Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Beach Reads

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This weeks topic is Books that I would recommended as beach reads.  Well, I think most books are good beach reads, that is I would read any genre book at the beach.  I just love the sun and the beach with a good book.  I even read 1984 at the beach last year so my books might be a little weird but stick with me. :D

1.  First off, The Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling are great beach reads.  I read parts of the last three books on a beach.  BUT remember to wear sunscreen, you might regret reading them when you are really burnt because you got sucked into the book.

2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is always on my beach read list.  I LOVE this book almost more than I love Harry Potter.  (Did I just say that?)  I never get tired of feeling the wind when I read about it in this book.

3. Nicholas Sparks tends to be a nice quick read for the beach occasion.  Something like The Last Song, The Notebook or A Walk To Remember are always good.

4. The Princess Bride by William Goldman is a really good book to take to the beach.  It's fun, it's romance, it's adventure.  This book is full of wonderful humor and great characters!

5. Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary Schmidt.  As with Gatsby, reading this book at the beach enhances the story.  The wind in the story is a character in and of itself, so reading it where you can feel one of its characters is just unbelievable.

6. Janet Evanovich, her Stephanie Plum books are just ridiculously hilarious and a perfect light read for a sunshiny beach day. One for the Money

7. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg is so great.  There is nothing like a good tall tale to make a good day great!

8. Sarah Dessen books are always good light and fluffy reads for the beach.  Some of the really good ones have been Keeping the Moon, Dreamland, Lock and Key.

9. I have a feeling that a good mystery novel would be the perfect companion to a beach day.  In that case, how can I not recommend Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes.  Mystery and clever explanations, it's a great way to spend a day.

10. Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson.  It's the story of how Peter Pan became Peter Pan.  Need I say anymore?


  1. The Princess Bride is definitely beach/summer read. You can't go wrong with action and a bit of humor!

    Alison at The Cheap Reader

  2. You've caught my attention with your description of Lizzie Bright. Haven't heard of that one before. Thanks.

  3. Harry Potter would always be one I would bring if it weren't so heavy :P
    My TTT; http://booknookgirl.blogspot.com/2012/06/top-ten-tuesday-beach-reads.html

  4. What a fantastic list! I love the Stephanie Plum novels too as light, fun reads.