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It’s the perfect summer day. You’re sporting your favorite swimsuit and floppy hat. You remembered to pack snacks and extra sunscreen, and the kids are busy building a sandcastle. The only thing that could make this moment more divine is a toasty beach read. What’s more relaxing than getting lost in a book to the distant hum of waves crashing against the sand?
Beach reads aren’t a one-size-fits-all category — nor are they always set at the beach. They can be thrillers, contemporary fiction, historical fiction, love stories, and include outrageous plot twists and characters, and take place in any city, state, or country. Beach reads are like beach days in the sense that you never want them to end, and they go by too fast.
There’s a beach read out there for every mama, whether you’re embarking on a kids-free vacay or you’re trying to find ways to relax while vacationing with your kids. We’ve pulled together a list of stellar beach reads, including buzzy 2022 titles like West Side Love Story and One Italian Summer. If you’re going for a literal beach vibe, there’s a few titles that have a coastal setting as well. Kick off your flip-flops, set out your beach chair (or pool towel), and enjoy these books all summer long.