I tend to think of lighter books with a dramatic love story as beach reads. Stepping outside my YA bubble for a minute, I love Nora Roberts books. Some of her stories I can read over and over again. I've never come across a male MC in her books that I wouldn't fall head over flip-flops with! When you've read as much of her stuff as I have, you start to notice a pattern in the plot lines, but that's never bothered me. They are easy to follow, which is great for beach reads, because lets face it, there are many distractions on the beach! *Oh, what, hot shirtless man? You want your volleyball back? Yes, I believe I can manage that....* Y'all know what I'm talking about!
As far as YA goes, the first books I think of when I think of beach reads are always Tera Lynn Childs' Fins series. I read the first book on a cruise, I read the second book on a cruise (we likes to cruise!) and the third book comes out July 3rd, just a few short weeks before my next cruise! So I'll be trying to hold out on reading that one until we're hitting the beach as a part of that trip!
I also like some light contemporary stories for beachy vacation. My reading habits have become much more paranormal and dystopian centric this year, but there are some habits that can't be broken. Really, what I want in a beach read is a hot guy and an uncomplicated love story. Is that so much to ask?
So what do you think of as "beach reads?"