Hello friends, Vera here! I’m writing this post on the 24th of June and we are currently experiencing a heatwave in Hungary. We had the hottest day of the summer so far where we even hit 40°C. If you are wondering, this isn’t typical at all, as our heatwaves tend to stay between 30-35°C so I – and everyone else I know – have been suffering. As I was sitting in my room feeling sorry for myself, the idea came to me that it would be timely to recommend some beach reads, especially as I don’t think I’ve done a beach read recommendation post before.
I understand that what ‘beach read’ means can vary depending on who you ask, so let me clarify what I mean by this term. For me a beach read is typically a contemporary or romance novel that is relatively light in terms of the topics it deals with. I also believe that a good beach read should be difficult to put down and engaging, in other words, something that you can get lost in and finish quickly. Besides the genres I already mentioned, I decided to include a bonus category on my list.. I’m looking forward to hearing if you agree with my inclusion of these books or not. 👀
Perfect on Paper by Sophia Gonzales
- Darcy, a girl who gives anonymous relationship advice to her peers, is forced into helping a guy win back his girlfriend after he discovers Darcy’s secret identity.
Miss Meteor by Tehlor Kay Mejia and Anna-Marie McLemore
- Lita asks her ex-best friend Chicky to help her win the Miss Meteor beauty pageant after she decides she wants to represent the girls that haven’t had the chance to win the contest before.
Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon
- Previous high school rivals Rowan and Neil decide to team up for their senior class game, slowly realizing that they might not hate each other as much as they thought.. or at all.
Girls on the Verge by Sharon Biggs Waller
- Camilla, a girl from Texas, goes on a roadtrip with two friends for an abortion she has been unable to get in her own state. (Note that this is definitely a heavier novel, but I wanted to include it on this list nonetheless.)
Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur
- To stop her brother from continuing setting her up with blind dates, Darcy asks Elle – a woman that’s her exact opposite – to pretend to date her.
Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert
- After her parents send Eve out into the world to live on her own and “grow up” she winds up at Jacob’s bed and breakfast interviewing for (and winning) the position of the chef.
Twice Shy by Sarah Hogle
- Maybell is ready to start a new life when she inherits her great-aunt’s house… what she doesn’t know yet is that she isn’t the sole inheritor and that the other inheritor, Wesley, has very different plans with the house than Maybell.
Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade
- This is an entertaining romantic comedy that centers around fandoms and fanfiction. (I know that’s a wage description, but I’m not sure how to describe this – incredible – story in one or two sentences, lmao. Just believe me when I say it’s 1000% worth reading!)
Short Story Collections
This is a strange category to include, especially as two of these books are much, much heavier and darker than what you would expect from a beach read. The reason why I decided to include them is that I love reading anthologies when I have a limited amount of time to read or when I don’t have a long attention span. Both of these things are common on vacations, at least for me, so here I am, recommending these fantastic anthologies to you. Enjoy!
Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
- An anthology that is somewhat reminiscent of Black Mirror, featuring sci-fi and horror stories about race and capitalism.
Revenge by Yoko Owaga
- An engaging horror short story collection where the stories have a connection to each other.
Tales From the Hinterland by Melissa Albert
- An illustrated anthology containing twelve dark fairy tales.
Hungry Hearts edited by Elsie Chapman
- A young adult collection written by multiple authors where each story takes place in Hungry Hearts Row, a place where food connects people from different cultures.
Is it warm where you live? Do you like the summer? What books do you consider to be beach reads? Have you read any of my recommendations? What did you think about them?