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27 Books You'll Want To Read By The Pool This Summer

There's nothing like relaxing in the sun with a really good book.

We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about their fave summer reads. Here are the top recommendations.

1. Summer Skin by Kirsty Eagar

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"I read Summer Skin by Kirsty Eagar a few months ago and it made me wish two things: that it was summer and that I was back at university. Being a YA novel, this book is super easy to read, but it also has a fun, ~flirty~ side that makes it perfect for this time of year. It makes you want to drink, dance, and kiss people." —Gyan Yankovich

2. You by Caroline Kepnes

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"I just finished reading You by Caroline Kepnes and WOW! It was a page turner! I felt kind of creeped out after reading it and unsettled by strangers, but it was worth it. The book is about a guy who meets this girl and falls completely smitten, and starts trying to insert himself into her life so she can fall in love with him. It's not a romance book and it's not for everyone – there are a couple of graphic sex scenes." —J DaniV Tee, Facebook

3. For The Love Of Money by Sam Polk

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"For The Love of Money is a fabulous memoir by Sam Polk. He shares his painful story of a dysfunctional childhood which led to multiple addictions, difficult relationships, and eventually to recovery and peace. His journey is a beautifully written and deeply moving tale of overcoming incredible challenges and finding oneself at last." —Lindam4f81c6a79

4. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

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A smart, sharp and entertaining satire that sees a bunch of teen beauty pageant contestants stranded on a desert island, forced to save themselves – and each other.

5. To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

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"Lara Jean keeps a secret box of letters to her crushes, but when the letters mysteriously get mailed, she's mortified. Until it turns out it might not be such a bad thing after all." —Lgray0808

6. The Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman

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Set on an isolated island off the coast of Australia in the 1920s, The Light Between Oceans tells the story of a young married couple who adopt a baby they find in a boat – a decision that will come to haunt them for the rest of their lives.

7. Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

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"A series of essays written in the form of a letter to Coates' son, exploring how race has shaped American history and contemporary society." —Murruh

8. Behind Closed Doors by B A Paris

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"I love a good mystery in the summer. It’s not dark and cold outside, so it’s the best time for a creepy crime story. This summer I read a fantastic debut novel, Behind Closed Doors by B A Paris. I read the whole thing on a train ride, and it definitely kept me turning the pages. Everyone and their mother seems to claim their book is perfect for fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, but this one actually lives up to the hype!" —Mali912

9. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

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"Eleanor and Park is an amazing book about romance, with comedy mixed in!" —Madi2002

10. The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi

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"I work with my hands a lot, so reading an actual physical book has become a special treat. In the meantime, I’ve discovered audiobooks, and this summer one of my favourite audiobooks was Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Water Knife. The story, the characters, the backgrounds, the setting – all of it is absolutely stunning. If this story doesn’t quench your thirst for captivating summer novels, I don’t know what will." —4mudpuppy5

11. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

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An addictive hate-turned-love story set in a publishing company, where rivals fight for a promotion and try to resist the chemistry between them.

12. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

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"This book is a really good, easy read that you won't want to put down." —Rebeccaxx

13. Preloved by Shirley Marr

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Amy meets the guy of her dreams – it's a shame he's a ghost from the '80s. A strange but fun YA love story.

14. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

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"It gets a little heavy at times, but Catch-22 is my summer reading go-to. Something about the way the streets of Rome are described, the humour, the camaraderie, and the sheer craziness of it all makes it perfect for summer. Catch-22 will make you laugh, make you cry, and make you thank whatever god you follow that you’re alive to do both." —Anneliesebryant1

15. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

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"Anna Karenina. High society’s scandals make for a fun summer read, and I can also pretend to be super intellectual while holding it." —Prettyfunny97

16. Paper Girls by Brian K Vaughan

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"This summer I enjoyed a lot more comics than books. I recommend Paper Girls by Brian K Vaughan." —Murruh

17. Cargo by Jessica Au

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A dreamy story set in a small beach town in the summer of 1992; the lives of three teens intersect as they grapple with first love, fraught family relationships and fear of the future.

18. Who's Afraid? by Maria Lewis

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"If you love a strong female lead, then Who’s Afraid? by Maria Lewis is a must-read, I just finished it and was hooked. Without giving too much away, it’s about a young woman named Tommi who decides to track down her estranged father, only to discover the truth about her heritage, which isn’t exactly human. It’s a great read with A LOT of supernatural/fantasy themes and pop culture references." —Caitlin Jinks

19. The Wednesday Letters by Jason F Wright

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When their parents die, three adult siblings return home and discover the letters their father wrote their mother every Wednesday, revealing a life-changing family secret.

"I recommend this to everyone willing to read it." —1cor134mt

20. Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan

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A sea-witch on a remote island discovers she has the power to draw women from the hearts of seals, and men flock to her for their very own sea wives. Their obsession has a devastating and generation-spanning effect on the island and its inhabitants, but most of all, on the selkies themselves.

21. The Anna And The French Kiss series by Stephanie Perkins

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Each book in this trilogy of YA romances focuses on a different girl in a different city. They're filled with humour, heart, and adorable love stories.

22. Death Comes As The End by Agatha Christie

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"Every summer I read Death Comes As The End by Agatha Christie. It sounds a bit heavy, but it's really a riveting and enjoyable read. It has murder mystery and romance, and is set in Ancient Egypt. It also has a subtle feminist undertone, with the protagonist really coming into her own." —Sunnyantonf

23. On The Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

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Set at a boarding school in rural Australia, On The Jellicoe Road sees a young girl, Taylor Markham, trying to unravel the mystery of her past, figure out her future and hold together her present during her final year of high school.

24. The Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine

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A paranormal series of 15 books - enough to keep you busy all summer long.

—Стилияна Георгиева, Facebook

25. Sorry by Zoran Drvenkar

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"It's about a group of friends who start a professional apology business. Did something shitty five years ago and still feel bad? They'll go say sorry for you. It all goes great until a serial killer hires them to apologise to one of his victims. I was obsessed, each chapter is written from a different character's viewpoint (sometimes the killer), and it's so absorbing. Some of the content is difficult, as it deals with child abuse, but it's a must for thriller fans." —Stacey Burn, Facebook

26. We Were Liars by E Lockhart

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Cady experienced something traumatic two summers ago that she can't remember. Only by returning to the place where it happened and the people who were there can she begin to unravel the mystery.

27. Anything by Sarah Dessen

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"Summer reading for me means Sarah Dessen – her books are just made for reading by the beach or pool. They are all standalone novels with slight overlaps. Once you read one you can’t stop reading them. I love how the characters are everyday people and you could see yourself being friends with them. And the stories are intriguing – one chapter in, and you’re a goner! I love Lock and Key, The Moon and More and What Happened to Goodbye . Whenever I read them, I feel like I am returning to old friends." —Erinm115

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