Happy Tuesday! Tomorrow is the first day of June, which means that summer is right around the corner. One of my favorite things to do during the summer is reading at the beach, especially by the lake when my family and I go camping. Whether your “beach” of choice is by the ocean, lake, or pool, there are a few aspects of beach reading that are essential to having the best experience possible. Here are my Top Ten Tips for Beach Reading!
No, it doesn’t mean what you think it does– I’m talking Bring Your Own Bag. Whether you prefer paper, cloth, or plastic, I recommend bringing a bag along to store you book in when you’re not reading it. Unexpected shenanigans are always happening at the beach, and you never know when sand, water, or seagulls will attack your precious paperback when you’re in the water.
2. Paperbacks are preferred.
Obviously this is a matter of preference, but I always try to bring paperbacks with me to the beach rather than hardcovers, an e-reader, etc. Hardcovers are often too clunky in heavy in my beach bag, and I have a nagging fear that something would happen to ruin an e-reader (cue the aforementioned sand, water, and seagull attack). Paperbacks, on the other hand, are just right!
Imagine: you are all settled in your reclined lounge chair at the beach you open your book and BAM! You’re blinded by the glaringly white pages as they soak in the bright sun. The solution? Sunglasses! Before making the sandy trek to that perfect beach spot, be sure to check that your shades of choice are clean and scratch-free to avoid any pesky obstructions to your vision.
4. The preliminary taste.
This might sound strange at first, but I recommend doing a little taste-test of your beach read prior to heading down to the water. Read a few pages or even a chapter before embarking on your seaside trip to make sure that a) you like the author’s writing style and b) the story is interesting enough to keep your attention. If not, you might end up stuck with a book that you don’t really click with, and that’s no way to spend a day at the beach!
Don’t be afraid to be picky when selecting a spot to set up camp at the beach. Do you like to be by the water? Do you prefer the shade or sun? If you’re happy with your surroundings, chances are that you’ll end up being able to relax (and therefore read) a lot more!
We all know how loud a busy beach can be at times. If you’re on a mission to log some serious reading time, remember to take a pack a pair of headphones or earplugs. You never know what you’ll need them!
7. Apply sunscreen first, read second.
Let’s be honest: once you start reading that incredibly gripping novel you packed, there’s very little chance that you’ll be stopping to apply sunscreen anytime soon. To prevent your skin from sizzling in the summer sun, put on sunscreen before you crack open your book. This way you can read without having to worry about looking like a lobster the next day!
8. Take a book, leave a book.
Many beaches nowadays have these nifty little “libraries” chock full of secondhand books. Take a stroll to see if your beach has one and, if so, sneak a quick peek inside. You never know what gems you might find just waiting to be read.
9. Chat bookishly.
Chances are, there are a lot of readers spending some quality time with their books by the water. Don’t be afraid to engage in a bookish discussion with someone if they don’t look too busy. Try a friendly, “How is that book? I’ve been meaning to read it!” or even “I just wanted to say that I absolutely LOVE that book!” Who knows where the conversation will take you?
10. Close your book.
This may sound counterintuitive, but I think it’s important to take some breaks from reading throughout your day in the sand– you are at the beach, after all! Take a dip in the water, make a Hogwarts-inspired sand castle, or treat yourself to a melting ice cream cone. Your book will still be there, ready for you to read, read, read!
What are your tips for reading at the beach? What do you think of mine? Let me know in the comments section below!