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December 1, 2021 | Devin Cook

Beach Reads for the Winter Blues

Got the Winter Blues? The days are shorter, the temperatures are lower, and we’re dreaming of elsewhere. Escape the dreary winter weather by transporting yourself to warm, sandy beaches through the power of books! It’s a lot less expensive than booking a flight to Puerto Vallarta!

Here are some beach reads, mostly recently published titles, from adult fiction:

Beach Haven by T. I. Lowe

Beach Read by Emily Henry

Coral Cottage by Jan Moran

Family Reunion by Nancy Thayer

Float Plan by Trish Doller

The Forever Summer by Jamie Brenner

Golden Girl by Elin Hilderbrand

The Guncle by Steven Rowley

The House on Fripp Island by Rebecca Kauffman

Hurricane Season by Lauren K. Denton

Last Summer at the Golden Hotel by Elyssa Friedland

The Last Train to Key West by Chanel Cleeton

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

People We Meet On Vacation by Emily Henry

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

The Siren by Katherine St. John

Summer on the Bluffs by Sunny Hostin

That Summer by Jennifer Weiner

Under the Southern Sky by Kristy Woodson Harvey

We Were Never Here by Andrea Bartz

Feel-good beachy adult non-fiction:

Barons of the Sea : And Their Race To Build The World’s Fastest Clipper Ship by Steven Ujifusa

Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat? by Lisa Scottoline

Indiana Beach : a Fun-Filled History by W. C. Madden

The Soul Of An Octopus by Sy Montgomery

YA Titles:

Cool for the Summer by Dahlia Adler

The Lake Effect by Erin McCahan

The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy

Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells

99 Days by Katie Cotugno

Titles from Juvenile Fiction!

Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk

Eva at the Beach by Rebecca Elliott

Ghost Beach by R. L. Stine

Malamander by Thomas Taylor

The Mystery of the Hidden Beach by Gertrude Chandler Warner

Nicole the Beach Fairy by Daisy Meadows

Our Castle by the Sea by Lucy Strange

For your young children and toddlers, early books!

Beach Day! by Candice Ransom

A Beach Tail by Karen Lynn Williams

Chu’s Day at the Beach by Neil Gaiman

Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae

A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle

Jules vs. The Ocean by Jessie Sima

Pete at the Beach by James Dean

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

Sea, Sand, Me! by Patricia Hubbell

Surfer Chick by Kristy Dempsey

These Seas Count! by Alison Formento

When a Dragon Moves In by Jodie Moore

We can’t pay for your vacation, but the library can help you imagine you’re taking one. Click any of the titles above to place a hold to pick up later, or check out digitally! We hope these stories bring you some warmth in the coming colder days.