If your idea of the perfect beach vacation is relaxing on a beach chair while catching up on your reading, then this list is perfect for you. We’ve created a list of five literary classics that are made for reading during the summer.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a classic American, coming-of-age novel about a young man and his adventures along the Mississippi River.  It’s also one of the first books to be written using vernacular English, as opposed to the proper form.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – This summer the Roaring Twenties are back in style. With the Baz Luhrman adaptation in theaters, it’s time to unearth our copies of The Great Gatsby from high school English class and give them a second go.  This novel explores themes of decadence, social strata and the American dream, all while giving luxurious descriptions of grandiose parties on Long Island.

Lord of the Flies by William Golding – In this frightening novel a group of young boys become stranded on a remote island.  Having to fend for themselves without the order and constraints of society, the worst and best in human nature emerge.  While this pick may not be light-hearted, it’s a quick, thought-provoking read.

Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss – If you’re looking for a beach-themed book to read with the family, pick-up Swiss Family Robinson!  Originally written to teach children lessons about nature and self-reliance, this book will have your kids pretending to be self-sufficient castaways in a matter of chapters.

Moby Dick by Herman Melville – This sea-themed novel follows one man’s revenge-fueled quest to find the sperm whale responsible for destroying his ship and biting off his leg.  While more of an epic tome than a light summer book, this classic about the pursuit of revenge at any cost is not one to be missed.

Whether a classic or a new title, reading a book at the beach is one of those simple pleasures of life that only summer can bring.  Pick up a book today, sit back and relax.

Have any classics to suggest to fellow riders/readers heading over to Sandy Hook or Martha’s Vineyard for a nice day at the beach?  Let us know on our Facebook or tweet us @SeastreakFerry!

Sea you soon,

The Seastreak Family

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