Riot Recommendation

Riot Recommendation: Tell Us Your Favorite Books Set on Islands

Jamie Canaves

Contributing Editor

Jamie Canavés is the Tailored Book Recommendations coordinator and Unusual Suspects mystery newsletter writer–in case you’re wondering what you do with a Liberal Arts degree. She’s never met a beach she didn’t like, always says yes to dessert, loves ‘80s nostalgia, all forms of entertainment, and can hold a conversation using only gifs. You can definitely talk books with her on Litsy and Goodreads. Depending on social media’s stability maybe also Twitter and Bluesky.

This Riot Recommendation asking for your favorite books set on islands is sponsored by Flatiron Books.

The Guest Book cover imageA lifetime of secrets. A history untold. No. It is a simple word, uttered on a summer porch in 1936. And it will haunt Kitty Milton for the rest of her life and its consequences will ripple through the Milton family for generations. Moving through three generations and back and forth in time, The Guest Book asks how we remember and what we choose to forget, and tells the story of a family and a country that buries its past in quiet, until the present calls forth a reckoning.


From deserted islands to island life, we are always here for a great read set on an island. So we’ve got our empty beach bags awaiting your recommendations for your favorite books set on islands! Just pop on over to our Facebook or Twitter with your answers and next week we’ll be slathered in sunscreen and sharing that list with you. *Cracks open coconut*