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Review of the Best Emily Henry Books to Read

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Looking for your next great Emily Henry read? Explore the top three best Emily Henry books you can’t miss from this massively bestselling modern romance author, plus learn more about her backlist catalog of fun Young Adult titles.

What kind of books does Emily Henry write?

Emily Henry is the beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author of such modern adult romance novels People We Meet on Vacation, Beach Read, and Book Lovers, and previously, she wrote several Young Adult novels.

Is Emily Henry writing a new book?

Yes. Emily Henry’s new book, Happy Place, will be published on April 25, 2023. It’s about a couple who has broken up but pretends to still be together on their annual vacation with friends.

(It’s one of my most anticipated books of 2023!)

Below are quick reviews and summaries of Emily Henry’s three most recent and most popular adult fiction books (all of which I have personally read), followed by a list of her earlier works (which are Young Adult fiction) for you to peruse, and lastly, a list of all of the Emily Henry books in order of their chronological publishing date. I hope these resources help you decide what to read first or next from the beloved author!

Top 3 Best Emily Henry Books

Below are the three best Emily Henry books to read, based on both my opinion and their massive popularity with readers worldwide. I have placed them in chronological order because everyone seems to have a different favorite, so I’d rather you simply know that these are the top three, then use each “mini” book review to decide which one is best for you.

Beach Read (2020)

New York Times bestseller

Beach Read was the first massively successful novel by Emily Henry. With a title like “Beach Read,” it’s fair to say it’s one of the best beach reads for a lazy day in the sand.

It’s the story of two different writers: January, a bestselling romance writer who has stopped believing in love, and Augustus, an acclaimed literary fiction author.

As they spend three Summer months at neighboring beach houses, they challenge each other to beat their writer’s block by writing something different. Augustus will write something upbeat, and January will write a great American novel.

To help each other achieve their goals, January takes Augustus on romantic field trips, and he takes her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult.

Meanwhile, they both also must cope with painful pasts and the fact that they are falling for each other.

After a few years, these characters and the storyline remain memorable to me, and I loved all the little “research” dates January and Augustus went on.

People We Meet on Vacation (2021)

  • #1 New York Times bestseller
  • Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2021 by NewsweekOprah Magazine, The Skimm, Marie Claire, ParadeThe Wall Street JournalChicago Tribune, PopSugar, BookPage, BookBub, Betches, SheReads, Good Housekeeping, BuzzFeed, Business Insider, Real Simple, Frolic, and more!

Fresh off the success of Beach Read, The People We Meet on Vacation became a huge hit in 2021, marketed as a “friends to lovers” storyline for fans of When Harry Met Sally (truly a perfect romantic comedy movie).

It’s about two very different best friends from college: Poppy (a wild child in the big city) and Alex (a buttoned-up introvert in a small town). Together, they meet up to take ten Summer vacations and have one last chance to fall in love.

Two years earlier, they ruined everything and haven’t spoken since. However, Poppy feels stuck in the wrong life and reaches out and convinces Alex to take one more vacation together. And so, she has one week to think about their last ten years and how to fix everything now.

The People We Meet on Vacation was a beloved book club selection and favorite read of 2021 for sooo many book lovers I could barely keep track of it. If you loved When Harry Met Sally as I did, you will probably love this book too.

Book Lovers (2022)

  • Instant #1 New York Times bestseller
  • Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2022 by Oprah Daily, Today, ParadeMarie Claire, Bustle, PopSugar Katie Couric Media, Book Bub, SheReads, Medium, The Washington Post, and more!

With two bestsellers under her belt, it’s no surprise that Book Lovers was an instant success. Again, Emily Henry utilized her skills of tapping into storylines and titles modern bookworms crave.

Nora is a cutthroat literary agent. But, when her beloved little sister, Libby, asks her to take a sister’s trip to the small town of Sunshine Falls, North Carolina, she agrees.

There, she keeps bumping into Charlie Lastra, the book editor from back in the city who she loves to hate.

With a lot of personal life and family life baggage for each of them to unpack, they begin to unravel the carefully crafted stories they’ve written about themselves.

As a fan of both books and small-town stories, Book Lovers was my personal favorite Emily Henry book.

More Emily Henry Books

Emily Henry Books in Order

Below is a list of all of the Emily Henry books in order of their publishing date for your ease of reference:

  1. The Love that Split the World (2016)
  2. A Million Junes (2017)
  3. When the Sky Fell on Splendor (2019)
  4. Hello Girls (2019)
  5. Beach Read (2020)
  6. The People We Meet on Vacation (2021)
  7. Book Lovers (2022)
  8. Happy Place (2023)

Now, you know all about the best Emily Henry Books.

Which of the top three Emily Henry books do you want to read next?

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