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Summer is, without question, the best time of year to kick back and relax with a good book. 

And if you’re planning a getaway sometime soon, you’re probably on the lookout for something new that you can get through fairly quickly. To make those plane, train, and car rides fly by easily, the editors at Amazon Books compiled a list of popular short reads in a variety of genres. 

Keep scrolling to see their selections, each of which is under 400 pages. 

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“Ginny Moon” by Benjamin Ludwig

“Told from the point of view of a 13-year-old girl with autism, this absorbing debut sets at its heart Ginny’s obsession with ‘Baby Doll,’ whom she unwillingly abandoned four years ago when she was taken away from her drug-addicted and abusive birth mother. Ginny’s unpredictability and her clever attempts to reunite with her clearly unstable mother keep the suspense level high until a tear-provoking finale that will have you cheering for the stubborn, brave, impulsive, and ultimately heroic Ginny Moon.”

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“Afterlife” by Marcus Sakey

“FBI agents Will Brody and Claire McCoy have a panicked Chicago on their hands when a serial sniper takes down his 17th victim. But it’s not until the killer lays a cunning trap for the agents tracking him that Brody and McCoy realize that they are facing someone — or something — that has never been seen before by the FBI’s behavioral specialists. A ghost story, a love story, a whole lot of action, and a true-blue indictment on the corrosiveness of evil form the flexible backbone of this smart thriller that corkscrews like a bronco.”

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“Goodbye, Vitamin” by Rachel Khong

“‘Goodbye, Vitamin’ is a fast, funny, read about family, love, and finding your footing. Rachel Khong is able unearth the humor in tough situations: heartbreak, unfulfilled expectations, and even Alzheimer’s disease — and she’s written a story that stays with you, populated by characters who feel like your own friends.”

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