Beach Reading Summer Fun

It’s officially summer! School’s out. Teacher’s are throwing wild parties. Hordes of people are flocking to the beach. (Okay, maybe if you’re from the land where the sun always shines, you can’t quite grasp this magical feeling, but, for our sake, just pretend.) 

So you get to the beach. Your wife or husband is slathering tanning oil on their pale skin. Your children are already burying each other up to their necks in the sand. And you? You are settling under that beach canopy (because an umbrella just doesn’t cut it anymore), laying back on your lounge chair, and digging into that mammoth bag striped in irritating pastel colors you call your “beach bag” for that book you’ve been waiting to read all year.

Chances are, if you’re anything like me, you’ve come equipped with more than one beach book. If we’re being honest, it’s probably more like 7 or 8 beach books and you had to throw some of your spouse’s clothes out to make room for them – they won’t miss them, right?

All this begs the question – What books are you bringing to the beach? 

If your answer is Anna Karenina, sorry you’re wrong. Runner Sami, you say in shock, how can an answer to such an obviously open question be wrong? Well, my friend, the answer lies in the question. It has to, in its very essence, be able to be called a “beach book.” I don’t want to hear about your literary achievements, those tomes you read to discuss, or cross off your “classics” list, or find deep meaning within. No, a beach book must be something that is light and fluffy. We’ve all seen them –  they’re the ones that come back with those annoying grains of sand embedded beneath their plastic library jackets never to be removed, or perhaps the ones left on the shelf of the beach house you’re family has rented, or the one where the author’s name is bigger than the title of the book. Yes. Those are beach books. I’m asking you to come clean on those bodice rippers, those steamy mysteries (I’m talking to you, Coulter fans), those espionage thrillers where all the plots mirror one another, those ones that you can’t wait to get your hands on but feel almost ashamed to talk about.

These are the books that get us through those long days in the sun and surf. Books enough to capture our attention, but leave up with ample room to “watch me! watch me!” at a moment’s notice. So, come clean – What books are in your beach bag?

  1. Science fiction has always been my guilty pleasure. I don’t know if I’ll make it to the beach this summer, but my fun summer reading list includes Time Travelers Never Die by Jack McDevitt and Up Jim River by Michael Flynn.

    • teadevotee
    • July 4th, 2010

    Oh god. You’ve caught me out. I’m totally going to read some Phillipa Gregory. Can’t beat a nice Tudor romp in the sunshine. Don’t tell anyone though, please.

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