Many of us are beach people, however that can mean two vastly different things. For some people that means fun, sun, and water, while for the rest of us it means shade and a good book.
While our friends play frisbee, we're happiest sprawled out on a towel, propped up on our elbows, completely entranced by a book.
Choosing the best beach read is a delicate art. You must consider the tone and the subject matter. Do you want to rush through an addictive thriller, speed through a short comedy, or devote a chunk of reading time to Crime and Punishment? Then, there are more material concerns; do you really want to lug a 500-page hardcover along with all your beach supplies, or ruin an expensive book with water and sand?
Everyone's idea of fun is different, and so are our ideas of beach reads. 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 tried, true, and everlasting beach reads for your reading pleasure.
This is a classic book that will make you look at the world in a new way:
Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino
Calvino likes to play, and in Cosmicomics he plays with science. It’s scientific concepts like you’ve never seen them. Don’t worry, it’s not the kind of “huh?”-inspiring science explorations that you see in those pop-science books or your 11th grade chemistry class. It’s actually fun, and these stories will get your brain going without stressing you out too much.
If you're a fiend for true crime:
See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt
On August 4, 1892, Lizzie Borden may or may not have murdered her father and stepmother with an ax. In this gory, addictive novel, Schmidt brings to life one of the most unexpected and fascinating crimes in American history.
If you like to be swept up in fantasy, check out:
The Witchwood Crown (Last King of Osten Ard) by Tad Williams
Known as the father of modern epic fantasy novels, Williams returns 24 years later with a sequel trilogy to Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn. This will surely be the hit of fantasy summer books, with Williams' highly anticipated return to Osten Ard. Set 30 years after the events of his previous novels, readers will dive into the same fantasy world, with new threats to its existence. This is a beach book that will take you into another world.
If you are looking to learn new techniques every teacher can use in their classroom, check out the following books:
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink
Most people believe that the best way to motivate is with rewards like money—the carrot-and-stick approach. That’s a mistake, says Daniel H. Pink (author of To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Motivating Others). In this provocative and persuasive new book, he asserts that the secret to high performance and satisfaction-at work, at school, and at home—is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world.
Drawing on four decades of scientific research on human motivation, Pink exposes the mismatch between what science knows and what business does—and how that affects every aspect of life. He examines the three elements of true motivation—autonomy, mastery, and purpose-and offers smart and surprising techniques for putting these into action in a unique book that will change how we think and transform how we live.
Other People's Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom by Lisa Delpit
According to Lisa Delpit, teachers and students have to understand one another for classrooms to succeed. Delpit analyzes the cultural differences between teachers and students and provides some insight as to how teachers can leave cultural baggage at the door to really support students' needs. Delpit's follow-up book, Multiplication Is For White People, further expands on Other People's Children, analyzing the effect of the education reform movement on schools.
See Me After Class by Roxanna Elden
Veteran teachers discuss their teaching experiences, which provide insight into how successful classrooms work. The book also, however, allows teachers to laugh at all those crazy situations they find themselves in teaching the students they love.
If you'd rather listen to an audiobook than read while on the beach, you can download a book for free when you sign up for Audible. Or, if you prefer renting audiobooks, you can use the Overdrive app to download tons of audiobooks from your local library. Library books might get ruined if you take them to the beach, but you don't have to worry about that risk with audiobooks, which make them the perfect choice for vacation.
Enjoy your summer and happy reading!
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