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In my opinion, a beach read needs to be:
- emotionally on the lighter side (not Cut or The Bluest Eye)
- physically easy to carry (not a hardcover of Harry Potter 5)
- relaxing and calming for the reader (not City of Fallen Angels)
10. That Summer by Sarah Dessen- Her new book What Happened to Goodbye could probably fit here too, but I stopped reading her books after the first few pages of Just Listen reminded me of a horrible middle school experience and I had a panic attack. This was at least four years ago, so I should probs suck it up... I was a huge fan of her books, and I'm sure I would love them if I could get back into them!
9. The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks- This is an excellent story about Noah and Allie's children/grandchildren- but be forewarned, like all Nicholas Sparks books, there is a definite danger of some tears!
8. The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander Smith McCall- if you are not into "Chick Lit," this is a good option for you. This is a whole mystery series about a woman who sets up a detective agency IN AFRICA (also a good way to pretend you are summering somewhere exotic, rather than the man-made "beach" an hour from your house.
7. The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger- This author has a unique voice in her writing. She is somewhat detached from her characters, and there is always lots of glamour and fabulous people. Anything by her is excellent for traveling.
6. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares- Oh, man. I used to be obsessed with these books. Lots of summer, lots of travel, and lots of cute boys.
5. The Last Summer by Ann Brashares- I'm not sure if a lot of people have read this one. I read it on a plane- I don't remember very much, but I remember thinking about what a good book it was to read in the summer.
4. The Sleeping Beauty Proposal by Sarah Strohmeyer- In The Sleeping Beauty Proposal, a young woman's famous boyfriend proposes on television, but not to her! Since everyone assumes he has proposed to her (and why would she say no?), gifts start arriving and a wedding is planned.
3. The Cinderella Pact by Sarah Strohmeyer- This is the story of an overweight, frumpy sort of woman who is secretly a posh celebrity writer. When she makes a pact with her best friends to lose weight and get her life where she wants it to be, she realizes that looks aren't everything.
2. The Heather Wells Series by Meg Cabot- By-gone pop star Heather takes a job as a dorm director at an NYC college, and she loves her new job until she learns why the dorm is nicknamed "Death Dorm." These three mysteries will entertain you and scare you a little.
1. Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding- Supposedly Helen Fielding is working on a 3rd book- how awesome would that be?