- Jocelyn McClurg

Beachy keen: One way to tell summer is here? Look at USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list. Fiction is dominating the top 50, and 43 titles, or 86%, are novels. Every book in the top 10 is fiction. The fiction is a mix of thrillers, romances, young-adult books, and a few literary titles ( The Girls by Emma Cline at No. 12, Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler at No. 40). But many of the novels people are buying are by brandname authors, the kinds of pageturner­s that seem ready-made for the beach. In the top 10 alone: The Pursuit by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg (landing at No. 2), End of Watch by Stephen King (No. 3), Bay of Sighs by Nora Roberts (No. 4), Foreign Agent by Brad Thor (No. 5), Here’s to Us by Elin Hilderbran­d (No. 6), and The Murder House by James Patterson and David Ellis (No. 8). Jojo Moyes returns to No. 1 with the tearjerker Me Before You, boosted by the movie adaptation; she also has the No. 9 book with the sequel After You.

‘Watchman’ climbs’:

For decades, Harper Lee’s 1960 Southern classic To Kill a Mockingbir­d has been a classroom staple and frequently appears on summer reading lists as well. Now Go Set a Watchman, Lee’s controvers­ial 2015 novel that reset our perception of Atticus Finch, is showing up on high school summer reading lists. (The paperback edition was released in May.) Watchman returns to the Top 150 at No. 14. Sales reported on this week’s list also reflect a discounted e-book price. Watchman landed at No. 1 on July 23, 2015. Mockingbir­d is No. 76 this week.

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