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Top Ten Beach Books

Everybody loves to get comfy in a beach chair with a wide umbrella overhead, a cold drink in your hand, your feet buried in the sand, and a great book to read. It’s the epitome of relaxation! Whether it’s a fat novel or a fascinating biography, books are part of beach culture. But what about books that were written about beaches or have beaches as their main setting? We found ten wonderful books about or on beaches that you might want to read when you’re lounging on the beach. Beaches stir the imagination of everyone, including most writers…

#10 - The Beach House by Mary Alice Monroe

Caretta Rutledge unexpectedly finds herself reconnecting with friends and family as she fixes up the family beach house; in the process she learns she must forgive and forget the past in order to move forward in her life.

photo Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
#9 - Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Young Jim Hawkins endures his rites of passage into the big, mysterious world of adult responsibility, played out among a pirate crew controlled by Long John Silver

photo Beach House by James Patterson
#8 - Beach House by James Patterson

Jack Mullen is attending N.Y.C. law school when he learns that his brother has drowned in the ocean off East Hampton, but Jack knows this was no accident and risks his own life in pursuit of the truth.

photo Beach Music by Pat Conroy
#7 - Beach Music by Pat Conroy

Following his wife’s suicide and living in Rome with his daughter, Jack McCall finds his grief interrupted by the arrival of his sister-in-law seeking his help in tracking down a former classmate who disappeared and went underground as a Vietnam protestor.

photo Jaws by Peter Benchley
#6 - Jaws by Peter Benchley

In the fictional seaside town of Amity, a great white shark menaces tourists during the height of the summer season. Local police chief Martin Brody, together with marine biologist Matt Hooper and shark hunter, Quint, set out to kill the shark and bring the town back to normal.

photo The Waves by Virginia Woolf
#5 - The Waves by Virginia Woolf

Following the lives of six people, Percival, Bernard, Neville, Louis, Rhoda and Jinny, from birth, through adulthood and to death, this novel is typical of Woolf’s insightful prose; the characters are individuals and yet they interlock throughout the book.

photo The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
#4 - The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Thematically about the unconquerable spirit of mankind, this is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, Santiago, and the young boy, Manolin, devoted to him such that he will go without food to ensure the old man is sated.

photo Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
#3 - Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

Mysterious Captain Nemo, a sort of water-based Robin Hood, designs and builds his special submarine, the Nautilus, on a desert island, but his vehicle is believed to be of enemy origins and he is pursued by a range of dastardly characters.

photo Ulysses by James Joyce
#2 - Ulysses by James Joyce

A continuation of the story of Stephen Dedalus that began in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, this psychological novel studies Homeric parallels, one of which sees Stephen walking alone on the beach, where he does some of his best thinking and reasoning.

photo Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
#1 - On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan

A newlywed couple faces their fears about consummating their marriage and the young wife’s sexual distance on their honeymoon at Chesil Beach. A moving story with the typical McEwan quirky hook.

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