Top Summer Reads for the Perfect Beach Trip

I’m on vacation this week at the beach, and it’s always the best when you have that perfect summer book to go along with your beach vacation. Here are some great books for your perfect beach vacation and some great summer books in general!

(Also, apologies for spotty posting this week. I will do my best to post regularly and get back on schedule, but with moving and now vacation, I have to get back in the groove lol – thanks for understanding!)


You Have A Match by Emma Lord
Published: January 12, 2021
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Genre: YA Contemporary
Pages: 320
Rating: starstarstarstar

A new love, a secret sister, and a summer she’ll never forget.

When Abby signs up for a DNA service, it’s mainly to give her friend and secret love interest, Leo, a nudge. After all, she knows who she is already: Avid photographer. Injury-prone tree climber. Best friend to Leo and Connie … although ever since the B.E.I. (Big Embarrassing Incident) with Leo, things have been awkward on that front.

But she didn’t know she’s a younger sister…

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Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
Published: February 28, 2017
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 311
Rating: starstarstarstarstar

There will be plenty of time for me to beat him soundly once I’ve gotten what I came for.

Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.


The Lake Effect by Erin McCahan
Published: July 11, 2017
Publisher: Dial Books
Genre: YA Contemporary
Pages: 391
Rating: starstarstarstar

It’s the summer after his senior year, and Briggs Henry is out the door. He’s leaving behind his ex-girlfriend and his parents’ money troubles for Lake Michigan and its miles of sandy beaches, working a summer job as a personal assistant, and living in a gorgeous Victorian on the shore. It’s the kind of house Briggs plans to buy his parents one day when he’s a multi-millionaire…

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Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Published: January 5, 2016
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 496
Rating: starstarstarstar

Passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now…


Cool for the Summer by Dahlia Adler
Published: May 11, 2021
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Genre: YA Contemporary
Pages: 272
Rating: starstarstarstarstar

Lara’s had eyes for exactly one person throughout her three years of high school: Chase Harding. He’s tall, strong, sweet, a football star, and frankly, stupid hot. Oh, and he’s talking to her now. On purpose and everything. Maybe…flirting, even? No, wait, he’s definitely flirting, which is pretty much the sum of everything Lara’s wanted out of life.

Except she’s haunted by a memory. A memory of a confusing, romantic, strangely perfect summer spent with a girl named Jasmine…


In Deeper Waters by F.T. Lukens
Published: April 20, 2021
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 320
Rating: starstarstarstar

A young prince must rely on a mysterious stranger to save him when he is kidnapped during his coming-of-age tour in this swoony adventure that is The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue meets Pirates of the Caribbean.

Prince Tal has long awaited his coming-of-age tour. After spending most of his life cloistered behind palace walls as he learns to keep his forbidden magic secret, he can finally see his family’s kingdom for the first time. His first taste of adventure comes just two days into the journey, when their crew discovers a mysterious prisoner on a burning derelict vessel…

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Seafire by Natalie C. Parker
Published: August 28, 2018
Publisher: Razorbill
Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 374
Rating: starstarstarstar

After her family is killed by corrupt warlord Aric Athair and his bloodthirsty army of Bullets, Caledonia Styx is left to chart her own course on the dangerous and deadly seas. She captains her ship, the Mors Navis, with a crew of girls and women just like her, who have lost their families and homes because of Aric and his men. The crew has one mission: stay alive, and take down Aric’s armed and armored fleet…

All of these are great adventures or fun summer books you can enjoy this summer by the water or from the safety of your home. If you’re interested in reading my reviews, I’ve linked the ones I have available on the title! 

What’s your favorite summer read? Let me know in the comments and I’ll be sure to check it out!


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