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Quintessential Summer 2021 Beach Reads: The Ultimate List

Whatever your plans are this summer, I firmly believe it should involve reading a book.  So whether you’re camping or spending hours at the beach

Last Updated on March 25, 2024 by BiblioLifestyle

Quintessential Beach Reads of Summer 2021

While the definition of a beach read is super subjective, this list is filled with books that will keep you turning the pages or transporting you to a destination you would enjoy on vacation.  So whatever your plans are this summer, I believe they should involve reading a book.  So whether you’re camping, hiking, spending hours at the pool or the beach, or staying at home — I hope you’ll find something on this list of 2021 beach reads to pique your interest.

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Quintessential Summer 2021 Beach Reads

  • Seven Days in June by Tia Williams
  • People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry
  • Love Scenes by Bridget Morrissey
  • Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto
  • A Lowcountry Bride by Preslaysa Williams
  • In My Dreams I Hold a Knife by Ashley Winstead
  • Dream Girl by Laura Lippman
  • Hostage by Clare Mackintosh
  • The Family Plot by Megan Collins
  • The Therapist by B. A. Paris
  • The Siren by Katherine St. John
  • It Takes Two to Mango by Carrie Doyle
  • Much Ado about Nauticaling by Gabby Allan
  • The Guncle Steven Rowley
  • Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • The Summer Job by Lizzy Dent
  • That Summer by Jennifer Weiner
  • The Newcomer by Mary Kay Andrews
  • Lizzie & Dante by Mary Bly
  • Summer on the Bluffs by Sunny Hostin
  • Last Summer at the Golden Hotel by Elyssa Friedland
  • Palm Beach by Mary Adkins
  • Island Queen by Vanessa Riley
  • Our Woman in Moscow by Beatriz Williams
  • The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba by Chanel Cleeton

2021 BEACH READS: ROMANCE

  • Seven Days in June by Tia Williams
  • People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry
  • Love Scenes by Bridget Morrissey
  • Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto
  • A Lowcountry Bride by Preslaysa Williams
Seven Days in June by Tia Williams

Seven Days in June by Tia Williams

With its keen observations of Black life and the condition of modern motherhood, as well as the consequences of motherless-ness, Seven Days in June is by turns humorous, warm and deeply sensual.

You can get a copy of Seven Days in June by Tia Williams on Amazon or Bookshop.

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry

From the New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read, a sparkling new novel that will leave you with the warm, hazy afterglow usually reserved for the best vacations. Two best friends. Ten summer trips. One last chance to fall in love.

You can get a copy of People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry on Amazon or Bookshop.

P.S. Check out The Ultimate Guide to Reading Emily Henry Books article.

Love Scenes  Bridget Morrissey

Love Scenes by Bridget Morrissey

Acting like she’s in love with her handsome nightmare of a co-star — in a movie directed and produced by her complicated Hollywood royalty family — is Sloane’s job. But what happens when the lines between script and reality get blurred?

You can get a copy of Love Scenes by Bridget Morrissey on Amazon or Bookshop.

Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto

Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto

Meddy works as a photographer for her overbearing, superstitious Chinese Indonesian aunties and mother in the family wedding catering business. When her mom arranges a date for her, she ends up accidentally killing him, and Meddy turns to her aunts for help. A series of over-the-top situations and antics occur with lots of bantering and interfering aunties.

You can get a copy of Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto on Amazon or Bookshop.

A Lowcountry Bride : A Novel Preslaysa Williams

A Lowcountry Bride by Preslaysa Williams

A heartwarming novel of love, forgiveness, and new beginnings set in the beautiful South Carolina Lowcountry.

You can get a copy of A Lowcountry Bride by Preslaysa Williams on Amazon or Bookshop.

2021 BEACH READS: THRILLER BOOKS

  • In My Dreams I Hold a Knife by Ashley Winstead
  • Dream Girl by Laura Lippman
  • Hostage by Clare Mackintosh
  • The Family Plot by Megan Collins
  • The Therapist by B. A. Paris
  • The Siren by Katherine St. John
In My Dreams I Hold a Knife by Ashley Winstead

In My Dreams I Hold a Knife by Ashley Winstead

Told in racing dual timelines, with a dark campus setting and a darker look at friendship, love, obsession, and ambition, In My Dreams I Hold A Knife is an addictive, propulsive read you won’t be able to put down.

