We’re not always fans of these Best Reads OF All Time lists, but this one? If you’ve been desperately trying to find the perfect book to take to the beach/on holiday, well you’ve come to the right place. The best beach books of all time? Sure, there’s trashy (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Prep, Jackie Collins), but there’s also some page-turning, must-read classics (Bonjour Tristesse, Edith Wharton, Brighton Rock) that are just exactly what you want to read on the beach. Just remember to apply suncream before you get too engrossed!
Whether mass-market candy or high literature, a beach read needs narrative momentum, a transporting sense of place, and, ideally, a touch of the sordid. Even a book that takes a little work shouldn’t feel that way in the hot sun, and you’ll hardly break a sweat with any of the 100 greats listed here, in chronological order. Read more: Vulture.