What Makes a Summer Beach Read?

All over the internet you’ll find lists of summer beach reads. I have not read a single one of these lists. Except one. It was probably a month ago now that a blogger I follow wrote about beach reads. And I don’t remember the post or what she said, but she defined beach reads (in part) as books that take place on the beach. I don’t know about you, but I’m unaware of the beach genre. I’ve never read a book that takes place on the beach. And I think it’d be beyond ridiculous for someone to seek out such a book.

I mean, an entire book can’t even take place on a beach. So that doesn’t even make sense. I remember liking her complete definition, but I have no idea what else it entailed. So now I’m just wondering to myself (and to y’all) about what makes a book a beach read. Is it a summer romance? Is it YA? Is it anything written by Nicholas Sparks? I have no idea. But I do know that it can’t simply be books set on the beach. At least I hope that’s not what all those lists are listing.

So what makes a book a summer beach read?

And I’m writing this as a separate post from my post on Summer Reading Lists because I see articles about books that “should be on your summer reading list” and I see articles about “summer beach reads”. So I’m assuming there’s some difference here.


On this day in 2014 I published Language in Your Writing.

Summer Reading List

No, I’m not going to tell y’all which books I’ll be reading over the summer months because I honestly have no idea. And no, I’m not going to link to some article that tells you what you should be reading. BUT I am making a little change here. I want to know about your summer reading habits! Y’all are well aware by now that I don’t care what any other person reads because another person’s reading has absolutely nothing to do with me. But I am curious to know if your reading habits change during the summer months.

I’m seeing article after article (not blog posts) about summer reading and books perfect for reading in the summer, and I just don’t get it. Are we allowed to read certain books during certain months of the year now? Are there books that are currently “in season”? This all sounds ridiculous to me, but I’m thinking I’m just out of the loop here. Are the summer months more conducive to specific stories? I’ve never tailored my reading to the seasons, but I also never said I have any idea about anything.

Anyway, do your reading habits change at all during the summer months? How so?


On this day in 2014 I published Introduction of my TBR Piggy!.