Does the end of summer mean the end of the “beach read” season? I wondered about that when my daughter recently left for a brief vacation and instead of taking along the meatier, more literary novel our book club was reading at the time, she chose two other books that offered lighter fare. “The book club selection isn’t a beach read,” was her explanation.
Perhaps seasonal reading habits are why I was so thrilled when I saw the cover on my latest book, Bees In The Butterfly Garden. It released earlier this summer and offered a definitely warm-weather look to it with the butterflies, summery gown and lightweight gloves the model wore. The look matched the season, and I was thrilled! I like reading books where the season in the story matches the season I’m in at the time.
Also along that line of seasonal reading, our book club has a history of choosing a mystery or suspense novel in October, to go along with the Halloween theme. And with my family, we usually take a few evenings to read choice sections out of Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol some time during the holiday season.
Still, at least for me, if a beach read means a happier, escapist book that’s a quick-read, then I’m in for that kind of book any time of the year!
A few of my favorite beach reads:
What Alice Forgot, by Liane Moriarty
Lilies in Moonlight, by Allison Pittman
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, by Mark Haddon