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It’s 85 and sunny, you’ve got your brand-new one-piece on and your trusty Supergoop locked and loaded for reapplication. The only thing that’s missing is a juicy book you can lose yourself in while you listen to the waves crash (or the kids cannonballing into the deep end). Luckily, there are tons of beach reads worthy of a place in your straw tote this summer, from the thrilling tale of murder at a small-town beauty pageant to the sweet story of a touching jaunt through the Amalfi Coast. Here, 20 to get you started.

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1. Island Time by Georgia Clark

Queer romance, family secrets and ambition abound in this summery story of two families: the Kellys—loud, loving Australians—and the Lees—sophisticated, aloof Americans. The two clans have nothing in common, except for the fact that their daughters are married. While vacationing on a remote island off the coast of Queensland, a nearby volcano erupts and the two families are stranded together for six weeks. During those weeks, everyone is forced to question what—or who—they really want, along the way proving it's never too late to change your destiny.

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2. You’re Invited by Amanda Jayatissa

When Amaya is invited to Kaavi's over-the-top wedding in Sri Lanka, she’s surprised to hear from her former best friend after so many years of radio silence. But when Amaya learns that the groom is her very own ex-boyfriend, she’s convinced she has to stop the wedding from happening, no matter what. As the weeklong celebrations begin and rumors about Amaya's past begin to swirl, she can't help but feel like she also has a target on her back. When Kaavi goes missing and is presumed dead, all evidence points to Amaya. But as it turns out, each and every wedding guest has their own dark secrets and agenda, and Amaya might not be the only one with a plan to stop the wedding in its tracks.

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3. Butts: A Backstory by Heather Radke

How did butts become both sexualized and mythologized? Why do certain body types fall in and out of fashion? Who even makes those decisions? In this cheeky (sorry) nonfiction debut, Radiolab reporter Heather Radke examines society’s obsession with derrieres and how larger ideas about race, control, liberation, and power affect our most private feelings about ourselves and others.

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4. The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley

In need of a fresh start, Jess asks if she can crash with her half-brother, Ben, who lives in Paris and doesn’t sound thrilled about the arrangement. When she shows up to Ben’s address, Jess find a very nice apartment—one that she’s not sure how Ben can afford—and he’s not there. The longer Ben stays missing, the more Jess starts to dig into her brother's situation and the more questions she has. Ben's neighbors are an eclectic bunch, not particularly friendly, and Jess suspects they all know things they’re not sharing. Jess might have come to Paris to escape her past, but it’s looking more and more like it's Ben's future that's in question.

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5. This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub

Alice is about to turn 40, and her life isn't terrible. She likes her job, she's happy with her apartment, her romantic status, her independence and she adores her lifelong best friend. But something is missing—namely, her father, the single parent who raised her, who’s now ailing and out of reach. When Alice wakes up the next morning somehow back in 1996, it isn't her 16-year-old body that is the biggest shock, it's her dad: the charming, 49-year-old version of her father with whom she is reunited. Armed with a new perspective on her own life and his, she’s forced to wonder whether there’s anything she should do differently this time around. If you’ve loved any of Straub’s other novels (The Vacationers, All Adults Here), this is a no-brainer.

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6. We Do What We Do in the Dark by Michelle Hart

A young woman has a life-altering affair with a much older married woman in this buzzy debut novel for readers of Kristen Arnett and Lisa Taddeo. The story follows Mallory, a freshman in college reeling from her mother's recent death, who begins sleeping with a stranger she meets at the gym in secret. Desiring not only the woman but also the idea of who she is when they're together, Mallory retreats from the rest of the world, solidifying a sense of aloneness that will haunt her for years even after the affair ends.

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7. This Is Not a Book About Benedict Cumberbatch: The Joy of Loving Something—Anything—Like Your Life Depends on It by Tabitha Carvan

Tabitha Carvan (known for her essays in The New York Post and The Outline) was a new mother, at home with two young children, when she fell for the actor Benedict Cumberbatch. What she slowly realized, though, was that her preoccupation was not about Cumberbatch at all; it was about finally feeling passionate about something again at a point in her life when she had lost touch with her own identity. In This Is Not a Book About Benedict Cumberbatch, Carvan explores what happens to women's desires after we age and why the space in our lives for pure, unadulterated joy is squeezed smaller and smaller over the years.

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8. The Lifeguards by Amanda Eyre Ward

Whitney, Annette and Liza have raised their children together in Austin. Their friendship is as safe and comfortable as the neighborhood where they've raised their sons…or so they think. One night, the three women are having drinks together when their boys, lifeguards for the summer, return from a late-night dip in their favorite swimming hole. The boys share a secret—news that will shatter the perfect world their mothers have so painstakingly created. Combining the three mothers’ points of view, this latest from the author of The Jetsetters and Forgive Me is about complicated friendships, the loss of innocence and the secrets we tell to protect the ones we love.

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9. The Unsinkable Greta James by Jennifer E. Smith

In Smith’s (The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, Field Notes on Love) adult fiction debut, we meet indie musician Greta James. Right after the sudden death of her mother, Greta falls apart on stage. The footage quickly goes viral and her career stalls. Months later, Greta reluctantly agrees to accompany her father on the Alaskan cruise her parents had booked to celebrate their 40th anniversary. The trip could be their last chance to heal old wounds, but it will also prove to be a journey of discovery for them both individually, as Greta meets Ben, a charming historian also struggling with a major upheaval in his own life. As the two work to figure out their lives, they find themselves drawn to and relying on each other.

