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16 Relaxing Reads Perfect For The Beach

The best beach companions for while you tan

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Kick back and stretch out in the comforting rays of the sun with these moving yet low intensity books – it’s what we all need in the summer.

We’ve picked the best beach companions for your vacation this summer. Unpretentious yet gripping, these authors know how to capture your interest without tiring you.


Vitality Knocks by Anita Heidema

This product was recommended by Anita Heidema from AnitaHeidema

This fictional self help book is a soul searching easy read that is perfect for the beach. Life is a journey to be fully experienced and enjoyed. We are meant to learn and grow, often on our own, at times together. In the learning sometimes comes the proverbial “knock on the door” to encourage us to be open and this book helps you open up to your life lessons in your own life.

So This Is the End: A Love Story by Alexandra Franzen

This product was recommended by Alexandra Franzen from AlexandraFranzen

So This is the End: #1 Amazon New Release! So This Is the End is a 24-hour / 24-chapter love story. This novel was inspired by the question, “If you knew that you only had 24 hours to live, what would you do with your time?” Readers call this book: “An intense whirlwind of all the feelings,” “touching, funny and sexy,” and the kind of book that you need to “devour in one sitting” and that will get “tears streaming down your face.”

Not-Quite-Supermodel: A Novel by Kathy Tong

This product was recommended by Erica Ohayon from EOS Publicity

Alex Emmerson is painfully awkward, exquisitely unfashionable, and she’s never fit in anywhere. When a smooth-talking model scout discovers her slicing fish at a Canadian Safeway, she offers Alex the chance at a career she never knew she wanted. Armed with a suitcase full of neuroses, Alex sets off to reinvent herself in the Big Apple. Buyer beware: it’s a runway to hell but perdition does have its perks. Take a peek behind the glamour, and follow Alex’s laugh-out-loud exploits as she attempts to navigate New York’s high-adrenaline fashion scene. This self-deprecating narrative is a realistic portrayal of a model in the making. Not-Quite-Supermodel captures how it feels to be young and on your own in New York City, with its limitless possibilities, dramatic highs and lows, and the sense of victory that comes from relentless perseverance..

Searching for God in the Garbage by Bracha Goetz

This product was recommended by Bracha Goetz from Spiritual Books

This candid and groundbreaking memoir by a Harvard grad documents how to overcome food addictions joyfully – by nourishing your hungry soul. Relax by the beach with this book to feed your soul what it is truly craving.

The Last Cotillion by Thadeus Parkland

This product was recommended by Thadeus Parkland from Parkland1 Press

The Last Cotillion is an easy read with an intriguing story of women who have fought to get where they are in life.

15 Rules For a Loving, Lasting, and Satisfying Relationship by Janet C Hall

This product was recommended by Steven Hall from 15 Rules For a Loving, Lasting, and Satisfying Relationship

Great for couples; two healthcare pros, married for over 40-years, reveal proven secrets to a happy relationship in a fun, easy, yet seriously informative read.

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

This product was recommended by Catherine Moolenschot from CatherineMoolenschot

Eat Pray Love was a world-wide sensation, but this little gem is less well-known. And boy is it a gem. From the first pages you are sucked into a gripping, wonderful story that makes you smile, wonder, and shed a tear. The perfect book to read on the beach, it will make you appreciate life, nature, the twists and turns of life, and it’s the kind of book that two years later you find yourself still thinking of at times, smiling, and wanting to read it all over again.

The Beach House by Mary Alice Monroe

This product was recommended by Stefanie Lesser from Hope & Love Radio

Carretta Rutledge, after years of leaving her troubled family behind returns to her family beach house as her mother’s request. As her relationship with her mother improves as well as reconnecting with others from her past, Caretta learns that true love involves sacrifice, that family is forever ad that past mistakes can be forgiven. A book that has been turned into a Hallmark movie, portraying the enduring bond between mothers ad daughters.A great read during your summer vacation at the beach.

