The Best Summer Reads for Beach Days

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Ah, summer in North Myrtle Beach—a time of golden sunsets, soft sandy beaches, and the perfect excuse to dive into a good book under the shade of an umbrella. Whether you’re lounging by the sea or nestled in a hammock on the porch of your beach rental, a great read is a must-have. Here’s a curated list of this season’s best books, featuring a delightful mix of novels, biographies, and lighthearted reads perfect for those lazy beach days.

Escape into Novels

“The Summer I Turned Pretty” by Jenny Han – As waves lap the shores of Cousins Beach, so unfolds the story of Belly Conklin in Jenny Han’s beloved summer series. This coming-of-age novel captures the essence of summer love and the poignant transitions of adolescence, making it a perfect beach companion.

“Beach Read” by Emily Henry – What happens when two polar-opposite writers end up living next door to each other for the summer? Sparks fly and pages turn. Emily Henry’s Beach Read is a witty, romantic, and introspective look at the lives of authors wrestling with writer’s block and broken hearts, all while basking in the lakeside sun.

Inspirational Biographies

“Educated” by Tara Westover – Tara Westover’s extraordinary journey from a survivalist family in Idaho to earning a PhD from Cambridge University is a testament to the power of education and resilience. Educated is more than just a memoir; it’s an exploration of self-invention and the struggle to connect with family while forging a personal identity.

“The Splendid and the Vile” by Erik Larson Dive into the drama of Winston Churchill’s first year as Prime Minister during the blitz of World War II. Erik Larson’s gripping narrative brings to life the daily dangers and the indomitable spirit of Churchill, making it a compelling read as you listen to the sounds of ocean waves.

Light and Fun Reads

“Where’d You Go, Bernadette” by Maria Semple – Dive into the quirky world of Bernadette Fox, an agoraphobic architect who mysteriously disappears from her seemingly perfect life in Seattle. As her daughter Bee compiles email messages, official documents, and secret correspondence, the story unfolds into a wildly humorous and heartwarming tale of mystery and adventure. Maria Semple’s novel is an engaging read that’s perfect for a beach day laugh and a gentle reminder of the importance of connection.

“The Unhoneymooners” by Christina Lauren – Nothing says ‘summer reading’ like a story of chances, romance, and tropical getaways. In The Unhoneymooners, enemies turn into lovers as they embark on a free honeymoon in paradise. It’s funny, it’s charming, and it’s the perfect anecdote to a sun-soaked afternoon.

A Conclusion Under the Sun

As the sun sets and your day of beach relaxation ends, these books will have allowed you to travel worlds without ever leaving the comfort of your beach chair. Each story offers a different shade of summer, tailored to whatever mood the ocean breeze brings in.

And remember, nothing complements a summer read like the perfect beach backdrop. At Thomas Beach Vacations, we offer a wide selection of vacation homes and condos that provide the ideal setting for your next reading retreat. Book your stay with us at and turn the page on your next summer adventure.