Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Top 10 Tuesday : Recommended Beach Reads

Top Ten Tuesday
  Top 10 Books I'd Recommend As Good Beach Reads

Thinking about this list made me desperate to be at the beach.  Vacation can not come soon enough!  In no particular order, here are a few books that I think would make an excellent read somewhere sandy, with the crash of waves in the background, and if you're lucky, a frosty fruity beverage in hand.

1) Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler - Maybe not an especially happy read, but it's set on a beach, their is a sweet love story, and it leaves you feeling better in the end then when you started.

2)  Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz - The summer is the perfect time for a good spy, mystery, adventure story.  There are cool gadgets, great fight scenes, and enough action to keep you reading and perhaps make you forget to turn over.  Make sure to reapply your sun tan lotion!

3) Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer -   Another fun adventure, but this time you get fairy magic and one devious adolescent.  The book is also hilarious, which might be problematic on the beach of it's crowded and you're howling with laughter, but maybe the person next to you won't mind.

4) The Splendor Falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore - It doesn't get much better than a southern ghost story with a whole lot of swooney mixed in for good measure.  Dark family histories, bumps in the night, and a cute boy living down the hall, definite summer material.

5) Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen - Nobody does thoughtful, inspired chick-lit quite like Sarah Dessen, and since all of her books are set somewhere in the Carolinas, they are ready made for beach reading.

6) Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson - Road trip reading is a must during the summer months.  This one comes complete with music playlists and state by state rundowns.  You kind of really feel like you're sitting in the back seat, windows rollwed down, watching the landscape pass you by.

7) The Iron King by Julie Kagawa - Because I have yet to put a Kagawa book on a top 10 list (a shame), and because a threat from the Winter queen might cool you off a bit out in the summer sun.

8) How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford - On one rather inparticularly restless evening, I was introduced to late night talk radio.  Coast to Coast AM is brilliant.  It's entertaining, informative, and maybe the slightest bit terrifying.  Beatrice and Jonah, a.k.a Ghost Boy, live in the world of late night talk radio, calling in and feeding off of the miraculous people that tune in at night.  This heart felt story is a heartbreakingly wonderful read.

9) An Abundance of Katherines by John Green - Because I feel very strongly that Mr. Green writes literary masterpieces that are moving, thoughtful, and hilarious peppered with his unique voice.  And the beach is no place for The Fault in Our Stars.

10) Pirates! by Celia Rees - Girl power, vicious pirates, and a really nasty villain make this one of my favorite historical novels.  Fans of swashbuckling stories, movies, talk will love this one.


  1. Oh wow, Pirates! sounds awesome. I may have to look into the book.

    By the way, I totally LOVE your gnome theme. It's very cute.
    Alison at The Cheap Reader

  2. I guess I'm going to have to read John Green. He's turned up quite a bit today.

    Love your traveling companion. Great idea.

  3. I love Anthony's books! Finally, someone mentions him. :)
    My TTT; http://booknookgirl.blogspot.com/2012/06/top-ten-tuesday-beach-reads.html

  4. I love your list! Rosemary Clement-Moore is a favorite. I loved Texas Gothic. Amy & Roger is a great roadtrip book and An Abundance of Katherines is my favorite John Green book. Give me that over TFIOS any day! Here are my picks http://wp.me/pzUn5-11S


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