The Most Popular Beach Reads for Summer

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Whether you’re spending your next Saturday lounging on your patio or hopping on a plane to spend a week on a white sand beach in Anguilla, warm weather and sunny, summer days call for an arsenal of beach reads.

There’s nothing as relaxing as sitting outside, breathing in the fresh air, and cracking open a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. Whenever we finish a book we loved, we turn to Goodreads to help us find our next page-turner—they can help you find your next favorite book based on past ones you’ve loved.

We’re all about having a stack of books to have ready to read in the summer months, and we’re starting with Goodread’s Most Popular Beach Reads. These tried-and-true books have the best reviews from Goodreads members (plus a few additions from our editors!), and all of them have the opportunity to be your favorite book of the summer.

 

By Matt Haig

The Midnight Library

How different would your life look today if you made a slightly different decision years ago? In The Midnight Library, Nora is given the opportunity to explore all the different lives she could have lived.

By Brit Bennett

The Vanishing Half

In The Vanishing Half, the Vignes twins live very different lives, but they will always be invariably linked, no matter how many miles, years, or lies separate them.

By Lucy Foley

The Guest List

It was supposed to be a picture-perfect wedding, but it doesn't take long for everything to fall apart. Then, someone turns up dead.

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Mexican Gothic

Noemí Taboada is a glamorous debutante who's at home in beautiful gowns and red lipstick. But when she receives a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin, she's plunged into a mystery she feels strangely compelled to solve.

By Emily Henry

Beach Read

When they find themselves suffering with writer's block in neighboring beach houses, Augustus and January strike a business deal that should drag them out of their respective ruts.

By TJ Klune

House in the Cerulean Sea

Linus Baker is comfortable in his quiet, solitary life. Trying to determine whether six dangerous, magical children would bring about the end of the world was not part of his plan.

By Yaa Gyasi

Transcendent Kingdom

In Transcendent Kingdom, Gifty is determined to understand the science behind the immense suffering her family has experienced. As she dives deeper into the science, she begins to yearn for the faith-based salvation promised by her evangelical upbringing.

By Riley Sager

Home Before Dark

When Maggie Holt returns to her childhood home, Baneberry Hall, she becomes more and more convinced that the horror stories it became famous for are more fact than fiction.

By Taylor Jenkins Reid

Daisy Jones & The Six

When the musical talents of Daisy Jones and Billy Dunne are combined, they become the stuff of rock 'n' roll legend.

By Kiley Reid

Such a Fun Age

When Emira Tucker is accused of kidnapping the child she babysits, her employer becomes determined to set things right.

By Casey McQuiston

Red, White & Royal Blue

Alex is America's First Son. Henry is the Prince of Wales. Falling in love was not part of their arrangement.

Fredrik Backman

Anxious People

When a would-be bank robber takes a group of people hostage in an apartment, they (bank robber included) set off a chain of events even they have a hard time explaining.

By JoJo Moyes

The Giver of Stars

When a group of women set out to bring books to people across the country as part of Eleanor Roosevelt's traveling library, they come face to face with the realities of a landscape that is both beautiful and brutal.

By Stephen King

The Institute

In The Institute, a group of children with special talents (think: telekinesis and telepathy) desperately search for a way to escape from Mrs. Sigsby, the institute's director who will stop at nothing to extract the force of the children's gifts.

By Kazuo Ishiguro

Klara and the Sun

Klara is an Artificial Friend who waits patiently for the day a customer will finally choose her.

By Laura Dave

The Last Thing He Told Me

Hannah Hall's life is turned upside down when her new husband, Owen, disappears. As she unravels the mystery of what happened, she learns that Owen might not be who he said he was.

By Angeline Boulley

Firekeeper's Daughter

After witnessing a shocking murder, Daunis Fontaine is thrust into the middle of the investigation.

By Abi Daré

The Girl with the Louding Voice

Adunni dreams of escaping the life of poverty she was born into, getting an education, and building the future she's always wanted.

By Lori Gottlieb

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

In Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, Lori Gottlieb takes readers inside the life of a therapist.

By Michelle Zauner

Crying in H Mart

Michelle Zauner's Crying in H Mart expands on her viral New Yorker essay and gives readers an intimate glimpse into her experience growing up Korean American.

By Sara Desai

The Dating Plan

Daisy Patel and Liam Murphy both need to get married to get their families off their backs. So they agree to a fake relationship, not at all expecting sparks to start flying.

Rachel Hawkins

The Wife Upstairs

When Jane meets Eddie Rochester, she sees an opportunity to live the life she's always wanted. But Eddie is recently widowed, and the ghost of his wife haunts Jane.

By Sarah Penner

The Lost Apothecary

Nella is an apothecary who helps women poison the men who do them wrong. 200 years in the future, Caroline stumbles upon a clue to the unsolved apothecary murders.

By Lisa Jewell

Then She Was Gone

Ten years after her daughter, Ellie, disappeared, Laurel Mack is stunned to meet Poppy, a girl who reminds her so much of Ellie.

By Colleen Hoover

It Ends with Us

Ryle Kincaid has a strict no-dating rule that he breaks just for Lily. But as their relationship deepens, Lily finds herself unable to stop thinking about her first love.

By Emily Henry

People We Meet on Vacation

Two years ago, Alex and Poppy's friendship completely fell apart. Now, they have one week to fix everything.

By Morgan Rogers

Honey Girl

After completing her PhD, Grace Porter decides to celebrate in Vegas. There, she does something completely out of character: gets drunk and marries a woman whose name she doesn't even know.

By Sarah Hogle

Twice Shy

When Maybell inherits a home from her Great-Aunt, it becomes the perfect opportunity for her to make a fresh start. However, she soon learns she isn't the sole inheritor.

By Christina Lauren

The Soulmate Equation

When Jessica Davis signs up for GeneticAlly, a DNA-based matchmaking company, she ends up finding her perfect match. There's only one problem: she already knows him.

By Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in the Ashes

In a world inspired by ancient Rome, Laia is forced to risk her life in order to save her brother.

By Taylor Jenkins Reid

Malibu Rising

Surfer and supermodel Nina Riva's annual end-of-summer party is the most anticipated event of the season. This year, the party gets completely out of control.

By Jessica Goodman

They Wish They Were Us

Jill Newman is certain senior year is going to be her year, but when she starts getting texts about the murder of her friend, everything begins to unravel.

By Mia P. Manansala

Arsenic and Adobo

When Lila Macapagal's ex-boyfriend suddenly drops dead, her life goes from rom-com to murder mystery in the blink of an eye.

By Casey McQuiston

One Last Stop

Jane is stuck in the wrong decade (literally) and August will do everything she can to help her.