It is summer in the Northern Hemisphere and a lot of book sites and bloggers are chattering about beach reads aimed at women readers - floppy hats, stripes, water, seem to be popular in America.
|From Pop Sugar|
This led me to this great article by Sophie McManus in The Washington Post about what exactly are “beach reads” and in which she says - “The beach reads category itself flatteringly pretends you’re someone with loads of disposable income and free time”.
Yup, how many non-retired women any-place get to spend a whole summer loafing about in deck (Adirondack in America) chairs anyhow? Even if you are too rich or too poor to have a job, and haven’t got a tribe of kids that need 24/7 supervision or entertaining during six weeks school vacation and your normal 9 to 5 involves a ski resort, there probably aren’t that many modern-day whip-wielding employers who are going to let you have a “whole summer” off - a couple of weeks at most if you are lucky.
Besides, unless you're on a beach in one of the world's few remaining techno-black spots, very few people these days have the willpower to actually read a paper book for any length of time without getting withdrawal symptoms and having to resort to their technology.
Some beach reading cartoons - with creators acknowledged where I can find them.
|Copyright New Yorker|
|Ah, if I had a twin, she'd have to be the fabulous Maxine|