Top Book Picks for the Beach

Cynthia Dermody

Summer Safety Guide

2009 Summer Reading List has come out with it's annual Blockbuster Beach Reads List. Consider some of these recent hardcovers as you're basking in the sun on some patch of exotic sand:

Finger Lickin' Fifteen by Janet Evanovich

The Scarecrow by Michael Connolly

Dead and Gone (Sookie Stackhouse Book 9) by Charlaine Harris

Medusa by Clive Cussler

The 8th Confession (The Women's Murder Club) by James Patterson

Cemetery Dance by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Relentless by Dean Koontz

Click for the rest of amazon's 2009 Blockbuster Beach Reads List.

Just heed this advice from ophthalmologist Wayne Bizer, spokesman from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, when reading in sun. Sunlight reflects off the white pages of books, especially those in glossy celebrity magazines, right into your fragile retinas. To avoid permanent vision damage:

  • Make sure your sunglasses have UVA and UVB screens for the most protection possible;
  • Read in shade or indirect sunlight, or restrict your reading time to the hours before noon and after 3 p.m.;
  • Know when to stop. If you look up from your book and colors seem off, blue or faded, your eyes may be getting toxic levels of light and it's time to take a dip.

Do you read in the sun -- does it hurt your eyes? Have you read any of the above? What bestseller or undiscovered favorite will you be taking on vacation this year?

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