6 Books in My Beach Bag this Summer

My beach bag is full of books. 

I’m in sunny Riviera Maya, Mexico, at the Royalton Riviera Cancun resort, and I’ve stuffed my beach bag full of (hopefully) engaging, thrilling, and fun books. Will I get through them all? Probably not, but I’m sure going to try.

I like to take a mix of both print and ebook books with me on vacation. I can’t deny the convenience of having a couple dozen books available on my Kindle, but there’s also just something about reading an actual book on the beach. So I’ll admit, I have many more books with me than are on this list. But, let’s just roll with it. So which books made it into the beach bag?

Young Adult

If you’ve read any of my Book Bites posts for the last….oh, I don’t know, 3 months?, you’ve no doubt seen Susan Dennard’s Truthwitch has been on it for the entire time. I unearthed it from the tower on my nightstand, and threw it in the suitcase, so we’ll see if I get to it!






I’ve debated and debated about picking up Tricia Levenseller’s Daughter of the Pirate King for months now, simply because I was waiting for more reviews to come in. I’m always skeptical of brand new books with super high reviews – a lot of reviewers tend to throw out 4s and 5s left and right. That’s ok, but doesn’t always reflect how I’m going to feel about a book. The premise interested me from Day 1, but I’ve read a lot of really lackluster YA lately (I’m looking at you, Caraval.) However, with 6500+ reviews and a solid 4.0 on Goodreads, I’ve got high hopes.



Chick Lit

little beach street bakeryI loved Jenny Colgan’s The Bookshop on the Corner so much that I knew I wanted to read as many of hers as I could. It’s no surprise, then, that I grabbed and ran with The Little Beach Street Bakery the moment I saw it in my local used bookstore. (And it was $2.50 – score!) It’s been torture saving it for Mexico, and it’s probably the one I’ll have already finished by the time you read my post. If I’m honest, I’ll probably finish it on the plane before we even get to the resort, but who cares. You can read my full review of The Bookshop on the Corner here.







Blake Crouch’s Dark Matter has been on my list since before it came out, and I finally decided to just take the plunge and buy it. I used to read thrillers all the time, but in the last few years, pretty much only ever read them at the beach. They’re engaging and it’s hard to feel terrified when you’re sipping cocktails under palm trees. (Remember that time I read The Woman in Cabin 10 while putting back mimosas? I’m looking to recreate the moment.)






I’ve had it on hold long enough. It’s time to finally read a Roxanne Gay book, considering how well regarded they are. I’ve got the ebook of Difficult Womenand I think I can at least get through a couple of the essays in between margaritas.







I debated long and hard about whether or not to bring the brick that is Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind. In the end, I decided the extra weight wasn’t worth it, but I used a Scrib’d credit on the ebook. Will I make any progress on it? We’ll see, but something tells me Scarlett O’Hara is a perfect beach companion.





You might notice I don’t have any cozy mysteries in my beach bag. I’ll agree, cozies are probably some of the ultimate beach books. However, I have about 40 of them on my shelves, and since they take me roughly 2 hours to read, are not a good use of baggage allowance! I do have a few on my Kindle, though, so if I get desperate I’ve always got them for backup!

What kinds of books do you take on vacation? Should I have put anything different in my beach bag?

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