Best Beach Reads Taking Place In Summer Settings; According To Goodreads Members

It’s that time of the year, when you see all the same book covers on pool chairs, beach towels and picnic blankets — anywhere that’s comfortable to sprawl out. Wondering what everyone’s reading? These are this year’s top books taking place in summer settings, so you can embrace full on escapism, and maybe even start an impromptu beach reads book club, while you bask in the sun with these ten page turners. Here’s what everyone on Goodreads is planning to read this summer:

The Summer Place by Jennifer Weiner

Weiner’s latest is a follow up to last summer’s New York Times bestseller That Summer. This installment brings another “heartfelt and unputdownable novel of family, secrets, and the ties that bind.”

One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle

It feels like everyone’s in Italy this summer, and you can be too, at least between the pages of this book! The novel takes place on the Amalfi Coast, where protagonist Katy mourns her recently deceased mother, only to find her again in the golden Italian sun.

Island Time by Georgia Clark

Travel to beachy Australia for Clark’s latest rom-com, the first set in her home country of Australia. Meet the Kellys (loud Aussies) and the Lees (refined Americans), two parallel families with married daughters, stranded together while vacationing on an Aussie island following a volcanic eruption. Steaminess ensues.

Beach Read by Emily Henry

Seen on socially distant beach towels since summer 2020, Henry’s haters-to-lovers rom-com takes place on the shores of Lake Michigan, where two very different writers are trying to compose their next novels in neighboring beach houses.

The Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hilderbrand

The Queen of Summer’s latest book debuted in June, and is the talk of aquatic bookworms from coast to coast. Once a Gilded Age destination, a tragic fire doomed The Hotel Nantucket to its current state as an abandoned eyesore. Until a billionaire developer comes to the island. Renovations and romance are on deck.

My Killer Vacation by Tessa Bailey

A spicy murder mystery to keep you page turning throughout your own trip, this novel whisks readers to Cape Cod, where a brooding Bounty Hunter is in town to catch a killer.

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Travel back to Malibu in 1983, when Nina Riva’s famous end of summer party takes a turn that changes the course of her and her family’s life.

One Night on the Island by Josie Silver

Dating columnist Cleo didn’t dream of spending her thirtieth birthday alone on a remote Irish island, but that’s what’s happening. At least she has a luxury cabin, and an attractive, single, soul searching man awaits in nearby accommodations.

Every Summer After by Carley Fortune

Told over the course of six summers and a very pivotal weekend, this novel transports readers to a family lake house where memories and emotions run strong.

The Club By Ellery Lloyd

A mystery set in the exclusive and top secret celebrity vacation world, delve into Island Home, —a closely-guarded, ultra-luxurious resort, just off the English coast, which is hosting an epic A list launch party, unless tensions behind the scenes ruin it all.

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