The beach is one of my favorite places to read. What could be better than sitting with your toes in the sand, a tote bag full of books in arm’s reach and a cooler full of Spindrift nearby?
Unfortunately, I can’t spend all summer reading a book a day on the beach (I wish!). And last year we didn’t make it to the shore at all. But I’m thankful that with the right beachy read, I can transport myself from my comfy chair at home to a place with cresting waves, seaside storms, or lakeside cabins.
Today’s list features books set on the water, from the coast of Maine to the shores of lake Michigan—and in seaside locales around the world. These books are perfect for reading with your feet dipped in the water, whether you’re in a kiddie pool in the backyard or enjoying a real sea breeze.
A few of the titles listed here are in our 2021 Summer Reading Guide, where you’ll find even more vacation-worthy titles to take to the beach or enjoy in the air-conditioned comfort of your favorite armchair. Whether you’re in the mood for an atmospheric mystery or a beachy family drama, I hope you find a few transportive titles for your TBR list today.
20 beach reads set on the water
Which books set on the water would you add to our list? Share your recommendations in the comments.
P.S. Any book can be a “beach read” if you read it on the beach! Try 10 nonfiction books to read on the beach (or in your backyard) this summer or breezy reads for your summer vacation.