Stephen King, apparently, doesn't think "real people" should tackle the classics as their beach reads. I, as you probably could surmise, can't really get behind anything mindless (life is too short to read poorly-written books!!!) BUT I can absolutely get psyched about these set-at-the-beach books:
1. Demon Fish: Travels Through the Hidden World of Sharks by Juliet Eilperin
I read 2/3 of this book last summer. Fascinating peek into the shark fin industry and its huge impact on the environment.
2. The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific by J. Maarten Troost
Hilarious. One of my FAVORITE travel-based memoirs.
3. The Rum Diary by Hunter S. Thompson
Lots of rum. And debauchery. On the beach.
4. The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
Frida Kahlo. Diego Rivera. Leon Trotsky. Politics. Painting. And some swimming.