I just returned from the Dominican Republic with 70 of my closest friends. Well, if we weren’t close before, we are now. The resort was meant for relaxing in the glorious sunny weather, and most of the parents spent those 3 or 4 days with a beach read in tow.
One of my favorite amusements at the beach is to find out what people are reading and why. My criteria for bringing a book to the beach is that it promises to captivate my thoughts, pushing aside all other worries, cares, concerns or to-do lists from my consciousness. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn did just that. Oh my, I barely stopped for a cocktail!
With 30 parents, I knew the variety of books would be interesting, so I thought you’d like to know what others are reading in their precious spare time.
The most widely-read book was Proof of Heaven. Some were reading it because it was a book club selection, or because it was on a Lenten reading list from church, or because they were going to see Dr. Alexander speak, or simply because the premise of the book was intriguing. One couple brought a single copy and haggled over whose turn it was to read it.
I was impressed at the number and variety of non-fiction books on the beach:
In the classic fiction category, I found these page-turners perched on beach chairs:
Finally, for those of you searching for easy, mindless or thrilling reads, take a cue from what other beachcombers packed in their beach bags:
Wow, these books promise edification, escape or entertainment: just what you want for your beach reading. Did we give you any ideas? Like one of my favorite sayings,
I have more books than time to read them!
March 20, 2013