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Article  •  21 November 2022

 

15 beach reads to enjoy this summer

See some of the best beach reads of 2023. Fiction, non-fiction, and children’s books, there’s something from every genre to enjoy.

Fiction beach reads

Who doesn’t love reading fiction on the beach? Spend a sunny day immersed in another world, with nothing but the sound of waves lapping the shore to distract you. These fiction novels make the perfect beach reads, striking the right balance between thoughtful and entertaining. These books are hard to put down, which means you may be able to power through them in a few beach days. But even if you read these books quickly, we promise that the stories will stick with you long after you turn the final page.

 

Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone book cover.

Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone by Benjamin Stevenson

BESTSELLER • MURDER MYSTERY

Agatha Christie meets Knives Out in this clever take on the classic murder mystery.


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Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

AWARD-WINNING • FEMALE PROTAGONIST

An international bestseller featuring a fun and feisty main character determined to break the bonds of the patriarchy.


Sincerely, Me book cover.

Sincerely, Me by Julietta Henderson

UPLIFTING • CHARACTER-DRIVEN

A heart-warming book about the power of forgiveness, second chances and a family reunited.


Non-Fiction beach reads

Do you prefer a non-fiction beach read? Look no further than these three new books. Whether you choose Dolly Alderton’s collection of agony aunt letters, Bono’s memoir, or the most meaningful lessons Melissa Doyle learned in her thirty years of journalism, you’ll walk away from these books knowing more than you did before.

 

Dear Dolly book cover.

Dear Dolly by Dolly Alderton

ADVICE • SOCIETY & CULTURE

Dolly Alderton shares her favourite agony aunt letters from her time as an advice columnist for The Sunday Times Style.


Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story book cover.

Surrender by Bono

MUSIC • MEMOIR • BIOGRAPHY

A new look at the life of Bono, from rock and roll to activism, written in his unique voice.


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Fifteen Seconds of Brave by Melissa Doyle

SELF-HELP • PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

An intimate and insightful book of lessons from the most resilient people Melissa Doyle crossed paths with during her twenty-five-year-long career at Channel 7.


Children’s books

If you’re going to the beach with kids, it’s a good idea to make sure they have a few books to bring too. Little kids will love reading a picture book in the sand, while older kids might enjoy curling up with the latest book from the beloved Ranger's Apprentice series. Just be sure to shake the sand out from between the pages before heading home!

 

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Battle Mum by Zoë Foster Blake

PICTURE BOOK • FUNNY

Zoë Foster Blake’s latest picture book that flips the script on kids’ love for play fighting.


Our Home on Wheels book cover.

Our Home on Wheels by Jessica and Stephen Parry-Valentine

PICTURE BOOK • AUSTRALIAN TRAVEL

A gorgeous Australia-themed picture book from the family behind the travel channel, Flying the Nest.


Ranger's Apprentice The Royal Ranger 6: Arazan’s Wolves book cover.

Ranger's Apprentice The Royal Ranger 6: Arazan’s Wolves by John Flanagan

RANGER'S APPRENTICE • CHILDREN'S SERIES

The newest book from the Ranger’s Apprentice spinoff series, The Royal Ranger.


Romance novels

Love romance books? Match the hot weather with an equally steamy story. Whether you want an enemies-to-lovers trope, charming workplace romance or TikTok famous rom-com, don’t pass up these delightful novels.

 

Set on You book cover.

Set On You by Amy Lea

ENEMIES-TO-LOVERS • ROMANTIC COMEDY

An enemies-to-lovers story set in the world of fitness influencers and firefighters.


Weather Girl book cover.

Weather Girl by Rachel Lynn Solomon

WORKPLACE ROMANCE • STEAMY

Two colleagues hatch a plan to get their bosses (who are exes) back together, only to realise that they’re catching feelings for each other.


Beach Read book cover.

Beach Read by Emily Henry

OPPOSITES ATTRACT • BOOKTOK

A trending TikTok read featuring two authors who are under the pump to write bestsellers before the summer ends.


Crime & thriller

If you’re looking for a fast-paced book to enjoy on the beach, why not choose a crime or thriller novel? These books are unputdownable and will have you flying through the pages to find out ‘whodunnit’ and why. Full of action and drama, these books will bring some excitement to your next beach day.

No Plan B book cover.

No Plan B by Lee Child and Andrew Child

THRILLER • SUSPENSE

The latest Jack Reacher book, centred around a staged suicide, a secret conspiracy and an elaborate plot that leaves no room for error.


Triple Cross book cover.

Triple Cross by James Patterson

MYSTERY • CRIME

A new book in James Patterson’s Alex Cross series follows the detective as he chases an elusive murderer.


Stone Town book cover.

Stone Town by Margaret Hickey

OUTBACK NOIR • RURAL CRIME

A captivating rural crime drama set in an Australian outback town.

 

Want more? Check out the best books of 2022

Featured Titles

Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone
Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle meet Knives Out and The Thursday Murder Club in an ingenious blend of classic and modern murder mystery.
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Lessons in Chemistry
The 6-million-copy worldwide and Sunday Times #1 bestseller and award-winner featuring the uncompromising, unconventional Elizabeth Zott
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Sincerely, Me
An uplifting and heart-warming novel about a family reunited, second chances and the power of forgiveness, from the critically acclaimed author of The Funny Thing about Norman Foreman.
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Dear Dolly
From the bestselling and beloved author of Everything I Know about Love and Ghosts: a collection of her favourite Dear Dolly agony aunt letters and answers from her hugely popular Sunday Times Style column: with an introduction by Dolly.
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Surrender
One of the greatest rock memoirs ever written and a Sunday Times bestseller now out in paperback - the honest, irreverent and powerfully entertaining life story of the U2 front-man.
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Fifteen Seconds of Brave
In your darkest hour, can you still find hope?
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Battle Mum
A hilarious new story from Zoë Foster Blake that celebrates children’s love of play fighting and acting out imaginary battles, except this time it’s Mum who wants to play and she never wants to stop!
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Our Home on Wheels
The quintessential Australian road trip meets vanlife in this family adventure, celebrating our diverse landscape through the gleeful gaze of a child.
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Ranger's Apprentice The Royal Ranger 6: Arazan’s Wolves
John Flanagan gets spooky in the latest adventure in the New York Times bestselling Ranger's Apprentice The Royal Ranger series!
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Set On You
A spicy, chemistry-filled enemies-to-lovers rom-com set in the world of fitness influencers. TikTok readers can't stop talking about it!
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Weather Girl
Laugh-out-loud, joyous and utterly charming - a TV meteorologist and a sport reporter scheme to reunite their bosses, with unforecasted results . . .
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Beach Read
TWO WRITERS, ONE HOLIDAY. A ROMCOM WAITING TO HAPPEN...
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No Plan B
Jack Reacher, "the coolest continuing series character" (Stephen King), returns in a brand new, pulse-pounding read from Lee and Andrew Child.
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Triple Cross
Detective Alex Cross is chasing an elusive murderer called 'The Family Man' in the 30th instalment of the bestselling Alex Cross series.
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Stone Town
Stone Town is another captivating rural crime drama from the author of the award-winning Cutters End.
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