Today for Top Ten Tuesday sponsored by The Broke and the Bookish is Top Ten Beach Reads. I don’t go to the beach too often, I’m not a huge sand person, but I do like lounging out by a pool doing some reading, so I’m going to generalize this more to great summer reads with a nice mix of things to read when it’s nice out whether you’re on the beach or not. So, here goes. No particular order as usual.
I really, really loved this memoir and thought it was a fantastic read. It’s not necessarily a fluffy or light read, but it definitely would be great to read in summertime since it’s so heavily focused on nature and new beginnings. Strayed’s literary voice is moving, heartbreaking, and heartwarming all at the same time, and I wouldn’t mind sitting in some warm weather reading through it.
Okay, so I haven’t finished this book yet, even though I’ve been trying to finish it for a solid year now (ever since I was supposed to read it in my class on Herman Melville), but I remember reading it last summer when I was on vacation in Florida. I was reading on the beach of the Gulf of Mexico and for some reason reading it while watching the waves roll in was humbling and enticing. There was something weirdly ethereal about it all. Maybe I’ll go to the beach this summer and try to finally finish this book.
Along the lines of the ethereal-ness of Melville’s Moby Dick, I also love reading Virginia Woolf near a body of water. I was reading Mrs. Dalloway last summer as well as Moby Dick while the waves crashed. Water just really sets the mood for these two authors. I don’t know what it is, but they are great beach reads if your looking to get lost in an experience like no other.
Switching to something a bit lighter (I can almost hear everyone’s sighs of relief), I love reading Harry Potter in the summertime. I think it’s just because I have a certain affinity to reading these books in summertime. For many years I would re-read this series each year during spring or summer or both (depending on how quickly I was reading them between other books), but I think they’re fantastic (especially the first one!) summer reads. I have now switched to a constant state of reading this series, but there’s still just something about Harry Potter and summertime.
Action, Adventure, Fun, everything that summer should be. This would definitely be a great read for the beach. I love Treasure Island. Also, if you have never seen the movie Muppet Treasure Island definitely put that on your to-watch list. The Muppets and Tim Currey. It’s a great experience.
I praise this book quite often, but it deserves it all. This is a great summer read. Full of fun, humor, and adventure, what’s not to love? Unfortunately, this is not a kissing book, but is indeed filled with tons of action including, as we are kindly told by a young boy’s grandfather, “Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, True Love, [and] miracles.” So much to keep you entertained as you soak up the sun.
Okay, so I can’t quite remember how much I actually liked this series, especially since I read it when I was in high school (which was a long time ago now) and only read the first 5 books. But, I definitely remember it being a nice, light, enjoyable read. Plus, it will keep you entertained for hours, since the series is quite long.
Another read that’s nice and light. If you’re looking for a tale with a bit of romance and also a hint of magic, this would be a great read for you. Definitely one for a poolside or spread out on a towel in the sand. It’s also a great feel-good book.
I love everything about this novel and don’t know how many more Top Ten Tuesdays I can get away with praising it on, but it’s a great summer read. I don’t know about beach read, but definitely warm weather and embracing new beginnings type read.
ANYTIME is a good time to read this book.
Yet another Top Ten Tuesday completed, and it has made me realize that I don’t read many light and fluffy books. I’m all about the deeper meanings and needing some kind of heavy substance depth. Not that I am trying to criticize in any way what you all lovely people enjoy reading, I’m just surprised by my own reading taste. I’ve always said I’m open to anything, but clearly I have strong bonds to tough, sad reads. But anyway, enough about myself. What are some of your favorite summer/beach reads? Maybe I can broaden my spectrum some!
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