July 8, 2013

Seven reasons you suck at beach reading


Ah, summer, when everyone in every publishing office and bookstore across the land bends low and pledges fealty to that fickle master the Beach Read. Ask anyone in the business, we’ll all be able to tell you exactly what makes a book a good beach read, whether it be price or subject matter or how heavy the damn thing is while you hold it up to block the sun from your eyes.

But in spite of our unending fealty to the idea of books for beach excursions, it strikes me that many people are taking the phrase too literally. No matter how cheap or trashy the book, there is no excuse for mistreatment. Here are seven things to avoid if you want to be a real master of the beach read.


Dustin Kurtz is former marketing manager of Melville House.