Summer is definitely here and, if you are anything like me, you will be spending as much time as possible laying on a beach reading. Of course, not all books are necessarily suited for beach reading. I find that the classics or complex literary fiction can be hard to read on the beach. It is warm, there are kids playing, and there is the hypnotic crashing of the waves in the distance. Add all of that up and you can find yourself dozing off or having trouble concentrating. Of course, there are definitely authors I can turn to when I want a beach read that will keep me engaged. Here are some of my favorite authors for beach reads.
- Michael Crichton -
No list of my favorite beach reads would be complete without Crichton. He is the absolute king of science fiction thrillers. I tore through Jurassic Park and The Andromeda Strain while sitting on a beach. Crichton's storytelling is so engaging and his premises so unique that you can't help but be drawn in by them. I'd also recommend Eaters of the Dead and Prey, but Crichton has an extensive catalog of work to look into.
- Neil Gaiman -
While this list focuses on authors whose books make for great beach reads, I would say that Gaiman is one of my favorite authors period. From fairytales like Stardust, to children's books like Coraline and The Graveyard Book, to adult fiction like Neverwhere and American Gods, Gaiman really has something to offer everyone. I love Gaiman's writing style and find it is easy to get swept up by his story telling. Aside from the books mentioned here, I would also recommend his short story collection Trigger Warning.
- Robert Galbraith -
Coming from J.K. Rowling (writing under a pen name), it is no surprise that her crime fiction series is absolutely binge-able. Centered on a private investigator by the name of Cormoran Strike, Galbraith's novels feature a flawed but engaging protagonist. Much as Rowling did in the Harry Potter novels, she deftly creates characters that feel real. Currently, there are three novels out, The Cuckoo's Calling, The Silkworm, and Career of Evil.
- Charlaine Harris -
This one may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I love Charlaine Harris's novels, in particular the Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries. These books form the source material for HBO's show TrueBlood. Though the series is quite extensive, I found that I could really fly through them and they were completely addicting. If you like supernatural stories, romance, and mystery, check out the series, starting with Dead Until Dark. Once I finished one, I needed to start the next one. If you do like the Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries, check out Midnight, Texas for another supernatural series.
- Stephen King -
Last but not least is the legendary Stephen King. With a catalogue of work as large and distinguished as King's, there are plenty of books to add to your beach TBR. Personally, I've read short novels like The Shining and monstrously long novels like Under the Dome on the beach. If horror and supernatural things are your cup of tea, you can't go wrong with Stephen King. There are so many novels of his that I could recommend, but a few of my favorites include the books listed above, as well as The Stand and It. That said, I don't think you can go wrong with a King book on the beach, regardless of which book you choose.