an engaging and lighthearted escape.

You can get a copy of Elizabeth of East Hampton by Audrey Bellezza, Emily Harding on Amazon or Bookshop.

List of Science Fiction and Fantasy Beach Reads for 2024

The science fiction and fantasy beach reads I’m recommending you add to your beach bag are:

  • The Stars Too Fondly by Emily Hamilton
  • The Stardust Grail by Yume Kitasei
  • The Cautious Traveller’s Guide to the Wastelands by Sarah Brooks
  • The Bright Sword by Lev Grossman
  • The Lost Story by Meg Shaffer
  • The Sky on Fire by Jenn Lyons
The Stars Too Fondly by Emily Hamilton

The Stars Too Fondly by Emily Hamilton

A captivating debut blending space odyssey and sapphic rom-com. Cleo and her friends accidentally steal a spaceship while investigating a 20-year-old mystery. As they head to Proxima Centauri, they’re guided by a sassy hologram of the missing captain, Billie. Cleo’s lifelong dream of space travel turns into an unexpected adventure as they face twisted physics, old secrets, and deepening bonds. This near-future tale explores dark matter, alternate dimensions, and the transformative power of love.

You can get a copy of The Stars Too Fondly by Emily Hamilton on Amazon or Bookshop.

The Stardust Grail by Yume Kitasei

The Stardust Grail by Yume Kitasei

“The Stardust Grail” follows Maya Hoshimoto, a former artifact thief now interning at Princeton, and her partner Auncle, who searches for a grail to save xyr race. When Maya finds a crucial field notebook, she joins Auncle on a thrilling quest across galaxies, pursued by Earth’s military and academic rivals. They navigate cultural divides, ethical dilemmas, and the meaning of humanity, all while chasing the legacy of a long-lost explorer. This gripping adventure is a perfect beach read, offering a blend of high-stakes action, thought-provoking themes, and richly developed characters.

You can get a copy of The Stardust Grail by Yume Kitasei on Amazon or Bookshop.

The Cautious Traveller's Guide to the Wastelands by Sarah Brooks

The Cautious Traveller’s Guide to the Wastelands by Sarah Brooks

“The Cautious Traveller’s Guide to the Wastelands” is a captivating historical fantasy set aboard the luxurious yet perilous Trans-Siberian Express. The story follows a diverse group of passengers on a dangerous journey through a magical landscape. Key characters include Zhang Weiwei, a lifelong train resident; Marya Petrovna, a grieving woman with a hidden past; Henry Grey, a naturalist seeking redemption; and Elena, a mysterious stowaway connected to the Wastelands. As forbidden friendships blossom and secrets unravel, the passengers must navigate changing rules and looming dangers. This novel makes a great beach read due to its intriguing plot, rich character dynamics, and the mix of adventure and fantasy, perfect for getting lost in while relaxing by the sea.

You can get a copy of The Cautious Traveller’s Guide to the Wastelands by Sarah Brooks on Amazon or Bookshop.

The Bright Sword by Lev Grossman

The Bright Sword by Lev Grossman

“The Bright Sword” follows Collum of the Out Isles, who dreams of becoming a knight of the Round Table. Upon arriving in Camelot, he discovers it nearly deserted after King Arthur and most of his knights have died in battle. Collum, along with the remaining knights and the sorceress Nimue, embarks on a quest to find a successor to Arthur. On their journey, they face rivals, including Morgan le Fay, while exploring post-Arthurian Britain. This novel is a good beach read because it offers a fresh take on classic Arthurian legends. It is also packed with adventure, intriguing characters, and a blend of mythology and modern reinterpretation that keeps the reader engaged and entertained.

You can get a copy of The Bright Sword by Lev Grossman on Amazon or Bookshop.

The Lost Story by Meg Shaffer

The Lost Story by Meg Shaffer

“The Lost Story” tells the tale of best friends Rafe and Jeremy, who disappeared in the West Virginia woods for six months as teenagers. Fifteen years later, Rafe lives reclusively while Jeremy uses his supernatural ability to find lost people. They reunite when Emilie Wendell seeks Jeremy’s help to find her half-sister Shannon, who vanished in the same woods. The ensuing adventure is filled with sword fights, romance, and dark revelations. This book is a perfect beach read with its blend of adventure, romance, and fantasy, making it easy to get lost in while relaxing by the waves.

You can get a copy of The Lost Story by Meg Shaffer on Amazon or Bookshop.

The Sky on Fire by Jenn Lyons

The Sky on Fire by Jenn Lyons

“The Sky on Fire” is a thrilling fantasy novel about Anahrod Amnead, a dragonrider candidate who survives a false accusation and a fall into the Deep, only to be drawn into a heist plot involving the very dragon that had wronged her. The story challenges classic dragonrider tropes, portraying dragons as equal or superior to humans in intelligence and psychic power. You can also expect twists, betrayals, suspenseful heist elements, and a touching romance. This novel redefines the genre while providing an engaging and refreshing read that is perfect for a relaxing day at the beach.

You can get a copy of The Sky on Fire by Jenn Lyons on Amazon or Bookshop.

List of Cozy Mystery Beach Reads for 2024

The cozy mystery beach reads I’m recommending you add to your beach bag are:

  • Nosy Neighbors by Freya Sampson
  • Nonna Maria and the Case of the Lost Treasure by Lorenzo Carcaterra
  • The Perils of Lady Catherine de Bourgh by Claudia Gray
  • Come Shell or High Water by Molly MacRae
  • Dead Tired by Kat Ailes
Nosy Neighbors by Freya Sampson

Nosy Neighbors by Freya Sampson

At Shelley House, the elderly Dorothy and young Kat, despite their differences, unite to save their historic home. When a resident is attacked and justice is not served, they become unlikely amateur sleuths with their trusty Jack Russell terrier, determined to restore peace to their community.

