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Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
The perfect light, fantasy ride through magical mayhem and fun.
1 / 10
Castle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones
Similar in subject and tone to Howl's Moving Castle, this tale follows a carpet merchant out to rescue a princess from her magical kidnapper.
2 / 10
The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy
A humorous adventure story where the heroes do what needs doing, but the stories afterward don't always get it right.
3 / 10
The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis
Another classic adventure story filled with friendship, talking horses and a little danger.
4 / 10
The Fairy's Mistake (Princess Tales) by Gail Carson Levine
For a short, light, irreverent story in the tradition of classic fairy tales, pick up this humorous book or any of Levine's others. (Cinderellis and the Glass Hill and Sonora and the Long Sleep to name a few.)
5 / 10
Ice by Sarah Beth Durst
And for when the beach is just a little too hot, try this "cool" fairy tale retelling.
6 / 10
The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
Every beach bag needs at least one contemporary novel, right? This Dessen story has a good mix of relationships and character development without getting too heavy.
7 / 10
Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale
I've actually only read Austenland, but I've seen good reviews for this mystery set in the regency-style vacation spot.
8 / 10
Five Days in Skye by Carla Laureano
And for a romance-filled getaway (with ocean waters too cold for swimming), try this contemporary visit to Scotland.
9 / 10
Pride And Prejudice Tie In by Jane Austen
If you're using your beach time to catch up on the classics, you can't go wrong with Austen's crowning achievement, Pride and Prejudice.
10 / 10