When one thinks of a beach read, they usually conjure up a cheesy romance novel or a superficial thriller. Or just a book they won’t worry about getting wet and sandy with the high probability of losing. If the 10 best beach reads according to Pinterest are any indication, the public has come along way from that definition of easily digestible and disposable fodder. But like most things, a good beach read is in the eye of the beholder. So, let the following list — includes a fun romance, a few self-help guides, an immersive historical fiction and a fantastical world that doesn’t resemble anything like reality —help you choose your next literary escape. You can bring it along as a mindless distraction to the beach or as a thought-provoking page-turner while enjoying a relaxing summer night on your back porch.