Summer is the perfect time to hit the beach with a good book, but if you don’t want the hassle of all the sand between your pages, audiobooks are the perfect solution. Just close your eyes, bathe in all that glorious sunshine (with ample sunblock, of course) and be instantly transported to another world. We’ve scoped out some of the most exciting new audiobooks for the beach, sure to make your upcoming oceanside vacation an absolute dream.
Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson
What if your best friend, your constant companion, disappeared and you seemed to be the only one concerned? Such is the case with Monday’s Not Coming. Jackson takes you through all the phases of Claudia’s best friend’s disappearance in this striking YA novel. Including relevant social issues, this book is a touching look at friendship and family that will have you guessing all the way to the last chapter.
Boardwalk Summer by Meredith Jaeger
Transport yourself to the glitz and glamour of Old Hollywood in Meredith Jaeger’s newest book. Boardwalk Summer bounces from the 1940s to current times and back again in vivid detail while investigating the mysterious death of a young, troubled beauty queen. While sometimes tragic, the aspects of romance, friendship and mystery are the perfect companion for your day at the beach.
The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk
The Beauty That Remains follows the lives of three characters from drastically different backgrounds and lives. The one thing that connects them: grief. Throughout the course of the novel, we see how their lives begin to intersect as well as how they all walk their own paths of recovery. What starts out as a story of loss will leave you feeling whole at the close and full of love for all those around you, eager to deepen your connections.
The Summer I Met Jack by Michelle Gable
Who doesn’t love a riveting tale of love and luxury with a touch of deceit? The Summer I Met Jack is based on the actual life of Alicia Corning Clark who was thought to have had a relationship (and possibly an illegitimate baby) with Jack Kennedy. This novel will have you questioning which parts are true and which are fiction, all while thoroughly enjoying the journey.
The Parking Lot Attendant by Nafkote Tamirat
The Parking Lot Attendant begins in an undisclosed location, an island commune, with unnamed participants in what appears to be an unwelcome setting. Tamirat slowly weaves the tale of cultural and personal conflict, going back in time to create an explanation as to how the main character has found herself in her current state. This coming-of-age story will have you, much like the main character, questioning all the moves that led to the beginning of the story, which in a sense is also the end.
By Invitation Only by Dorothea Benton Frank
Grab your beach blanket, sunglasses, sunscreen and an icy glass of sweet tea to prepare for this delightful novel from Dorothea Benton Frank. By Invitation Only celebrates the old adage that opposites attract, but that doesn’t mean it’s always easy. This story centers on two families from completely different backgrounds planning a wedding and is told from several different perspectives throughout. With a little touch of drama, you’ll travel from the sweet slow drawl of the South to the busy hectic pace of the big city and then back again as everyone involved deals with their differences.
The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
I can’t think of a better place than a warm, sunny beach to read a creepy story. If you love dark stories without the anxiety of reading alone in your home at night, make sure to download The Death of Mrs. Westaway before you hit the beach. This suspenseful thriller is full of the requisite mystery and menace of a classic whodunit. You’ll be thankful for the heat of the sun as you hear of the dark, cold and drafty house filled with secrets.