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Beach Reads!


It’s officially beach season!  When I pack my giant beach bag, I always make sure I include the three essentials: lots of water, SPF 100, and my latest beach read! (Let’s not kid ourselves, who goes to the beach to swim?)  
So what makes a book a beach read?  Beach reads can be romance, thrillers, classics, or even horror (Jaws, anyone?)

Cover image for Jaws.


The answer, at least in my opinion, is that it has to be "unputdownable"!
Let’s see what myself and other KPL staffers are reading by Lake Michigan!


Cover image for The body lies

The Body Lies by Jo Baker

I read this in one sitting, my heart pounding the entire time.  It’s about a newly minted creative writing professor teaching a small workshop  at an elite private university. Things get scary when one of her students starts turning in disturbingly realistic stories in which she recognizes herself as the main character… Can she stop him before fiction turns into reality? -Emily K.

Trigger/Content warnings: rape, violence, suicide


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Circe by Madeline Miller

My beach read pick is Circe by Madeline Miller,  I love this book because it has a little bit of everything, an awesome, strong female main character, mythology, family drama, sweeping romance, adventure, betrayal, witchcraft, animal friends and yes, turning men into pigs. It is a very compelling, page-turner, the perfect beach read! -Amy K.

Trigger/Content Warnings: Violence, gore, murder, torture, physical abuse, child abuse, thoughts of suicide, brief scene with cutting, graphic childbirth scenes, mention of bestiality, mention of incest, animal sacrifice, death of a sibling, death of a child, death of a loved one, death of an animal, rape, adultery, and war themes.


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Islands in the Stream by Ernest Hemingway

I thought I would send you my favorite beach read, Hemingway's Islands In The Stream.  I should also note my favorite beach is Malaquite Beach on the National Seashore on the Gulf of Mexico.  I read this book yearly on those sands.

It tells the story of a Hemingway type character at 3 distinct times of his life, all set in the islands & at sea.  What makes this an ideal beach read for me is that Hemingway is describing (in his stripped down, concise language) nature & the sea around me.  His writing prompts me to think about my own life & adventures. 

Here is a picture of my well read, probably still has a little sand between the pages beach read book. -Dana


Alright readers, get your books to the beach!  Happy Summer Reading!!!!!!


Emily Kastelic
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