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Summer Beach Books: What the Writers are Reading


Summer might be coming to an end faster than we'd like , but there are still a few weeks left for us to sneak in a little getaway.

And of course, no trip to the beach is complete without a good book to read.

We asked some of our favorite authors what they're tossing into their beach bags this summer:

Jackie Collins, author of "The Power Trip""Angel Baby" by Richard Lange"I love reading about women in peril who make daring escapes!" Collins says.

Nicholas Sparks, author of "The Best of Me""The Boys in the Boat" by Daniel James Brown"It’s a riveting and deeply inspiring look at the eight-man crew team who rowed for gold at the 1936 Olympics," Sparks says. "A masterful epic that tells the story of the ultimate underdogs, battling the Depression, impossible odds, entrenched elitism, and in the case of Joe Rantz, heartbreaking personal history. Not to be missed."

Sara Shepard, author of "Pretty Little Liars" and "The Lying Game" series from HarperTeen"Joyland" by Stephen King"I bought this at an airport after not having read Stephen King since I was a teenager, and I have to say, there's a reason he is as famous and as celebrated as he is. The amusement park world he creates is fascinating, the narrator's voice absolutely perfect, and his sense of pace is impeccable. A really fun read so far."

Monica Crowley, FOX News Channel nationally syndicated radio host and New York Times bestselling author of "What The (Bleep) Just Happened … Again?”"The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945" by Rick Atkinson"It is a mesmerizing telling of the brutal final chapters of the war in the European theater, from Normandy to the collapse of the Third Reich. It is compulsively readable because he tells the story from every perspective, from presidents and generals to the infantrymen in the field. I can't put it down."

Meg Cabot, author of "The Princess Diaries""SHUT UP, YOU'RE WELCOME: Thoughts on Life, Death and Other Inconveniences" by Annie Choi"If you're looking for something funny to read on a plane or by the pool, this is the book to grab (especially if you've got relatives visiting — Annie's stories about her own quirky family will make you appreciate yours even more, and there are plenty of funnies to read aloud)."

Tom Coughlin, New York Giants head coach and author of "Earn the Right to Win""The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill Defender of The Realm, 1940-1965" by William Manchester and Paul Reid"The entire Free World owes a debt of gratitude to Winston Churchill," Coughlin says.

Delilah, radio personality and author of "Arms Full of Love""Cross Roads" by William Paul Young"This author uses words and stories to define the presence of God in our lives like no modern day author has ever successfully accomplished," Delilah says. "It’s a must-read and a pleasurable one, too. I know I will be buying copies of this book to give to friends and listeners for a long time to come!"