10 Smart, Entertaining Beach Reads They're not trashy, but they're still page-turners By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Jul 31, 2010 10:52 AM CDT 7 comments Comments Apparently Infinite Jest isn't as daunting as it appears. (Flickr) (Newser) – Looking for a page-turner to read on the beach, but just can’t bring yourself to buy a trashy supermarket romance novel? Allow Sadie Stein to introduce you to 10 respectable summer reads “that you can show with pride—but will devour like a tween guilty pleasure,” on Jezebel: Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace: “Stop putting it off! You'll enjoy it, we swear!” Plus, it’s long enough to last any length of plane ride. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov: “How can something so utterly artful and disturbing be so completely, deliciously addictive? Probably one of the best reads of all time.” The Secret History, Donna Tartt: “Whenever I'm looking for a book that's juicy, atmospheric, faintly gothic, and totally absorbing (a little old-fashioned school scandal never hurts, either) I tell the person at the bookstore that I want something ‘Secret History-esque.’” The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood: “It may be a feminist classic and a fascinating take on gender dynamics, but first it's a masterfully-told, riveting, satisfying story that will keep you going for at least a week of solid reading.” For the complete list, click here. For more smart summer reads, click here.