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Best Beach Reads 2010-06-10 10:00:26

What's Your Favorite Beach Read?

Summer, when the days are long and the reading is light, unofficially begins this weekend. Even if you're working through August, relaxation and a good book beckon.

So tell us what your favorite Summer read is — whether you read it every year or you read it once on a hot, perfect day. Any new must reads you plan on tackling this season?

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Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
I love Huck, definitely prefer it over Tom, but only up until Jim gets captured. It all just turns ridiculous after that.
TammyO TammyO 7 years
I just re-read To Kill a Mockingbird and I love it even better now that I really understand it, as opposed to being forced to read it in high school. That's a great summer read. I also love the books The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. Perfect books for the summer since they really capture the mood and heat of the season, Tom Sawyer even more so since it's the more light-hearted of the two.
flavacrisp flavacrisp 7 years
I agree, Summer Sisters is the perfect beach read.
sarasonne sarasonne 7 years
The Sleeping Beauty Diaries are so dirty and awful, I love them. People who don't like them, take them too seriously.
amybdk amybdk 7 years
Currently reading The American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld -- very loosely based on the life of Laura Bush. It's mind candy!
chidley chidley 7 years
I read Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine every summer.
ladylove004 ladylove004 7 years
Being in College all year round, I like to read books that are enjoyable and easy to follow unlike the canonicals Beowulf or Paradise Lost... I just finished Judy Blume's Summer Sisters and Loved it! Now I am reading Sarah Dessen's Just Listen.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
BJC - I read it in a day! It was great. Anything Emily Giffin or Sophie Kinsella do it for me, or other fun chicklit books really! And of course, Summer Sisters (Judy Blume) - loved that book and could read it over and over.
Fifaxita Fifaxita 7 years
I dont know why but Marion Zimmer Bradley´s books are very good to read at the beach. The Avalon Series are great, followed by the Fall of Atlantis and my favourite, which i have read 5 times now, The Firebrand..
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
Anything trashy, really. I like a good fluffy mystery at the beach.
Sundown321 Sundown321 7 years
I read The Alchemist every summer. I am always fascinated by that book and the great feeling I get after reading it. And there is no better place than the beach for a read like that!
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
I agree with Betty Wayne; there's just something about Hemingway in the summer.
BJC BJC 7 years
im going to read the new emily giffin book - Heart of the Matter!!!!!!! looooooooove emily giffin
French-Kiss French-Kiss 7 years
Pride and Prejudice is excellent :D I read it 3 times.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
And I'm planning on getting Pride and Prejudice and Go Ask Alice on my next trip to the library.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
Anything Hemingway. Green Hills of Africa if I just want something fun, For Whom the Bell Tolls if I want something deep and romantic. Perfect for he beach because the surf drowns everything out and you can really focus on the little details.
French-Kiss French-Kiss 7 years
I used to read again every Harry Potter book each summer :P Hum i like to read simple novels, like love stories.
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