August is the Sunday of summer, and while it's depressing AF, it's also imperative that you squeeze out every last second of beach time that you can. And while you're there, why not polish off one (or seven) of this season's best books? Whether a lighthearted read is your jam or you have an affinity for adrenaline-pumping thrillers, we’ve got you covered. So grab a cocktail, a beach chair and one of our favorite beach reads and get ready to chase away the Summer Scaries.

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Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
If the name Liane Moriarty rings a bell, you’re probably thinking of her novel-turned-episodic Big Little Lies. The New York Times bestselling author is back with this new binge-worthy thriller which centers around a group of nine strangers who gather at a remote health resort for a not-so-relaxing retreat. 

Badass Affirmations: The Wit and Wisdom of the Wild Women by Becca Anderson
In a whip-smart take on a classic affirmation book, Becca Anderson shows us that even a badass can use a reminder every now and then. With the pressures and expectations of society weighing down on the daily, we’re in for adding more positivity back into our routine. 

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
This buzzy read should be at the top of everyone’s summer reading list, and not just becasue the movie is coming out this week. The international bestseller follows New Yorker Rachel Chu as she adventures upon a summer in Singapore with her boyfriend and his family. Little does she know she’s about to embark on an adventure way past what she ever could have prepared for. 

When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger
It’s the sequel we’ve all been waiting for— Emily, the notorious frenemy from The Devil Wears Prada, gives us a peek into life post-Runway in Greenwich, Connecticut. Although, it’s not all workout classes and picket fences; she’s on a mission to find her comeback with the help of an unlikely ally.  

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
This #1 New York Times bestseller is a thought-provoking page-turner that looks at our current state of society by touching on race, privilege and justice. Between a controversial court case and keeping life as normal as possible for her family, the plot follows Ruth as she navigates the chaos that has taken over her daily life. 

The President is Missing by James Patterson & Bill Clinton
Written by President and author Bill Clinton and award-winning novelist James Patterson, this novel is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. The political thriller takes an authentic view on very real fears in our society, like cyberterrorism and espionage, as the plot unfolds and the nation handles the crisis at hand. 

The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
Rupi Kaur, the best-selling author of Milk and Honey, curated her second collection of poetry for this beautiful tome. Her way with words and relatable themes make this the perfect beach read for a dose of positivity, introspection and inspiration.