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fiction The Best Beach Reads for This Summer  

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What are the best beach reads for this summer? Some of the most entertaining summer beach reads include novels by some excellent modern-era writers (Neil Gaiman, Khaled Hosseini), a few true classic, must-read books (freshen up on your Maya Angelou in honor of her passing) and some very interesting young adult novels (The Fault in Our Stars, The Magicians). This list of summer beach reads includes a little bit of everything, because not everyone likes romances, horror novels, thrillers, and the like. What books do you most want to read this summer? Vote for your favorites and please, do add any great beach reads that might be missing.

When it comes to summer beach reads, many people immediately think of fluffy, romantic kinds of books. Yes, those are certainly an option (Nora Roberts, Mary Kay Andrews, and Dorothea Benton Frank always seem to release some biggies just in time for beach reading), but they aren't the *only* options you've got.

Several notable thriller novels were either released or set to be released over the summer of 2014, guaranteeing some serious page turning on beaches and at pools everywhere. Stephen Kings's latest, Mr. Mercedes, promises to be a prominent best-selling novel all summer long. And of course, no summer beach reading list would be complete without some major sequels, including yet another installment in Janet Evanovich's wildly popular 'Stephanie Plum' series (Top Secret Twenty-One).

If you can't find something new to read on the beach this season, you can (and should) consider some other great reads that have been out for a while. Examples? Any of the books on this list of the best novels of 2013 are good choices, or try Gillian Flynn's hugely popular Gone Girl (read it before the David Lynch film is released). You could also start a great fantasy book series by picking up George R.R. Martin's first installment in the 'Song of Ice and Fire' series, too.
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One Summer in France is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
BevSpicer added One Summer in France

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The Ocean at the End of the La... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer

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A Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
A Game of Thrones George R. R. Martin

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The Fault in Our Stars is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer

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Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn

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And the Mountains Echoed is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
And the Mountains Echoed Khaled Hosseini

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The Silver Star: a Novel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
The Silver Star: a Novel Jeanette Walls

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Where'd You Go, Bernadette? is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
carlybobarly added Where'd You Go, Bernadette? Maria Semple

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Sisterland: a Novel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
Sisterland: a Novel Curtis Sittenfeld

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Stranded in the Seychelles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
BevSpicer added Stranded in the Seychelles

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Eleanor and Park is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
Eleanor and Park Rainbow Rowell

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The Light Between Oceans is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
The Light Between Oceans M. L. Stedman

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Wedding night is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
Wedding Night Sophie Kinsella

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The 5th Wave is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
The 5th Wave Rick Yancey

1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

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The Burgess Boys: a Novel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
The Burgess Boys: a Novel Elizabeth Strout

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All the Light We Cannot See is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer

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Bring Up the Bodies is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
Bring Up the Bodies Hilary Mantel

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The One Plus One is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
The One Plus One Jojo Moyes

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Life after life is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
Life After Life Kate Atkinson

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The Last Original Wife: a Nove... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
The Last Original Wife: a Novel Dorothea Benton Frank

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Delirium is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
carlybobarly added Delirium Lauren Oliver

The Best Science-Fiction Authors

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NOS4A2: a Novel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
LaurieM added NOS4A2: a Novel Joe Hill

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Beautiful Ruins is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
carlybobarly added Beautiful Ruins Jess Walter

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Silken Prey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
Silken Prey John Sandford

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Paris: the Novel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
Paris: the Novel Edward Rutherfurd

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Live by Night is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
LaurieM added Live by Night Dennis Lehane

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The Storyteller is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
The Storyteller Jodi Picoult

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Whiskey Beach is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
Whiskey Beach Nora Roberts

20 Books to Read in Your 20s

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The One and Only is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
The One and Only Emily Giffin

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The Magicians is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
The Magicians Lev Grossman

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Notorious Nineteen is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
DawnFillinger added Notorious Nineteen Janet Evonovich

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Second Honeymoon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
Second Honeymoon James Patterson, Howard Roughan

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Bad Monkey is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
Bad Monkey Carl Hiaasen

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Transatlantic: a Novel is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
Transatlantic: a Novel Colum McCann

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Mr. Mercedes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
Mr. Mercedes Stephen King

The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written

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The Vacationers is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
The Vacationers Emma Straub

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sing... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer

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Top Secret Twenty-One is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
Top Secret Twenty-One Janet Evanovich

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The English Girl is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
The English Girl Daniel Silva

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Z: a Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
LaurieM added Z: a Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald Therese Anne Fowler

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Ladies Night is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
Ladies Night Mary Kay Andrews

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The Matchmaker is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
The Matchmaker Elin Hilderbrand

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I Am Pilgrim is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
I Am Pilgrim Terry Hayes

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Beautiful Day: a Novel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
Beautiful Day: a Novel Elin Hilderbrand

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One Summer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
One Summer Bill Bryson

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The son is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
The Son Philipp Meyer

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Sweet Salt Air is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
Sweet Salt Air Barbara Delinsky