You’ve booked a luxurious honeymoon suite, ordered that sexy swimsuit and packed your cherished bridal robe. Now, let’s find the perfect books to stash in your beach tote on this most romantic adventure.
Below, find wedding industry pros’ favorite books that incite romance and adventure. Discover exciting new titles set at lavish African weddings. Pack casual beach reads perfect for easy-going travel. Catch up on classic adventure novels you’ve always wanted to read. Any of these books act as the best honeymoon companion (besides your new spouse, of course).
Each book recommended includes an online purchase link. However, I can’t let you get to our reviews without advocating a little pre-honeymoon trek to your local independent bookstore. For me, that’s browsing the shelves of Portland’s famed Powell’s Books and asking their book-loving staff, “Which of these treasures belong in my suitcase this summer?”
Dele Weds Destiny by Tomi Abaro
“Set against the backdrop of a lavish, luxurious wedding in Lagos, Nigeria, this engrossing read explores the ties that bind women friends across decades and generations. Traveling between three women’s college years and present day, from Nigeria to America and back, this is a fantastic getaway read for your honeymoon travels.” – Claire Eliza, Editor-in-Chief of Bridal Musings
Beach Read by Emily Henry
“This light confection of a novel has a delicious set up: Augustus writes literary fiction. January writes best-selling romance. They’re polar opposites. Aaaaand they’re forced together for 3 months in neighboring beach houses and sparks begin to fly. Perfect for the rom-com lover in you.” – Meredith Monday Schwartz, CEO of Here Comes The Guide and co-host of the Currently Reading Podcast
Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner
“A body-positive Instagram influencer, a frenemy from her past and a ridiculously expensive wedding are just a few elements of this perfect summer novel that will have you turning the pages. You won’t see this one coming! The absolute definition of a beach read.” – Meredith Monday Schwartz, CEO of Here Comes The Guide and co-host of the Currently Reading Podcast
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
“I love The Alchemist anytime but especially for a honeymoon – it will help cement the idea that you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be based on the journey you’ve been on.” – Natalie Underdown Ph.D., Executive Coach & Organizational Psychologist, The Nu Company
Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand
“I would suggest any of Elin Hilderbrand’s beach-read books – all are easy fun reads and what’s best? You receive a taste of my happy place, Nantucket! The best of her books that I’ve read are Golden Girl and Beautiful Day. The perfect post-wedding book!.” – AJ Williams, Founder and Creative Director, AJ Events
Attached by Amir Levine
“I highly recommend the book Attached by psychiatrist Amir Levine and psychologist Rachel Heller to read on your honeymoon. It will help you understand your partner’s attachment style and improve your communication skills.” – Lisette Gatliff, Lisette OC Photography
Accidentally Engaged by Farah Heron
“I’m currently reading Accidentally Engaged by Farah Heron and it’s a cute, quick read! Fans of the Great British Baking Show will love this book’s roots in cooking. Plus, fans of love and romcoms will enjoy the sweet storyline with a couple of spicier twists!” – Ashley Lachney, Owner of Alston Mayger Events
How to Stop Time: A Novel by Matt Haig
“If there were ever a time to commit to living in the moment, it’s certainly your honeymoon. New York Times bestselling author of The Midnight Library, Matt Haig, gives us a delightful romantic comedy that explores just that. After falling madly in love with his French teacher, Tom, gifted with the power of time travel, must decide which life to live: exploring the past or living in the present.” – Claire Eliza, Editor-in-chief of Bridal Musings
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
“If you’re looking for something a little more adventurous, I loved They Both Die at the End. This young adult novel by Adam Silvera follows two teens during their last day on Earth. This was a page-turner and I couldn’t put it down (great for an airplane ride!) I loved how it spoke to living authentically, no matter what’s happening and occurring in your life.” – Ashley Lachney, Owner of Alston Mayger Events
Anything with adventure and romance!
“I am an avid reader and have so many recommendations across several genres. But, I think an excellent honeymoon book is one that has adventure, romance and is a quick read. Some of my favorite books in that category are The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren, The Newcomer by Mary Kay Andrews, People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry and You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle. I’d recommend downloading the Libby app for free books (audio, too) through your local library and Goodreads to see reviews on books before reading them!” – Melanie Levin, Owner of LuckEleven Events
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