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Summer means lots of time spent traveling and lounging at the beach, which means you have no excuse not to read all those books you’re been meaning to get to.

Because we know you’re busy with parties, dates and… oh yeah, work, we’ve narrowed your summer reading list to 4 of our favorite recent works.

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1. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt

Don’t be the last of your friends to read Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. The length (784 pages) may seem daunting at first, but it’s a page-turner that will have you staying in on Saturday night so you can read (seriously). The novel centers around 13-year-old New Yorker Theo Decker, a sort of modern-day Holden Caulfield whose theft of a tiny painting propels him into the criminal underworld.

2. The Opposite of Loneliness, by Marina Keegan

22-year-old Marina Keegan had just graduated from Yale and had a job waiting for her at The New Yorker when she was tragically killed in a car accident. Her collection of essays and short stories was published posthumously, and her lead essay “The Opposite of Loneliness” immediately went viral. Keegan writes of college, love and friendship in a way that strikes a chord with even the most impenetrable reader.

3Don’t Kiss Me, by Lindsay Hunter

This bold, provocative collection of short fiction will have you simultaneously laughing, crying and cringing. We recommend doing a weekly book group with your girlfriends (BYO face-palm-worthy stories).

4. The Flamethrowers, by Rachel Kushner

A motorcycle-riding artist in the ’70s may not seem like a relatable heroine, but Kushner’s narrator Reno will strike a note with every reader. This novel is a bit hard to get into, but once you pass that early hump, you’ll be grateful you kept going.