It’s not quite summer yet, but that’s no reason not to start thinking about those books that just scream SUN, SAND AND…. ICE CREAM? (Yes, most definitely that last one!) Everyone has their favorite type of book to read on the beach, but what if certain situations warrant certain books? Well, I’ve got you covered! Here are my Top Ten Beach Reads for Different Scenarios!
You’ve just started summer vacation or have taken a few days off from work, and you desperately need a day to simply chill. This scenario calls for a fun, light read that will keep you entertained without having to work too hard. Try something like Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling- it’s sure to get you laughing and enjoying your day off!
Let’s face it: some beach trips can turn sour pretty quickly. A family of seven plops their stuff down right next to you, kids are screaming and splashing a few feet away, and the couple behind you is arguing loudly for all to hear. You need an engrossing read that will distract you from the surrounding madness and keep your attention even when it seems louder than a high school study hall. Try a mystery like Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn- you’ll be so glued to the page that the sun will be setting before you know it!
You’re part fish, what can you say? You’re in the water so often that your time on the sand is short and sweet. You still want to get some reading done, though, and you’re hoping to finish something by the end of the day. Try a short but gripping read like We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. The pages fly by, and you’ll have plenty of time to swim to your heart’s content!
Sometimes you simply feel like reminiscing about the good old days, and a reading a book like The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han is a great way to do that. It’s bittersweet, like many memories tend to be, and it will take you right back to those hot summers on the beach when the biggest worry on your mind was what your latest crush thought of you.
You thought the shining sun would be enough to cheer you up, but unfortunately it’s just not doing it for you. Perhaps you’ve recently been through a rough breakup or have been stuck in a bit of a rut for a while. Whatever the case may be, chances are a good book might help you feel at least a tad better. Try reading the inspirational and heartwarming memoir Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. She completely improved and changed her outlook on life, so what’s to say that you can’t do the same?
You love everything sappy and sweet, and romance novels are no exception! You don’t want anything too scandalous, though (I mean, you might, but for the purpose of this list you don’t!), so an adorable YA romance would be perfect. Try Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, and I dare you to try to not fall in love with St. Clair.
It’s summer, and you feel like your brain has been turned off for a solid month. Even though you’re technically on vacation at the beach (at least for a few hours) you’d still like to engage the old thinker a little bit. For a thought-provoking read that will make you question, ponder, and contemplate, try All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. The beautiful writing and captivating story will sweep you away like ocean waves. (See what I did there?)
When I was younger I always associated the water with my favorite sea creatures: mermaids, of course! If beach still makes you think of these lovely beings, then maybe a mermaid book is the way to go. Try Of Poseidon by Anna Banks. It’s a trilogy, so if you like the first book you can always go back for more!
It’s hot. REALLY hot. You weren’t expecting the sun to suddenly start blazing at one million degrees, but since when does Mother Nature actually care about what we think? Anyways, you’d like a book that will keep your mind off the heat and focused on a cooler place. For a great read that’s set in the winter months, try The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth Laban. Just look at that snowy cover- I feel cooler already!
All of these scenarios are fine, but in the end you just want a good book to read on the beach no matter what situation arises- that traditional summer read. One of my favorite books to read in the summer is Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. I’ve mentioned this book SO MANY TIMES on this blog, but that won’t stop me from mentioning it a million times more! I love it so much, and I reread it practically every summer.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this TTT! What beach reads do you recommend? What do you think of the books on my list? Let me know in the comments section below!