Beach Reads

Whether you want frothy fun, gripping suspense, twisty mystery, swoon-worthy romance, or a sizzling blockbuster, these page-turners are perfect for your lounge chair or beach towel. Just don't forget the sunscreen! For other books you just can't put down, check out these lists for kids and teens: Mystery Books and Thriller Books for Teens.

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Magic Marks the Spot: The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Rollicking, magical tale of girl who joins pirate crew.
By Caroline Carlson
(2013)
(2013)
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The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Greek myths meet fast-paced adventure in boy-demigod tale.
By Rick Riordan
(2005)
(2005)
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Welcome to Dog Beach Book Poster Image
Tween girls learn to accept change in light summer read.
By Lisa Greenwald
(2014)
(2014)
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Beyond the Bright Sea Book Poster Image
Moving adventure story of tween's search for her origins.
By Lauren Wolk
(2017)
(2017)
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The Metropolitans Book Poster Image
Teens, Nazis in exciting, magic-drenched race against time.
By Carol Goodman
(2017)
(2017)
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Summer of the Gypsy Moths Book Poster Image
Captivating story of resilient girls has some dark moments.
By Sara Pennypacker
(2012)
(2012)
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Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book Book Poster Image
Belle gets lured into book in dark but enchanting spin-off.
By Jennifer Donnelly
(2017)
(2017)
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Better Off Friends Book Poster Image
Sweet, funny When Harry Met Sally romance for teens.
By Elizabeth Eulberg
(2014)
(2014)
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City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Exciting start to teen fantasy series in urban setting.
By Cassandra Clare
(2008)
(2007)
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The Geography of You and Me Book Poster Image
Sweet, smart romance is perfect vacation reading.
By Jennifer E. Smith
(2014)
(2014)
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The Hunger Games, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Exciting, provocative tale of lethal reality show.
By Suzanne Collins
(2008)
(2008)
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Pulled Under: Sixteenth Summer, Book 2 Book Poster Image
Surfer girl fears first-love wipeout in sweet romance.
By Michelle Dalton
(2014)
(2014)
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Tokyo Heist Book Poster Image
Manga, art, and life lessons in top-notch mystery adventure.
By Diana Renn
(2012)
(2012)
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The 5th Wave, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Super intense apocalyptic alien-invasion nail-biter.
By Rick Yancey
(2013)
(2013)
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Caraval Book Poster Image
Sisters escape abusive father to play dangerous magic game.
By Stephanie Garber
(2017)
(2017)
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Defy the Stars Book Poster Image
Sci-fi space thriller is a thought-provoking page-turner.
By Claudia Gray
(2017)
(2017)
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The Fill-In Boyfriend Book Poster Image
Romantic beach read with kooky premise and solid messages.
By Kasie West
(2015)
(2015)
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The Maze Runner: Maze Runner Trilogy, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Teens are the pawns of evil adults in violent dystopia.
By James Dashner
(2009)
(2009)
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Once and for All Book Poster Image
Grieving girl learns to love again in sweet romance.
By Sarah Dessen
(2017)
(2017)
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Spill Zone: The Spill Zone, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Strong female hero drives exciting sci-fi horror thriller.
By Scott Westerfeld
(2017)
(2017)
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This One Summer Book Poster Image
Well-observed graphic novel charts transition to adolesence.
By Mariko Tamaki, Jillian Tamaki
(2014)
(2014)
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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Book Poster Image
Funny, gritty, and powerful novel of growing up on the rez.
By Sherman Alexie
(2007)
(2007)
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Along for the Ride Book Poster Image
Teen grows beyond dysfunctional family in romantic outing.
By Sarah Dessen
(2009)
(2009)
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Eleanor & Park Book Poster Image
Intense '80s romance is a fabulous pick for mature teens.
By Rainbow Rowell
(2013)
(2013)
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The Fault in Our Stars Book Poster Image
Heartrending love story told by teen dying of cancer.
By John Green
(2012)
(2012)
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Golden Book Poster Image
Touching senior-year novel encourages self-reflection.
By Jessi Kirby
(2013)
(2013)
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The Story of Us Book Poster Image
Well-written romance about teen accepting change.
By Deb Caletti
(2012)
(2012)
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The Taking Book Poster Image
Smart sci-fi thriller explores girl's odd 5-year absence.
By Kimberly Derting
(2014)
(2014)
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What I Thought Was True Book Poster Image
Sentimental romance perfect for teen summer beach reading.
By Huntley Fitzpatrick
(2014)
(2014)
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The Year of Luminous Love Book Poster Image
Steamy beach read with serious issues, including cancer.
By Lurlene McDaniel
(2013)
(2013)
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Little Brother Book Poster Image
Exciting, provocative dystopian novel will make teens think.
By Cory Doctorow
(2008)
(2008)
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