31 Beach Reads For Summer 2016, Because Vacation Should Be Filled With Incredible Stories

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The solstice has passed, the weather is warm and humid, our sweaters are packed and forgotten in containers under our bed, and it's official: summer is here. Before you embark on your hard-earned summer getaways, be sure to pack yourself the perfect summer beach read.

Everyone has their own opinion about what makes for the perfect beach read, but I'll give you my take: I want something compulsively readable, light enough to pack in a carry-on bag, and either sweet enough to make me smile or shocking enough to make me gasp out loud. That being said, my list features a whole lot of romance, a little bit of mystery, a tasting of nonfiction, and a splash of young adult lit. There's truly something for everyone. So grab your sunnies and your lemonade, and spend an afternoon lounging on the sand or basking by the pool with one of these 31 summer beach reads:

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