9 Beach Reads That Are Way More Than Just Beach Reads

If you like the beach, but you don't like beach reads, this list is filled with literary masterpieces large and small.

The Sound of Waves by Yukio Mishima

In this 1954 book written by one of the most enigmatic Japanese writers of all time, you'll be transported to the beautiful fishing village where the young Shinji falls in love with a fisherman's daughter, Hatsue. But this is much more than just a love story -- it's a sweeping descent into the quiet rumblings of village life: rumors, judgements, and at last, patriotism

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

If you're feeling ambitious, we hope you'll take a dive into Melville's whale of a novel. It's a tale of revenge, whaling history, and adventure that has earned the reputation of being a classic. This lovable Pequod crew will have you laughing and crying all the way through. Why not get it over with this summer and impress your friends?

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

An epic battle of Old Cuban vs. massive marlin. The 1952 novella put Mr. Hemingway on the literary map. He's highly lauded for his terse, modernist style -- he gives readers just enough to imagine the most vivid scenes of maritime warfare.

Deep by James Nestor

James Nestor is a journalist who gives us an in depth journey of his adventures free-diving as a way to pass new oceanic frontiers and go where no divers have gone before. You'll be gripped by Nestor's exploration of the most fascinating uncharted mysteries of the ocean.

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

The French writer Jules Verne was a master at science fiction. Join Captain Nemo, his servant Conseil, and the Canadian whaler Ned Land as they tour the sea aboard the submarine, the Nautilus.

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

This is a book about truth, and man vs. animal. Follow the animal-obsessed Pi Patel on his journey from India to America. Only he has some very special creatures aboard.

The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery

If you thought you knew the octopus, think again. They are some of the most intelligent and crafty sea creatures out there, and can teach us quite a bit about our own brains.

The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger

This is the true story of one of the most intimidating storms of the century. The book is an account of the factors that birthed the "perfect" storm. Some call it science, some call it supernatural, but it's 100% thrilling.

Lost Ocean: An Inky Adventure and Coloring Book For Adults by Johanna Basford

If you're not into reading, try out this coloring book instead!

These books won't just give you a passing wave of enjoyment, but will provide a whole season (and more) of meaning, adventure, and fun.

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