The fine white sand feels like warm velvet between your toes. The horizon is a limitless expanse of gently lapping, azure waves. The bottomless Mai Tai at your side sweats in the heat, its paper umbrella riffling in the sea breeze. In your hands is the latest from your pile of Beach Reads, those sexy, glossy books publishers have been marketing since May to get you through the lulls between snorkeling, lobster tacos, and massages at the spa.
Oh, wait. Are you saying you don’t get to take a tropical vacation every summer? You just… go to work? Or, when you do go to the beach, you spend the time pulling sandy mystery items out of your kids’ mouths, or shivering because you wore a swimsuit to the Oregon coast? Oh friend, we too feel the sting of the ubiquitous Beach Read! Every soft-focus Elin Hilderbrand
cover is a pastel reminder that we’re not mulling the vagaries of love on Martha’s Vineyard.
But we cogs in the workaday world have one consolation. Even if we can’t read on the beach, we can always read about the beach. And that has a lot to recommend it: chiefly, no bathing suit anxiety, no gritty sandwiches, and no sharks. So grab one of the fun books below and enjoy the beach in comfort.
by Peter Benchley
by Frank Herbert
Kids Need Beach Reads Too!
Sure, kids are guaranteed a vacation every summer. But that means a lot of empty hours, and as kids, these were a few of our favorite ways to fill them.