July Is Beach-Read Month at 1book140

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We tend to read some heavy books here at 1book140. In the Name of the Rose. Kafka on the Shore. Right Ho, Jeeves. And then, come summer, we like to amble down to the shore in our flip flops, lay back under the umbrella and take in a long, cool, drink of something tasty, frothy, and fun.

What constitutes a beach book? Well, as the back and forth on Twitter today makes clear, "beachiness," as a literary quality, is in the eye of the beholder. For me, frankly, it might consist of some choice Gordon S. Wood. Others might prefer something a little more cerebral. Last year we picked Marie Phillips's Gods Behaving Badly, which hit the spot perfectly. (If anyone's looking for more guidance, check out last year's nomination page.)

So July will be our second annual Big Beach Read-a-long. Many of you have been lobbying for Raymond Bradbury. Sounds distinctly unbeachy to me, but bookies rule the roost here at 1book140, so if there are lots of Bradbury nominations, we'll represent that on the short list. As always, happy reading, and happy nominating.

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Jeff Howe is a professor of journalism at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts and a former Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He previously worked as a contributing editor at Wired Magazine, where he covered the media and entertainment industries. In June 2006 he published "The Rise of Crowdsourcing" in Wired. In September 2008 he published a book on the subject for Random House. The book has been translated into 11 languages. Before coming to Wired in 2001 he was a senior editor at Inside.com and a writer at the Village Voice. In his 20 years as a journalist he has traveled around the world working on stories ranging from the impending water crisis in Central Asia to the implications of gene patenting. He has written for Time, U.S. News & World Report, The Washington Post, Mother Jones and numerous other publications. He lives in Cambridge with his wife and two children.

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