Women's Health may earn commission from the links on this page, but we only feature products we believe in. Why trust us?

25 Best Beach Reads To Add To Your Summer 2022 Reading List

The summer's about to get liiiiit (get it?).

best beach reads

The standard by which a beach read can be measured is varied, but one thing’s for sure—it has to be entertaining. No, actually, engrossing. Because if the story isn’t going to serve as a mini-vacation from your vacation, it’s not doing its job. Plus, considering this’ll likely be the first time you’ve gotten to a beach (or a pool) in a very long time, the plot’s got to be worth it.

Now, with the wide selection of bingeable tales that—not by accident—find their way onto shelves near the end of the spring and start of summer, deciding what to read can be a mission in itself. But this isn’t the type of stress your vacationing mind should have to take on.

So, allow this curated list of 2022's best beach reads to do the work for you. Whether you're in the mood for a can't-put-it-down thriller or a devour-in-an-afternoon romance, there's a book that suits your exact literary tastes just waiting for you to discover it. From there, you can turn pretty much anything into a beach read…just add sunshine, sand, and water.

The only hard part will be deciding how many you want to pack, because it's a major bummer to have not enough books to last you all trip long. (But if you've got an e-reader, consider that problem solved!) Ahead, these 25 best beach reads—old and new—will transport you to other worlds, all without leaving the sand.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Counterfeit by Kirstin Chen
Now 35% off
The Lifeguards by Amanda Eyre Ward
American Royals III: Rivals by Katharine McGee
Now 20% off
Best New Biography
Anna: The Biography by Amy Odell
Now 23% off
Best Meet-Cute Story
Book Lovers by Emily Henry
Now 32% off
Best Book About Marriages
Reservations for Six by Lindsey J. Palmer
Now 16% off
Best Audio Book
Finding Me: A Memoir by Viola Davis
Now 36% off
Best Royal Read
The Palace Papers by Tina Brown
Now 41% off
Best Family Drama
The Summer Place by Jennifer Weiner
Now 50% off
Best Celebrity Memoir
Mean Baby by Selma Blair
Now 38% off
Best Book That's Actually Set At The Beach
The Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hilderbrand
Best Motivational Read
Speak by Tunde Oyeneyin
Best Ripped-From-The-Headlines Fiction Book
Meant to Be by Emily Giffin
Now 45% off
Best Workplace Novel
By the Book: A Meant To Be Novel by Jasmine Guillory
Now 23% off
Most Unforgettable Book
Memphis by Tara M. Stringfellow
Now 46% off
Best For An Unexpected Laugh
Marrying the Ketchups by Jennifer Close
Most Relatable Villain
Blood Sugar by Sascha Rothchild
Now 20% off
A Burning
Now 55% off
Flatiron Books
Of Women and Salt
Now 55% off
Best Thriller
William Morrow & Company
When No One Is Watching
Brother, Sister, Mother, Explorer
Now 44% off
Riverhead Books
The Vanishing Half
Now 54% off
Now 29% off
The Affairs of the Falcóns by Melissa Rivero
Now 67% off
The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters by Balli Kaur Jaswal
Now 28% off
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
More From Summer 2022