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Did you know that one of my favorite things to do is to read?

It’s true!

So here is my list of seven Best Beach Reads 2023!

Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved to read.

I love the magic of reading a book and getting lost in the story.

I really enjoy it when I get so wrapped up in the characters that I think about them in between the times I’m reading.

How about you? Mr. G.Q. laughs at me when I tell him I am worried about how a book is going or how a particular character is doing.

I especially love romantic fiction. It could be historical romance or current-day love stories. I am a total sucker for “happily ever afters”. (Maybe that’s why I’m in that contest for the Hallmark Channel Chief Fan Officer. Update: I have had two interviews with the Hallmark people and will find out if I win at the end of this month!).

Did you know that romance novels are the most popular of all genres of book sales? It’s true! That makes me way more comfortable whenever I stroll into an out-of-town bookstore and need to ask the staff for directions…

Enough about me. Let’s get to the list. I have read all of these books in the last few weeks and I enjoyed all of them. I’ll tell you a little bit about each of them and you can see which one(s) resonate with you. Let’s go!

Here is a collage with all seven beach read 2023.  In addition to the books, there is a yellow sun, blue water, and a pretty red=striped umbrella.

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Number 1 (Best Beach Reads 2023)

Exes & O’s by Amy Lea

This is a cute story of romance novel aficionado, Tara Chen who decides to revisit her ten former loves in hopes of securing a second chance with The (hopefully) One. Her new roommate, Trevor, reluctantly agrees to help her in her quest. In so doing, he discovers that he might have feelings for Tara. Sparks begin to fly! It’s probably good that Trevor is also a firefighter…

Number 2 (Best Beach Reads 2023)

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases—a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.

She decides that the way to increase her experience is to hire an escort, Michael Phan. He teaches Stella a lot about foreplay and more. But, then Stella realizes that there might be more to life than algorithms and math. As she begins to experience feelings that are new to her, her life becomes more complicated, and maybe more fun.

I enjoyed this story because the author, Helen Hoang has Asperger’s Syndrome which is a form of autism. The main character also has this. The story deals with this topic in a refreshing, straightforward way. Check it out.

Number 3 (Best Beach Reads 2023)

Book Lovers by Emily Henry

Here is a fun read set at the beach. Nora Stephens and her little sister Libby are spending the month of August at a North Carolina beach for a sisters’ trip away. Nora is a cut-throat literary agent who reads ALL THE TIME. Instead of a picturesque trip of picnics and fun outings, Nora keeps running into Charlie Lastra who is a bookish, brooding lug and editor from her professional life back in the city.

Nora has never liked Charlie, so imagine her surprise when she finds she actually has some things in common with this former nemesis.

Number 4 (Best Beach Reads 2023)

The Beach Reads Book Club by Kathryn Freeman

Don’t you just love the title? I did too! Have you ever been to a book club that’s too strict?

When Lottie Watt is unceremoniously booted out of her uptight book club for not following the rules, she decides to throw the rulebook out the window and start her own club – one where conversation, gin, and cake take precedence over actually having read the book!

The Beach Reads Book Club soon finds a home for its meetings at Books by the Bay, a charming bookshop and café owned by gorgeous, brooding Matthew Steele, and as the book club picks heat up, so too does the attraction between Matt and Lottie. This book has it all: bookstores, laughter, books, treats, and of course romance!

Number Five (Best Beach Reads 2023)

Do I Know You? by Emily Wibberly and Austin Siegemund-Broka

This was a surprisingly interesting and thought-provoking book that is actually written by a young married couple.

Eliza and Graham are headed to a luxurious resort to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary. Trouble has been brewing behind the scenes for some time, but they’ve yet to address it. When a well-meaning guest mistakes Eliza and Graham for being single and introduces them at the hotel bar, they don’t correct him. Suddenly, they’re pretending to be perfect strangers and it’s unexpectedly…fun? Eliza and Graham find themselves flirting like it’s their first date, and waiting with butterflies in their stomach for the other to text back. 

Will they find their way back to closeness? Or will they learn so much about each other that they realize it’s time to move on?

Number Six (Best Beach Reads 2023)

The Rom-Com Agenda by Jayne Denker

This was such a lovely romantic story. Leah Keegan is a loner who has had lots of setbacks in life but continues to maintain a reasonably positive life attitude. Eli Masterson is a brother of a new friend and he’s reluctantly agreed to a makeover to become sophisticated yet vulnerable in order to win back his girlfriend. Somehow, Leah is roped into assisting with the Rom-Com watching and teaching. The book is delightful and it reminded me of several Rom-Coms I need to go watch…

Number Seven (Best Beach Reads 2023)

Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah Maclean

There are things a lady simply does not do. She does not smoke. She does not fence or attend duels. She does not fire a pistol, and she never ever sneaks into a men’s club for a night of gambling and…other excitements.

Calpurnia Hartwell has spent a lifetime following the rules and, as a reward, she’s been forgotten at the edges of society, unnoticed…and unsatisfied. So, what’s a girl to do, but break the rules and get a taste of the life she’s been missing?

Once Callie throws herself into a bold new world, she fast realizes a taste won’t ever be enough. She’s going to need a partner—someone who knows everything about rule-breaking. Someone like Gabriel St. John, Marquess of Ralston—charming and handsome, with a scandalous reputation matched only by his wicked smile.

Yummy, romantic, and somewhat historical fiction, yes, please!

Conclusion (Best Beach Reads 2023)

Can you resist a list of beach reads?

Why would you want to?

Pick one or two of these and have a lovely few days of pleasure!


Dr. Julie

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