Staff Poll: Beach reads!

We’ve got warm weather on the mind! What are some of your favorite beach reads? Or, if you’re not really a “beach read” type, what would you typically choose to bring to read at the beach? Maybe at least something with a summer setting?



“I’m not really a beach person, but one of my favorite summer reads is Summerland by Michael Chabon. This story blends Native American and Norse Mythology, and the best summer activity – baseball. It is a story that will appeal to children and adults alike.”



“My favorite beach reading is magazines. Usually either Scientific American or the Economist. The sound bite formats work well as I alternately get distracted or doze off. Otherwise I read the same paragraph at least twice to get the gist before I can move on with the plot.”



“I love to read short stories at the beach. My brother one year for my birthday got me this really cool waterproof short story beach book. I loved it and wish I could find more. I find that short stories are a great fit for the beach. You can kinda pick up with whatever or where ever depending on mood”




“Books I remember reading on the beach:

1974: The Hobbit

1984: The Unbearable Lightness of Being

1988: Wide Sargasso Sea

1990: Midnight’s Children

1994: Bone People

All of these books, for me, oddly have the scent of coconut oil co-mingled with memory of the read. I, too, post bikini years, lean towards “the best of” series – essays, science and nature writing, travel, and short stories. I love that annual series.”



“I don’t think I have ever actually brought a book to the beach. I love the beach, and try to visit often, but when I do, I find that I don’t sit still for long. This probably has something to do with how fair skinned myself and my husband are. No amount of sunscreen seems to prevent us from burning! Some books I’ve read that make me think of summer, though, are We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, and Big Fish by Daniel Wallace (though, I think it covers multiple seasons)”


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