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Best Beach Reads – Best 2021 Summer Books

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Whether you’re relaxing next to the ocean or in a lounge chair on your back porch, your summer reading will be more enjoyable with one of these books in your hand and another in your beach bag.

The Best 2021 Beach Reads - text over image of 4 book covers - Malibu Rising, Finlay Donovan is Killing It, The Siren, and It Had to Be You

What type of book makes the best beach read for the Book Girls?

We want our summer books to be very engaging, but not super-deep. The kinds of books that keep the pages turning are key, especially when there are light, fun moments to counter serious scenes. Sometimes we want a love story, sometimes a family drama, and sometimes we want a gripping novel full of suspense. Our favorite might be when we’re able to escape to a different world than our own real life. Who doesn’t want to feel like they’re on an island for a while?

With that description in mind, we gathered some of our favorite new beach books from 2021 to give you a good book selection that will keep you entertained all summer long.

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The Best 2021 Summer Beach Reads

Our 2020 Summer Picks

Looking for a bit older book you might have a better chance of snagging at the library?

These were our favorite summer reads published last year.

Have you read any great books for summer this year? Share them in the comments below!

Beth Gentry

Thursday 22nd of July 2021

Great list! I've read several of these. The Guncle has been my favorite this year. I really liked Shipped, Beach Read, People We Meet on Vacation, and One to Watch too. I've got The Siren and Road Trip on my list! I've started Big Summer a couple times, but I haven't gotten into it. I'm reading Dial 'A' for Aunties right now. I finished a fun beach read last week called The Layover.

Books Set on Islands - Book Girls' Guide

Thursday 20th of May 2021

[…] you’ll find some great rom books and escapist fiction on our list (and even more on our new beach reads list), but our recommendations also run the gamut from historical fiction to epic family sagas, with a […]

Sarah Vogel

Friday 26th of June 2020

I am halfway through "Big Summer" and it just took a major twist that I did NOT see coming! It's really good. It is actually sitting right next to me, awaiting my return! :) I love all of Jennifer Weiner's books. I have actually read a lot of your prior recommendation from the Book Club and have never been disappointed! I also have read "Evvie Drake Starts Over" and enjoyed it. Before I pick up "Big Summer" and find out what happens, I'm going to request quite a few of these recommendations for summer reading from my local library. I don't have the space to accumulate purchased books now, so this is a great alternative. Thank you again for proofreading for us so we all know what's worthwhile and fun!!!

Melissa George

Friday 26th of June 2020

Oh good! I heard from another friend last night that they just finished Big Summer and loved it too. Now I'm extra excited to read and find the twist! My pile to read is outrageous at the moment, but Big Summer is towards the very top. - Melissa