Best Beach Books for 2014

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A trip to the beach is not complete without a couple of books to while away your relaxing time on the sand — or by the pool, or anywhere else you like to spend vacation time. We've rounded up some of the best beach reads of the year:

If you like “Bridget Jones' Diary” and “The Devi Wears Prada,” try:
“Savannah Breeze” by Mary Kay Andrews
BeBe Loudermilk, a wealthy Savannah woman, is conned out of almost everything she owns. All of her  hope is in fixing up an old motel on Tybee Island. The novel follows BeBe through the con, the motel, plus revenge and a romance that surfaces between BeBe and the motel manager.

If you like “The Hunger Games” and “Divergent,” try:
“City of Bones” by Cassandra Clare
This first book in the young adult urban fantasy series “The Mortal Instruments” follows 16-year-old Clary Fray as she discovers a world of supernatural creatures and mortal danger. The sixth book in the series came out just this month, so it's a good time to start this compelling, best-selling series.

If you like Danielle Steele, try:
“Outlander” by Diana Gabaldon
This multi-book series is part historical fiction, part romance, and all addictive. Follow the adventures of time-traveling nurse Claire Beauchamp as she finds herself swept up in an intense love affair with a sexy 18th-century Scotsman. Now's the time to read this incredible series, as a TV series based on the books is set to begin in August on Starz.

If you like literary memoirs, try:
“Living to Tell the Tale” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
In this first volume of a planned trilogy, the Nobel laureate and acclaimed novelist  begins the story of his life, using magnificent, lyrical writing to  convey his life his birth in 1927, though the beginnings of his career, to when he met his wife-to-be in the 1950s. This is a vividly told tale of the people, places and events in the life of one of our most revered writers.

If you like thrillers and mysteries, try:
“Life after Life” by Kate Atkinson
This 2013 novel by the popular mystery writer — author of the Jackson Brodie series — follows the lives of Ursula Todd, who is born in 1910, immediately dies and is reborn again later that night. She dies and is reborn again many times throughout the 20th century in this compelling and literary mystery.

(posted 5/20/14)