When it comes to beach reads, my reading preferences — gigantic, epic, heavy novels — are often at odds with the reality of my surroundings. Namely, even if I want to read a book that begins with a family tree and follows 23 characters' intertwining lives, I don't particularly want to lug a lofty hardcover book to the beach. Practically speaking, it's better to have a slim book I can slip in among the towel and sunglasses I tote along on a beach day.
So, in the spirit of three-day weekends and not bringing home half-read books with sand stuck in the spine, we've gathered a list of fast reads that hover around 300 pages or less. We've mixed old classics and personal favorites with buzzy new releases.