Best Beach Reads 2013
Which book will soon be peeking out of your beach bag?
1 The Help
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2 The Hunger Games (The Hunge...
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4.4 of 5 stars 4.40 avg rating — 2,927,999 ratings
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3 Gone Girl
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 657,108 ratings
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4 The Secret Life of Bees
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 739,775 ratings
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5 Harry Potter and the Sorcer...
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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 2,793,402 ratings
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6 Water for Elephants
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 882,609 ratings
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7 To Kill a Mockingbird
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 2,061,074 ratings
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8 Divergent (Divergent, #1)
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4.34 of 5 stars 4.34 avg rating — 1,108,122 ratings
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9 Orphan Train
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 72,720 ratings
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10 Seduction (The Reincarnatio...
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 1,050 ratings
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11 Life of Pi
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 788,150 ratings
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12 The Perks of Being a Wallfl...
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 573,310 ratings
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13 The Lovely Bones
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 1,183,392 ratings
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14 The Devil Wears Prada (The ...
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3.63 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 498,158 ratings
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15 The Wednesday Daughters
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3.02 of 5 stars 3.02 avg rating — 614 ratings
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16 The Light Between Oceans
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 118,790 ratings
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17 Pride and Prejudice
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 1,378,416 ratings
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18 The Guernsey Literary and P...
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 301,619 ratings
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19 City of Bones (The Mortal I...
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 707,345 ratings
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20 The Forgotten Garden
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 108,418 ratings
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21 Life After Life
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 86,203 ratings
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22 Fried Green Tomatoes at the...
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 149,335 ratings
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23 The Glass Wives
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3.35 of 5 stars 3.35 avg rating — 748 ratings
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24 She's Come Undone
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 201,843 ratings
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25 Can You Keep a Secret?
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 188,191 ratings
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26 Eat, Pray, Love
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3.43 of 5 stars 3.43 avg rating — 853,623 ratings
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27 Calling Me Home
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 9,768 ratings
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28 Confessions of a Shopaholic...
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3.56 of 5 stars 3.56 avg rating — 412,655 ratings
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29 Safe Haven
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 169,586 ratings
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30 Where'd You Go, Bernadette
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 126,453 ratings
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31 The Fault in Our Stars
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4.44 of 5 stars 4.44 avg rating — 1,135,721 ratings
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32 The Lake House
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 633 ratings
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33 Under the Tuscan Sun
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 228,057 ratings
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34 The Promise of Stardust
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 5,349 ratings
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35 Message in a Bottle
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 140,707 ratings
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36 The House at Riverton
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 53,306 ratings
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37 Strange in Skin
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 66 ratings
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38 I Know This Much Is True
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 198,446 ratings
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39 The Paris Wife
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 128,187 ratings
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40 The Ocean at the End of the...
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 161,646 ratings
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41 A Night to Forget (Emma's S...
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3.45 of 5 stars 3.45 avg rating — 1,023 ratings
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42 Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Book...
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 63,018 ratings
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43 Bared to You (Crossfire, #1)
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 252,677 ratings
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44 And Then I Found You
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 1,357 ratings
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45 The Nanny Diaries (Nanny, #1)
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3.35 of 5 stars 3.35 avg rating — 271,052 ratings
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46 Market Street
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3.46 of 5 stars 3.46 avg rating — 427 ratings
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47 Dear John
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 306,598 ratings
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48 The Host (The Host, #1)
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 590,495 ratings
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49 Catching Fire (The Hunger G...
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 1,433,913 ratings
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50 The Bungalow
