Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday! This is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where we’re giving a topic for the week, and we make a list of ten or so things that fit that topic. This week’s topic is about the beach! I went through a few different ideas for this week, and went with none of them, so I decided to talk about my Top Ten Beach Reading Necessities.
I know, you’re probably like, “Um I’m here for the book aspect of this.” I got you covered. I was feeling particularly inspired this week, so this post is a little more involved than what I usually do, haha. I’ve split into two halves: beach necessities and books I’ll be reading this summer. Enough of my jabbering though, let’s get to the post!
I usually like to bring some kind of a sunshade or umbrella with to sit under. One year I went to one of the beaches in the city and came back with at least second degree sunburns. That, paired with the risk of skin cancer (my dad a short bought with it) means that I usually try to avoid prolonged periods of time in the sun. If I’m reading and really in a groove, I’m not going to remember to stop and reapply sunscreen (it’s horrible and slightly pathetic, I know).
Not gonna lie, I’m usually sitting on my beach towel in a beach chair that’s on top of a second towel. It keeps me from getting sand all over myself (love the beach, hate bringing the sand home with me) and comes in handy if you decide to go in the water. I got a striped rainbow one from Target that I’m low-key obsessed with. It’s so cute and bright, like it’s smiling at you from the beach while you’re in the water. Plus, it’s more comfortable for me to lie down and read versus sitting upright in a chair.
I like physical books as much as the next person, but when to comes to the beach I much prefer bringing my Kindle with to read. I don’t have to worry about ruining pages, or all the extra weight the book(s) will add to my bag. I’m all about simplicity. I’m super anal about my books being in pristine condition, and I know that if I ruin a page even a little, it will drive me insane.
Case/Cover for Books
To help combat the sand and water, I highly recommend bringing a case for your Kindle or making your own waterproof over for your books. Earlier this month I read a DIY tutorial post on Coffeehouse Chatter and it was awesome! If you’re on the lookout for a way to bring your books to the pool/beach/bathtub, she’s got you covered! #BadPun #SorryNotSorry
I’m also going to throw in the fact if you do decide to go digital, don’t forget to charge your Kindle! You shouldn’t have to worry about bringing a charger because the batter on these suckers lasts what feels like forever.
Now that you’ve got your essentials, you’ll need a bag to lug everything around. I got a cheap $5 bag from Target (I live there, OK?) that’s roomy and fits all of my stuff nicely. That way I don’t have to bring a million bags with me. (I don’t drive in the city. I take public transportation. So lugging around a million bags on the train would not be fun.) Plus, where else are you going to put all your snacks? 😉
When I’m at the beach, and just during the summer in general, I try to keep my reading light. So all of these books are sexy and/or New Adult. They’re awesome reads, but not nearly as involved as say, diving into 800-page Winter, or another SJM book (not that there are any left for me to read). There isn’t any world building I need to grasp with rules or magic or anything of the sort. I can dive in head first and know exactly what’s happening.
What are your beach reads this summer? Leave a comment and/or link your TTT below! 😀