Whether you’re soaking up the sun on your beach towel or just lounging in the air conditioning of a vacation home, there are a few summer necessities you might want to consider bringing. Along with the swimsuit sets and bottles of MD-approved sunscreen, another summer staple is coveted summer beach reading – and there are a few notable fictional titles you should consider grabbing for. during these last summer months.
The concept of a ‘reading on the beach’ first appeared in the Victorian era, when citizens brought light books for entertainment as they fled the city for the coastal areas, writes Donna Harrington-Leuker , professor at Salve Regina University, in his new study, “Books for Hours of Inactivity. However, it was not until the 1990s that these books would be categorized as “beach readings”. In order to meet a new desire to escape the heat of the summer months, the publishing industry began to market books that came out June through August as “beach readings,” according to Harrington. -Lueker. Today, the category is often interchangeable with “summer reading” – and it has widened, referring to books ideal for quiet reading, such as the beach, the pool and even your couch if you want to. wish.
To help you narrow down your search for your next read on the beach, we’ve compiled the best fiction books, from Goodreads’ Hottest New Books Of The Season List, which is based on the books with the most additions to the “Want to read” shelves. From this list, we’ve pulled eight titles that have received an average rating of 4.0 stars (or better) from the Goodreads community. From bestselling authors like Casey McQuiston to emerging authors like Emily R. Lawson, below you’ll find plenty of entertaining and compelling books to add to your summer reading list.
Best Fiction Beach Readings
“One last stop” by Casey McQuiston
- Average Goodreads Rating: 4.28, more than 30,500 notes
For those looking for a romantic comedy to take away on your next beach trip, consider the work of the New York Times Best-selling author of “Red, White & Royal Blue”. The story revolves around August, a 23-year-old woman who has just moved to New York. August doesn’t believe cinematic love stories exist in real life – until she meets a charming and mysterious woman on the train who changes her entire perception of love.
“While we were dating” by Jasmine Guillory
- Average Goodreads Rating: 4.06, over 400 ratings
Another romantic comedy to consider is that of the New York Times bestselling author, Jasmine Guillory. The novel follows the love story between marketing director Ben Stephens and movie star Anna Gardiner. The couple’s light flirtation takes a serious turn when Ben helps Anna with a family emergency and they reveal truths about themselves they’ve never told anyone else. At the end of the novel, Stephens and Gardiner have the opportunity to turn their adventure into something real.
“Everyone in this Room Will Die One Day” by Emily R. Austin
- Average Goodreads Rating: 4.02, more than 1400 reviewers
Austin’s debut novel follows an anxious 20-year-old girl named Gilda as she takes on a receptionist position at the Catholic Church. Gilda, herself an atheist, soon finds herself obsessed with the mysterious death of her predecessor.
“Tomb” by TJ Newman
- Average Goodreads Rating: 4.17, more than 3,900 notes
Newman’s latest thriller centers around the kidnapping of the pilot’s family. The kidnappers make a deal with the pilot: crash the plane and kill the 143 passengers on board and the pilot’s family can live.
“A Psalm for the Savages” by Becky Chambers
- Average Goodreads Rating: 4.52, over 400 ratings
A few days ago, Hugo Prize winner Becky Chambers released her latest fictional novel that envisions a future where everyone has what they want – with the help of robots. The science fiction novel envisions a sustainably maintained world, in stark contrast to our own reality.
“She Who Became the Sun” by Shelley Parker-Chan
- Average Goodreads Rating: 4.25, over 730 ratings
Set in 1345 in China, the novel follows a brother and sister as they face the loss of their parents. While the brother is destined for greatness, the society neglects the daughter. As a violent bandit attack kills the brother, the sister finds herself using her brother’s identity to take her place in a nearby monastery.
‘The Principle of the Heart’ by Helen Hoang (Pre-order)
- First reviews on Goodreads: 4.28 star average rating, over 5,000 ratings
- Planned release date: August 31
Violinist Anna Sun finds unexpected fame when one of her videos goes viral on YouTube. As she grapples with this new professional success, she finds herself struggling with burnout as she attempts to replicate that moment. This internal conflict is compounded by the news that her boyfriend wants an open relationship. As a result, Anna embarks on a series of one night stands.
Rachel Yoder’s ‘Nightbitch’
- First reviews on Goodreads: 4.08 star average rating, nearly 190 ratings
- Planned release date: July 20
Named July’s Most Anticipated Book by Time Magazine, Business Insider, and others, this novel follows a stay-at-home mom as she becomes convinced she’s turning into a dog. As her symptoms intensify, she turns to “A Field Guide for Magical Women: A Mythical Ethnography,” a book she found in the library, for healing.
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