When asked about my favorite place to read, I can’t help but think that the question came at the most opportune time. The answer has to be the beach, the very place I happen to be going at the end of this month. You better believe you will find me with a stack of books next to my beach chair as I stare out at the waves.
There’s just nothing better than a beach vacation where you have nothing to worry about except whether or not you have enough reading material. This is never a problem for me because I always end up bringing at least ten books with me on a vacation that will last for seven days. To be fair, last year I read a book a day and started on my eighth on the car ride back – I’m always grateful that my husband likes to drive so that I can kick back and start vacation early and end it a little later. I’m also that person that has to know where the local Barnes and Noble is just in case.
The beach is perfect for those summer reads when everything feels carefree or there’s simply a minor problem to deal with. There’s a breeze blowing in off the ocean to keep you cool in the hot sun that ensures you don’t lose yourself in Arabia while reading The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. There’s the ocean itself lapping against your feet that feels like it could carry you away and emerse you even further into To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo. It can even keep you at ease while reading a slightly unnerving book like Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke. Or keep you warm while reading The Snow Like Ashes series by Sara Raasch.
No matter what sort of books you like to read, there’s always plenty of time to figure it out on the beach. While school brings educational reading and classics, summer vacations are a time to read whatever you choose. My advice is to read as much as you can of what you choose while you can. Reading is a wonderful escape from life, especially when life gets complicated. Reading has been proven to improve empathy as well as make you a more open minded individual. What better way to spend your vacation than making yourself a better person?