The best "beach" read I've ever read? Ok, this is kind of a toughie for me! Not for lack of beach days-- I live in Southern California, after all. I avoid the beach because of my Lupus. I'm supposed to avoid the sun. BUT I DO go to the POOL! Under an umbrella and in my apartment complex so I can always run inside if my skin catches fire. ;) So I'm just gonna change "beach read" to "pool read."
I think there are a number of elements that make a good beachside read. For instance, short stories or novellas are perfect. You finish and then get back in the water! I also think that light hearted books are better for the beach. You don't wanna be depressed or thinking deep thoughts (you could get a migraine easily in the sun!) ;) I know many ladies like to read some romantic stories by the pool...lookin' at all those men in their swim trunks...bodies all shiny from the water/sunscreen (phew, did it just get hotter in here?) :k
Here is the best "beach" read I've ever read:
The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd