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25 Best Beach Reads - 2018

25 Best Beach Reads - 2018

Goodbye, snow and fireplaces! It was a cozy time to read but summer is coming! For many of us, summer is actually a better time to read. There's nothing better than combining the beach with cocktails and books. There's just something about laying on the sand under umbrella and diving into a great book that makes life much better.

Doesn't matter at what point you are in your life right now, a list of good summer reads is all you need to relax and get distracted.

Here's our list of the best beach reads for 2018.


1. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

25 Books to Read - Summer 2018 - Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha #1) by Tomi Adeyemi
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi is in our opinion one of the best debut fantasy novels and the best book for 2018 so far. It is the first book of the Legacy of Orïsha trilogy and it already gained so much popularity. 
It follows the story of Zélie, a Reaper-like her mother, as she travels to perform a ritual before the solstice in order to save magic for the maji. She's joined by her brother Tzain and the rogue princess Amari.
The book is huge (at least for me). It is 525 pages but you will wish it was even bigger. This novel is written from three points of view – Zélie, Amari, and Inan, the prince who is torn between the two sides – and you will love each of the characters. 
The second book is expected to be published in 2019 so you have enough time to finish it. The movie Children of Blood and Bone is also in development with the amazing Karen Rosenfelt and Wyck Godfrey (Twilight, Maze Runner, The Fault In Our Stars) producing it. 
This one will be HUGE! Hurry up and read it. Another one of the books to read before they become movies.



2. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

25 Books to Read - Summer 2018 - An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones is a story about Newlyweds Celestial and Roy - a young couple from Atlanta that have been married for just over a year. She is a promising artist and he is a young executive. Suddenly Roy is arrested and sentenced to 12 years in jail. Can their marriage survive? The story focuses on a love triangle between Roy, Celestial and Celestial's childhood friend Andre.
Beautifully written, provoking, slow burn novel that you will love. Read it this summer!



3. Everless by Sara Holland 

25 Books to Read - Summer 2018 - Everless by Sara Holland
In a world where time is bound to blood, and people exchange blood currency in order to survive, we follow the story of Jules, as she makes a decision to return to work at Everless, an estate that is owned by one of the most powerful families in the kingdom. She and her father used to work there before but one accident and the threats from one of the sons of Everless made Jules' father to keep her from going back there. But now she is in a desperate need of money.
A truly unique plot. It was definitely worth the wait for the first book of the Everless series.



4. Dread Nation by Justina Ireland 

25 Books to Read - Summer 2018 - Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
Black zombie hunters in the reconstruction era with a strong female main character? Shut up and take my money!

Jane McKeene was born just two days before the zombies started walking the battlefields of Gettysburg and Chancellorsville and changing America forever.
In this new nation, the survival of all depends on the work of few, and new laws require certain children to attend combat schools to learn to put down the zombies.

This is an opportunity for kids like Jane to have a better life in a racism torn America. But this is not what she wants. Almost finished with her education she dreams of going back to her Kentucky home and doesn't pay much attention to the politics of the east, and their talks of returning American to the glory days before the dead rose.
But when families around Baltimore start missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a conspiracy, a conspiracy that makes her fight for her life and where the dead are the least of her problems.

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland was one of the most anticipated historical-fiction books of 2018 and certainly didn't disappoint. Go read it this summer before the second book comes out!



5. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas 

25 Books to Read - Summer 2018 - The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
If you are looking for a diverse and unique YA, you need to read The Hate U Give. There are some books that are just so important to read because of their political or social message they send. This one is especially relevant at the moment.
The Hate U Give follows the story of the sixteen-years-old Starr Carter. She lives between two completely different worlds: her poor neighborhood and the fancy school she attends. She struggles with balancing between the two worlds but it gets even more difficult when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her best friend Khalil by the police. 
His death makes the national headlines because he was also unarmed. Some are calling him a criminal and a member of a gang while the protests in his name taking to the streets. Starr is stuck between a local drug lord and the police that try to intimidate her and her family. All of them want to know what happened that night? The only person who can answer this is Starr Carter. But what she does or doesn't say not only can disrupt her community but also endanger her life.
A heartbreakingly honest book by Angie Thomas relevant to what's happening in America right now. If you want to read a powerful book that will make you think this summer, make it this one.



6. Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

25 Books to Read - Summer 2018 - Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren
Love and Other Words is the first fiction novel by the international best selling author Christina Lauren. Another great book to read this summer. 
This romance novel is great on so many levels. Not only the characters are amazing and easy to love (unlike so many others in romance novels), but we also have characters who love books and words, and their favorite books and favorite words fuel their unique romance. 
This is not just a romance it's so much more. It's a beautiful story that you could easily re-read.



7. It Ends with Her by Brianna Labuskes 

25 Books to Read - Summer 2018 - It Ends with Her by Brianna Labuskes
What's a summer vacation without a nice and engaging mystery thriller novel? It Ends with Her by Brianna Labuskes is the best mystery to keep you in the edge while laying on the beach tanning. 
It follows the story of the FBI agent Clarke Sinclair who's after the serial killer Simon Cross for years. She's forced to follow his clues across the country. Clarke knows that Simon selects only redhead women for his victims and that he doesn't target another woman until Clarke discovers the previous one. This time it's different. A girl has already gone missing in New York and a second one is kidnapped — a blonde. The killer's tactic is changing and the closer agent Sinclair gets to the truth, the closer she gets to the trap made for her.



8. The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll

25 Books to Read - Summer 2018 - The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll
I love Jessica Knoll! You may know her from Luckiest Girl Alive from being a senior editor for Cosmo or this amazing article she recently wrote for the New York Times.

The Favorite Sister is following the story of five very successful women who agree to appear on a reality show in New York called Goal Diggers. No one ever expected that the show will end with a murder.

Brett is the favorite of the fans. Covered with tattoos and only 27, the great success of her spin studio and her recent engagement to her girlfriend has made her an object of jealousy from her castmates.

Kelly is Brett's older sister and business partner. She's a recent recruit dismissed by the veteran cast members.

Stephanie is the first black cast member and the oldest one in the group. She is a very successful erotic romance writer. There have been whispers about her hot, unemployed actor husband and his reputation for a player.

If you are a fan of reality TV shows, strong and successful women or Real Housewives we have the perfect summer book for you. It explores the barriers preventing the women to raise in today's America and explores the pressure that most of the women have to deal with to stay forever young and relevant.



9. Pretty Girls Dancing by Kylie Brant

25 Books to Read - Summer 2018 - Pretty Girls Dancing by Kylie Brant
Another mystery thriller to read this summer! If you are a fan of the genre you've probably seen many books being published lately but a lot of them suffer a lot of unoriginality. It has been really difficult for us to find a quality mystery thriller for the past two years.  
Pretty Girls Dancing by Kylie Brant is unique mainly because of the amazing skill of the author to show us the different point of views of the characters. 
Years ago, in a small town, a young girl disappeared and was presumed dead. This destroyed the life of her whole family. The mom is emotionally shattered, the dad is struggling with his own demons and the sister is desperately searching for a closure. But now another girl goes missing and brings them all back to the painful past.



10. Royals by Rachel Hawkins

25 Books to Read - Summer 2018 - Royals by Rachel Hawkins
This list was lacking funny and silly YA contemporary romance. Royals by Rachel Hawkins is perfect to balance the heavier and more serious books on our Summer 2018 list. This book is pure fun mixed with Rachel's trademark wit and commentaries about the society.
Daisy Winters is a sixteen years old offbeat Floridian with a red hair, a part-time job at Walmart and a perfect older sister who's about to marry to the prince of Scotland. Daisy has no desire to live in the spotlight but the attention of the media forces her to join her sister at the castle across the pond.
The prince's younger brother is appointed to teach Daisy some royal manners but he starts scandals everywhere he goes and tries his best to drag Daisy too. The royal family is trying to make her a lady but at the end, she may just rewrite the royal rulebook.
A great book to read this summer!   


