Summer has just begun, and one of my favorite things about this time of year are the many new books that come out. I love a good “beach read,” and will strongly stand behind that term as a very positive thing. What could be better than reading a book while watching the waves crash on the sand in front of you? Few things, if you ask me. And just because something is considered a beach book, does not mean it isn’t literary, thought-provoking, or just downright entertaining. Below are 10 of my favorite books to bring to the beach – their stories are absorbing, their characters engaging and empathetic. The perfect addition to any summer vacation (or staycation)!