A must-bring item to any vacation or staycation at the beach is a book (or two . . . or three)! Much like the beach itself, a book can help you relax, keep you entertained, and be the perfect way to pass the time as you sink your toes into the sand and listen to the calming ocean sounds. And because the ideal beach read differs from person to person, we’ve rounded up a list of unique and underrated books from all genres. Our list includes steamy romances, hypnotic thrillers, hilarious rom-coms, and historical sagas — so no matter what you’re looking for, we have an option for you to pack in your beach bag!