Easy, Breezy Summer Reading

These novels, recommended by Montgomery County Public Libraries, are best enjoyed while relaxing poolside or at the beach.

Summer Beach Reading Recommendations
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Heading to the beach this summer? Don’t forget to throw a good book in your bag to read while you relax and take in the ocean breeze. Some people define beach reads as light romantic comedies, while others describe them as books with fast-paced plots that you can’t put down. However you define them, we hope you will find one of these books a good companion for your next beach vacation.

As always, Montgomery County Public Libraries has all the latest fiction and nonfiction to suit your beach-reading needs.

“You Had Me at Hola” by Alexis Daria

You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria

After a messy breakup complete with embarrassing tabloid stories, telenovela actress Jasmine Lin Rodriguez returns to New York City to star in a new bilingual show. A last-minute casting change pairs her with a new leading man — Ashton Suárez, who has his own set of secrets. As every fan of telenovelas knows, Jasmine and Ashton will get together, but there is conflict, comedy, romance and a whole lot of angst on the way to their happy ending.

When it was published last August, The New York Times Book Review called it “an absolutely pitch-perfect summer escape,” and NPR said it was “a triumph of Latinx joy and feminist agency.” Fans of the show “Jane the Virgin” will enjoy this smart and sexy love story.

“First Comes Like” by Alisha Rai

First Comes Like by Alisha RaiInfluencer Jia Ahmed plans to conquer the Internet with her beauty expertise. She has no time for men, until an international superstar accidentally messages her. Of course, there’s a twist: he doesn’t know who she is.


“People We Meet on Vacation” by Emily Henry

People We Meet On Vacation by Emily HenryBest friends Poppy and Alex vacationed together every year until they abruptly stopped two years ago. Can they rekindle their friendship — or more — on one last trip?


“What You Don’t See” by Tracy Clark

What You Don't See by Tracy ClarkWhen media mogul Vonda Allen begins receiving flowers with death threats, private investigator Cass Raines joins her former partner on the case.



Written by Danielle Deaver, Librarian II, Potomac Library & Kathleen Uy, Librarian I, White Oak Library. This story first appeared in our June-July 2021 issue.


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