10 Highbrow Books to Read on the Beach (and What Each Says About You)

Did you know you could easily change the lyrics to Martha and the Vandellas “Dancing in the Streets” so the song goes, “Summer’s here and the time is right or reading on the beach”? Whether you’re comfortable messing around with a classic summer anthem or not, those words are worth repeating to yourself as a mantra for the upcoming months — when, hopefully, you will find a little bit of time to sit on the sand, listen to the waves, and read a great book or two.

But what does your 2014 beach read say about the kind of person you are? Surely you, in the bathing suit you purchased on sale in January and your cool shades, have wonderful taste. You are no doubt a smart person who takes the utmost pleasure in both the written word and a chance to relax — but maybe it’s worth taking a second to ponder what message your beach book of choice sends to the sunbathers around you.


Capital, Thomas Piketty

What this beach read says about you: You’re reading Capital on the beach? You are truly a party animal on the same level as Spuds MacKenzie