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Summer should be easy, peaceful, and, most of all, completely relaxing. We don’t want you to stress over which airline you should be flying or what you should be packing for your trip to Portugal, and we certainly don’t want you to lose sleep over which book you should be curling up with next to the pool, beach, or closest body of water.

So sit back, lather on some SPF, and check out the titles you won’t want to miss this summer.

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City of Friends
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1 ‘City of Friends’ by Joanna Trollope

Pan Macmillan (April 1, 2017)

Leave the stress of your own work and social life behind as you immerse yourself in the hectic, emotional ongoings of Beth, Melissa, Gaby, and Stacey – four strong-willed friends trying to deal with everything life throws at them (a mother with dementia, breakups, unemployment, dramatic teens) in London. Trollope effortlessly maneuvers between the friends in quick, amusing chapters, so don’t blame us if you’ve finished "City of Friends" before your plane even takes off.

To buy: amazon.com, $15

Secrets in Summer
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2 ‘Secrets in Summer’ by Nancy Thayer

Ballantine Books (May 16, 2017)

Nancy Thayer’s latest involves love (obviously), a summer in Nantucket, and 30-year-old Darcy Cotterill trying to traverse all sorts of unfortunate encounters, including her ex-husband now living next door. Throw in a romantic relationship with a carpenter named Nash and a sexy vacationer called Clive, and you have all the ingredients you need for a perfect beach read.

To buy: amazon.com, $15

Do Not Become Alarmed
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3 ‘Do Not Become Alarmed’ by Maile Meloy

Riverhead Books (June 6, 2017)

"Do Not Become Alarmed" tells the story of Liv, Nora, and their families aboard a holiday cruise ship. All’s well and good until the children go missing after an on-shore excursion in Central America. Meloy communicates her thrilling tale of blame and parenthood through the perspectives of both the children and the adults. “Page-turner” would be an understatement.

To buy: amazon.com, $18

Once and for All
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4 ‘Once and For All’ by Sarah Dessen

Viking Books for Young Readers (June 6, 2017)

"Once and For All" will fulfill every hope and dream Dessen’s fans may harbor. Meet Louna, a wedding planner who’s truly seen it all when it comes to matrimony. Now enter Ambrose, a serial dater used to getting what he wants when it comes to women. He knows Louna’s the one for him, but will he be able to get through to her jaded heart? Guess you’ll have to read to find out.

To buy: amazon.com, $12

All Grown Up
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5 ‘All Grown Up’ by Jami Attenberg

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (March 7, 2017)

There’s a reason you’ll see Attenberg’s latest on just about every reading list and in every bookstore this summer: It’s addicting and incredibly refreshing. Protagonist Andrea Bern is a single 39-year-old New Yorker living her adult life by her own rules. But the Bern family is dealt a heartbreaking blow when Andrea’s niece is born with a tragic ailment. Attenberg brings the often upsetting, often comedic realities of life across in poignant, astute vignettes that will live in the reader’s heart for a long, long time.

To buy: amazon.com, $15

Who Is Rich
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6 ‘Who Is Rich?’ by Matthew Klam

Random House (July 4, 2017)

Every book list should include at least one satire, and Matthew Klam’s "Who Is Rich?" is our pick this summer. Rich Fischer used to be a kind-of famous cartoonist. Every summer, he heads to a week-long arts conference in New England, leaving behind his family, to teach his craft. This year, he’s dealing with the stress of a dead-end career, taxes, and the appearance of Amy, a woman he became romantically involved with at a previous conference. Love, lust, humor, jealousy… Klam’s latest is everything a reader could hope for and more.

To buy: amazon.com, $18

The Chalk Artist
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7 ‘The Chalk Artist’ by Allegra Goodman

The Dial Press (June 13, 2017)

Collin James dropped out of college and is now waiting tables and using his creative talent with chalk to embellish the streets of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Nina Lazare is a high school teacher and the daughter of a tech mogul. Both are about to change each other’s lives… but at what cost? This tale of modern love is accented with other characters (colleagues, students, neighbors) who add immense value and depth to Goodman’s latest work of art.

To buy: amazon.com, $18

The Long Run: A Memoir of Loss and Life in Motion
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8 ‘The Long Run: A Memoir of Loss and Life in Motion’ by Catriona Menzies-Pike

Crown (May 23, 2017)

In between guzzling down summer romance novels and thrilling mysteries, pick up Catriona Menzies-Pike’s "The Long Run." Ten years after losing her parents, the author signed up for a half-marathon, and the sport quickly changed her life. Her memoir dives into the entire concept and history of women who run. Half-marathoners and non-runners alike will appreciate the raw, powerful, and fascinating look at the question: Why do we run?

To buy: amazon.com, $16

Watch Me Disappear: A Novel
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9 ‘Watch Me Disappear’ by Janelle Brown

Spiegel & Grau (July 11, 2017)

Billie Flanagan has been missing for a year. Her daughter, Olive, and husband, Jonathan, are trying to deal with the loss in their own ways. One day, Olive starts to have visions of her mother. Together, Olive and Jonathan begin to unearth the truth about Billie as Brown simultaneously delves into the idea that love can truly distort the ways in which we see someone. "Watch Me Disappear" is compelling and incredibly smart; we guarantee you won’t be able to guess how it ends.

To buy: amazon.com, $24

Standard Deviation: A novel
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10 ‘Standard Deviation’ by Katherine Heiny

Knopf (May 23, 2017)

Graham Cavanaugh is on his second marriage. He left his first wife, Elspeth, for Audra, a woman full of personality, spontaneity, and sheer will. The latter quality drives her to befriend Elspeth, a feat most second wives wouldn’t usually consider. While this friendship blossoms, Graham begins to wonder about his decision-making and the possibility of loving two completely different people. This is a must-read for anyone who deals with complicated relationships on a daily basis (a.k.a. everyone).

To buy: amazon.com, $16

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine: A Novel
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11 ‘Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine’ by Gail Honeyman

Pamela Dorman Books (May 9, 2017)

It’s already being made into a movie, so you’re going to want to introduce yourself to Eleanor Oliphant sooner rather than later. Eleanor lives a seemingly lonely and simple life in Glasgow, Scotland, but her tragic past (and a secret) loom over her on a daily basis. One day, her rituals involving vodka and frozen pizza are totally interrupted by her co-worker, IT nerd Raymond, and his kind, patient heart. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll cringe about 700 times before you’re done, but you won’t regret a single second of Honeyman’s debut novel.

To buy: amazon.com, $16

Into the Water: A Novel
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12 ‘Into the Water’ by Paula Hawkins

Riverhead Books

Paula Hawkins, author of "The Girl on the Train," is back with more psychological suspense for her fans. This time, two women are found dead in a river that runs through town: one a single mother, the other just a teenager. A 15-year-old girl is now left in the care of her aunt, who is forced to come back to a place she intentionally left. Long story short, Hawkins knows exactly how to keep you on the edge of your beach chair.

To buy: amazon.com, $17

The Night the Lights Went Out
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13 ‘The Night the Lights Went Out’ by Karen White


Welcome to Sweet Apple, Georgia. As soon as divorcée Merilee Talbot Dunlap moves into the Atlanta suburb, a blog begins to publish juicy details about why her marriage failed. Merilee quickly forms friendships with Sugar Prescott, the town matriarch, and Heather Blackford, a young mom who appears to have everything going for her. “Appears” is the key word here… You never know what really goes on behind closed walls.

To buy: amazon.com, $17