Best Beach Reads – What to Read when you don’t have to read textbooks.
By College Tourist Contributor of 07/19/14
There’s still plenty of Summer to relax with your toes in the sand, a cool drink by your side and a good book
We asked our fantastic summer team what they were reading this summer. Here’s their Best Beach Reads Slecetion
Johanna: Perhaps it’s not a typical “beach read,” but I am rereading one of my favorite classics, Catch 22 by Joseph Heller. It’s not necessarily light hearted, but it’s super funny!
Catch-22: 50th Anniversary Edition
Sarah D: I loved Mindy Kaling’s book “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)” — Super funny, relatable, and fun for the pool/beach.
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
Kate H: A Killing in the Hills and Bitter River (both by Julia Keller) before my Europe trip. The third book in the series is coming out in August, I believe. Every summer I visit my grandparents at the beach and I usually read a couple Agatha Christie mysteries and one or two biographies or historical novels. Last summer I read All The Presidents Men, about the Watergate scandal (it’s also a movie). There’s a little shop down the street from my grandparents’ house that sells worn out old paperbacks for $1-2 so I usually stop in and choose something at random.
A Killing in the Hills
Bitter River (Bell Elkins Novels)
Lindsey: I just finished Night Film by Marisha Pessl and loved both the fast-paced plot and the unique layout of the book. It’s a very fast read despite its size (more than 500 pages).
Night Film: A Novel
Jenna: Gosh. I don’t know if this counts as a beach read, but it should. I’ve spent many a hour on the beach reading it. A Song of Ice and Fire (aka game of thrones) and it is so good and engrossing. You could probably spend a whole summer of beach days reading it- sure to keep you occupied!
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1)
Ananya Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. All amazing books, engaging and quick reads for avid readers!
Fight Club: A Novel
The Time Keeper
Gone Girl: A Novel
Purva: I recently read ‘Landline’ by Ranbow Rowell and I am intrigued by how Rowell describes complicated emotions in simple terms so that we can easily understand. The author, who has previous dabbled (by dabbled I mean written best-sellers) in the YA category such as ‘Attachments’ and ‘Eleanor & Park’ (widely recommended by John Green) this time has written a book about adult relationships but it is perfect for an aware audience in all age groups. ‘Landline’ is the story surrounding of a marriage gone wrong between high-school sweethearts but deep down, it is about failing and still finding happiness in what we have. Quirky and memorable characters, light and easy language, an appropriate length and an emotional roller-coaster- ‘Landline’ is a part of the recipe for a lazy afternoon at the beach with a glass of lemonade and a box of tissues.