The term “beach read” means something different to everyone, so much so that it’s hard to find a great definition for the term. Many people group certain genres into the beach reads category, such as romance or mystery novels, and some people don’t consider genre at all. But I think it is generally acknowledged that beach reads need to be something you don’t need full 100% concentration for because you’ll need to take a break every now and then to take a dip in the water!
My Vacation Reads
Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon
In the continuation of the bestselling Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, a new adventure begins when Brianna, daughter of Claire and Jamie Fraser, makes a disturbing discovery that sends her back to where her story began. As she searches for her mother and father, whom she’s never met, she risks her own future to save theirs.
I’ve really enjoyed the series thus far and have been waiting to finally dive into the next part of the journey. While the series is pretty intense, and let’s just say long, I think it’s the perfect book to read on a relaxing day at the beach.
Skeleton Crew by Stephen King
A collection of stories by Stephen King including The Mist (have you seen the movie?). Short stories are great for the beach if you might easily forget what happens in a longer novel.
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
From Goodreads: In her acclaimed and enduring masterwork, Sylvia Plath brilliantly draws the reader into Esther’s breakdown with such intensity that her insanity becomes palpably real, even rational—as accessible an experience as going to the movies. A deep penetration into the darkest and most harrowing corners of the human psyche, The Bell Jar is an extraordinary accomplishment and a haunting American classic.
This is definitely not a “normal” beach read, but I’m currently reading this novel for Mental Health Awareness Month and who knows if I’ll want a more serious read.