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What the heck is a "beach read" anyway?

About this time every year, I see lots of articles on line and in magazines about great "beach reads."

What exactly makes a book a "beach read"?  Is it just a book with a summertime feel?  One that takes you all summer to read? One that you don't care if it gets splashed on or squirted with Coppertone?

I read books year-round, and I don't think there's one kind of book that I like to read more in the summer than the winter. If it's a book with interesting well-developed characters and a good story, I'll read it any time of the year.

Here's a book some might conisder a great beach read: Beaches, by Iris Rainer Dart.  It's a great book, but it's really sad. I guess I would not want to read that one on a beach because I might use my towel to dry my tears, and would then get sand in my eyes.

If you have a good "beach read" you'd like to recommend, I'm open to suggestions. But I probably won't read it on the beach. I might just be outside on a plastic lawn chair.


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05/29/2013 1:35PM
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07/08/2013 6:17PM
Snow in the sand?
Ha ha, I'm trying to learn exactly what is meant by 'beach read' and coming up empty handed. Just bought my dad two books, one on Everest and one on the K2. I like snow stories in the summer =*)
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