Few things fit together so well — or lend themselves so readily to alliterative wordplays — like a good book and the beach. The cold sand beneath your feet, the warm touch of sun on your skin and the soft roar of the surf in your ears have a way of pulling you deeper into a story, so hours and entire days can be lost inside its pages. But what do you do once you’ve run out of pages or — though I don’t know why you would — want to read someplace away from the sun and sand? It turns out the City of Five Flags has plenty to offer itinerant bookworms, besides an oceanfront view. Here, in no particular order, are my top 10 picks for places to snag (or devour) a good read:

1. The Drowsy Poet Located on picturesque Pensacola Beach, The Drowsy Poet is a bibliophile’s dream. The cafe features signature drinks named after famous authors, including Shakespeare, Milton and Poe. They also have smoothies and breakfast and dinner menus. Sit out on their deck overlooking Little Sabine Bay, while you read the day away. 655 Pensacola Beach Blvd (850) 203-1524

2. Farley’s Old and Rare Books This off-beat gem, located in Pensacola’s central business district, features an impressive collection of antique and hard-to-find volumes. I’ve heard it was also once visited by the late king of pop — and rare book collector — Michael Jackson. 6200 Tippin Avenue (850) 477-8282

3. Hawsey’s Book Index This Westside institution is the place to stack up on beach-friendly paperbacks. But be careful — you don’t want to have to buy another suitcase to house all those new volumes. If you do get overzealous, though, you can always bring them back once you've finished: Hawsey’s is one of the few places in town that still buys and trades used books. 803 N Navy Blvd. (850) 453-1430

4. Big Lagoon State Park You'll enjoy reading your favorite book while sitting under a canopy of trees overlooking the intercoastal waterway at Big Lagoon State Park. This park is located in Perdido Key and includes over 705 acres of beautiful natural communities including saltwater marshes and pine flatwoods. Big Lagoon has beautiful picnic areas, beaches and camping. 12301 Gulf Beach Highway (850) 492-1595

5. Open Books This iconic shop — long a fixture of Pensacola’s counterculture scene — is staffed by volunteers. The proceeds help raise money for the Prison Book Project, which ships boxes of books to Florida inmates. The store — located in the historic Longhollow neighborhood — offers a small but well-curated selection of new and used volumes. 1040 North Guillemard Street (850) 453-6774

6. End of the Line Cafe Long the haunt of poets, radicals and intellectuals, End of the Line boasts a vegan menu, an impressive collection of train-hopper bathroom graffiti, and a quiet back patio that’s the perfect spot to hunker down with a good book. 610 East Wright Street (850) 429-0336

7. LandShark Landing The Landing — located on the grounds of the Margaritaville Beach Hotel — boasts a hammock grove, fire pits and — crucially — an open-air bar. I think it’s the perfect spot to crack open a volume of Hemingway. 165 Fort Pickens Road, Pensacola Beach (850) 916-9755

8. Bodacious Brew Start your day with a fresh cup of coffee and a hearty breakfast, and immerse yourself in your latest read, as you soak up the energy of Downtown Pensacola. With a variety of seating areas, you can enjoy the buzz of Palafox Street while sitting on the sidewalk, or you can choose the more tranquil balcony seating. 407 C South Palafox St. (850) 434-6300

9. The fountain at the Plaza Ferdinand VII An urban oasis overshadowed by towering Southern Magnolias and steeped in Spanish-colonial history, the plaza is the perfect place to lay down a blanket and crack open a historical novel. Downtown Pensacola on Palafox Street between Government and Zaragoza Streets

10. West Florida Public Library – Downtown Library This iis not only a great place to read, but it’s also a great place to restock after you’ve run through your supply. Located in beautiful Downtown Pensacola, this library newly renovated library is within walking distance of great restaurants, shops and coffee shops! 239 North Spring Street Pensacola