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Our beach bags are permanently packed with three very important items: sunscreen, shades, and summer reading. And, while we've all got our favorite brand of sunblock and trusty pair of sunglasses, we're even more serious about the books we bring for a day in the sand. In our opinion, the best options are stories that transport you out of the real world for a few hours. Maybe we're just escape artists — but isn't that what lounging by the ocean all day is about? Ahead, R29 staffers share their favorite beach reads and why these page-turners are perfect for a seaside escape. We can feel our toes in the sand already...