Can’t-Wait Wednesday #5 | Romance: Beach Read by Emily Henry

Can't Wait Wednesday

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa @ Wishful Endings to spotlight the books we can’t wait to read. Typically, these books are yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, which was previously hosted by Breaking the Spine.

This week, I’m spotlighting another contemporary romance I can’t wait to read: Emily Henry’s Beach Read.


Beach Read

Book Information

Title: Beach Read
Author: 
Emily Henry
Length: 384 pages
Publisher: Berkley
Expected Publication Date: May 19, 2020

Goodreads Synopsis

A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters.

Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast.

They’re polar opposites.

In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they’re living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer’s block.

Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. She’ll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he’ll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult (obviously). Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. Really.

Why I’m Excited for It

This is also one of those rare romances where the draw for me isn’t because of a trope I like—I was actually curious about this one because of how Henry might treat the whole genre/literary fiction divide. And, okay, I LOVE the cover. I hate how publishers just assume that women will be drawn to brightly-colored, cutesy, cartoony covers, but I hate them even more for stereotyping me correctly, DAMN IT. Anyway, this looks fun and promising and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. This has already been getting a lot of hype, and I’m really hoping the hype is well-deserved for this one!


Is this work on your TBR? What book releases are you looking forward to? Let me know in the comments, or feel free to leave a link to your own Can’t-Wait Wednesday post! I’d love to hear about it.

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16 thoughts on “Can’t-Wait Wednesday #5 | Romance: Beach Read by Emily Henry

  1. I read a review of Beach Read the other day, and it sounds like it focuses on the romance between the couple more than literary vs romance fiction. Another of my blog friends recommended to me Love Literary Style (did I already mention this to you? I’ve bought it up to a few people, so sorry if I’m repeating myself!). It’s a novel that focuses more on literary vs romance fiction with a relationship as the vehicle to explore those topics.

      1. I just Googled the world clock and learned that you are exactly 12 hours different from me. I’m thinking about lunch and you’re likely headed to bed! 😛

      2. Yes, it’s true—after I finish some very much delayed blog-hopping, I’ll be hopping into bed with a book. 😀

        By the way, I am looking forward to the May O’Connor read-a-long—I’m a little late but I’ll be reading The Geranium before going to sleep!

      3. You’re right on track! I’ll review books once per week so readers can leave their thoughts on the story in those review comments if they would like. Goodnight, Gil!

      4. I look forward to it! Short stories are kind of like poems in that they fly right over my head so I usually need someone smarter to explain things 😂😂 I can usually only understand them when conversing about them. Have a great lunch!!!

  2. Prutha Pimpalgaonkar

    Sounds like a good book! Do write a review of it after reading.
    Btw I too blog @ The Confessions Of A Music And Book Addict and would appreciate some support!
    Stay safe,
    -Prutha xoxo

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