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10. Homicide and Halo-Halo by Mia P. Manansala

A beauty pageant judge’s murder is at the center of this juicy summer read (the second in a series, after Arsenic and Adobo), about a woman who, when her cousin slash nemesis is named as a suspect in said murder, works to clear her family’s name before and potentially prevent another killing. Ideal for those looking for a murder mystery that’s light on terror and heavy on wit.

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11. Adult Assembly Required by Abbi Waxman

A move to Los Angeles is just what Laura thinks will help her escape an overprotective family and the memories of a terrible accident. She promptly finds out, though, that the building where she’s rented an apartment has burned down and she’s without a home. Having been taken under the wing of a rogue bookseller, she’s put up in a lovely but completely illegal boardinghouse with a regretful landlady, a gorgeous housemate and an ex-boyfriend determined to get back into her life. As Laura deals with her past issues while trying to figure out where her future is headed, she discovers that starting over doesn’t have to mean leaving everything behind.

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12. I’ll Show Myself Out by Jessi Klein

Klein’s 2017 memoir, You’ll Grow Out of It, explored her thoughts on what it meant to be a 21st century woman. In the comedy writer’s new essay collection, she debunks the cultural myths and impossible expectations around motherhood and explores the humiliations, poignancies and possibilities of midlife in essays like "Listening to Beyoncé in the Parking Lot of Party City," "Your Husband Will Remarry Five Minutes After You Die" and "An Open Love Letter to Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent."

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13. Book Lovers by Emily Henry

In this latest from beach read queen Emily Henry (People We Meet on Vacation), Nora is a high-powered literary agent who, on her pregnant sister’s request, takes a girls’ trip to a picture-perfect North Carolina town, Sunshine Falls. Somehow, Charlie, a handsome book editor who rejected one of Nora’s books years earlier, is also in town. In true rom-com fashion, as Nora and Charlie get to know each other, she learns that there may be more to him than she suspected. At the same time, though, Nora’s concerned about her relationship with her sister—they’ve always been close, but something seems off. Can high-strung Nora get her happily-ever-after and figure out her relationship with her sister?

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14. Reservations for Six by Lindsey J. Palmer

Three couples gather to celebrate each person’s birthday every year. Nathan is the first to turn 40, and when the cake arrives at the celebration, he makes a shocking announcement. And while we wouldn’t ruin what that is, suffice it to say, the birthday ritual and the friend group will never be the same again. Afterwards, confessions are made and secrets are revealed, as the six discuss infidelity, infertility and waning passion.

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15. So Happy for You by Celia Laskey

This campy thriller follows a queer academic who is skeptical of elaborate wedding rituals, despite being asked to be her best friend’s maid of honor. As the wedding weekend approaches, a series of ominous occurrences lead her to second-guess her decision. Moreover, it seems that everyone in the bridal party is out to get her. Perhaps even the bride herself.

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16. One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle

Carol wasn’t just Katy's mother; she was her best friend and first phone call. Now, when Katy needs her the most, she is gone. Even worse, the trip the two had planned to Positano is quickly approaching. Katy has been waiting years to go with her mom, and now she’s faced with embarking on the adventure alone. But as soon as she steps foot on the Amalfi Coast, Katy feels her mother's spirit, and in turn feels herself coming back to life. And then Carol appears as she did at 32. Over the course of one Italian summer, Katy gets to know Carol, not as her mother, but as the young woman before her.

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17. The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager

In the vein of his best-selling thrillers Final Girls and Survive the Night, The House Across the Lake is a suspense novel brimming with twists and turns about a recently widowed actress trying to escape a streak of bad press. At her family's lake house in Vermont, she passes the time watching the glamorous couple living in the house across the lake. But the more she gets to know them—and the longer she watches—the clearer becomes that something is amiss. And then the wife suddenly vanishes…

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18. This Might Be Too Personal: and Other Intimate Stories by Alyssa Shelasky

Alyssa Shelasky is the editor of New York Magazine’s delightfully juicy Sex Diaries. In her debut essay collection, she navigates her life as a sex, relationship and celebrity writer in New York City, from running away from the “perfect” future husband and interviewing A-list stars while contemplating an abortion to bypassing men entirely to have a baby with an anonymous sperm donor.

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19. What Happened to the Bennetts by Lisa Scottoline

Thriller alert: Jason Bennett is a normal suburban dad. One night, while driving his family, a pickup truck begins tailgating them before two men jump from the truck, pull guns on Jason and demand the car. Later that night, FBI agents inform them that the carjackers were members of a dangerous drug-trafficking organization—and now Jason and his family are in their crosshairs. The Bennetts have no choice but to enter the witness protection program, but taken from all they know and trapped in an unfamiliar life, the family begins to fall apart. But when Jason learns a shocking truth, he realizes that he has to take matters into his own hands…

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20. You, Happier: The 7 Neuroscience Secrets of Feeling Good Based on Your Brain Type by Dr. Daniel Amen

Even though we’re in our element on the beach, we could all stand to be a little happier in real life, no? After studying more than 200,000 brain scans of people from 155 countries, psychiatrist and brain health expert Dr. Amen has zeroed in on seven neuroscience secrets that influence happiness. In You, Happier, he explains these practical, science-based strategies for optimizing your happiness while teaching the reader how to improve your overall brain health to consistently enhance your mood, distance yourself from the “noise” in your head and create happiness strategies based on your personality.

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