20 Highbrow Books to Read on the Beach This Summer

Hopefully these titles will distract people from the fact that I’m the only one at the beach under and umbrella and in pants. #FairSkinProblems.


For even the most seasoned of book nerds, a trip to the beach can raise some difficult questions. After all, you don’t want to waste your precious vacation minutes reading something you’ll forget by the time your suntan fades, but a beach towel is also (probably) not the ideal location to tackle Ulysses. With this weekend marking the unofficial start of summer, Flavorwire has you covered with a list of twenty decidedly highbrow but still totally beach-appropriate books, all of which have come out in the months since last summer (or are about to hit shelves). Check out the list after the jump, and add your own favorite highbrow beach-reads in the comments.

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