I expected the first 10 titles on the list to be fairly easygoing reads since beach time, to many, is when we relax everything — including our brains. But The Kite Runner comes in at No. 3, and while it's immensely engrossing, it is hardly a "breezy" pick.
So what do you read on vacation? Do you just want something easy and fun? Or is a week of free time the best opportunity to tackle the heavier or more challenging books on your "to-read" list? To take a look at what tops the NPR list and share your thoughts, read more.
- The Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling
- To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
- The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
- Bridget Jones's Diary, by Helen Fielding
- Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
- Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, by Rebecca Wells
- The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
- Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, by Fannie Flagg
- The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver