Even though I live in Florida, I don’t really go to the beach that often. I enjoy it, but I tire easily of the murderously hot sun beating down on me and of sand in general. I think sand is the earth’s version of glitter- it gets everywhere and you find it in random places weeks later.
When I do venture out into the Florida coast- I like to make the most of it. For me, that means bringing 100 SPF sunscreen (do they even make an SPF that high?), grabbing my embarrassing first generation iPod and venturing out with my besties.
I don’t normally bring books (or my Kindle) to the beach with me because of the previously-mentioned evil sand and mostly because sweat would get on everything (I’m not joking when I say that Florida summers can climb into the 100s of degrees).
If I did bring books to the beach, I would use the following criteria to determine which books to bring:
1A fun but worthwhile story– I would want a book that was fun and maybe a little silly but still has a fun story, like Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella or Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Georgia Rennison. Those books are funny and cute that you can stop and start reading easily.
2A lightweight book– I’m not about to drag a 800-page novel with me to a location where it very may well get destroyed by salt water and the devil sand. 😉
3A non-embarrassing cover- When you’re out on the beach with 1000 of your closest friends, it’s nice to be able to read a book without shame. Some book covers- especially in the fantasy genre- can look a little crazy and can make people think you’re a little crazy too. Which may or may not be true in my case…
What do you think makes a great beach read?
P.S. Check out this amazing picture of a “gold-digger” at the beach. There are so many interesting characters showcased in the sun… 😀