100 Best Beach Books Ever: The 200 Finalists

Many of you told us you just can't wait until July 29 — when we unveil the results of the 100 Best Beach Books vote — to start reading. So here's the complete list of around 200 finalists, nominated by you and the NPR Books Board. Happy reading!

The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Affinity by Sarah Waters
The Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence Durrell
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
The Beach by Alex Garland
The Beach House by Mary Alice Monroe
Beach Music by Pat Conroy
Beginner's Greek by James Collins
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
Big Sur by Jack Kerouac
Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
Bonjour Tristesse by Francoise Sagan
Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding
The Brothers Karamazov by Feodor Dostyevsky

Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns
Compromising Positions by Susan Isaacs
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
The Deptford Trilogy by Robertson Davies
Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosely
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler
Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
Divided Kingdom by Rupert Thomson
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby
Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King
Dracula by Bram Stoker
The Drifters by James Michener
Drop City by T. Coraghessan Boyle
Dune by Frank Herbert

East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Empire Falls by Richard Russo
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
The Epicure's Lament by Kate Christensen
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins
Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
Flashman by George MacDonald Fraser
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
Frangipani by Celestine Vaite
Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg

Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
The Ginger Man by J.P. Donleavy
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
The Godfather by Mario Puzo
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Great Santini by Pat Conroy
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Barrows

The Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
A House for Mr. Biswas by V.S. Naipaul
Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
How Stella Got Her Groove Back by Terry McMillan
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb
The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
Impossible by Nancy Werlin
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

Jaws by Peter Benchley
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

L.A. Confidential by James Ellroy
Lamb by Christopher Moore
The Last Aloha by Gaellen Quinn
The Last Girls by Lee Smith
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Light Years by James Salter
Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly
Little Children by Tom Perrotta
The Little Friend by Donna Tartt
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
Lush Life by Richard Price

Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian
The Memoirs of a Beautiful Boy by Robert Leleux
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Money by Martin Amis
Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
The Mosquito Coast by Paul Theroux
Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

The Neon Rain: A Dave Robicheaux Novel by James Lee Burke
Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
On Beauty by Zadie Smith
One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Peace, Love and Baby Ducks by Lauren Myracle
Pet Semetary by Stephen King
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
The Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve
Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Possession by A.S. Byatt
Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver

The Queen of the South by Arturo Perez-Reverte
The Quincunx by Charles Palliser

The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Red Dragon by Thomas Harris
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
The Rum Diary by Hunter S. Thompson

Salty by Mark haskell Smith
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher
She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb
The Shining by Stephen King
Shogun by James Clavell
Sick Puppy by Carl Hiaasen
The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
A Soldier of the Great War by Mark Helprin
The Stand by Stephen King
The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields
The Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever
Straight Man by Richard Russo
Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith
A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
Summer of '42 by Herman Raucher
Summer Sisters by Judy Blume
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The Tin Roof Blowdown by James Lee Burke
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John Le Carre
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Triple Zeck: A Nero Wolfe Omnibus by Rex Stout
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes

Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
Vanity Fair by William Thackeray
A Very Long Engagement by Sebastien Japrisot

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
The Waves by Virginia Woolf
The White Lioness by Henning Mankell
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
The World According to Garp by John Irving
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon

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