You can get a copy of Nosy Neighbors by Freya Sampson on Amazon or Bookshop.

Nonna Maria and the Case of the Lost Treasure by Lorenzo Carcaterra

Nonna Maria and the Case of the Lost Treasure by Lorenzo Carcaterra

“Nonna Maria and the Case of the Lost Treasure” is a thrilling tale set in Ischia, where the loveable widow Nonna Maria helps thwart a revenge plot by a notorious mob boss. With the help of her friends, including a reformed hitman and a duo familiar with the island’s hidden caves, Nonna seeks out a mysterious treasure. The story blends dual plots with rich historical and cultural details. Plus, the novel’s combination of treasure hunting, history, and the warmth of Nonna Maria’s character makes it an ideal beach read, keeping readers entertained and engaged while they relax by the sea.

You can get a copy of Nonna Maria and the Case of the Lost Treasure by Lorenzo Carcaterra on Amazon or Bookshop.

P.S. I interviewed the author about the previous two books in the series, and you can tune in to the episode here: Nonna Maria and the Case of the Stolen Necklace by Lorenzo Carcaterra

The Perils of Lady Catherine de Bourgh by Claudia Gray

The Perils of Lady Catherine de Bourgh by Claudia Gray

“The Perils of Lady Catherine de Bourgh” centers on Lady Catherine de Bourgh. The plot follows Jonathan Darcy and Juliet Tilney as they attempt to save Lady Catherine from escalating threats. Alongside an intriguing mystery, we also see Jonathan Darcy and Juliet Tilney navigating their own budding relationship. This is a great beach read because of its blend of suspense, romance, and charming homage to Austen’s style.

You can get a copy of The Perils of Lady Catherine de Bourgh by Claudia Gray on Amazon or Bookshop.

Come Shell or High Water by Molly MacRae

Come Shell or High Water by Molly MacRae

“Come Shell or High Water” is set on a picturesque barrier island off North Carolina. It follows Maureen Nash, a widowed folklorist, who is lured to Ocracoke Island by mysterious letters. While there, she encounters the ghost of an 18th-century pirate and gets entangled in a murder mystery. With its blend of mystery, supernatural elements, and charming coastal setting, this book makes for a compelling and entertaining beach read.

You can get a copy of Come Shell or High Water by Molly MacRae on Amazon or Bookshop.

Dead Tired by Kat Ailes

Dead Tired by Kat Ailes

“Dead Tired” by Kat Ailes follows Alice, a new mom who thought her days of crime-solving were over after tackling a murder with her prenatal group. However, as she and her friends take a break from motherhood by joining an eco-protest, they find themselves drawn into another mystery when a fellow protester is found strangled. With their detective skills put to the test again, they navigate a web of rogue artists, enigmatic entrepreneurs, and quirky protests in their sleepy English village. This book is a great beach read because it combines humor, mystery, and the relatable chaos of new motherhood, offering a light-hearted yet engaging escape perfect for a day in the sun.

You can get a copy of Dead Tired by Kat Ailes on Amazon or Bookshop.

List of Nonfiction Beach Reads for 2024

The nonfiction beach reads I’m recommending you add to your beach bag are:

  • I’m Mostly Here to Enjoy Myself by Glynnis MacNicol
  • Woman of Interest by Tracy O’Neill
  • A Gentleman and a Thief by Dean Jobb
I'm Mostly Here to Enjoy Myself by Glynnis MacNicol

I’m Mostly Here to Enjoy Myself by Glynnis MacNicol

“I’m Mostly Here to Enjoy Myself” by Glynnis MacNicol is a memoir about a forty-six-year-old woman who, after enduring sixteen months of isolation in her Manhattan apartment during the pandemic, seizes the chance to sublet a friend’s apartment in Paris. The book recounts her time in the City of Lights, filled with friendship, food, sex, and spontaneous adventures, capturing her pursuit of radical enjoyment. This memoir is a perfect beach read because it offers an intimate and joyful escape, celebrating the beauty of living life to the fullest, and reminding readers that pleasure and enjoyment are both a right and a responsibility.

You can get a copy of I’m Mostly Here to Enjoy Myself by Glynnis MacNicol on Amazon or Bookshop.

Woman of Interest by Tracy O'Neill

Woman of Interest by Tracy O’Neill

“Woman of Interest” is a memoir that tells the story of the author’s search to find her missing birth mother in South Korea. The narrative reads like a mystery novel as it details her interactions with a private investigator and her eventual trip to Korea to meet her mother. The memoir is filled with genuine, vulnerable, and vividly detailed reflections. This compelling memoir of self-discovery and adventure makes it a perfect beach read, keeping you hooked while you relax by the waves.

You can get a copy of Woman of Interest by Tracy O’Neill on Amazon or Bookshop.

A Gentleman and a Thief by Dean Jobb

A Gentleman and a Thief by Dean Jobb

“A Gentleman and a Thief” tells the captivating true story of Arthur Barry, a charming and cunning thief who infiltrated high society and made off with a fortune in jewels. We learn more about Barry and discover that he was a multi-faceted individual who used charm and violence to achieve his ends. Despite his impressive heists, Barry’s life was marred by regret and prison time. This book is a great beach read due to its engaging narrative, colorful characters, and fascinating blend of crime and high-society intrigue.

You can get a copy of A Gentleman and a Thief by Dean Jobb on Amazon or Bookshop.

What books are in your summer beach reads bag?

What do you think about these 2024 beach read recommendations? Have you read any of them? What books would you add to this list? Let’s talk all about the books on your 2024 beach reads list in the comments below.

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