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15 Best Beach Reads and Holiday Books of All Time

Are you looking to dive into the best summer books and beach reads of all time? Here

I’ve gathered some of the best books to read this summer to help inspire you! If

The below books are some of the best summer reads that are perfect for a lazy day

You and Me On Vacation is hands down one of my favourite romance novels of all time

They first met 12 years ago and hated each other immediately

Every year since then, they’ve been on a summer vacation together

Alex and Poppy have barely spoken since that awkward holiday but Poppy is determined to set things

She invites Alex on one last trip to try and repair their friendship

I loved everything about this novel – it’s funny, it’s moving, and it’s everything you

The book alternates between the past and the present which is a clever way of showing us

You can’t help but root for Poppy and Alex and the people they have become over

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and I highly recommend this as one of your next beach

Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan is a modern retelling of EM Forster’s A Room With

There, she meets George Zao, a guy she ends up falling for despite initially hating all his

Lucie and George are caught in a compromising situation at the wedding and part ways abruptly until

Although Lucie is engaged to the most eligible bachelor in the city, something still draws her to

Like Crazy Rich Asians, the plot is positively ridiculous and the characters are absurd

Kwan certainly writes like someone who understands this elite world very well!

If you’re a fan of Crazy Rich Asians then this has similar themes, characters and absurd

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It’s Ami and Dane’s wedding day and everything is going perfectly – until the buffet lunch

It turns out the fish at the buffet had gone bad and now the majority of the

Apart from Olive and Ethan – the maid of honour and the best man, and also the bride

Tragically, the bride and groom are no longer able to go on their non-refundable honeymoon and insist

But the thing is, Olive and Ethan positively loathe each other

Each has convinced themselves that they’ll be able to go on this holiday and simply avoid

As the trip unfolds, each realises that the other might not be quite as hateful as they

As they’re forced to pretend to be a married couple whilst on their fake honeymoon in

This book is funny, sexy, and sweet and if you love easy romances with characters that actually

The Love Hypothesis’ cover makes it look somewhat like a YA novel, but it’s anything but

Olive is a doctorate student at Stanford, researching pancreatic cancer

Determined to show her friend that she’s not into the guy her friend is interested in (

It was only supposed to last for a little over a month but obviously, once they start

This was a 5 star read for me and I absolutely sped through it in one morning

It’s largely a light-hearted and funny romance that made me feel all gooey and fuzzy inside,

I was rooting for Olive and Adam from the start and they had amazing chemistry and a

There’s also one saucy scene for those that like their romances to be a little bit

Get a Life, Chloe Brown is one of the most talked-about books on bookstagram, but does it

This steamy romance novel follows the story of Chloe Brown, a wealthy young woman whose life is

After a near-death experience she realises that had she died, there would be practically nothing interesting to

She moves out of her large family home, rents a small flat by herself and starts work

At first, the pair seem to loathe each other but the pair end up agreeing that Red

This mutually beneficial deal ends up becoming a lot more than either party bargained for!

Get a Life, Chloe Brown is a funny (and steamy!) romance that is the perfect read for

Chloe suffers from chronic pain and Red has self-esteem issues from a past relationship

This is a sweet, funny, saucy romance novel that is one of the best books to read

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Just Haven’t Met You Yet is a cute and heartwarming read that starts with every traveller’

Laura is on a work trip to the small island of Jersey where she’s hoping to

But when Laura arrives in Jersey and opens her luggage, she sees neatly folded men’s clothing

She has a sneak peek through this gentleman’s belongings to see if she can discover anything

But what’s odd is that everything in the case is something that she can imagine her

Unlike most fluffy romance novels, it wasn’t clear at the start where this story was headed

This story is a slow burner and you’ll grow to love the story, the chemistry between

The main character Laura is a romantic, determined to stick to her guns, and refuse to settle

Even though she faced some hard realities and setbacks in this novel, she overcame them and still

This book is worth adding to your pile of holiday books for the beach if you love

Just Haven’t Met You Yet is a modern rom-com and set on a different Channel Island

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If those summer romance books weren’t enough, I’ve even more good beach books for you

Her storytelling is masterful and she has quickly become one of my new auto-buy authors

There’s Nina, a surfer and supermodel; Hud, a famous photographer; Jay, a champion surfer; and Kit,

It’s set to be an unforgettable night as the Riva siblings have secrets that could threaten

By midnight, the party is out of control and, by morning, the Riva mansion has gone up

TJR has a way of writing characters that you’re not sure you even like (in fact,

These characters feel so real and you could honestly believe that you are reading some sort of

Malibu Rising is a book that makes you want to get up early, watch the sunrise and

It’s the perfect summer read with beautiful writing, a gripping plot and a great host of

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Filled with fun parties and glamorous parties, it’s the kind of summer that sounds great on

The Great Gatsby is told from the perspective of Nick Carraway, a man in search of the

He moves in next door to millionaire Jay Gatsby and across the bay from his cousin Daisy

With beautiful prose, and selfish, spiteful characters, The Great Gatsby is a memorable read that will equally

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The Lido by Libby Page is about Kate and Rosemary, a twenty-six-year-old journalist and eighty-six-year-old window

By all accounts, they shouldn’t have much in common but they strike up an unlikely friendship

She is given the task of writing about the local lido’s closing but little does she

It’s where she met her late husband and where she finds peace and solace every day

Together, Kate and Rosemary campaign to save the lido from the rich property developers who’ve got

They develop a beautiful cross-generational friendship, saving them both from loneliness, that will warm your heart!

Elizabeth Gilbert had everything that society told her would bring her happiness: a husband, a beautiful home

Elizabeth’s story is divided into three sections and she explores three aspects of human nature in

This story is so engaging that you could be forgiven for thinking that this story were fiction

This travel book makes for easy reading and will have you dreaming about eating pasta in Italy

Eat, Pray, Love is the funny account of one woman’s personal journey through three different countries

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The rest of the books on this list are not good summer reads in the sense that

However, they are all compelling and gripping reads that you will want to speed through in one

Her life is completely “fine” and she’s totally oblivious to the fact that life could be

The pair continue to help Sammy on his road to recovery and suddenly Eleanor’s old patterns

Her week is more spontaneous and she finds that she has friends

The weekly calls to her mother (who is in jail) are still a regular feature and it’

In fact, all three of Raymond, Eleanor and Sammy have a part to play in saving each

It’s an incredibly uplifting book that you can speed through in one sunny afternoon making it

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is all about finding meaning in your everyday life

It deals with isolation, loneliness, self-discovery, grief, friendship and love

It has also been announced that Reese Witherspoon is producing a film adaptation of this book so

The Rosie Project is a funny and heartwarming read that is perfect for a chill, sunny day

The main character, Don, is a genetics professor with Asperger’s syndrome (a fact unknown to him),

Unfortunately, Don has next to no friends or social life, so he creates a questionnaire to help

With such high expectations, Don’s Wife Project is doomed to fail

Her search brings her into contact with Don, and despite the fact she’d definitely fail his

The Rosie Project is a very funny book with a main character you grow to adore

Check out my book review of The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Lucy Foley is one of the most popular new voices in the thriller genre with twisty stories

The groom is a television star, handsome and charming; the bride is a beautiful and ambitious magazine

It’s set to be a picture-perfect day for the couple until one member of the wedding

Could it be that the small group aren’t such good friends after all?

But Foley has a knack for shattering those assumptions every so often and then you’re stumped

Foley is a brilliant author and weaves incredibly clever tales about the most hateful of characters

The final passages of her books are always jam-packed with plot twists and this is the sort

Buy The Guest List: Amazon | Book Depository | Blackwells | Waterstones

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