It’s that time again! Top Ten Tuesday!
(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the awesome folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. You should totally check them out!)
This week’s top ten? Top Ten Beach Reads
OK, I don’t have a beach close to me. It is one of the down-sides of living in the middle of the country. I guess technically I have a beach a few hours away, but if you swim in the water, you get swimmer’s itch. So it is not a great beach. I do, however, like to go for long walks with my husband in the park and find a nice spot to read for a while. I also don’t read “typical” beach books, so my list might be a little different from some. Without further adieu, and in no particular order…
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Seriously, if you like historical fiction with a healthy dose of romance, and you haven’t read Outlander yet… what are you waiting for?! It is a massive brick of a book but I was completely dragged into the world, making it a perfect beach read for me.
In Death Series by J.D. Robb
I promise, my list won’t be all repeats, but this one is another ideal beach read for me. Murder, sex, and laugh out loud moments with a lot of the characters. The series is 40 books long, but they are all really quick and engaging reads.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
One of my favorite science fiction books, ever. It is full of 80’s nerd culture references, and I highly recommend it if you are in any way an 80’s kid, or a nerd.
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
OK, this is pretty much a good read anytime, because Gaiman is a genius, and this is a gem of an urban fantasy.
The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen
This is the only book by Sarah Addison Allen that I have read. This one takes place in the winter, but I would still read it in the summer at the beach because the world is so easy to fall into and the book is just so fun.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The first book in this trilogy is highly engaging, action packed, and light enough to not bum you out too badly on your summer vacation. Love it!
Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts
It has been forever since I read this book, but I remember reading it at summer camp. It treads into darker waters, but comes out on a nice uplifting note on the other side. I need to re-read this one, but I lost my copy.
Feed by Mira Grant
Who doesn’t want to read about the zombie apocalypse on the beach??
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
This isn’t a fast-paced book by any means, but it is a fantastic book that I was pulled into immediately and completely. It flows so smoothly that it seems like a perfect beach read to me. I could see being lulled into a sense of complete relaxation by the waves and this book.
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
If you haven’t read this book, do it. Do it now. Actually, don’t. Wait until Mr. Rothfuss is finished with the series, because otherwise you will be stuck in limbo with the rest of us. This is hands down one of my favorite fantasy selections, and Patrick Rothfuss has a real gift for drawing you in and spitting you out only when he has thoroughly had his way with you.
So, what do you read when you go to the beach? Link your TTT if you have it! I love to visit and comment.