I have seen many western movies that actors and actresses reading by the pool or on the beach. It kind of brain wash me a little that this scene is romantic.
So I tried myself. A little experiment told me that I, personally, do not like this way. Well it’s good to breath fresh air and listen to blowing wind while reading story. However, I do not like when it was to shinny. The reflect was too much for my eyes. If the sunlight is soft, I think it waa fine.