Good morning bookish peoples of the internet!
Can you believe that this is the THRID time since I’ve started doing Top Ten Tuesdays that this topic has come up? I’ve been doing this meme for over 3 years, that’s crazy! And The Broke and The Bookish does an awesome job with coming up with topics, but for ones like Top Ten Beach Reads, I always look back on what I’ve already done and try to come up with a new spin. I define a beach read basically as fluff or brain candy reads: light, fun, engaging, and with the added bonus if the book is beach or summer themed. Here’s my posts for 2011 (general beach reads) and 2012 (books I hadn’t read but seemed like good beach reads).
This time I’m going to split it in half – books that I totally recommend for the beach, and books that I haven’t read yet but I would grab and take with me if I was going to the beach today. Man I wish we were all at the beach right now…
1. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller – If Greek mythology or literary fiction is your thing, this is a fantastic pick. Reading about Achilles and Patroclus running around in the sand together and the battles taking place on the beaches of Troy… perfection.
2. The Pirates! series by Gideon Defoe – These books are compact and short but big on the laughs. And they’re about pirates! Great beach material. I don’t know about you, but I feel SO weird laughing at a book when I’m by myself… so maybe bring this one if you’re heading to the beach with a friend. You can read the funny bits out loud and crack up together.
3. anything by Chelsea Handler – The girl is TOO funny. And she takes a lot of trips to beachy places. And drinks a lot. How is that NOT perfect beach material?
4. anything by Michael Crichton – Michael Crichton books are interesting and fast-paced, and pretty much guaranteed to grab your attention for hours at a time. Ummm maybe make sure you set a timer on your phone so you don’t burn to a crisp because you’re so engrossed in Jurassic Park.
5. Holes by Louis Sachar – Books geared towards kids or young adults always make fun beach reads, and this is one of the best. Read about a bunch of kids digging holes, but it’s about SO MUCH MORE. Reading about those kids hard at work will make you thirsty though, have lotsa water on hand.
6. Joyland by Stephen King – So switching now to books I haven’t read yet… I would go buy this book and try to read it at the beach. It seems like one of King’s scarier novels, so a sunny beach surrounded by people is probably the only place I could read it.
7. The Doomsday Vault by Steven Harper – I’m itching to start this steampunk novel. I checked out reviews on Amazon, and one person described it as a “rollicking good time”. Ummm yes please!
8. The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathon Stroud – I WILL start this book soon, dammit! So needless to say, if I was heading to the beach today I’d throw it in my tote. I keep hearing great things about what a fantastic kid’s series this is.
9. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson – If I was feeling more in the mood for a classic, then Treasure Island would be an obvious pick! I’ve kind of been saving it for a summer-time read.
10. The Last Camellia by Sarah Jio – I’ve read most of Jio’s previous novels and really, really liked The Bungalow by her. I’m hoping this one is just as good. And look at how pretty and tropical the cover looks!
Aaaaand now I gotta run, because I have a dentist appointment AND work until 2 am ahead of me. Fun! Not.
What books do you suggest I take to the beach with me if I get to go this summer?