There are few things as relaxing and indulgent as a good book read on the beach. There are few things more frustrating than getting all settled in for a day of reading on the beach (we’re talking umbrella up, towel down, SPF 50 from head to toe) and realizing the book you prepared to dive into actually kind of sucks. Not to worry, I have recently taken on the burden (ahem) of finding the perfect beach reads. These books have only been tested for the Portuguese beach, but I’m sure they will be equally enjoyable on any beach you may find yourself on.
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
There is something satisfying about knocking an “everyone must read” book off the list. I had always thought that In Cold Blood would be too gory or violent to be my cup of tea. It turns out to be the perfect page turning thriller and also one of the first historical fictions to be penned. There is a reason this book put Capote on the map. It will have you turning pages until the sun starts setting.
The Longest Night by Andria Williams
So this was a lucky find. I was enamoured with Swans of Fifth Avenue after I read it, based on a friend’s recommendation (hi Monica!). The Longest Night was recommended on Goodreads as a similar read to Swans of Fifth Avenue which proved to be correct. Based on a young couple in the 1950’s who live on an army base, The Longest Night explores life in the early 50’s and in a strict military structure. I could barely put it down to sip my sangria (barely).
The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood
So full disclosure… I didn’t actually read The Handmaids Tale on the beach. But as my all time favourite book, I have read it multiple times in different locations, which makes me confident that it is equally fitting for the beach. I am always shocked when I find out people have not had the opportunity to experience the magic that is The Handmaids Tale. If you tell me this there is a good chance I’ll run out and buy you a copy. So, now that you have a full glorious day in the sun stretching out before you, trust me and dive in (to the book. The water might be cold).
*On second though, just read anything by Margaret Atwood. That’s my rule of thumb and it has never let me down.