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The 7 Best Summer Beach Reads You Can’t-Miss in 2024

Don’t let summer slip by without one of these amazing beach reads!

Last Updated on June 28, 2024 by BiblioLifestyle

Top 7 Beach Reads for 2024

Summer is in full swing and it’s time to start packing those beach bags with all the essentials—and that includes the best beach reads of 2024. I get most of my reading done in summer, and the truth is you don’t need to be at the beach to enjoy a beach read. All the books on this list I’ve read and loved, and they’re perfect to add to your summer bag.

Whether you’re lounging on the couch, relaxing by the pool, or you really happen to be at the beach, having a captivating read in hand can make all the difference. That’s why I’ve curated the perfect lineup of the seven best beach reads of 2024 that are across various genres for your summer reading bag. From thrilling mysteries to heartwarming romances, these books promise to transport you to different worlds, enrich your mind, and enhance your sun-soaked days. So, grab your favorite sunglasses and a comfy chair, and get ready to lose yourself in stories that will make your summer unforgettable.

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 an ideal beach read for 2024 due to its engaging narrative and themes of self-discovery, friendship, and adventure.

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. With its blend of adventure, friendship, and historical intrigue set against the vibrant backdrop of post-WWI societal shifts, “The Hazelbourne Ladies Motorcycle and Flying Club” is an engaging and uplifting beach read.

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. “Sandwich” is a perfect beach read because it’s a hilarious and touching tale that immerses you in the relatable chaos of family life, making it both entertaining and heartwarming.

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. “A Talent for Murder” is a gripping beach read with its suspenseful plot, surprising twists, and fast-paced narrative that keeps you hooked from start to finish.

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. “The Lost Story” is a perfect beach read because its blend of adventure, romance, and magical intrigue offers an engaging and escapist experience ideal for a relaxing day by the sea.

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. Let the Games Begin is one of the best beach reads of 2024 because it seamlessly blends the excitement of the Olympics with a heartwarming romance and relatable themes of personal and cultural identity. Plus the fact 2024 is an Olympic year, though it’s being hosted in Paris, definitely makes it perfectly timed.

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. Nonna Maria’s thrilling adventure of assassins, hidden treasures, and medieval castles makes it a captivating and perfect beach read for 2024.

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

Have you read any of the books on this beach reads list?

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

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  1. Alex says:

    I’ve read the Hazelbourne Ladies and loved it! A couple others are on my TBR and I’m hoping to tackle them soon!

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