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Tote this! 10 great summer paperbacks

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No one wants to lug a hardcover to the beach. Luckily, there are some literary gems out in paperback and on e-readers. The best news? Their digital prices dropped, too.

FIRST UP: The Patron Saint of Ugly

Summer books that Goodreads users are loving -- EXCLUSIVE

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Goodreads users — like most passionate readers — are an opinionated bunch, so it’s rare for them to come to a consensus about any book. But there are some summer books that are indisputable slam-dunks for the beach, the plane, or inside next to the air-conditioner. The data-crunchers at Goodreads have named for us the seven summer books that seem to be taking off with their readers, judging from stellar ratings and comments. Click through to get some suggestions!

Red Sparrow
by Jason Matthews
4.11 average rating
Learn the secrets of “sexpionage” as a trained seductress circles her prey, a young American spy, in this globe-trotting thriller penned by a former CIA officer. Goodreads member, Paul, says, “Excellent, one of the best spy novels I have read in a long, long time…there is not one dull moment in the entire book.”

NEXT: A Hundred Summers

Kevin Kwan talks must-have beach read 'Crazy Rich Asians' and a possible trilogy ahead

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Bachelor parties with chartered helicopters, women accessorized in earrings that cost more than a Manhattan apartment, living rooms with decorative fish tanks of baby sharks — Crazy Rich Asians delves into the unfathomable wealth held by the richest tier of Asian elite. The story explores the social and political hierarchies of three pedigreed Chinese families and the drama that strikes when Nicholas Young brings his American-born Chinese girlfriend home to Singapore for the summer.

Author Kevin Kwan chatted with EW about his sparkly new book, as well as consumerist culture, and the possible Crazy Rich Asians trilogy in store. READ FULL STORY

Summer Must List: 10 books for your beach bag

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This summer, take some time to relax by the pool, in a hammock, or at the beach with these ten must-reads. From thrillers to tearjerkers to the undefinable Crazy Rich Asians, this list has it all. So if you’re stuck trying to decide what to download on your Kindle or buy at the local bookstore, click on for our must list of great summer reads.

NEXT: Claire Messud’s follow up to The Emperor’s Children

Lauren Weisberger talks 'Revenge Wears Prada' and the possibility of another 'Devil' movie

Seven years after her debut, The Devil Wears Prada, became a smash film starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway, Lauren Weisberger, 36, discusses the return of her impeccably heeled characters in Revenge Wears Prada (out June 4). READ FULL STORY

Is this the literary novel of the summer? See the star-studded trailer for 'And Sons' by David Gilbert -- EXCLUSIVE

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Summer might traditionally be the time for skimpy clothes and skimpy reading, but if your brain is feeling flabby after beach reads with titles like Big Girl Panties — not that there’s anything wrong with those — give & Sons by David Gilbert (out July 23) a try.

Drawing comparisons to The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach and The Emperor’s Children by Claire Messud, & Sons follows the life of A.N. Dyer, a reclusive J.D. Salinger-like figure whose novel Ampersand stands a classic of American teenage angst. As Andrew Newbold Dyer delivers the eulogy at his oldest friend Charles Henry Topping’s Upper East Side funeral, he suffers a breakdown over the life he’s led and the people he’s hurt and the novel that will forever endure as his legacy. He must gather his three sons for the first time in many years — before it’s too late.

So begins a wild, transformative week, as witnessed by Philip Topping, who, like his late father, finds himself caught up in the swirl of the Dyer family. First there’s son Richard, a struggling screenwriter and father, returning from self-imposed exile in California. In the middle lingers Jamie, settled in Brooklyn after his 20-year mission of making documentaries about human suffering. And last is Andy, the half brother whose mysterious birth tore the Dyers apart 17 years ago, now in New York on spring break, determined to lose his virginity before returning to the prestigious New England boarding school that inspired Ampersand. But only when the real purpose of this reunion comes to light do these sons realize just how much is at stake, not only for their father but for themselves and three generations of their family.

Intrigued? Check out this exclusive trailer for & Sons, which features friends, admirers, publishing pros, and celebrities — including Brooke Shields — talking about their favorite A.N. Dyer novel. READ FULL STORY

Read this book! Rebecca Harrington on her Harvard-set novel 'Penelope'

Penelope is one of those novels that’s more than entertaining enough to take to the beach but can still dazzle you with its wit and razor-sharp intelligence. In person, Rebecca Harrington, the 26-year-old author who wrote Penelope, conveys a similar mix of bubbliness and literary geekiness: Our conversation over craft beers and truffle fries covered everything from Kristen Stewart’s messy personal life to contemporary adaptions of classical Greek theater.

Harrington doesn’t appear to have much in common with her titular character. In the novel, Penelope O’Shaunessy arrives at Harvard completely blindsided by the pretentiousness and bizarre social behaviors of her classmates. Like a cypher, she shows up to every student event she’s invited to, quietly (and hilariously) observing the goings-on — a ludicrous student production of Caligula, endless pre-gaming sessions for parties that never happen, a literary magazine meeting that will have you laughing out loud — while engaging her surroundings with mostly one-word responses like, “Yeah” and “Sure.” “She thinks that if she’s agreeable, she’ll somehow be seamlessly accepted into some kind of group,” says Harrington of her deadpan, painfully awkward heroine. “But really, nobody seems to care.” READ FULL STORY

'Girl Unmoored' author Jennifer Gooch Hummer shares her favorite YA reads

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Girl Unmoored by Jennifer Gooch Hummer may be the undiscovered young-adult novel of the summer. It has a killer Goodreads rating and has been called this generation’s Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. It’s set in the ’80s, when fear of AIDS was rampant and misunderstood, when being gay was not tolerated at all. It follows Apron, a young teen who has lost her mom and falls in love with her flower shop co-worker, Mike. Only Mike is gay and has a boyfriend — and has been diagnosed with AIDs.

Below, Hummer shares some of her favorite YA novels that inspired her own: READ FULL STORY

Tired of fun summer fluff? Check out these five non-beachy beach reads

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By this point in the summer, your body may be tanned and swimsuit-ready, but your mind might feel a bit flabby after a steady diet of very beachy beach reads. Fifty Shades of Grey and novels written by reality TV stars were fine for June and July, but why not use August to get your brain in fighting shape for a fall publishing season full of literary heavyweights (Junot Diaz, Zadie Smith, Michael Chabon, Tom Wolfe, Ian McEwan). Of course, if you don’t want to read anything overly ponderous while slathered up in sunscreen, there is a middle ground: books that are reasonably light, utterly addictive, and entirely guilt-free. Here are five recent titles you can feel proud to show off on your beach blanket before Labor Day: READ FULL STORY

Read this, not that: 'Goosebumps' author R L Stine on his summer book recommendations

We recently caught up with R. L. Stine on the 20th anniversary of his iconic Goosebumps  series to talk about two decades in scaring young readers. While he’s mostly known for writing children’s horror, it turns out Stine has diverse taste in literature. Read on for his top summer book picks, and also the most overlooked Goosebumps book that he hopes readers will check out. READ FULL STORY

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