The Best Summer Beach Reads You Can Get At Target

Because books are better when read on vacation.

There is something endlessly satisfying about setting up a chair by the ocean, pool or lake, and diving headfirst into a great book. Whether your genre of preference is romance, thrillers or something else entirely, the whole point of a “beach read” is that it’s a book that you can get completely lost in. Any criteria beyond that is, frankly, just made up.

A beach read can (and should) be anything you want it to be. The only important factor for a good beach read is that, for a few moments, the story brings you entirely out of your own world and into someone else’s. It’s incredibly relaxing, and a great way to unwind after a busy workday or stressful life event. Here are nine books you can get at Target right now that would make great beach reads.

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"While We Were Dating" by Jasmine Guillory
If you haven't allowed yourself to join the world of romance books yet, you really, really should. A good romance is heartwarming, sexy and a roller coaster ride of emotions. "While We Were Dating" by Jasmine Guillory is all three of those things and much more.
"Verity" by Colleen Hoover
If you're looking for a super steamy, super creepy, ultra-fast paced thriller, look no further than "Verity." From author Colleen Hoover (a BookTok favorite), Verity will leave you guessing until the very last second. If you loved "Gone Girl' or "The Push," this one might be for you, but it's not for the faint of heart.
"Book Lovers" by Emily Henry
Arguably the most popular new release of 2022, "Book Lovers" by Emily Henry is as witty, funny and impossible to put down as it gets. You will laugh, cry and fall in love along with the characters from the very first page.
"The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo" by Taylor Jenkins Reid
If you're not a big reader, this is the book you need to read. It's fast paced, engaging, and is somehow drama, history, romance and mystery all at once. There is something for everyone, and it's a masterclass in character development.
"The Hotel Nantucket" by Elin Hilderbrand
The queen of beach reads, Elin Hilderbrand did it again with "The Hotel Nantucket." If you've read and enjoyed Hilderbrand's "The Blue Bistro" (or you're vacationing somewhere in coastal New England this summer), this one could be for you.
"Black Cake" by Charmaine Wilkerson
If you're heading to somewhere tropical this summer, "Black Cake" (which is partially set in the Caribbean) would be the perfect book companion for your journey. Part family saga, part mystery, this incredible book is one that has to be savored. But you've been warned: Once you pick it up, it will be nearly impossible to stop reading.
"The Counselors" by Jessica Goodman
Everyone loves some juicy high school drama, so why not add a mystery to the mix? If you read "They Wish They Were Us" by Jessica Goodman, you might like this new thriller from the author, which is set at a summer camp.
"One Of Us Is Lying" by Karen McManus
Speaking of teen thrillers, this mystery from Karen McManus is a classic. It's the perfect spooky thriller to get you through a long day poolside. Plus, it's part of a series, meaning that you'll have your next couple reads already lined up if you like this one.
"The Love Hypothesis" by Ali Hazelwood
This steamy romance novel uses the trope of "fake dating" in a particularly creative, science-y way, but you'll have to read to find out more. It also has a 4.7-star rating, which is always a good sign.

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