11. The Optimist's Guide to Letting Go by Amy E. Reichert

25 Books to Read - Summer 2018 - The Optimist's Guide to Letting Go by Amy E. Reichert
The Optimist's Guide to Letting Go by author Amy E. Reichert is an amazing story following the complex life and relationships between mothers and daughters. Lorraine, Regina & Victoria, and May are three generations of women in one family. Each of them had own disappointments.

Lorraine's secret comes to light when she has a stroke and forces all the women to reconnect. Lorraine's big secret is discovered and she is not able to talk and explain anything to her daughters about their dad.
The best mother and daughter story that you will read this summer.



12. The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

25 Books to Read - Summer 2018 - The Broken Girls by Simone St. James
The Broken Girls by Simone St. James is an awesome scary ghost story mixed with mystery. Even if you don't like ghost stories you still will like this book. It's more mystery than a horror even though there were some really chilling parts. 

In Vermont, in 1950 there is a place that no one really wants to go to. It's called Idlewild Hall - a boarding school for girls in a small town where all the troublemakers, the illegitimate and the too smart for their own good go. The rumors are that this place is haunted. Four roommates are together in this, building their friendships, battling the fears together until one of them disappears...
In Vermont, in 2014 Fiona Sheridan cannot stop thinking about the facts surrounding her older sister's death. Twenty years ago she was found dead near the ruins of  Idlewild Hall. Her sister's boyfriend was convicted for the murder but Fiona just can't stop thinking that something was never right with that case. 

When Fiona finds out that the building is getting restored she decides to write a story about it. A shocking discovery during the renovation of the school will reveal a secret linked to her sister's murder. A secret that was meant to stay hidden forever.



13. Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

25 Books to Read - Summer 2018 - Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian
The first book of a fresh new fantasy. Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian follows the story of Theodosia. Her country was invaded when she was only sixteen, and her mother, The Fire Queen, was murdered. On that day, the Kaiser took Theodosia's family, name, and freedom. He crowned her Ash Princess.

She's been a prisoner in her own place for ten years now, ridiculed and abused by the court and the Kaiser. She has no power to do anything.

One day, after another cruel abuse by the Kaiser, Theodosia decides that just surviving isn't an option anymore. It's time for her to take back the crown, the land, and her people.

Go, Theodosia! Another book with a badass strong female character. 2018 is the year of the women after all!



14. The Baker's Secret by Stephen P. Kiernan

25 Books to Read - Summer 2018 - The Baker's Secret by Stephen P. Kiernan
If you are a historical fiction fan put The Baker's Secret by Stephen P. Kiernan on your Books to Read This Summer list. A moving WWII historical fiction book with another strong female character.

Emma isn't your typical Hollywood main character from your typical WWII movie. She's just a young baker girl fighting to survive the horror of the Nazi-occupied Normandy. Emma is not just fighting for her survival but for the survival of all the people in her village.

She learned to bake while helping her master Ezra Kuchen. Ezra was the village's baker since before Emma was even born. She was watching with shame and anger as her kind mentor was forced to wear the yellow star on his clothes. She was powerless when they took Ezra on a gunpoint out of the store and likewise so many people never seen again.

Now Emma is the village's baker. Every day she receives extra ingredients to bake a dozen baguettes for the occupying soldiers and every day she mixes these ingredients so she's able to make more baguettes and give them to the hungry villagers. She creates an underground network that she and the villagers use. She gives them more than just baguettes, she gives them hope of survival.

I love reading books about the WWII. Learning about the horrors during the Nazi occupations always make me appreciate my life right now.



15. I Dare You by Ilsa Madden-Mills 

25 Books to Read - Summer 2018 - I Dare You by Ilsa Madden-Mills
Ilsa Madden-Mills is back with another brand new hot erotic romance book. I Dare You is already Amazon bestseller. Very good start of the series!

Maverick is a college football star. His goal is to become a pro athlete and he really works hard for this. He's sporty, smart and protective.

Delaney is such a wonderful woman. She is independent, smart, kind, passionate and loving. Delaney discovered that her ex-boyfriend cheated on her and she decided that she's done with the men for now. She is a geek and not a very popular one, so it was a surprise for her that Maverick liked her. She still remembers the day they kissed but she's not sure what to think about him. 

