The relaxing act of beach reading is one that has become so universal, that it warrants its own genre completely. While it isn’t necessarily limited to books that have anything to do with the beach or summer at all (though, they are added perks)— a good beach read must simply keep you captivated, even with the ocean as your backdrop.

Some may enjoy thumbing through a lighthearted romance set in a seaside town, while others may enjoy the thrill of a fast-paced whodunnit or a thought-provoking non-fiction novel. Planning to participate in this personal pastime this summer? Considering every type of bookworm, we narrowed down 8 of the best books to read by the beach in 2024.