What the hell is a "beach read," anyway? That term calls to mind spy novels with poorly designed sniper scopes on the covers, frothy melodramas about inconceivably idyllic resorts, and any book written by Jimmy Buffett. But it doesn't have to be that way. A beach read should ideally be fun, but really, it can be anything you want it to be -- it can even be good!
To help you find a book that slides easily into your overstuffed tote bag this summer, we've put together a list of 14 new-ish titles that are actually worth your time. If you're looking for adventure, romance, laughs, or just a sturdy object to rest on your chest as you fall asleep in a lounge chair, we've got you covered.