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NPR's 100 Best Beach Books Ever (Audience Picks)

People talk a lot about the wisdom of crowds, but the truth is that large packs of people are better at judging some things than others.
Almost 16,000 of you cast some 136,000 votes in our Best Beach Books Ever poll. Whether such a vote can determine literary quality, who can say? But there's one thing a multitude of book-loving NPR types can most definitely do, and that's pick a list of books that will appeal to... book-loving NPR types.
Which means, if you're reading this, you stand an excellent chance of finding the book that will make your summer vacation among the 100 audience favorites below. Happy travels!
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avg. score: 26 of 100 (26%)
required scores: 1, 14, 21, 27, 36 

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Harry Potter Series
Harry Potter Series
2
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
3
Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
4
Bridget Jones's Diary (Helen Fielding)
Bridget Jones's Diary (Helen Fielding)
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5
Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
6
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
7
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
8
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
9
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café
10
The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
11
The Time Traveler's Wife (Audrey Niffenegger)
The Time Traveler's Wife (Audrey Niffenegger)
12
Life of Pi
Life of Pi
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13
The Joy Luck Club
The Joy Luck Club
14
The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien)
The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien)
15
The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye
16
Gone With the Wind
Gone With the Wind
17
Bel Canto (Ann Patchett)
Bel Canto (Ann Patchett)
18
The Lord of the Rings
The Lord of the Rings
19
Middlesex
Middlesex
20
Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen
Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen
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21
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
22
The Bean Trees (Barbara Kingsolver)
The Bean Trees (Barbara Kingsolver)
23
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, by Alexander McCall Smith
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, by Alexander McCall Smith
24
The World According to Garp
The World According to Garp
25
Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
26
The Prince of Tides, by Pat Conroy
The Prince of Tides, by Pat Conroy
27
Like Water for Chocolate, Laura Esquivel
Like Water for Chocolate, Laura Esquivel
28
The Princess Bride
The Princess Bride
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29
The Accidental Tourist, by Anne Tyler
The Accidental Tourist, by Anne Tyler
30
Twilight
Twilight
31
A Confederacy of Dunces
A Confederacy of Dunces
32
East of Eden
East of Eden
33
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
34
Beach Music (Pat Conroy)
Beach Music (Pat Conroy)
35
One Hundred Years of Solitude
One Hundred Years of Solitude
36
Rebecca (Daphne Du Maurier)
Rebecca (Daphne Du Maurier)
37
Ender's Game
Ender's Game
38
Lonesome Dove (Larry McMurtry)
Lonesome Dove (Larry McMurtry)
39
The Thorn Birds, by Colleen McCullough
The Thorn Birds, by Colleen McCullough
40
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (Michael Chabon)
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (Michael Chabon)
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