Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Time to Lounge In The Sun! Top Ten Beach Reads


It seems like every year just as the beach season starts, The Broke and The Bookish want to know, what are your Top Ten Beach Reads.  This will in fact be my third "beach read" list.  This year the topic also specifically asks how YOU define a beach read.  

Usually, if a list is repeated or I've done something similar, I'll try not to repeat the books.  This time, I'm going to think about what I would want in a beach read and see what makes my top ten this week, even if it was on one of the previous lists.  For me, when I want to take something to the beach, I want it to be a page-turner.  It doesn't have to be fluff, it could be anything that will keep me engaged.  It also needs to be something I can put down at any point and come back to without feeling like I need to catch up.  What if I want to take a dip in the water?  Or build a sand castle?  I don't want to feel like I can't leave the story.  In no particular order, my Top Ten Beach Reads.

1. Anything by Sophie Kinsella.
2. The Undead Series, by MaryJanice Davidson
3. The Hunger Games Trilogy, by Suzanne Collins
4. The Divergent Trilogy, by Veronica Roth
5. A Series of Unfortunate Events, by Lemony Snicket
6. The Harry Potter Series, by J.K. Rowling
7. The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis
8. Anything by Jane Austen
9. The Sookie Stackhouse Series, by Charlaine Harris
10. Redshirts, by John Scalzi

Well, apparently I like taking mostly genre books to the beach....  What are your favourite beach reads?

32 comments:

  1. Sophie Kinsella really is just perfect for the beach. I love the HP and the HG series. I could read those anywhere. Great list! Thanks for stopping by mine!

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    1. I'm hoping to get some Kinsella vacation/beach time this year. I'm also thinking about rereading the HP series... maybe at the beach?

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  2. Divergent is so action packed - it's a perfect beach read!

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    1. I love action packed books for the beach; they keep you engaged.

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  3. Excellent picks! Especially Sophie Kinsella and Jane Austen (and of course HP!) - all perfect for a summer beach read :)

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    1. I'm hoping to get some Kinsella and Austen reading done this summer, maybe at a beach!

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  4. Great list and thanks for stopping by my TT!

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    1. Thanks, I had fun making it.

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  5. Sophie Kinsella! Her books are really quirky :) I also really love HP. It's ended, but my love for it hasn't. NEVER WILL! Haha! I love classics, especially Jane Austen ones. I also happen to like the movie adaptations of some of her works :) Great post :D

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    1. The Sense and Sensibility movie is fantastic. I haven't seen the Pride and Prejudice movie, but I will... eventually.

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  6. Great list! Love HP, hunger games and divergent:) Thanks for stopping by!

    My TTT:
    evelinesbooks.blogspot.nl

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  7. I love reading Austen in the summer!

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    1. I'm aiming for Emma in August. Maybe something else too, we'll see how it goes.

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  8. I forgot about Sophie Kinsella's books! They are so much fun to read on vacation. And you can never go wrong with Divergent, Hunger Games, or HP. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Kinsella writes some hilarious books, quirky and fun and what I think of when I think of beach reads.

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  9. My daughter has been trying to convince me to read The HUnger Games for years, but I think I'm more interested in Sookie Stackhouse though. Love that you included Jane Austen!

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    1. You can love The Hunger Games AND Sookie Stackhouse :) I think they're both great series, but for two different reasons.

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  10. I can totally see Hunger Games or Divergent being great beach reads! Plenty of excitement, but not so complex that you can't take a break ever so often. Great list!

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT :)

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    1. That's exactly why I picked Hunger Games and Divergent, as well as most of the books on this list.

      Thanks!

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  11. The Chronicles of Narnia would be perfect for a beach day! The ocean somehow makes the reading experience ten times more magical. :)
    Great list!

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    1. Narnia and beaches do seem to go hand in hand.

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  12. I'm waiting for a copy of Sophie Kinsella's new book. I'm sure it would be a perfect beach read!

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    1. I'm waiting before I get Wedding Night. I'm behind a bit on Kinsella's books and I have two unread that need to be taken care of before I get more.

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  13. I agree strongly with Divergent and Hunger Games. Great choices!

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    1. Thanks! I love those books.

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  14. Sophie Kinsella... I love her books! Actually, I just recently bought one of her's ( I've got you number by Sophie K) and it is sitting on my shelf waiting to be read! :)

    New Follower, Emily @ Counting in Bookcases

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    1. I don't have that Kinsella book (yet). I have two unread ones, Can You Keep A Secret and Twenties Girl, I'm hoping to read this summer... maybe at the beach.

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  15. Sophie Kinsella is a favorite of mine as well. I'm just missing Wedding Night. Thanks for stopping by my TTT :D

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    1. I don't have Wedding Night either... I'll have all her books one day...

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  16. One of my favorite memories when I was younger is of reading HP and the Goblet of Fire on the beach when it first came out. I think there is still some sand in my copy from that day. :) What a fabulous list of un-put-down-able books! Thanks for stopping by our TTT yesterday.

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    1. That sounds amazing! Save the sand :) I could totally see sitting on the beach and reading all the books.

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