Beach House Diaries: 6 Tips for Summer Reading

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Grabbing a book is a great solution early in the beach season when you're still trying to remember how to relax, later on when the novelty of sun and sand is starting to wear off, or anytime in between. If your vacation plan is eat, read, sleep, repeat, consider the following tips.
  • Need recommendations for new books?, and the New York Times website all have solid seasonal lists.
  • Look for locally-set novels: say, Walter Walker's Crime of Privilege on Cape Cod or Nicholas Sparks' Nights in Rodanthe in the Outer Banks.
  • Try classics such as Walden, The Great Gatsby or The Awakening which chronicle vintage summertime experiences in waterfront homes.
  • If you're attention span is short, short stories are just the ticket. Pick up a collection or browse back issues of magazines like The New Yorker.
  • Don't restrict yourself to fiction. For instance, an illustrated book about astronomy will help turn bored star gazers into constellations hunters.
  • Reading can be an expensive habit, so peruse the stacks at your local library or stock up on "disposable" used paperbacks at thrift shops.

Susan MacCallum-Whitcomb will report on life at a summer beach house in AOL Travel's weekly Beach House Diaries. Follow along with her or share your beach house tips in the comments below.
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