Aly Semigran
June 09, 2009 AT 04:00 PM EDT

Leave the towel, cooler and sunscreen behind. All you really need with you at the beach this summer is a good book (actually on second thought, definitely bring the sunscreen.) If you desperately need a break from crowded theaters or some time away from the TV, it might just be time to crack open a book. So which lit are you most looking forward to unwinding with? Will you rush out on to be tantalized by Jed Mercurio’s American Adulterer or does Stieg Larsson’s The Girl Who Played with Fire (a follow-up to his The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) pique your interest? Will it be more lighthearted fare like Richard Russo’s very beach-y That Old Cape Magic or In Her Shoes‘ scribe Jennifer Weiner’s latest venture into chick lit with Best Friends Forever? Or do none of these hold a citronella candle to Pat Conroy’s latest South of Broad? Vote in our poll below and let us know which book will be by your side this summer!

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