As you get ready to sit back on the warm beach with a cool drink in your hand, you might want to grab, download or even listen to these must read summer books to ensure your holiday is as relaxing as it is inspirational.

For those who like to take the summertime to travel, but are looking for a twist on an old classic, “Around the World in Seventy-Two Days and Other Writings” is the perfect choice. The feminist story by Nellie Bly follows a woman who competes against a rival while travelling to destinations such as Singapore and Hong Kong. Grab your imaginary bags, you’ll definitely want to join her on her adventurous journey.

If you’re more of a rest and relaxation person and you call the beach your summer home, your options are endless. From the original “Jaws” novel, sure to keep you out of the water, to the racier “One With You,” sure to keep you warm, hanging out by the water can’t get any easier.

Ending our list are books for those looking to make an experience or self-discovery this summer. The classic “The Beach” by Alex Garland is a fantastic tale of the loss of innocence and the search for a mystical escape from our pain-filled world. Just as memorable is “Wild: A journey from Lost to Found,” which was adapted into a movie starring Academy Award Winning Actress Reese Witherspoon.

So put down that remote, head outdoors and be sure to bring a chair, because these books are going to transform your summer into one of the most memorable ones yet.

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