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 6,065 ratings
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51 Whiskey Beach
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 14,305 ratings
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52 The Night Circus
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 268,880 ratings
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53 The Last Original Wife
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 7,007 ratings
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54 Call Me Zelda
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 1,896 ratings
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55 Garden Spells
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 47,474 ratings
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56 Inferno (Robert Langdon, #4)
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 175,451 ratings
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57 Neverwhere
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 180,569 ratings
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58 The Notebook (The Notebook,...
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 833,655 ratings
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59 Hidden
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3.42 of 5 stars 3.42 avg rating — 8,584 ratings
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60 Why Can't I Be You
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 1,273 ratings
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61 Riptide
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 164 ratings
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62 Hour of the Rat (Ellie McEn...
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 243 ratings
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63 Love of Truth
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 467 ratings
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64 A Walk to Remember
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 373,310 ratings
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65 To Live and Drink in L.A.
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 344 ratings
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66 The Hitchhiker's Guide to t...
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 719,550 ratings
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67 Summer Sisters
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 55,997 ratings
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68 The Next Always (Inn BoonsB...
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 45,029 ratings
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69 The Last Camellia
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 3,354 ratings
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70 Notorious Nineteen (Stephan...
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 34,479 ratings
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71 The Chaperone
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 28,170 ratings
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72 The Winter Sea (Slains, #1)
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 31,120 ratings
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73 Harry Potter Boxset (Harry ...
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4.73 of 5 stars 4.73 avg rating — 140,778 ratings
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74 The Aviator's Wife
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 25,401 ratings
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75 The House Girl
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 24,217 ratings
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76 Cascade
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 1,028 ratings
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77 Wedding Night
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3.32 of 5 stars 3.32 avg rating — 30,210 ratings
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78 Best Friends Forever
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3.45 of 5 stars 3.45 avg rating — 41,404 ratings
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79 The Perfect Hope (Inn Boons...
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 18,541 ratings
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79 The Undomestic Goddess
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 143,720 ratings
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81 Celestial Bodies in Orbit: ...
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 28 ratings
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82 The Unfinished Garden
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 379 ratings
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83 The Translator
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 490 ratings
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84 The Life List
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 3,735 ratings
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85 Ladies' Night
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 7,241 ratings
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86 Dead Witch Walking (The Hol...
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 73,598 ratings
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87 The Girl with the Dragon Ta...
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 1,210,032 ratings
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88 Chesapeake Blue (Chesapeake...
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 19,742 ratings
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89 Portrait of Our Marriage
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 171 ratings
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90 Game On (Out of Bounds, #1)
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 861 ratings
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91 One for the Money (Stephani...
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 284,114 ratings
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92 Island Girls
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3.56 of 5 stars 3.56 avg rating — 3,394 ratings
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93 Home to Whiskey Creek (Whis...
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 1,120 ratings
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94 The Good House
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 11,899 ratings
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95 Saving CeeCee Honeycutt
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 49,645 ratings
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96 Twilight (Twilight, #1)
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3.56 of 5 stars 3.56 avg rating — 2,557,513 ratings
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97 Chasing Victory (The Winter...
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4.53 of 5 stars 4.53 avg rating — 57 ratings
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98 Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans
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3.48 of 5 stars 3.48 avg rating — 492 ratings
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99 Hardship & Devotion: ... Ag...
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 21 ratings
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100 The Good Daughter
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 678 ratings
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message 1: by Laura (new)

