Beach Reading

19 Jul

I’ve talked about beach reading on the blog before — it seems every summer there’s a debate about what constitutes good beach reading. And no one can agree. I’ve decided to just make everyone happy and say that good beach reading is anything that you want it to be.

For example, on Saturday, I decided that I needed to get away from it all. You ever have those moments where you can’t be stuck doing the same thing, weekend after weekend, and you want to shake it up and have some alone time? I have those a lot and I haven’t been able to take advantage of them because I’ve been so busy with school work and with the normal summer obligations. On top of that, I never made it to the beach last summer, and this one was quickly passing me by without a trip to the ocean too. Considering I live only a few hours from the coast, I thought it was pretty sad that the last time I dipped my toes into a body of water, I was on Block Island, RI, in September (jeans and a hoodie — no swimming!). Before that, I was in Israel and it was the Mediterranean. I was still fully clothed, and that was last August. Before that, it was northern California where the water is unswimmable (I was wearing jeans and a sweatshirt in July), and before that was Miami…and somewhere in there was Cancun. Oh-kay. So there’s been lots of beaches. But rarely any swimming, and NONE nearby. The beaches have always sort of just been there…almost all of those trips were for weddings, and I wasn’t exactly hanging out all day.

So Friday afternoon I decided to make the 2 1/2 hour drive to Cape Henlopen, DE to bake in the sun and read as much as possible. Sadly most of my reading was school-related, but I spent the five-hour round trip listening to Anne of Green Gables, thanks to a free download from Lit2Go (via iTunes). I’m not a huge fan of audio books, but I’ve never read Anne of Green Gables before (it’s on my Must Read: Classics list) and this was free. I had the time, and it felt like a waste to just listen to music. I didn’t get to finish it, but I plan on getting through the rest in September when I have to drive up to the Catskills for what will surely prove to be an epic weekend with college friends. I totally get now why people adore Anne, and why it’s a beloved book for little girls everywhere. I wasn’t into historical fiction as a little kid, so it’s understandable why I didn’t read this one. But I’m glad I’m finally getting around to it.

Once I got to the insanely crowded beach, I picked a spot and SPF’d up (though not nearly well enough, it turns out) and allowed myself two chapters of Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan before digging into homework. So this is how I spent my Saturday:

Lovely, huh? Too bad I couldn’t spend the whole day with Mr. Westerfeld. I’m about half-way in and just LOVING it so far. I need to hurry up and finish though — the library due date was on Saturday, and I’m totally keeping it long enough to finish it. I will take the late fees. I don’t care :).

Have you had any great beach reads lately?

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3 Responses to “Beach Reading”

  1. lbluca77 July 19, 2010 at 12:14 pm #

    I never read Anne of Green Gables but I remember as a kid watching the mini series and loving it. Did you ever watch it? If not I highly recommend it.

  2. Kerry July 20, 2010 at 8:41 am #

    Good for you getting some beach time in! I spent the 4th on Cape Cod and read The Passage, as well as a mystery that was for review. Half play, half “work.”

    I’m also all for the using drive-time to listen to audiobooks. I’m going up to NYC tonight to pick up some forgotten items and drop off keys, and I got Lincoln: A Biography and The Thirteenth Tale on CD from the library.

    Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on Leviathan!

  3. Megan (Best of Fates) July 22, 2010 at 4:51 pm #

    I haven’t read Anne of Green Gables since I was a little girl – I should pull that down off my shelf and open it again.

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