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Best Beach Reads – Best 2023 Summer Books

Whether you’re relaxing next to the ocean or poolside, your summer reading will be more enjoyable with one of these easy reads in your hand and another in your beach bag.

What type of book makes a good beach read?

We want our summer books to be unputdownable easy reads. 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. Summer bestsellers are often those that allow us to escape to a different world for a few hours…usually one with more sand and more waves. 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 past favorite beach books as well as fun new titles for 2023 to give you a good selection of beach books that will fill your summer reading list.

Pink Hammock in front of palm trees and ocean

The Best Beach Read Books of 2023

Best Beach Reads From Recent Years

As much as we are looking forward to all of the new 2023 summer book releases, we also know that the library waitlists can get frustrating! The following books are some of our favorite summer reads from recent years, most of which should be available without long waits.

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

Photo of women reading a book on the beach taken from behind, text reading The Best Beach Reads for 2023.



Angela & Melissa

The Book Girls are best friends who jointly read over 200 books per year. We started Book Girls' Guide in 2019 to help others de-stress and find joy through the power of a great book. We do in-depth research on thousands of novels and non-fiction titles each year to provide curated book lists covering a variety of genres.

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