It’s officially summer and for many, that means breaking out their all-time favorite summer reads. In my opinion, summer reads are very multi-genre. The gold standard of “traditional” beach reads typically fall into the romance genre. I do like romance but I also don’t love it. That said, my personal favorites don’t necessarily need to take place at the beach or even have a romance but they do need to have some major summer vibes. Also, it doesn’t hurt if it has a beach, a seductive summer romance and, iced drinks.
Without further ado, let’s dive right into my top five summer rereads!
- On the Island by Tracy Garvis Graves. I reviewed this book here a few years ago and as I said in the review, I was blown away by how good it was. It’s a pretty straightforward, traditional beach read: Man and Woman stranded on a deserted island, living off coconuts with
a sexual attraction to one another. There was a bit of a twist though. The woman is the teacher of said man (boy?) and there was a sizeable age gap between the two. It was an easy “I don’t want to think of anything too serious” read, honestly perfect for the beach.
- Persuasion by Jane Austen. I may be biased because it is my favorite Jane Austen novel but how could I not include it? Part of the book is set in the coastal town of Lyme. Between that and the reconciliation between Wentworth and Anne, it makes for a serious summer read.
- Jurrasic Park by Michael Crichton. Ok so, probably the oddest of my recommendations and though it does not explicitly state it’s summer in the novel, it gives off that impression. The casual khaki shorts, ginger ice cream, humidity, and all the outdoor activities have deadly summer fun written all over it (see what I did there? hahaha)
- Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks. Two middle-aged divorcés spend a weekend alone together at an inn on the coast of North Carolina during a hurricane. Literally enough said. But seriously, I really enjoyed this and it was fun to read about middle-aged adults falling head over heels in love for a change.
- Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler. Every single time I read this, I become more obsessed. I also love its counterpart Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict but this one just screams summer. The main protagonist is transported to LA from 1813 England during the summer so there is plenty of iced coffee, ice cream, and vodka on ice. Imagine navigating summer in LA after growing up in 1813?
And those are my top five summer rereads, comment below your favorite summer rereads!