If you read one contemporary romance book this summer make it this one. If you are a fan of the genre you can go check our list of must-read erotic romance novels.



16. Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley 

25 Books to Read - Summer 2018 - Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley
Megan Harper is a girl with a strange luck. All of her exes find their true love right after they break up with her. It's not a cure or anything, it's just the way her life works and she's not spending any time feeling sorry for herself. Megan is focused on her goals of directing theater and fulfilling her dream's school acting requirements. 

Her plans are ruined when she is caster as Juliet at her high school's production. She has no idea how to be a Juliet. It's a disaster for her. Then she meets Owen Okita, an aspiring playwright who is ready to help Megan. 

A book that you won't be able to put down this summer!



17. Matchmaking for Beginners by Maddie Dawson 

Books to read 2018 - Matchmaking for Beginners by Maddie Dawson
Sometimes we all want to just read some book that is sweet, positive and funny. We all have our problems in our lives and the summer is the time that we usually want to forget about them or to read or watch something that will make us feel better about ourselves.
Matchmaking for Beginners by Maddie Dawson is exactly the type of book that you want to read so you can forget about your problems for a couple of hours. A book for all of us that don't have our lives figured out yet.

Marnie is not that kind of a person. She has her life figured out... or at least this is what she thinks. She is going to marry the right guy, live in the right house and have a perfectly normal and ordinary suburban American life. A dream for a lot of girls, right?
She is so wrong. Her perfect marriage falls apart shortly after it begins, destroying her dreams and leaving her confused.

This is where a lot of us can relate, right? How many of you girls are confused and lost in your late 20s? Well, this is the good thing - you are not alone. And Matchmaking for Beginners is a story about overcoming this. About discovering yourself. About meeting new people, new experiences and challenging and changing the way you live your life. About learning, there is no universal right way to live your life. A book that will make you happy this summer!



18. Playing with Matches by Hannah Orenstein

Playing with Matches by Hannah Orenstein

People call Playing with Matches by Hannah Orenstein the perfect to read on the beach book this summer. Funny and smart read for the chick-lit fans.

A story about a young matchmaker trying to balance her messy life with the weird demands of her clients. This book explores the extreme social pressure to find the perfect match that women experience but in a funny and witty way.

Sasha Goldberg has everything going on for her. She recently got a journalism degree from NYU, an apartment with her best friend, and a relationship that would be really perfect if her fiance-boyfriend loud ever look up from his smartphone. But when her dream career falls apart, she uses her family's darkest secrets to land a job as a matchmaker.

The perfect summer read! Also probably the most pinable book cover of 2018.



19. This Could Change Everything by Jill Mansell

This Could Change Everything by Jill Mansell

This Could Change Everything is another novel that will make you feel good in summer 2018 by the bestselling author Jill Mansell (you may know her from Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay).
A story about a mistakenly sent email that changes the life of Essie. If she didn't send this email she would probably be living in the perfect house right now, planning her wedding...
On the other hand, if her true feelings didn't come out with that accidental email she wouldn't have into an attic flat, she would have never meet Conor or Lucas and she wouldn't have found herself falling in love again, this time for real.

Like any other work by Jill Mansell, this book is once again a true celebration of life and love. A book that you will want to carry with you going to the hot beach.



20. The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand

Beach Reads 2018 : The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand

The Perfect Couple takes us to Nantucket during the wedding season. The beautiful island is full of people going there for the summer. The worst time of the year for the residents who have to put up with the annoying tourists. But this is not the only tension on the island.

One of the weddings ends in a disaster before it even begins. The bride-to-be is found dead just a couple of hours before the ceremony. Now everyone is suspect.

As the Chief of Police Ed Kapenash investigates, the best man, the maid of honor and pretty much everyone involved he discovers that there is no perfect couple in any wedding.

The perfect beach read!



21. Rust & Stardust by T. Greenwood 

Summer Beach Reads 2018: Rust & Stardust by T. Greenwood

For the fans of historical fiction - Rust & Stardust by T. Greenwood. One of the novels we are most excited for in 2018.

