The Best Beach and Vacation Reads: Critical Linking, May 28, 2017

Load up for summer reading by entering to win a $250 Barnes & Noble gift card. Go here to enter, or just click on the image below. Good luck!


Everyone’s idea of fun is different, and so are our ideas of beach reads. So, we’ve chosen a beach read to suit every desire. While most of the books on this list are from this year, we’ve snuck in a few tired, true, and everlasting beach reads for your reading pleasure.

I really like this list of summer/”beach” reads.


Last but not least, here’s Catherine Martell reading Great Expectations in “The Condemned Woman.” This book (the very same?) also appears on Cooper’s bedside table now and again.

Twin Peaks + Literary References FTW.


And the timing couldn’t be more perfect. As students at Curry Elementary wrapped up their last week of classes before summer, each of the 600 children at the school received a book to take home for vacation.

It was a way to support a love for literature and to help bolster the children’s home libraries.

But for Principal White, it was also about showing the kids that people care about them.

“It was a great chance to see how many people in our community are willing to put things together for our students to make their lives better,” says White.

I have something in my eye.


The new shades of mysteries meant that women, long underserved in the genre, started flocking to it. Today many of the most successful and acclaimed mystery writers, from Tana French to Gillian Flynn to Patricia Highsmith to Paula Hawkins, are women.

Once that change began and mysteries started dominating the bestseller lists, literary critics and authors seemed to feel free to embrace what had always been popular and entertaining. In the past 10 years, there’s been an influx of literary fiction authors, like Michael Chabon, Isabel Allende, and Thomas Pynchon, trying their hand at mysteries. (Of Pynchon’s surf-drug noir Inherent Vice, Penzler says: “It’s almost unreadable. But I always found him unreadable, so I wasn’t surprised. And at least he’s trying.”)

A nice read about Otto Penzler, owner of The Mysterious Bookshop and his role in helping refine what the mystery genre is today.

Sign up to Today In Books to receive daily news and miscellany from the world of books.
By signing up you agree to our Terms of Service