Summer vacations are returning, and that also means the return of ‘beach reads’.  So what are beach reads, anyway?
MacMillan Publishing defines the beach read as “a book you can take on holiday, which is good enough to keep you engaged but not so serious it will spoil your holiday.”  When looking for a good beach read, ultimately, a book should be compulsively readable or just pure fun.  Other beach read criteria may include, a summer setting, romance, and low stakes (characters that don’t have much to lose).
     If you’re looking for an oldie but goodie to take with you on vacation, Refinery29 has a list of what they are calling the “The Ultimate Beach Read Bucket List”.  Titles on their list include East of Eden by John Steinbeck, Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, and Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie.  Newer classics on the Refinery29 list include Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan and The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.
     New titles added to the beach reads list include, My Year Abroad by Chang-Rae Lee, a story of a young American whose life is transformed when he meets a Chinese-American businessman and takes an impromptu trip to China; Golden Girl by Elin Hilderband – Vivian Howe is killed in a hit-and-run and sent to the “Beyond” where she meets her guide, Martha; and The Maidens by Alex Michaelides a thrilling and suspenseful tale of murder and a secret society.
     Whether you’re looking for a newly published book, or a classic that you maybe haven’t read before, the Adams County Library System has a variety of titles available for you.  Just search through the online catalog on our website,, or check out the new book shelves at your favorite branch to find a book or two that speaks to you.
If you would rather travel without a physical book or two taking up space in your luggage, check out our collection on cloudLibrary.  We’re adding new titles weekly to the collection, and just like our physical titles, all ebooks and eaudiobooks check out for three weeks.
     And don’t forget to track whatever you read while on vacation as part of our Adult Summer Reading Challenge.  Reading and tracking five books (yes, audiobooks count) will get you one entry in our grand prize drawing.  Tracking twenty books will give you an extra entry.
So check out what the library system has for you.  Your next summer read is waiting!

Submitted by Sara Edmiston, Public Services Librarian.