Posted: Jul 28, 2014 9:00 AM
Whether you're killing time while your kids are at swim lessons or kicking up your feet on vacation, these 10 books are perfect for reading poolside.
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A simple thing

A Simple Thing
by Kathleen McCleary

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What if you chose between your marriage and your children? Mom of two, Susannah, does that for the summer, packing up her two kids and moving to a remote island in the San Juans, leaving her husband — and her marriage — on the East Coast. What happens in A Simple Thing will have every mom thinking about what they'd do in her position.

Mad about the boy

Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy
by Helen Fielding

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If there is anyone to keep you entertained poolside this summer, it's the hilarious and neurotic Bridget Jones. Ms. Jones, who is now Mrs. Darcy (kind of), is back in action in this new, witty addition to the Bridget Jones collection of books. In Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, she explores life as a mother and so much more.

Deep blueDeep Blue
by Jennifer Donnelly

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The first in a new trilogy of novels from Jennifer Donnelly, Deep Blue will have you entranced into the world of mermaids. Yes, mermaids. And, just as you'd imagine, the lives of merpeople are quite compelling and you'll be tempted to jump into the pool and practice your own mermaid moves.

I did't come here to make friendsI Didn't Come Here to Make Friends: Confessions of a Reality Show Villain
by Courtney Robertson

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There's nothing like a little reality show behind-the-scenes action for poolside reading this summer. A new release by a former The Bachelor contestant, Courtney Robertson, I Didn't Come Here to Make Friends: Confessions of a Reality Show Villain dishes up all of the goodies that you're hoping to hear, including how she became a reality show villain along her rose-lined journey to find love.

Orange is the new blackOrange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison
by Piper Kerman

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Trust us, you won't be the only mom reading this book poolside this summer. If you're new to the Netflix series, Orange is the New Black, or if you've already devoured Seasons 1 and 2, but haven't read the back story yet, pick up a copy of this must-read. The book isn't as juicy as the TV show, but Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison is worth reading to fill in some of the details that are missed on screen.

Summer house with swimming poolSummer House with Swimming Pool
by Herman Koch

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The title says it all. Summer House with Swimming Pool is the ultimate poolside read for summer. A psychological thriller of sorts, there's a little bit of everything to keep you reading, from murder, to the Mediterranean, to money, to dark intentions — just remember to take your eyes away from the page at times to check on your kids in the pool.

The matchmakerThe Matchmaker
by Elin Hilderbrand

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Every single one of Elin Hilderbrand's novels is perfect for poolside reading and her newest release, The Matchmaker, is no exception. Set on the dreamy beaches of Nantucket, this story is full of heartbreak, but also full of hope, and of course, moments that will make you want to leave the pool and head to the beach, immediately.

The vacationers

The Vacationers
by Emma Straub

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If you're going on vacation with your extended family this summer, pick up this book to read poolside... it will quickly put any potential family drama to shame. See what happens in The Vacationers when family comes together in a beautiful location for a vacation that will change all of their lives.

We werfe liarsWe Were Liars
by E. Lockhart

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One of the hottest new books of the summer, poolside or not, We Were Liars will be an instant favorite for moms who are closeted YA (that's Young Adult, in case you aren't an addict) readers. If you're new to YA, or hesitant to read a book intended for teens in public, let this book convince you that the embarrassment of being caught is going to be completely worth it.

Your perfect lifeYour Perfect Life
by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke

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Co-written by allParenting's own Lisa Steinke (we're proud of you) and her best friend, Liz Fenton, Your Perfect Life is new for Summer 2014 and you will devour it while dipping your feet in the pool to stay cool. We mean, can you imagine accidentally switching lives (and bodies) with your single, gorgeous childhood BFF, who happens to be a celebrity? You'll be able to after you dig in to this poolside read.

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