What Makes a Summer Beach Read?

All over the internet you’ll find lists of summer beach reads. I have not read a single one of these lists. Except one. It was probably a month ago now that a blogger I follow wrote about beach reads. And I don’t remember the post or what she said, but she defined beach reads (in part) as books that take place on the beach. I don’t know about you, but I’m unaware of the beach genre. I’ve never read a book that takes place on the beach. And I think it’d be beyond ridiculous for someone to seek out such a book.

I mean, an entire book can’t even take place on a beach. So that doesn’t even make sense. I remember liking her complete definition, but I have no idea what else it entailed. So now I’m just wondering to myself (and to y’all) about what makes a book a beach read. Is it a summer romance? Is it YA? Is it anything written by Nicholas Sparks? I have no idea. But I do know that it can’t simply be books set on the beach. At least I hope that’s not what all those lists are listing.

So what makes a book a summer beach read?

And I’m writing this as a separate post from my post on Summer Reading Lists because I see articles about books that “should be on your summer reading list” and I see articles about “summer beach reads”. So I’m assuming there’s some difference here.

On this day in 2014 I published Language in Your Writing.