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Whether you're looking for a summer beach read or something scary to keep you up late at night, there are thousands of good books out there. From classics to tear-jerkers, we've compiled a short list of quality reads to make you laugh, cry, or want to fall in love. Many of these titles are available both in print and as an e-book, so whatever your favorite method of delivery. So brew a cup of tea or pour a glass of wine, and relax with a story that transports you.

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1. The Catcher in the Rye

Disparaging the "phonies" in his life, the hero-narrator, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield, is the quintessential 16-year-old. His story is firsthand, from leaving his Pennsylvania prep school to going underground and AWOL in New York for three days. Confused and disillusioned, he searches for truth and rails against the "phoniness" of the adult world. He ends up exhausted and emotionally ill, in a psychiatrist's office. After he recovers from his breakdown, Holden relates his experiences to the reader. Perhaps the safest thing we can say about Holden is that he was born in the world not just strongly attracted to beauty but, almost, hopelessly impaled on it.

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