VIDEO: Romance author Sarah MacLean answers the age-old question: ‘What is a beach read?’


“We’re thinking about something that is just as decadent as sitting in the sun and eating ice cream or putting on our flip flops and going for a long walk. We want that beach read to evoke confection. We want it to make us feel like we’re being bad, a little, but at the same time we want it to make us feel fabulous.”

— Sarah MacLean


MacLean and Book World editor Ron Charles discuss what makes a summer read different from a fall, winter, or spring read (we still live our lives on a school schedule), how long it should take to read romance novels (6 hours) and why a book published in 1997 is still a must-read for summer (stolen babies are involved).



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Veronica Toney is a writer and digital editor at The Washington Post.
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