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What Makes a Great Beach Read?

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.

Cocoa Beach

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… 😀

Mining for lost earrings, rings and watches


About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Shanan B.

    I live in AZ so my beach going is rather limited. But I think that a good beach read needs to take place in a coastal town. If I am sitting on the beach relaxing I want the characters to be near the beach too. :)

    • http://www.readbreatherelax.com Lisa@Read.Breathe.Relax.

      Shanan, that’s a great point! I never even thought of that. Beach read= setting at the beach. Love it!!

  • http://profiles.google.com/gwenythlove Gwenyth Love

    Usually when I go to the beach it’s not to read, but if I am taking a book it’s usually something light and fluffy like a silly romance or TV series based book like Buffy, Angel or Roswell.

  • oodlesofbooks

    I live in Long Beach and barely go to the beach as well…because of the sand getting everywhere part. I do enjoy taking a book with me when I go though, and yes, lightweight and fun are what I go for :)

  • Melissa Hayden

    :) I would love to have made it to the beach this year. But to much other things going on in life at the moment to get there. :) I have to agree with the beach read points here. I do like a light read that keeps my mind wondering, but goes quickly too. I’ve read a few books this year that would qualify in that class. :) Hope you had a great time!

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