We’re all about summer reading of all kinds and we’re going to be tweeting up a #summerreading storm on Thursday, 6/7. We want you to tweet the books you’re #summerreading. Yes, even the forced classics-a-thon that your teachers give you. Think about how cool you get to look reading Dickens on the beach while your sister flips through UnBeliebable: An Unofficial Biography of Justin Bieber. And, besides, some classics were made to be read at the beach. And some…weren’t. We bring to you the four best books set on the beach and–to make sure your vacation stays beachy keen–the four worst books to bring to the beach.
The Four Best Books with Beaches
The Stranger by Albert Camus
If you get lightheaded from the sand and the sun, you can take a dip in the deep end with this existentialist book about grief, apathy, and the nature of the human condition. Plus there was a rock song made about this book, so…
Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Sagan
Because we all were or will be 17 once. And because your 17-year-old self probably didn’t (won’t) lounge on a French beach with a millionaire playboy father, trying to ruin his romantic relationships when they began to compete with you for attention. And because if your 17-year-old self did lounge on a French beach trying to sabotage the romantic relationships of your millionaire playboy father, the results still couldn’t touch the teenage angst of Bonjour Tristesse.
To The Lighthouse by Virgina Woolf
Every one needs to have read some Virginia Woolf. This book is great to pull out at parties when the nature of art is being discussed. You know, at the kinds of parties where people hold glasses they never drink from and start every sentence with, “I would agree, old chum, but–”
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
You will never look at white in the same way again. What color is that cloud? That snowflake? That piano key? Don’t ask Melville. This book frequents the “books you must read before you die” list.
The Four Worst Beach Reads
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
This book is super divisive. Some hate it and some hate how much they love it and will deny to the death the life-sized cut-outs of the main trio that they have in the back room of their offices. Either way, team loathe or team love, you won’t be able to avoid the glares when you read this book in public.
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
This book is amazing. It’s vivid and immersive and lauds the power of the written word! But you’re sweating and sandy and the sun is turning you into a human-ka-bob. Leave this hi-temp book to the great (temperature controlled) indoors.
Modelland by Tyra Banks
No one is at their most confident during swimsuit season. Don’t make it worse for yourself. Reading about preternaturally gorgeous women while chowing down on your fourth Choco Taco is not a good combination.
I Survived #2: I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916 by Lauren Tarshis
Make sure to join us on Twitter, Thursday 6/7, for a #summerreading Twitter blitz. What are you reading this summer? Tweet it on Thursday!