You can get a copy of In My Dreams I Hold a Knife by Ashley Winstead on Amazon or Bookshop.

Dream Girl by Laura Lippman

Dream Girl by Laura Lippman

Chilling and compulsively readable, touching on timely issues that include power, agency, appropriation, and creation, Dream Girl is a superb blend of psychological suspense and horror that reveals the mind and soul of a writer.

You can get a copy of Dream Girl by Laura Lippman on Amazon or Bookshop.

Hostage by Clare Mackintosh

Hostage by Clare Mackintosh

For fans of the locked-room mystery of One By One and the heart-stopping tension The Last Flight, Hostage is an explosively addictive thriller about one flight attendant and the agonizing decision that will change her life―and the lives of everyone on-board―forever.

You can get a copy of Hostage by Clare Mackintosh on Amazon or Bookshop.

The Family Plot by Megan Collins

The Family Plot by Megan Collins

When a family obsessed with true crime gathers to bury their patriarch, horrifying secrets are exposed upon the discovery of another body in his grave in this chilling novel from the author of Behind the Red Door and The Winter Sister.

You can get a copy of The Family Plot by Megan Collins on Amazon or Bookshop.

The Therapist by B. A. Paris

The Therapist by B. A. Paris

The multimillion-copy New York Times bestselling author B.A. Paris returns to her heartland of gripping psychological suspense in The Therapist–a powerful tale of a house that holds a shocking secret.

You can get a copy of The Therapist by B. A. Paris on Amazon or Bookshop.

The Siren by Katherine St. John

The Siren by Katherine St. John

From Katherine St. John, author of The Lion’s Den, comes another sublimely escapist thriller: When Hollywood heartthrob Cole Power hires his ex-wife, Stella Rivers, to act in his son’s film, he sparks a firestorm on an isolated island that will unearth long-buried secrets–and unravel years of lies.

You can get a copy of The Siren by Katherine St. John on Amazon or Bookshop.

2021 BEACH READS: COZY MYSTERIES

  • It Takes Two to Mango by Carrie Doyle
  • Much Ado about Nauticaling by Gabby Allan
It Takes Two to Mango by Carrie Doyle

It Takes Two to Mango by Carrie Doyle

After Plum Lockhart’s job as a travel magazine editor is eliminated in corporate cuts, she decides she’s sick of cold winters in NYC and fruitless swiping on dating apps–what she needs is a dramatic change of scenery. On a whim, she accepts a job as a villa broker and moves to a beautiful Caribbean island.

You can get a copy of It Takes Two to Mango by Carrie Doyle on Amazon or Bookshop.

Much Ado about Nauticaling by Gabby Allan

Much Ado about Nauticaling by Gabby Allan

The bubbly fun of a rom-com meets the irresistible quirkiness of a cozy mystery in this buoyant new series set off the coast of Southern California, where 30-something Whitney Dagner has moved home to help with her family’s boat tour business. Living in a Pacific paradise isn’t always smooth sailing, but things really get rocky when Whit’s brother is accused of murder and it falls on her – with the help of her ex-boyfriend Felix and police dispatcher roommate Mirabel – to clear his name…

You can get a copy of Much Ado about Nauticaling by Gabby Allan on Amazon or Bookshop.

2021 BEACH READS: FAMILY & FRIENDSHIP BOOKS

  • The Guncle Steven Rowley
  • Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • The Summer Job by Lizzy Dent
  • That Summer by Jennifer Weiner
  • The Newcomer by Mary Kay Andrews
  • Lizzie & Dante by Mary Bly
  • Summer on the Bluffs by Sunny Hostin
  • Last Summer at the Golden Hotel by Elyssa Friedland
  • Palm Beach by Mary Adkins
The Guncle Steven Rowley

The Guncle Steven Rowley

From the bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus and The Editor comes a warm and deeply funny novel about a once-famous gay sitcom star whose unexpected family tragedy leaves him with his niece and nephew for the summer.

You can get a copy of The Guncle Steven Rowley on Amazon or Bookshop.

