Melody: I just finished The Tea Planter’s Wife by Dinah Jefferies. This isn’t a book I’d normally pick up to read (the synopsis made it seem like a historical romance), but a dear friend of mine recommended it, so I gave it a try. I didn’t want to put it down!
Joanne: My beach read is: A Gentleman in Moscow by A. Towles. This book unfolds shortly after the Russian Revolution in a period of violent upheaval. A striking count named Alexander Rostov has been summoned and accused of writing a counter-revolutionary poem. His trial offers an indication of the count’s casual resistance to the spirit of the times. Asked to state his occupation, he answers, “It is not the business of a gentleman to have occupations.” Friends in high places keep him from being shot on the spot. He’s declared a “Former Person” and sentenced to life imprisonment in Moscow’s Hotel Metropol. The novel has more time for tea than high adventure, but it makes you appreciate what you’ve got, and those with which you can share it.
Jonathan: To me, any book that I’m reading is a good beach read. I love reading by the pool or beach. Fresh air and seeing the water in the background puts you in another place, mentally. But, since we’re picking one, and I have a feeling that this will be on more than one person’s list, I’ll say Jaws. Jaws is a fun read, and what better place to read it than the beach? You’ll be peeking into the ocean every other paragraph and then be too scared to even go in! What’s more fun than that?
Faran: When I worked full-time at night in the Palm Beach Post sports department, I used to bike to Palm Beach almost every day (I didn’t report to work til 4 p.m.) Often, if I wasn’t making another lame attempt at surfing, I would take the latest Sports Illustrated magazine and read while I listened to the waves. A writer’s magazine, SI was full of colorful features, detailed profiles, and witty commentary. Some beautiful memories of reading those articles in the sand.
Cathy: A beach read for me needs to be a Janet Evanovich novel. Her Stephanie Plum series–funny mishaps of an ill-suited bounty hunter with a scintillating love triangle. Team Ranger.