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Buzz In: What Kinds of Books Do You Read on Vacation?

Just as we Sugar girls are chatting about our favorite Summer reading picks (speaking of: if you take our quiz on our favorite titles, you can be entered to win a Kindle!), NPR has posted a list of the top 100 Best Beach Books Ever, as chosen by almost 16,000 readers. It's a fascinating mix of light and breezy reads, lengthy and sobering tomes, and plain ol' classics that people might not have time for during their regular routines.

I expected the first 10 titles on the list to be fairly easygoing reads since beach time, to many, is when we relax everything — including our brains. But The Kite Runner comes in at No. 3, and while it's immensely engrossing, it is hardly a "breezy" pick.

So what do you read on vacation? Do you just want something easy and fun? Or is a week of free time the best opportunity to tackle the heavier or more challenging books on your "to-read" list? To take a look at what tops the NPR list and share your thoughts,


  1. The Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
  3. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
  4. Bridget Jones's Diary, by Helen Fielding
  5. Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
  6. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, by Rebecca Wells
  7. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  8. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
  9. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, by Fannie Flagg
  10. The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver


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