Summertime has many traditions, including book bloggers making lists of the best beach reads of the season. There are many different kinds of books that people tend to classify as “beach reads,” from sunny contemporaries to steamy romance and even gripping thrillers.
But what do people actually read at the beach? Not what they intend to read, but what they actually end up putting in their beach bags as they trek to the sand and sun?
Today, I’m going to share some examples of books that I’ve actually read at the beach–with photographic proof!
The Stand by Stephen King. Fortunately, last summer I was able to go to the beach quite often. Each time I went, I brought my mom’s old copy of The Stand to try to get through it before the warm weather turned cold… but I only got about a third of the way through. Nevertheless, it made for a very engaging, suspenseful beach read!
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. A few summers ago I toted this tome to the beach on numerous occasions… and even had a feathered friend interested in joining in!
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins. There I was, reading The Woman in White in preparation for studying abroad. I couldn’t put this gripping mystery down!
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez. This was such a lovely book to read by the water!! The writing is so lyrical and flowing, just like the lake.
So, what’s the verdict? It seems like I tend to read longer books when I’m at the beach, especially classics or suspenseful books. When I’m reading by the water I want a book that will keep me engaged, thinking, and excited to read more.
I hope you enjoyed this little look into what I actually like to read at the beach! What do you like to read at the beach? Let me know in the comments section below!