People talk about compiling summer reading list, or a list of summer reads. Others refer to them as beach or vacation reads. But just what is a summer read?
Answers to the question are all over the place. After reading several articles, a summer read can be categorized in many ways:
- It can be an easy read, something light and witty, what some refer to as chick lit, or randomly selected bestsellers in one genre or another.
- Or it can be starting or completing a series, such as the Harry Potter books.
- Maybe your summer reads are those classics you’ve put off re-reading since high school or college.
- Perhaps it’s the list of classics you’ve never read.
- For some, a summer read might be catching up on the necessary reading of new textbooks, textbook materials, or curriculum references for teaching next year’s readers and writers.
How does a summer read become a beach read?
A summer read becomes a beach read when you move that beach chair from the backyard under the spreading arms of the maple tree to the shores of an ocean or lake and you’re required to carry along sun screen, sunglasses, something cool to drink and something to cover your head, preferably a beach umbrella or fashionable beach hat.
Reason for the accessories? A warm day at the beach means you might just fall asleep for a nap, which leads me to the conclusion on how a summer read becomes a beach read.
Beach reads are intentionally easy reads, no complex plots or characters, something you can easily pick up and put down between naps without missing a beat. Summer reads can be this too, but some definitions of summer reads, as stated above, could disqualify for beach reads due to heavy historical fact, complex plots, multiple complex characters.
For me, a summer or beach read can be anything you, the reader, want it to be based on your likes and dislikes, and the list of to be reads you’re trying to complete.
Just keep reading!
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Coming up next: On Thursday, I’ll post my review of Impossible Odds by Jessica Buchanan and Erik Landemalm. This is a review you don’t want to miss!