10 Books Perfect for a Day at the Beach

Spring is finally here! Even though the snow has yet to disappear, I can hear the waves crashing against faraway beaches telling me to pick up a book and hop on the next flight to somewhere warm. 

Whether you have a whole week off for Spring break or just a long weekend, now is the perfect time to get some quality reading time in. Don’t let the not-quite-summer-yet weather get you down — staying positive in this transition season is all about mindset, and what better way to prepare for summer than to read some summer inducing books? 

If warm weather isn’t really your thing, don’t worry — I made this list with you in mind, too, so some feel-good, inspiring reads have been included. But if you are ready for the sun to just get here already and you won’t be heading to a beach in the coming weeks, here are 10 books that will bring the relaxing warmth and sunshine right to you!

  1. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

A Sarah Dessen book is really the only acceptable way to start off a summer-reads list. This book has a cute, feel-good story with, of course, a beach. It’s a quick enough read to squeeze in a short weekend, or, if you’re feeling nostalgic, pace yourself and take the whole week to finish. Just prepare to feel all the feelings.

  1. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Another fantastic beachside love story, this book is sure to have you feeling warm and fuzzy inside. If you’re looking for a little more drama, this is just the book. The characters have a complicated, yet realistic relationship, making it an endearing read for any time of year.


  1. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Romance and dogs? Yes, please! A cute, swoon-worthy story, I promise you won’t be able to put this one down. Pick this book up and you will be instantly dragged into the midst of the hot summer months, and into a hot summer romance!

  1. Machine: A Novel by Susan Steinberg

Fair warning: this is not a warm and fuzzy romance novel. It takes place in the summer and there is water involved, but it’s not light and breezy. This book is dark and twisty, bringing the reader into the mysterious world in which a girl has drowned. The poetry-like prose is very unique, and I promise that you haven’t read a book quite like this before.

  1. My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg

There’s nothing I love more than reading a good book about a powerful and inspiring woman, and RBG is perhaps the most powerful and inspiring of them all! This book makes me feel like I can take on the world (while getting a tan). No beaches here, but reading about the most amazing Supreme Court justice is the next best thing.

  1. The Rumor by Elin Hilderbran

This book comes recommended by my mother and I trust her endorsements above all others! Nantucket, love, drama … what else is there to say? It’s a light read, making it the perfect book to tote back and forth from the beach to the pool and back again. 

  1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

England may be the exact opposite of a beach, but — hear me out — it’s the nostalgic and warm feeling you get from reading this book that has earned it a place on the list. You can’t go wrong with indulging in a well-loved classic if it’s a feel-good kind of feeling you’re hoping for this Spring break season.

  1. You’re Not Listening: What You’re Missing and Why It Matters by Kate Murphy

Looking to finally get started on that New Year’s resolution that involves personal growth? Read this! Listening is a skill that is in constant need of refinement, and now is as good a time as any to start working on it. Considered downloading this as an audiobook to begin practicing your listening while catching some rays on the sand.

  1. The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen

Sarah Dessen deserves two spots on this list — she practically invented the short and sweet summer romance read! This book is a little more lake oriented, but it’s summery and delightful nonetheless. Once I started it, I don’t think I put it down, so I recommend packing light in order to fit both S.D. books in your suitcase.

  1. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

He’s the son of the god of the sea … need I explain more? I will never stop reading these fun little adventure books that carried me through my middle school years. Something about the reminiscing paired with an easy read full of water makes me want to read this book while chilling poolside.


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