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Great summer beach reads

By Billie Criswell | Jul 18, 2013

One thing that I love about the beach is the uninterrupted time to read. My feet are in the sand, the ocean is rolling in the background and I'm getting lost in the world of a book.

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Most people find their beach vacations to be a great time to read, and when you finally make it to the shore it's important to find a great beach read.

Browseabout Books, an independent, local book store since 1975, has a wide variety of great beach reads.  Here's a list of some of the staff favorites, as well as some of my own:

“Allawe” by Fran Hasson

Written by local author Hasson, this book has murder, love and dark secrets. The story begins in Fenwick Island and travels to St. Croix in the Virgin Islands. You can find it in the section dedicated to local interest and local authors.

“Calico Joe” by John Grisham

This was one of the staff picks at Browseabout. A baseball-themed suspense novel that ties together a beloved American pastime and elements of mystery that make for an instant classic. For  Grisham fans, this one looks like a page turner.

“Here I Go Again” by Jen Lancaster

This is just a fun read, and one which most people can relate – the 10-year high school reunion. I devoured this book (more than 300 pages) in one day, making this book a great candidate for beach time reading because it’s a light read wherein the pages practically turn themselves.

“Books” by Elin Hilderbrand

I couldn’t choose just one because all her books are beach themed! She's lived near the beach for more than two decades, and with book titles such as “The Beach Club” and “Summer People” her books reflect that beachy attitude with a romantic flair. She’ll be at Browseabout at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 28 for a signing.

“Tidal” by Emily Snow

A steamy love story about a Hollywood starlet with a boatload of problems, “Tidal” is set on the warm shores of Hawaii. The main character has just landed a lead movie role and now has to learn to surf - so this beach setting and surfing twist makes this a great, easy read for summer time with your toes in the sand.

“A Discovery of Witches” by Deborah Harkness

If you're a fan of contemporary fantasy books, like the staff at Browseabout, then this book is a great read to take to the beach.  One of my favorites as well, it tells the tale of Diana, a reluctant witch trying desperately to cage her power. When she finds a book that reacts to her, though, all sorts of creatures begin seeking her out, and her destiny threatens to override her will to live without power.

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