20 Beach Reads to Devour While Soaking Up the Sun This Summer

Your beach bag isn't complete without one of these page-turners.

the best summer beach reads of 2024
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When you're headed to the beach in the summer, your beach bag always has the essentials: sunscreen and sunglasses to protect you from the rays, a cute swimsuit to look stylish lying out and in the waves, and a good book. When relaxing in the sun, sometimes there's nothing better than pouring through a great page-turner.

While you could bring any number of books with you on vacation, "the beach read" tends to mean a novel that's easy to get lost in as you soak up the sun. Typically, engrossing thrillers or easy-breezy romance novels make for great reading material. This summer season, there's a handful of options that fit the bill, including some of the best books of the year so far, heartwarming new romance novels, and, as always, series worth getting into, modern genre classics you may have missed, and more. Below, find the best summer beach reads of 2024 worth picking up, whether you're headed out on holiday or to the shore or pool in your city.

Sadie Bell
Senior Culture Editor

Sadie Bell is the Senior Culture Editor at Marie Claire, where she edits, writes, and helps to ideate stories across movies, TV, books, and music, from interviews with talent to pop culture features and trend stories. She has a passion for uplifting rising stars, and a special interest in cult-classic movies, emerging arts scenes, and music. She has over eight years of experience covering pop culture and her byline has appeared in Billboard, Interview Magazine, NYLON, PEOPLE, Rolling Stone, Thrillist and other outlets.