Let's face it, most of us don't live at the beach. If we are lucky, we can get their once a year. For me, the beach trip is my sanctuary, my retreat, my fuel for the other 355 days of the year, and my favorite place to read the best books. Dreaming of it truly keeps me sane during the long winter months. When we travel to the beach, we rent a home, pile everyone in the car, and head out for a full week of fun in the sun!

Our week is very much like Groundhog's Day to my husband Chris. We get up in the morning and throw on a bathing suit, leisurely munch on a light breakfast, pack a cooler for the beach with lunch, snacks, and drinks, and head to the beach. We are there all day. We lay in the sun, play in the waves, make sandcastles, and READ LOTS of BOOKS! It is pure heaven. Then we mosey back to the beach house for cocktails and dinner. The next day, we do it all over again. Ahhhhhhhh!

While I read every day on the beach, I am realistic with my book choices. I don't want to lug 20 books in my suitcase because I know I will NEVER get through 20 books on a beach trip. It isn't supposed to be a chore. Instead, I pick my top 5 best books and I either purchase them, usually in paperback so I don't mind if they get wet and because they are lighter for travel, or I grab them on Audible (click for a FREE book). When I'm on the beach, I prefer the paper copy so that I don't have to bring valuable technology near salt water and I don't ruin a pricey hard back book. When I'm back at the beach house reading before bed, I prefer my Audible books.

With that said, I put together a list of the 5 best books, in my opinion, to take to the beach this summer. Who needs a list of 100? I can't carry 100 books to the beach! I hope you love reading them as much as I did!

If you are one of the very fortunate people who do live at the beach, be sure to add these to your list as well! We will try not to be too jealous. Happy summer reading!

Big Little Lies


When we left Cuba


My Lovely Wife


Waiting for Tom Hanks


The Gifted School- A Novel

We would love to hear your comments on these 5 best books for the beach! Drop a comment below and let us know which is your favorite, where you read these books, or any others you would add to the beach book list.

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Written by: Dianne McKinley from Fly with Chris and Di podcast. www.flywithchrisanddi.com

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