Beach Read Vs. Book Lovers

I’m a big Hallmark movie fan. The key isn’t to watch them with high expectations because the characters are always dull and the plotline is nonexistent. No matter how bad those movies are I will still watch them because they’re comfortable and easy. Easy and breezy – it’s kind of how I feel about Emily Henry’s books. Except she includes character and plot development – brava, Emily!

So, if you are a fan of light-hearted small-town romance books then chances are you’ll enjoy these books. Both have very similar vibes. I thought Book Lovers was better than Beach Read, but everyone is entitled to their own opinion, so I’ll let you decide which one is better for you.

Beach Read

That was what I’d always loved about reading, what had driven me to write in the first place. That feeling that a new world was being spun like a spiderweb around you and you couldn’t move until the whole thing had revealed itself to you.

Emily Henry, Beach Read

Author January Andrews meets (again) author Augustus Everett while working remotely in her dead father’s beach house. Everything about these two scream opposites. January writes romance books and August writes literary fiction. January is a winter month and August is in the summer. August is a grump and January is all about sunshine and roses. The one thing they have in common, at least at the beginning of this story, is that they’re suffering from writer’s block. They’ve also got nearing deadlines and have high expectations from their publishers.

August and January decide to write a book in the other person’s genre, which of course involves a lot of one-on-one time to help each other research. Sparks go flying and shockingly they end up together.

This book was good. It wasn’t my favorite rom-com book, but it also didn’t shock me or keep me invested all the way through. After seeing this book plastered all over TikTok, I seem to be one of the few people who felt this book was a bit lacking. But, hey, that’s a-okay!

Book Lovers

Sometimes, even when you start with the last page and you think you know everything, a book finds a way to surprise you.”

Emily Henry, Book Lovers

This book was my jam. It’s very similar to Beach Read, except I felt like the enemies-to-lovers aspect was a little bit stronger in this one.

This time we have competing book editors, Nora Stephens and Charlie Lastra, finding love in the charming small town of Sunshine Falls. Nora is on vacation with her very pregnant sister and Charlie is visiting the small town to help his ailing parents.

Again, we have the grumpy guy and the upbeat/hopeful girl. Multiple accidental meetings in the small town spur a hot and heavy relationship between the two. I know, shocking!

And there was just something about Charlie and Nora – I really enjoyed seeing their relationship blossom from acquaintances to…BOOK LOVERS.

Just Read Them

As you can see both books are very similar. We’ve got two city girls going on a vacation in small towns and running into men that work in their field. Girls fall in love with grumpy boys and have career realizations. Not to mention they both work in the book field.

There’s nothing wrong with the formula 🙂 and I think Beach Read and Book Lovers are definitely worth the read.

Let me know in the comments which book you liked more.

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