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The Best Beach Reads for This Summer  

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List Rules Literature that hooks you in and is suitable for taking on your next vacation

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
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The Ocean at the End of ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
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The Fault in Our Stars ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
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A Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
George R. R. Martin
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Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
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
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
Jeanette Walls
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Where'd You Go, Bernadet... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
carlybobarly added Maria Semple
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Eleanor and Park is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
Rainbow Rowell
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Sisterland: a Novel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
Curtis Sittenfeld
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Stranded in the Seychell... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
BevSpicer added
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The Light Between Oceans... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
M. L. Stedman
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Wedding night is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
Sophie Kinsella
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The 5th Wave is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
Rick Yancey
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The Burgess Boys: a Nove... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
Elizabeth Strout
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Bring Up the Bodies is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
Hilary Mantel
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All the Light We Cannot ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
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The One Plus One is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
Jojo Moyes
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Life after life is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
Kate Atkinson
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The Last Original Wife: ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
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 Lauren Oliver
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NOS4A2: a Novel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
LaurieM added Joe Hill
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Silken Prey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
John Sandford
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Beautiful Ruins is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
carlybobarly added Jess Walter
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Live by Night is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Beach Reads for This Summer
LaurieM added Dennis Lehane