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

(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.

Apparently Infinite Jest isn't as daunting as it appears.
Apparently Infinite Jest isn't as daunting as it appears.   (Flickr)
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