Reading is as necessary as breathing for me. It’s been a part of who I am since I was young girl being carried away into other worlds while holed up in my bedroom while everyone else played outside. (Before Summer beach reads were a thing.) I became fascinated with words and storytelling.
But, I’ve noticed over the past couple of years that it takes me several months to finish a book. I start it on the beach, then once I get home, weeks go by before I pick up the book again.
It has nothing to do with the book and everything to do with my warped sense of productivity that won’t allow me to get carried away for hours at a time.
Thankfully, I’m learning to play again and this Summer it looks like letting myself get lost these Summer beach reads.
5 Cool Summer Beach Reads
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Sweet Romance Beach Reads
- The Sandover Beach Series by by Emma St. Clair– This series takes place on Sandover Island in North Carolina. The sweet romance of a different couple unfolds in each book. The storytelling is engaging and has you rooting for a happy ending from the very start.
I’ll let you in on a little secret…
Emma St. Clair is the pen name of one my favorite people who happens to be a colleague and friend. We’ve spent time together in real life, and she’s such a breath of fresh air. You can sense her sincere, wise, and caring nature, even in a romance novel.
2. The Small Town Sweet Romance books by Rose J Fresquez – I’m sucker for small town life, so when you combine small town and romance, I’m intrigued. There are three stand alone books in this series, so you don’t have to read them in any particular order. I think I want to start with Choices, or maybe Complex. They both sound really good.
Southern Fiction for the Beach
3.Lies and Other Acts of Love by Kristy Harvey
4. Slightly South of Simple by Kristy Harvey
Kristy is a fellow blogger I’ve know online for several years now. I actually had the privilege of reading an advanced copy of her first book, Dear Carolina, which I really enjoyed. So much so, I emailed her to ask if there was going to be a sequel. There wasn’t a sequel, but about a year later, Kristy published, Lies and Other Acts of Love, and it’s been on my ‘books to read’ list ever since. So, I’m adding it to my Summer reading list along with, Slightly South of Simple, the first book in the Peachtree Bluff series. If the south fascinates you as much as it does me, you’ll want to add these books to your Kindle library, too.
Mystery Beach Reads
5. Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
I actually gave in and added HBO to our Hulu account because of Liane Moriarty. After reading The Husband’s Secret, What Alice Forgot and especially Big Little Lies, I was hooked on Liane’s suspenseful storytelling.
Last Summer I read The Hypnotist’s Love Story which was vey entertaining. This year, I’m planning to read Truly Madly Guilty, but any of these books would be a great Summer read. If you love her books as much as I do, you’ll devour them.
I’m intentionally leaving my summer beach reads list short so I can get lost in these authors’ words, picturing the story playing out like a movie, just like when I was a girl. It feels really good to make room for something so essential to my being.
But, if you’re looking for more Summer beach reads to load up on your Kindle, check out these authors: