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2018's Summer Beach Reads for your Hilton Head Island Vacation

Summertime means beach time. That’s a fact.

Embracing #LowcountryLife is all about taking life at a peaceful pace. School’s out. Vacation mode is on. It’s time to disconnect, reconnect with family and chill out on some of America’s favorite stretches of beach, right here on Hilton Head Island.

But, which BFF should you invite for a summer vacation on Hilton Head Island? Skip the drama of choosing, invite everyone, and grab a great beach read! Before you make a break for beach-y bike rides, sunset strolls, and ice cream cones galore, pack one of these buzzed-about books in your suitcase, along with your sunnies, for the perfect beach vacation on Hilton Head Island:

Waves crashing on the shores of Hilton Head Island
Path to the beach on Hilton Head Island

Photos: @biggsisfunny and @alisavage_

If You’re Looking for Love

Would you go on a date, to an ex’s wedding, with someone you’ve only just met because you’re trapped on an elevator? That’s the question The Wedding Date, a swoony romcom brimming with humor and charm, tries to answer. Library Reads, Cosmopolitan, BookBub, and Entertainment Weekly have all named Jasmine Guillory’s novel a 2018 must-read. Why not give it a whirl, and let our sandy beaches and swaying Spanish moss inspire you to plan your own nuptials on Hilton Head Island? 

If Mystery is More Your Speed

You know from the very first chapter of The Favorite Sister that Brett, one of five hyper-successful women who agreed to appear on a New York City-based reality TV series, was murdered. But how and by whom? You’ll have to read Jessica Knoll’s novel to find out. Sometimes, a suspenseful page-turner is the best companion to a peaceful, poolside paradise.

If You’re More of a Poolside Kind of Reader

David Sedaris buys a beach house on the Carolina coast… and the rest is this novel: Calypso. While Sedaris, known for his dark humor and wit, describes this book as “beach reading for people who detest beaches”—we’re confident your stay in a Hilton Head Island vacation home will be sunny, warm, and everything you need in a vacation. Just picture yourself on the balcony with the novel, overlooking the ocean, and taking in the breeze…see? Perfect.

If You Love to Laugh

Hey Ladies!, written by Michelle Markowitz and Caroline Moss, is a laugh-out-loud story following eight 20-and-30-something women through one year of holidays, summer house rentals, dates, brunches, breakups, and the planning of a wedding. What’s extremely interesting about this book is its format—the story is told entirely through emails, texts, DMs, and every other form of communication known to humankind. These women are stand-ins for the friends that everyone knows they have, too. If you’re looking for a relatable read with a lot of laughs, this one’s for you.

Blue beach umbrellas on the beach on Hilton Head Island

If You Can’t Pick Just One Story

Short stories might be your ticket! Awayland: Stories by Ramona Ausubel is a collection of short stories that ranges from stories of travelers, expats, shadows, and ghosts. Themes of parenthood, joy, and leaving home are weaved throughout the collection. It’s perfect for the parent looking for a little “me-time” between beach days, biking trips, and paddle sessions on their family vacation.

Write Your Own Hilton Head Island Story

With your out of office message turned “on”, that is. If these titles have you itching for a summer getaway along Hilton Head Island’s sandy shoreline, start planning your trip today, and browse our travel offers for summer savings. Have a book you’d like to add to the list? Use #LowcountryLife or tag us with your suggestion on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Blue umbrellas along Hilton Head Island's coastline

Find Your Island Time

Hilton Head is America’s favorite island, offering 12 miles of pristine beaches and everything you need for the ultimate retreat. Enjoy easy days relaxing in the sun, sand and surf on some of the best beaches in the country.
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