Laura mccaffery Seduction by M.J.Rose has mystery, suspense, romance, and a fast moving plot. Characters grab and hold our interest.


message 2: by Adam (new)

Adam Washington The ratings on the "Best Reads" list are virtually meaningless when only a handful of people have rated the book. Please provide an option permitting the user to set the minimum number of ratings before a book is included in the list. I am mainly interested in books that have been rated by at least 1,000 people.


message 3: by Kim (new)

Kim Boykin Adam wrote: "The ratings on the "Best Reads" list are virtually meaningless when only a handful of people have rated the book. Please provide an option permitting the user to set the minimum number of ratings b..." Hi Adam, Thanks for your comment. Even with highly anticipated new releases you won't have ratings from 1000 people for a while. This is just a fun list for spring/summer reads.
Cheers,
KIM


message 4: by Nancy (new)

Nancy To me, Beach Reads means a light, fun, fast read. I was surprised by some of the books that are more serious being on this list.


message 9: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Are beach reads for women only? Looking at your tags makes me think so.

And if yes, why?


message 10: by Nancy (new)

Nancy I don't think of Beach Reads being exclusively for women, but then again, I don't see as many guys reading there as women. The books I picked probably would not appeal to men.


message 11: by AndrewP (new)

AndrewP Wow 674 book and only a half a dozen that I would consider reading, or have already read.


message 12: by Brian (new)

Brian Bixler I'm with Lobstergirl. I thought the same thing while scanning the list. I also found very few that I have read.


message 13: by CJ (new)

CJ On a side note I have been noticing Goodreads seems to be malfunctioning sort of lately. Did anyone notice it? I hope whatever bugs Goodreads has been happening will be sorted out soon.

On this list it claimed that I have "0 books from my collection in here and 0 books in my to-read list." Not going very far down the list I keep finding books that are already on my to-read list and books I have already read.

What is going on, Goodreads?!!


message 14: by Patty (new)

Patty Duffy I'd like to see Ian McEwan's Sweet Tooth added to the list.


message 15: by Jonquil (new)

Jonquil Nancy wrote: "To me, Beach Reads means a light, fun, fast read. I was surprised by some of the books that are more serious being on this list."

You should read "Love of Truth by CT Oliver. I think it's what you're looking for in a good beach read.


message 16: by Mariann (new)

Mariann Torchia GROWING UP BIN LADEN......written by one of his sons and his first wife. Fascinating!


message 17: by Sue (new)

Sue K. Loved "The Peace Bridge" (DC Hubbard) - solid historical research spun into a tale of young love but with believable emotional family burdens to be resolved related to the holocaust. Kept me involved to the very end.


message 18: by Rosalee (new)

Rosalee Loved "Don't Say a Word"! Great story and writing! Also enjoyed (and laughed out loud) with "Shut up and Kiss Me"...


message 19: by Kim (new)

Kim Boykin Looking at the titles at the top of the list, it's making me rethink that my definition of a beach read. I think fun, insightful without going overboard. What's your definition of a great beach read?


message 20: by Patty (new)

Patty Duffy Compelling characters and a plot that keeps moving the reader forward. I'm half way through And the Mountains Echoed. Love the story telling qualities!


message 21: by Marilyn (new)

Marilyn Miles Acapulco Adventure is a light, fun, fast read, only 36 pages! What better beach than Acapulco?


message 22: by Sue (new)

Sue K. Just finished, A Romanov Bride, another historical novel, this one re. the Russian revolution of early 20th century. Fast read & very informative too!


message 23: by Patty (new)

Patty Duffy Has anyone read The Kitchen House?


message 24: by Rebecka (new)

Rebecka Adam wrote: "The ratings on the "Best Reads" list are virtually meaningless when only a handful of people have rated the book. Please provide an option permitting the user to set the minimum number of ratings b..."

AGREED!


message 25: by Say (new)

Say Weller Nancy wrote: "To me, Beach Reads means a light, fun, fast read. I was surprised by some of the books that are more serious being on this list."

Agreed! I just finished the Second Act Series by Julia Dumont, and could zip through a book/day. That's a beach read to me!


message 26: by Shirley (new)

Shirley First Night of Summer A gritty, fast-paced, must read psychological thriller/ mystery. Disturbing yet relevant---and full of emotion. Not for the faint of heart. I found it to be a touching story where good triumphs over evil. Great ending!


message 27: by Donna (new)

Donna Kim wrote: "Looking at the titles at the top of the list, it's making me rethink that my definition of a beach read. I think fun, insightful without going overboard. What's your definition of a great beach read?"
I was just thinking of the same question. There are a couple of books here (To Kill a Mockingbird is one; The Hobbit is another) that are so momentous that I don't think I'd want to read them on vacation. How could I hop up as soon as someone said, "Let's get something to eat!" while my cheeks are still wet with tears from the death of Thorin Oakenshield? How can I mix Boo Radley and a beach fire? I think I'd be too deep inside my head to be much fun!

On the other hand, I can totally see reading Tina Fey's Bossypants at the beach, and I actually DID read The Nanny Diaries on vacation (though not at the beach) over the summer. It was just right; I could read late, knowing I could sleep in, but it didn't haunt me when I was with others.


message 28: by Sandra (new)

Sandra Thompson Patty wrote: "Has anyone read The Kitchen House?"

Yes and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Also, try "House girl"


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