Now that it’s summer, it seems the hottest topic revolves around ‘Beach Reads’. I’ve even had a few Instagram prompts asking: what is your ideal beach read, top favorite books on your TBR for the beach, etc. This brought me to wondering, what exactly is a beach read?
Maybe I have trouble with the whole concept of a beach read, since I never go to the beach. I just can’t picture it. Is it a book you bring and read there? If you were going, wouldn’t you want to swim or hang out with friends or family? However, maybe then you need to bring a book in order to occupy your free moments? Like when your family and friends are boring you? Or when your friends play in the water and you’re afraid of the bottom of the ocean so you sit on the sidelines?
Or are beach reads something you read while you sit on the side of the pool? Let me get away from the actual concept of what is the purpose of a beach read and move on to what defines a beach read. (Obviously I am not the best expert of this as I have no clue when you even have a beach read).
So my little experience with it tells me that a beach read may or may not be:
- something that is ‘casual’ or ‘easy breezy fun’?
- something you can pick up and put down? (so not something you’re obsessed with?)
- something short?
- something that is fun, happy, and mood affirming in general?
Seriously, the concept eludes me. I mean, if I am going to read something, I want it to be completely obsessive, that I cannot put down, and that means something to me – touches my soul. But that could be totally me, right? I have a huge trouble finding books that fall into the category of ‘beach reads’.
(BTW I’m keeping this post short, so you can read it at the beach).