Beach Reads

My definition of a beach read is something engaging yet without a heavy subject matter. It should be easy to read and interesting but not something that will spoil your holiday with tears or prevent you relaxing because you can’t stop thinking about it (I’m looking at you,  A Little Life). So here are some of my recommended beach reads for this summer.


Beach Read Thrillers

I love reading thrillers on holiday as they are usually fast paced and gripping (well, the good ones are). These are three thrillers I’m planning to read over the summer:

  • The Child – Fiona Barton
  • The Lying Game – Ruth Ware
  • The Marsh King’s Daughter – Karen Dionne

Contemporary Romance

Beach Reads Contemporary Romance

Summer is definitely the time for light-hearted romance and I usually veer towards YA contemporary romance for adorable stories. These three are some of my favourites and I’ll be re-reading them this summer for their feel-good factor:

  • Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli
  • Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell
  • When Dimple Met Rishi – Sandhya Menon

Children’s Classics
Beach Reads Children's Classics

I love re-reading my favourite children’s classics over the summer. They have a nostalgic value as well as simply being some of my favourite books. The Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery is always a perfect choice. The books pictured are the Aladdin editions, which are missing a couple from the series.

  • Anne of Green Gables
  • Anne of Avonlea
  • Anne of the Island
  • Anne’s House of Dreams
  • Rainbow Valley
  • Rilla of Ingleside

Comedy Autobiographies & Memoirs

Beach Reads - Autobiographies and Memoirs

I love listening to audiobook versions of autobiographies and memoirs, especially humorous ones. I find narrators are especially engaging when reading their own books – Trevor Noah is absolutely hilarious. These are a few books I’ll be listening to this summer:

  • Shrill – Lindy West
  • Born A Crime – Trevor Noah
  • Animal – Sara Pascoe

I hope you find some books to interest you this summer. Happy reading!






  1. Lys

    23 July 2017 at 11:06 PM

    Is it weird that I love that you’re rereading children’s classics ? I didn’t read as a child so I missed out a lot of great books, I’ve never heard of Anna (I don’t remember the rest of the title) before.
    Also, I’ve been meaning to read a thriller for a while and The Lying Game caught my eyes. This is the perfect title for a thriller.
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    1. scorpiobookdreams

      24 July 2017 at 12:03 AM

      You should definitely read Anne of Green Gables! I still love reading it and the series is one of my favourites. As for a thriller, Ruth Ware’s earlier book The Woman in Cabin 10 is well worth reading too.

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