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The Ultimate Guide to Reading Emily Henry Books

Emily Henry is popular because her books are so much more than just romance.  

Last Updated on April 19, 2024 by BiblioLifestyle

3 Must-Read Emily Henry Books Where to Start Reading

Looking for your next great read?  Look no further than Emily Henry’s captivating collection of novels.  With her unique blend of romance, humor, and heartfelt storytelling, Henry has quickly become a beloved author in the literary world.  But with so many enticing titles to choose from, where should you start?  Fear not, because this guide is here to help you navigate the world of Emily Henry books and discover the ultimate reading order.  Whether you’re a fan of contemporary romance or new to the genre, each book offers a delightful escape into a world filled with complex characters, captivating plots, and a touch of whimsy.  So get cozy, pour yourself a cup of your favorite beverage, and get ready to dive into the world of Emily Henry books that will leave you longing for more.

All About Emily Henry

Who is Emily Henry?

Emily Henry is a New York Times bestselling author who, according to her website, “lives and writes in Cincinnati and the part of Kentucky just beneath it.”

You can learn more about Emily Henry in our fun author feature here.

What kind of books does Emily Henry write?

Emily Henry writes contemporary romance novels for adults, and previously she wrote young adult novels that blend mystery, romance, and fantasy.

Emily Henry is popular because her books are so much more than just romance.  They are infused with comedy and lots of witty banter that will have you laughing out loud.  Her characters are often off on some fun adventure, which fuels the escapism her novels often provide.  Plus she also places emphasis on the power of love, friendships, and family.

Which Emily Henry book came first?

Emily Henry’s first published book is a young adult novel entitled “The Love that Split the World,” released in 2016.  This book has been described as Friday Night Lights meets The Time Traveler’s Wife that perfectly captures those bittersweet months after high school when we dream not only of the future but of all the roads and paths we’ve left untaken.  

Emily Henry’s adult debut novel is entitled “Beach Read,” which was published in 2020.  This book tells the story of a romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engages in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters.

The Emily Henry new book!

Funny Story by Emily Henry

Emily Henry’s newest book, set for release in April 2024, is entitled FUNNY STORY!  In this new novel, we meet Daphne, whose fiancé, Peter, realizes he is in love with his childhood best friend, Petra.  Alone without friends or family, Daphne proposes to be roommates with the only person who could understand her predicament: Petra’s ex, Miles Nowak.

One day, while drowning their sorrows, they hatch a plan that involves posting deliberately misleading photos of their summer adventures together.  But it’s all just for show, of course, because there’s no way Daphne would start her new chapter by falling in love with her ex-fiancé’s new fiancée’s ex…right?

You can get a copy of Funny Story on Amazon or Bookshop.

List of Emily Henry Books in Order

All Emily Henry Books in Order

Emily Henry Young Adult Books in Order

  • The Love That Split the World
  • A Million Junes
  • When the Sky Fell on Splendor
  • Hello Girls by Brittany Cavallaro and Emily Henry

Emily Henry Adult Books in Order

  • Beach Read
  • People We Meet on Vacation
  • Book Lovers
  • Happy Place
  • Funny Story

Top 3 Best Emily Henry Books for Adults

If you’re new to reading Emily Henry’s books and you’re looking for a place to start, or you just want to go straight to reading the best Emily Henry books, I recommend reading these three:

  • People We Meet on Vacation
  • Beach Read
  • Happy Place
People We Meet on Vacation

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry

With only one week to win back the best friend whom she might be in love with and whom she hasn’t spoken to since a disastrous trip two summers ago, a travel writer plans the trip of a lifetime to Palm Springs in hopes that she will fix everything.

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Is People We Meet on Vacation spicy?  Is People We Meet on Vacation steamy?

This is almost a closed-door romance novel.  There is a lot of sexual chemistry and tension, and it’s a slow burn.  When it gets to the sex scene, it’s not explicit but more generally described.

Beach Read

Beach Read by Emily Henry 

A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters.

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Is Beach Read spicy?  Is Beach Read steamy?

Beach read is an open-door romance novel.  Yes, there are spicy and steamy scenes, and the sex scenes are explicit.  It’s a slow-burn novel getting to the spicy and steamy scenes.

Happy Place

Happy Place by Emily Henry 

A couple who broke up months ago pretends to still be together for their annual weeklong vacation with their best friends.

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P.S. Happy Place is one of the books in The BiblioLifestyle 2023 Spring Reading Guide.

More About Reading Emily Henry Books

In what order should I read Emily Henry books?

Whether you’re looking for a fun vacation read or a blend of mystery, romance, and fantasy to get lost in on a rainy day, she has something perfect.

If you’re looking to explore the world of Emily Henry books, then you might be wondering what order to start in.  Lucky for you, it’s easy – all of her books are stand-alone novels and can be read independently.

Emily Henry’s first three books are young adult novels.  They are beautifully written, high-energy books that blend mystery, romance, and fantasy.

Her adult novels are contemporary romance novels that are so much more than just romance. They are infused with comedy and lots of witty banter that will have you laughing out loud.  Her characters are often off on some fun adventure, which fuels the escapism her novels often provide.  Plus, she also places emphasis on the power of love, friendships, and family.

I think the best Emily Henry books are:

  • People We Meet on Vacation
  • Beach Read
  • Happy Place

Again, all of her books are stand-alone novels and can be read independently.  So feel free to start wherever looks most intriguing – I know I did!  From there, why not explore them all?  They will make your day brighter and your night warmer and leave a smile on your face.  It’s great having Emily Henry books around whenever I need a bit of escapism.

What do you think about these Emily Henry books?

Have you read any books by Emily Henry?  Are any of these books or her other works on your TBR?   What book by Emily Henry is your favorite?  What Emily Henry books would you add to this list?  Let us know in the comments below.

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