The plot takes us to Camden, NJ in 1948. The 11-year-old Sally Horner steals a notebook from the local Woolworth's, without knowing that the 52-year-old Frank LaSalle who was just released from prison is targeting her. Frank convinces her that he's an FBI agent and kidnaps her. For the next two years, he is mentally and physically assaulting her changing her life and the life of her family and friends forever. A heavy historical fiction worth reading this summer.



22. The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams 

Summer reads: The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams

The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams is another great summer 2018 read. A great find for the historical fiction fans.
It's a story of the typical antics and lives of the privileged rich families in the 1950s. Full of mystery, romance, and drama this novel is one of the best books of 2018.

In the summer of 2018, Miranda Schuyler is arriving at Winthrop Island. Her mom is set to marry Hugh Fisher, and after the wedding, she will be spending the summer in his home with her new stepsister, Isobel.

Miranda soon realizes that there are two types of people on this island, the rich who often dine at their house and come the island for a vacation and the working class poor people who struggle to make ends meet by catering to the rich. As Isobel shows her around the island, Miranda is drawn to Joseph, a boy who helps his dad in the lobster boats and lives in the lighthouse across to the house of Miranda's new rich stepdad.

But before summer ends, Miranda's life changes and she needs to leave the island due to tragic circumstances. Decades later she returns only to discover that the island is still full of secrets and she is determined to seek justice.

An amazing mystery novel!



23. The Romanov Empress by C.W. Gortner

Best Summer Reads 2018: The Romanov Empress by C.W. Gortner

Most of you know the tragic story of the Romanovs. The Romanov Empress is a historical fiction narrated by the mother of Russia's last tsar. It's a story about the courageous life of Maria Feodorovna, one of imperial Russia's most notable women who witnessed the downfall of the Romanovs as she fought to save her dynasty in the last years of their reign. Most of us know the story of Anastasia but this is this novel is about her grandmother Maria.

This novel takes us from the amazing places of St. Petersburg to the salons of the aristocracy and the battlefields of the World War I. The way C. W. Gortner is telling this story reminded me of War and Peace.



24. Survival of the Richest by Skye Warren

Survival of the Richest by Skye Warren

If you are searching for a great new contemporary romance in 2018 Survival of the Richest by Skye Warren is your book.
It is a story about finding your true desires. A love triangle where a woman is torn between two men.

Christopher is stable, stoic and very protective. He saves Herper even when she really doesn't want to. He doesn't show his feelings and he always wants what he feels he can't have. He is a real mystery for.

Sutton, on the other hand, is very charming. He can be described as a real player. He loves to chase, he loves to hunt and doesn't give up. He is not scared of competition. An alpha male.

Harper is a true artist soul. She is a child of divorced parents but she keeps both her mom and her dad close. She doesn't often know what she wants but she is fierce in her beliefs.
She is really torn between the two men. Christopher was supposed to be her enemy because he is the son of her father's last wife. But instead, he always protects her with determination.
Sutton consumes her with passion and this time she is really not sure if she wants to be saved.

A hot contemporary romance to read this summer and it's only the first book of the series!



25. Choose Your Own Disaster by Dana Schwartz

Choose Your Own Disaster by Dana Schwartz

Choose Your Own Disaster by Dana Schwartz is not only a great beach read but also one of the must-read books for any woman in her 20s.
A hilarious, funny and very honest autobiography.

Dana Schwartz is taking us on a journey revisiting her 20s and all of the terrible decisions she made with brutal honesty. A mix of a memoir and a long personality test Choose Your Own Disaster is a book about the millennial experience and modern feminism and how the advice of "you can be anything you want!" is really difficult to follow when you see hundreds of different versions of yourself. We've all been there and some of us still are. This book is so painfully relevant for so many people that it's a must-read if you are in your twenties and not only.

If you ever been Carrie, emo kid, a Belle, a Ravenclaw a Twitter addict or you are just a millennial who's trying her best this is the best summer beach read for 2018 for you.

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