Beach Reads

We're approaching winter here in Australia, but I am a Sydney sider and I try to trek it out to Manly (for brunch from the hot barrista who I reckon has a not insignificant crush on my charming and gorgeous best friend), every week, even when its rainy and miserable outside.

Having said that, for a Manly brunch enthusiast like myself, a beach read list is always relevant, even at the end of May in the southern hemisphere. Thus follows ten stellar beach reads either set on the coast or that just remind me of holidays and lazy days at the seaside (and that aren't too heavy to take in your beach bag!)


We Were Liars by e Lockhart

Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard

Just One Year by Gayle Forman

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins


Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil

The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2) by Rick Riordan

Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar


Hate Is Such a Strong Word by Sarah Ayoub

Wildlife by Fiona Wood

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

What book is in your beach bag? Rec me something for next my Manly-breakfast-from-the-hot-barrista date with my best friend? 

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  1. We Were Liars and Beauty Queens are such amazing books, good choices! My rec for you is Heist Society by Ally Carter, or the Book of Days by K. A. Barker.

    1. I do need to check out Book of Days, and finally finish the Heist Society series!
      Also I am reading Raw Blue and I do agree with you about the voice sounding just like YA but with a slightly older protag. I'm really enjoying it so far though!

  2. Lots of good picks here. We Were Liars was awesome and I LOVE Anna and the French Kiss. Hate is a strong word looks interesting. Great list!

    1. Hate is Such a Strong Word is pretty good; the setting is well done. I have some reservations about some quite obvious plot similarities to another popular YA contemporary, but they may not bother someone who isn't as familiar as I am with this earlier novel. Those reservations wouldn't prevent me from recommending it, though.

  3. Not necessarily a beach book, but I did read Trouble by Non Pratt while soaking up the sunshine on Manly Beach last year :)
    Michelle @ The Unfinished Bookshelf

    1. Nice! I've been meaning to get myself a copy of Trouble because I know Walker is publishing another book by her soonish!