I’m not a beach girl–at least, not a lying-on-the-beach girl. Due to being horribly pale, prone to heat rashes, freckles and sunburns that, unlike other people’s sunburns which turn into tans, simply peel away, leaving me back where I started, I have a hard time enjoying the beach. It’s like being Cinderella at the ball, but without the fun part of going to the dance in the glass slippers and pretty dress, meeting the prince and so-on. Too much work and too much turning into a pumpkin, all around.
But I do love to walk on the beach, swim in the ocean and sit under an umbrella overlooking the beach and I certainly love to be on any kind of vacation that involves water and long spans of time where I am free to read a book. (Insert hysterical laughter here over the idea that I will have any span of time to read anything between now and, say, Halloween!)
So, without further redheaded griping (or pre-release lunatic asides), here are a few books I think would be great to read, even if you’re just sitting on a balcony in the city with your feet cooling in a kiddie pool.
Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay and A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving–I group these together because The Oppressor and I read both aloud to each other (with more than occasional cheating by reading ahead while the other was napping or swimming) on our honeymoon and there were definitely beaches involved, despite my usual non-beachiness.
Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series–perfect, perfect beach reading. Beware of becoming so entranced that you start demanding your mate grow his hair long and call you “Sasanach” in a Scottish accent.
Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels–more serious, lyrical beach reading and probably not what most people would think of as beach reading, but gorgeous nonetheless and gorgeous in a way that will make you appreciate wherever you are.
Anything by Jodi Picoult–again, not light, but always compelling.
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd–fabulous book and it has a summery feel.
Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver–another fav and a good book for summer.
Those are some of my classic summer favorites, but I’ve also got a massive to-be-read pile and I’m looking forward to:
And it goes without saying that ALL the deb books are excellent for summer reading!