Is there anything better than reading a book on the beach? It’s perhaps one of the most relaxing things on Earth. A good book is literally one of the beach vacation essentials. You people know that I LOVE READING, and I have read quite a few of those books on the beach. I went through my whole Goodreads list and these are, in my opinion, some of the best beach reads (that I’ve read so far!).
What makes a good beach read? For me, the best beach reads are books that entertain me and hold my attention. I don’t like vapid garbage paperbacks, but I also don’t want to reading dense literature from the 19th century, ya feel? And this is definitely not the time for essays and non-fiction! We want some NOVELS for our beach reads! Preferably with a little (or a lot of) romance.
I’m sure you’ve heard of Outlander now that’s a TV show and all. Although the show is pretty good, the book is even better. The premise is this: English WWII nurse Claire Randall accidentally goes back in time to 18th century Scotland, where she meets and falls in love with Jamie Fraser. However, there’s a bunch of drama with English and you’re like “CAN’T CLAIRE AND JAMIE JUST BE HAPPY TOGETHER?” I read like 5 of these books and the answer is a solid NO. This is an incredible, genre-bending book and it’s my favorite recommendation to give to people who really like reading (because oh guess what? It’s 900 pages long).
Set during WWI and the Spanish Influenza epidemic, a teenage girl is visited by the ghost of her first love who died in the war. This book is super spooky with an enthralling mix of war, spiritualism, and the paranormal. You’re literally going to get a sunburn reading this book because you will NOT be able to put it down and reapply sunscreen.
This book was MY JAM in high school. This is book is like Bridget Jones’s Diary for teenagers. Georgia Nicholson is a girl living in Brighton who is obsessed with trying to become a glamorous adult and kiss boys. It’s just delightful. And might I recommend the movie for a rainy day?
Guess what! This is another spooky paranormal book set in the early 20th century. I have a type, okay? This book is about a set of young adults in the Roaring 20’s who have all have special paranormal powers…but they just don’t know it yet. Like X-Men, but with flappers and ghosts.
Now you’re probably saying, “Excuse me, Colleen. I thought you said no old books.” I said no NINETEENTH century books but this one is from the 18th century. It’s a truth universally acknowledged that Fanny Burney was one of Jane Austen’s favorite authors, and now she’s one of my favorites too. Although this book is old, it’s still very charming and relatable. Evelina comes out to society in London and there’s all kinds of hijinks with shady frenemies, dandies (the 18th century version of a f*ckboy), and mysterious benefactors.
This movie was LAME but the book was SO GOOD. I think I read it in one day. Jacob Jankowski joins the circus and falls in love with the circus’s star performer…who is unfortunately married to the seriously unstable equestrian director, August. The novel is completely engrossing and you’ll just want to hug Rosie the Elephant.
This book has some of the craziest plot twists I have ever had the pleasure to read with my own two eyes. In this book set in Victorian England, Sue Trinder conspires with some other con artists to become a lady’s maid for a rich heiress in order to commit her to an institution and steal all her money. But…things don’t go exactly to that plan. There’s romance and some serious girl power moments in this book. I can’t really say anything else because I’ll ruin the whole plot. It’s on the list of 1001 Books to Read Before You Die, so you know it’s quality (if you didn’t trust my opinion already).