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Top Ten Beach Reads

June 11, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is  hosted by the bloggers over at the Broke and the Bookish. Book bloggers from all around create lists based on the chosen topics, and post links to the host blog to share our love of books.


My idea of beach reads is probably a lot different from most — I don’t get into “chick lit” and while I’ve been known to read a romance or two  I typically lean towards a grittier read while I’m lounging in the glorious grit of the sand.

1. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein: I only recently read this story of the bonds of friendship between two extraordinary women during WWII — one a spy and one a pilot — and I couldn’t put it down. One of the best books published in recent years.

2. American Elsewhere by Robert Jackson Bennett: Fans of Lovecraft, this is the beach read for you. It’s a long one at 662 pages and can get a bit tricky at times, but it’s well worth it. You’ll be staring at the afternoon sun a little more warily after closing the pages of this book.

3. Dangerous Angels by Francesca Lia Block: Quirky magical realism and beautiful, poetic prose set in the wonderland of Los Angeles.

4. White Horse by Alex Adams: There’s been a lot of post-apocalyptic fiction published as of late, but this is one of the best. What would you become if you survived the end of the world?

5. Sunshine by Robin McKinley: I will freely admit that I worship at the altar of Robin McKinley. Sunshine is a vampire book without all the icky (and sparkly) modern-day vampire tropes and a feisty heroine with an actual personality. Imagine that! Revel in the sunshine above you while you devour Sunshine.

6. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood: Be glad you’re wearing a bikini and not a red mumu and weird white hat.

7. The Witching Hour by Anne Rice: Those Mayfair witches. I just can’t get enough. Scrawl Lasher into the sand after you’ve left for the day and freak out the next person that claims your bit of beach.

8. The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan: If you spy a seal swimming by, just leave it alone. Please.

9. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë: Look, if you haven’t read Jane Eyre yet, just read it alright? Trust me.

10. Spin by Robert Charles Wilson: This is a perfect beach read — it’ll suck you in and not let go. Just make sure you flip over for a nice, even burn in between sections. Oh, and don’t miss out on a long walk on the beach at nighttime. You never when the stars might disappear.

Obviously this list is pretty non-traditional for a “beach reads” list. What alternative beach reads would you recommend? 

One Comment
  1. Code Name Verity made me cry, and I loved Sunshine. I think your beach reads are just fine. 🙂

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