Alright, let me explain first. This post in a genuine question. I believe in "you should read anywhere you like or anywhere possible", but I still do not understand this "beach read" thingy. Well, you are on Pinterest a lot, you'd see a lot of pinners save many reading lists like "beach reads of 2016" or "best of summer reads" etc.
I don't understand beach read. Or summer read.
I am all for stealing time to read. If you don't know yet, I live in a tropical country, Indonesia. We get lots of sun here, so in my case, I love it when it rains. Cooler weather calms me. It is soothing and a very effective in improving my mood. So, of course I get the "curl up with a book on a rainy day" kind of thing. It's a perfect set up for a bookworm, after all.
Oh, I used to love near the beach as well. For years, in fact. So, I cannot say I see anything special in a beach. It's just water. With waves. And lots of sun. And heat. I understand the appeal, though, especially to you, Westerners. You love the summer, you adore the sun, beach reminds you of picnic time and sweet cold drinks, what's not to love about it?