Top Ten Tuesday: June 11


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…

OutlanderNaked In DeathReady Player One by Ernest ClineNeverwhereThe Sugar Queen

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 GamesWhere The Heart IsFeedThe Night CircusThe Name of the Wind

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.


15 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: June 11

  1. Finally someone else put The Hunger Games on their list! I was beginning to think I was going to be the only one! I love your list — I really want to read Outlander, Neverwhere, The Night Circus, and The Sugar Queen.

    • The Hunger Games is a total beach read for me! But I also don’t read a lot of the light and fluffy books that populate a lot of the lists I have looked at so far. I don’t think you will be disappointed in ANY of the four books you listed.

  2. WP – dude, Ready Player One is one of my favorite books of all time. When I read that, I was hooked. Fabulous read for anyone who’s into geek culture, 80s video games, and movies, and digital-world adventure. Well done. Gaiman’s Neverwhere was pretty cool, and Rothfuss’s NoTW is a need-to-read for fantasy lovers. Good selection.

      • Absolutely. I was so pissed when I read it and found that it wasn’t done. That is my usual take on series. I have to wait until it’s done. No exceptions. The only reason I didn’t wait for NoTW was because my brother recommended it to me and I just read it – had no idea it was to be a series. If I would have known, totally would have waited. Yes, my suggestion – wait.

  3. Everyone is raving about Ready Player One and The Night Circus, and I really need to pick them up! I feel like the only person on the planet who hasn’t read them yet. Great list, by the way.

  4. Such a perfect list! Some are on my own TBR list (Outlander, The Name of the Wind, and Feed). Sarah Addison Allen writes the best beach reads and Ready Player One is a new favorite of mine!

    • The In Death series doesn’t shy away from the nitty gritty details of either the sex or the murder, as J.D. Robb is an alias for Nora Roberts. But if you are OK with details on those fronts, then the books are awesome. I love the characters! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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