Backlash by Brad Thor

This product was recommended by Ryan Steck from The Real Book Spy

Known for beating headlines and delivering unputdownable, one-night reads, Thor’s latest, *Backlash*, is his most action-packed novel to date––making it the perfect book to take along to the beach this summer. What’s better than digging your toes into the sand while Harvath, a longtime counterterrorism operative, digs into the bad guys? Here, Scot has been kidnapped and is flown to Russia, when the plane he’s on suddenly crash lands in a remote part of the country. The lone survivor, Harvath is on his own in a hostile environment during a massive snowstorm. Before he was taken, Russian agents killed his loved ones right in front of him, and now Harvath wants revenge . . . but first, he must find a way to stay alive long enough to track down those responsible. With nothing but anger and the burning desire to avenge those he loved to keep him warm, Scot Harvath battles the frigid elements with one goal in mind: to settle the score once and for all.

Be that Unicorn by Jenny Block

This product was recommended by Jenny Block from Be That Unicorn

That Unicorn is the best you. That Unicorn is a glittery, rainbow-maned metaphor for one’s joyful self…the kind of person we are all drawn to. That Unicorn is you. My mom has always said that people are drawn to me because I make everyone feel good about themselves. Throughout my life, people have echoed that sentiment. It’s the thing I love about myself the most: I’m the big sister, the BFF, the mom, the cheerleader, the coach…“the little unicorn that could” who everyone deserves.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

This product was recommended by Kalev Rudolph from Effortless Insurance

Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, The Goldfinch, may have canned this year as a film adaption, but this book is one of the best beach (or every day) reads you’ll ever encounter. A masterclass in character, Tartt creates lush scenery and moves through time with an elegance unmatched in most modern fiction. A story of love, tragedy, triumph, and coming of age, this book will hook you instantly. It’s the ideal companion to some sunshine and sand.

Her Body and Other Parties: Stories by Carmen Maria Machado

This product was recommended by Kalev Rudolph from Effortless Insurance

Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado’s breakout collection, is a beach read unlike any other. Broken up into hilarious, haunting, and always poignant stories–this collection pushes against narrative boundaries and will stick with you for days, months, and years after you put it down. Machado’s prose is striking yet lithe and easily accessible. She twists and turns with incredible skill, creating surprising miniature worlds on every page. Consumable, yet contemplative, Machado’s stories are perfect to break-up with some dips in the water and moments with friends.

Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith

This product was recommended by Kalev Rudolph from Effortless Insurance

United States Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith lays it all on the line in her poetry collection Life on Mars. This book is just painfully beautiful. Smith is a world-class wordsmith with a flair for metaphor and innovative storytelling. The poems in this book can be reread again and again, only to gain richness. It will keep you thinking, yet let you drift off and be taken by Smith’s brilliance. Waves in the background are just another plus.

Depression Hates a Moving Target by Nita Sweeney

This product was recommended by Amy Eisenbach of Go Buckeye Fans

Beach reads should inspire! This book does. At 49 years of age, grief-stricken, chronically depressed Nita Sweeney takes up running with her dog in an attempt to find a way out of the darkness. Her memoir of pounding the roads with her canine companion will entertain and motivate any reader who has ever fallen into deep despair. Whether or not readers want to follow in her footsteps, they will enjoy reading about her journey.

Beach Money by Jordan Adler

This product was recommended by Clare Jones from Life Is a Picnic

Jordan Adler’s Beach Money should be good starting point for anyone considering starting there own beach money business and a perfect book to read on the beach it really its a great motivator . Mr. Adler has a unique way to demonstrating that the real potential lies in creating expanding distribution as opposed to sales dollars. I have read this book many times on the beach and it always inspires me to do better things.

The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo

This product was recommended by Ali Hasan from Film Jackets

Fantastic book to read on the beach to keep your mind relaxed and feel happy. An interesting story of a Chicago couple who has four daughters but has not a good fortune.

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