The display had an assortment of books, some with inviting beachy covers, others not so much. Current best-sellers weren’t there as they are already checked out and have long waiting lists. I recognize many of the titles but didn’t find myself intrigued enough by any of them to take one out.
That led me to wonder, what makes a book a beach read? When I have described a book in this way it typically has one or a few of these characteristics-a light book, set in a beach community or island, with a happy ending, and a great beachy cover. I am a sucker for a book with a beach cover, especially if it is tropical. I enjoy a good tropical escape via my beach chair under an umbrella with the waves gently rolling onto the shore and seagulls occasionally squawking. I will even indulge in a beach setting book from my favorite reading chair sitting in front of a blazing fire on a snowy day in January. Many a book I have purchased just because the cover instantly takes me to a vacation destination in my mind.
“Beach Read” is not an official literary genre, so I guess any book could be given this label many of us look for as we head to the beach for our summer vacation. I’m curious. How do you describe a beach read? And what are you reading this summer as you lounge in the sand?