Summer lovin’ – fun (& sometimes super emotional) beachy books to read in the sun!


It’s that time of the year again- time for us bookworms to be packing up our books to take on picnics/beaches/park benches. Although I gotta admit that the title is a little misleading- cos I don’t know about you, but I love something with a bit of an emotional edge for summer holidays. Something, like, say…

the boy who steals houses

The Boy Who Steals Houses– I. can’t. even. with this book- such an emotional rollercoaster. Read it. Read this incredible Goldilocks retelling. That’s it. That’s all I have to say- this book steals the words right out of my mouth.

words in deep blue

Words in deep blue– if you don’t mind being a blubbering mess in public, then this is the book for you! Seriously though, I absolutely loved this romance about second chances, loss and books!

sisterhood of the travelling pants

Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants– it’s not all sad- I invite you to read this and be terrifically happy! (and then sad again when you get to the last book)

lucky star

Lucky Star– another emotional read, only this time it’s more of a middle grade/younger YA style book. Cassidy is known for her sweet books, but this one always stood out to me as the one that packs the biggest punch. I loved this when I was younger (and, if I’m honest, I still do)

kiss quotient

The Kiss Quotient– moving onto a more mature romance- I read this recently and have been looking for any excuse to recommend this more!!

far from the madding crowd

Far from the Madding Crowd– there had to be a classic on the list and of course this is one of the most romantic. Now, be warned, this is Hardy- it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. BUT I did pick one of his few books with a happy ending- you’re welcome 😉

my lady jane

My Lady Jane– it’s not all doom and gloom though- if you’re looking for a laugh, this will certainly do the trick. An alternative Tudor England (with magic!) this hilarious book is guaranteed to put a smile on your face 😀

wizard heir

Wizard Heir– of course I had to squeeze some amazing fantasy onto the list- and who better to promote than Cinda Williams Chima? I absolutely love her books and this happens to be my favourite. This one’s more of an urban setting than her high fantasy series and I don’t believe gets the praise it deserves.

song of the lioness

The Lioness Quartet– oh and what a surprise- more fantasy! I did actually take this to the beach once and it was exactly the ticket!

charmed life

Charmed Life– okay, let’s be honest, you all knew I’d start stuffing as many fantasy books as I could onto this list 😉 And this is just the epitome of cute and fun and inventive that I couldn’t resist!

Alright, now that I’ve overloaded my book bag, I have to ask what kind of books do you like to take on summer holiday? Let me know in the comments!

52 thoughts on “Summer lovin’ – fun (& sometimes super emotional) beachy books to read in the sun!

  1. Ooh some great choices and also a few I haven’t read but which are on my tbr. I’m very much a romcom reader when it comes to the beach so Kiss Quotient would make my recommendation list too.

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      1. We tend to be really active on vacations. Like on the go from morning until bed. I went on a more relaxing vacation with my two bff’s, but I found myself people watching on the beach instead of reading. And there were iguanas and lizards everywhere and I tended to try to find them. So it was a fail for me. One of my bff’s was able to read a ton though. I think it’s just me.

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  2. Oooo great choices! I have The Kiss Quotient to read and decided I’m reading it when we go away in 2 weeks….but I hate the sun so I’ll be the one in the shade with my head in a book!!

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  3. I totally sang the song from Grease when I read your title. LOL. You have so many good summer reads on here. I loved TKQ and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Words in Deep Blue was also very good.

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  4. Thomas Hardy – my senior thesis class. What do you expect from a man whose nurse found him as a baby, napping in his pram in the garden, a snake curled on his tummy?

    As for Madding Crowd – if this is one you find happy, please don’t tell me all the sad ones. Well, I guess for Hardy, you could say it had a happy ending – after a whole lot of tragedies and much misery endured.

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  5. Okay, I’m off to add some of those to my TBR now! (Especially the Dianna Wynne Jones. That looks charming.)

    I usually read the stereotypical cozy mystery style book while on vacation, though a year or two ago I had Connie Willis’ Doomsday Book as my vacation read. Beach + Bahamas + Black Death. Sure, why not? 😉

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  6. EVERYONE keeps telling me about the Kiss Quotient! I own the Bride Test but haven’t read it yet. However I have been in a romance-y mood because summer. Currently I am reading the new one, Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey (mostly because it takes place on Long Island, where I am from, AND because it seems to include my all time fav trope, fake dating) but I think I will just have to pick up Kiss Quotient after it since everyone seems to enjoy it so much!

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  7. Hooray for heartwarming and sunshiny reads! I can’t wait to check out some of these recommendations, thank you! I know the summer TBR pile can be overwhelming but I wanted to tell you about “Behind the Glass” by Kristen Morgen( I LOVED this book so much. Not only does it leave you feeling satisfied and hopeful about love but it’s a book you can’t put down and the main character, Rebecca, is someone you really root for along the way. Sometimes the main characters in a romance novel can be a little too “damsel in distress” for me and it drives me crazy. I like a strong, intelligent, down-to-earth woman that I can empathize with and think “yeah, I would be her friend in real life” (haha). The author’s writing style is a little like Nicholas Sparks and it was really easy to connect with the characters. Rebecca meets her soulmate BUT is already in a serious relationship. I love that the author embraces the fact that life isn’t simple annnnd neither is love. Hope you will give it a read! Happy Summer reading!

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  8. I bring along anything by Dick Francis, Jennifer Weiner, or Alexander McCall Smith. I just finished his most recent No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency book, and I’m casting about for another one because more, more, more!

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