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

From the New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones & The Six and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo . . . Four famous siblings throw an epic party to celebrate the end of the summer. But over the course of twenty-four hours, their lives will change forever.

You can get a copy of Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid on Amazon or Bookshop.

The Summer Job by Lizzy Dent

The Summer Job by Lizzy Dent

Beach Read meets Sweetbitter in this laugh-out-loud and ultimately heartwarming debut of a good friend’s very bad decision and the summer job that stands to ruin or make her life.

You can get a copy of The Summer Job by Lizzy Dent on Amazon or Bookshop.

That Summer by Jennifer Weiner

That Summer by Jennifer Weiner

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Summer comes another deliciously twisty novel of intrigue, secrets, and the transformative power of female friendship.

You can get a copy of That Summer by Jennifer Weiner on Amazon or Bookshop.

The Newcomer by Mary Kay Andrews

The Newcomer by Mary Kay Andrews

Letty Carnahan is in trouble. She’s on the run from New York City; she has her four-year-old niece, Maya in tow, and her sister was found dead in the entry hall of her glamorous townhome.

You can get a copy of The Newcomer by Mary Kay Andrews on Amazon or Bookshop.

Lizzie & Dante by Mary Bly

Lizzie & Dante by Mary Bly

The insightful, audacious, and deeply romantic story of a woman whose life turns upside down after she meets an enigmatic chef on vacation in Italy.

You can get a copy of Lizzie & Dante by Mary Bly on Amazon or Bookshop.

Summer on the Bluffs by Sunny Hostin

Summer on the Bluffs by Sunny Hostin

Emmy Award winner, renowned lawyer and journalist, The View cohost, and National Bestselling author Sunny Hostin dazzles with this brilliant novel about a life-changing summer along the beaches of Martha’s Vineyard.

You can get a copy of Summer on the Bluffs by Sunny Hostin on Amazon or Bookshop.

Last Summer at the Golden Hotel by Elyssa Friedland

Last Summer at the Golden Hotel by Elyssa Friedland

A family reunion for the ages when two clans convene for the summer at their beloved getaway in the Catskills–perfect for fans of Dirty Dancing and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel–from the acclaimed author of The Floating Feldmans.

You can get a copy of Last Summer at the Golden Hotel by Elyssa Friedland on Amazon or Bookshop.

Palm Beach by Mary Adkins

Palm Beach by Mary Adkins

A thought-provoking page-turner from the author of When You Read This and Privilege that captures the painful divide between the haves and have-nots and the seductive lure of the American dream.

You can get a copy of Palm Beach by Mary Adkins on Amazon or Bookshop.

2021 BEACH READS: HISTORICAL FICTION BOOKS

  • Island Queen by Vanessa Riley
  • Our Woman in Moscow by Beatriz Williams
  • The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba by Chanel Cleeton
Island Queen : A Novel Vanessa Riley

Island Queen by Vanessa Riley

A remarkable, sweeping historical novel based on the incredible true life story of Dorothy Kirwan Thomas, a free woman of color who rose from slavery to become one of the wealthiest and most powerful landowners in the colonial West Indies.

You can get a copy of Island Queen by Vanessa Riley on Amazon or Bookshop.

Our Woman in Moscow by Beatriz Williams

Our Woman in Moscow by Beatriz Williams

The New York Times bestselling author of Her Last Flight returns with a gripping and profoundly human story of Cold War espionage and family devotion.

You can get a copy of Our Woman in Moscow by Beatriz Williams on Amazon or Bookshop.

The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba by Chanel Cleeton

The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba by Chanel Cleeton

At the end of the nineteenth century, three revolutionary women fight for freedom in New York Times bestselling author Chanel Cleeton’s captivating new novel inspired by real-life events and the true story of a legendary Cuban woman–Evangelina Cisneros–who changed the course of history.

You can get a copy of The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba by Chanel Cleeton on Amazon or Bookshop.

What do you think about these quintessential 2021 beach reads?

Have you read any of the books on this list?  Do you have any summer 2021 beach reads you’re looking forward to?   What books would you add to the list? Let’s talk all about your favorite beach reads in the comments below.

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