Have you been outside recently? With temperatures well over 90-degrees throughout the East Coast and numbers reaching beyond 110 in the west, this summer is a scorcher—get thee to the nearest beach!

It's that time of year when people of all body types, from supermodel fit to fast food flabby, put on swimwear, grab beach chairs, walk across sand that feels like a never-ending bed of hot coals, and cool off in the salty ocean. For many people, it's also the only time that they're finally able to dive into that new, shiny novel that's been resting by their bed for months, waiting to be read in the midst of workplace demands and social life commitments.

But what about those who haven't been able to peruse through Barnes & Noble or routinely read Publisher's Weekly? Are they stuck re-reading the same National Enquirer issue over and over again? Not anymore, thanks to our collection of the best beach reads of summer 2013, equipped with the latest and best hardcovers and paperbacks for book lovers of all kinds.

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Written by Matt Barone (@MBarone)

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