The 15 Best Summer Beach Reads

The perfect compliment to sun and sand is always a great book.

The perfect compliment to sun and sand is always a great book.
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The One and Only by Emily Giffin

New York Times best selling author Emily Giffin is a master of deep, beautifully written chick lit. As with many of her novels (she’s the author of Something Borrowed), her latest, The One and Only, focuses on a forbidden love of sorts, but in a new setting: a fictional small college town in Texas where football rules the hearts of its citizens.

The One & Only: A Novel, $10.99; amazon.com

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Tempting Fate by Jane Green

Jane Green’s, author of novels like Jemima J and To Have And To Hold, newest release Tempting Fate hit stores last month and follows a woman’s betrayal of her husband and family—and her attempt to repair what’s been broken.

Tempting Fate Paperback, $11.99; amazon.com

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Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Crazy comical novel Crazy Rich Asians takes you inside Singapore’s world of wealth beyond belief as American born Rachel Chu travels to Asian nation to meet her boyfriend Nicholas’s family. This novel explores cultural tensions with a sense of humor—and against a lavish backdrop.

Crazy Rich Asians Hardcover, $14.66; amazon.com

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Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way To Monogamy by Ophira Eisenberg

Love memoirs, but are in the mood for something lighthearted and funny rather than somber and serious? Check out Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way To Monogamy, a woman’s tale of sleeping around to conquer her fear of long-term relationships.

Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy Paperback, $10.81; amazon.com

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

For the few of you who haven’t been sucked into gut-wrenching young adult novel The Fault in Our Stars that follows the ill-fated romance two teens who meet in a cancer patient support group, a few lazy hours at the beach is the perfect time to catch up.

The Fault in Our Stars Hardcover, $11.61; amazon.com

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The Vacationers by Emma Straub

Emma Straub's second novel, The Vacationers, which follows the dysfunctional and dramatic travels of a family’s vacation in Mallorca, is lauding even more praise than her first.

The Vacationers: A Novel Hardcover, $16.71; amazon.com

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All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner

Jennifer Weiner's All Fall Down tells the story of a suburban wife, mother and working woman battling with the growing issues in her life: most of all, her prescription drug use.

All Fall Down: A Novel Hardcover, $16.18; amazon.com

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Hard Choices by Hillary Rodham Clinton

From her time as First Lady to her 2008 Presidential run, Hillary Clinton’s life has never been boring. Her newly released book, Hard Choices, is Clinton’s account of her years in the White House—the second time around, as Secretary of State under President Obama.

Hard Choices Hardcover, $20.94; amazon.com

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The Matchmaker by Elin Hilderbrand

Escaping to the Cape for the summer months? Read a novel with a similar backdrop to your own: The Matchmaker takes place on Nantucket, and follows the story of a matchmaker who’s right about everything when it comes to romance—except her own love life.

The Matchmaker: A Novel Hardcover, $30.00; amazon.com

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One Summer, America 1927 by Bill Bryson

For Americans, the summer of 1927 was one to be remembered: Charles Lindbergh flew across the Atlantic, Babe Ruth broke his homerun record, Al Capone ruled the underground booze business—and that’s just the beginning. History buffs, One Summer, America 1927 is not to be missed.

One Summer: America, 1927 Paperback, $14.13; amazon.com

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If I Stay by Gayle Forman

If you’ve already shed too many tears over The Fault in Our Stars and are looking for another young adult novel to cry along to, look no further than If I Stay, a novel about some seriously difficult choices. Read up before the film adaptions release come August 22.

If I Stay Paperback, $6.04; amazon.com

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Mrs. Hemingway by Naomi Wood

If you loved The Paris Wife, chances are, you’ll love Mrs. Hemingway, a novel that tells details what the ups and downs of being married to one of the most prolific writers of the 20th century.

Mrs. Hemingway: A Novel Paperback, $12.27; amazon.com

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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

If you’re looking to challenge yourself this summer, check out the heavy-hitter that is The Goldfinch, a Pulitzer Prize winning novel about a man who suffers an incredible tragedy at an early age and the thing that haunts him forever afterwards. Prepare yourselves, because it’s going to take more than a weekend to get through this one: it’s almost 800 pages.

The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) Hardcover, $18.89; amazon.com

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl might have been all the rage in 2012, but if you missed the trend the first time around, now is the time to pick it up—the best seller’s movie adaptation (starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike) is set for release this October.

Gone Girl Hardcover, $14.09; amazon.com

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The Maze Runner by James Dashner

If you couldn’t put down The Hunger Games or Divergent, the on the rise dystopian-esque The Maze Runner series is your next addiction. Stay tuned for the film adaptation, to be released later this year.

The Maze Runner (Book 1) Paperback, $6.49; amazon.com

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