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Pack one (or a few) of these page-turners with you on your next beach vacation.

The perfect beach read needs to strike a delicate balance—engaging enough to keep you alert while you lounge by the water (don’t forget the SPF!), but not so intense or long that it becomes stressful. If you're heading on a beach vacation this summer, pack one of these Health editor-recommended reads in your suitcase for your much-needed days of R&R. There's something for everyone on this list. Whether you’re in the mood for a juicy story about a dramatic friendship, a fast-paced thriller, or a modern take on Greek mythology, we've got you (hard)covered.

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