12 June 2012

Top Ten Books to Read on a Beach

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What is a beach read? Really? Are you on that beach to relax, so is it a fluffy book? Are you there for a vacation, so is it something you've been dying to read? Or are you there because you crashed there and this is a, "What ten books would you like to be stranded with on a desert island?" I can't tell you what a beach read is because I live in New York where there are no beaches and my adoptive Brazilian family is in bed right now and I can't ask them what they peruse on the shores of Rio, but I'll break this down if I can...
 
All books are recent reads or old favorites, :)
 
Here are some books I suggest you relax to...
 
1. Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams - If you want funny fluff, if you want to read through a book in a matter of house while you tan, this is the book for you. The reading is simple, the plot is witty, and you won't burn a brain cell getting through it. It's just for fun.
 
2. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde - More fluff, but with a twist...? Fforde's Thursday Next series is just amazing. Read the first book and you want to read them all. Funny and creative, it's a book set in a world that revolves around books. Great to just relax, sit by, and enjoy on a summer day.
 
3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - Or rather, any other Jane Austen book. Yeah, her writing can be thick, but it's also heart warming and romantic at times. Instead of reading those bodice rippers with wanna-be Fabio's on the cover and scantly clad ladies, read a classic.
 
Want to start a new YA series?
 
4. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick - I gave this book a hopeful rating, saying I'd read the rest of the books. It's worth reading, though, to see if you enjoy it and there are other books in the series. She tackles angels, a growing subject in the YA world.
 
5. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare - I love these books. They're best described as paranormal, but you need to read them to love them. Clare is expanding on the series a lot, so if you haven't started reading them now I suggest you do! This summer is an epic jumping off point for her work.
 
6. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - This series has been called the next big thing, but don't think of it that way.  Yeah I love it, but I don't like it when people make first impressions of books because of their fans. So I don't go crazy on this book like some. But it's so much fun, really emotionally driven, and there are only three in the series. Before too much of it comes out in the movies or otherwise, jump in to see what you think.
 
Read those classics you have on your list...
 
7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - One of my favorites, short enough to get through on a long weekend without plowing through it. Set in the time of speakeasies, The Great Gatsby of the title goes on to host his infamous parties in the hopes of running into his true love. Hopelessly dramatic and romantic.
 
8. The Lord of the Flies by William Golding - Already read Hunger Games? Many people relate that book to this work. It, again, is short for a low stress beach read, and again, is one of my favorites. A group of young boys are stranded on an island and soon fall from the grace of the civilized.
 
Brave like me and want to read a brick? Better carry a big beach bag...
 
9. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte - Jane Austen wrote romantic fluff, Bronte wrote gothic romance, early 19th century horror, and created a character that would put a crack in the mold of what was considered a "typical" female of the time. This is a thick one, but a winner...
 
10. The Hot Zone by Richard Preston - Not a brick but... Hell, I want some of my readers to go out and get this then say, "Who reads this on a BEACH?!" Really, if you want to be horrified, creeped out, and look over at the beach goer sitting next to you and reading Nicholas Sparks and go, "Psh, my book has the ebola virus. What does your book have?" Then this is the one for you.
 
OH! I almost forgot. Don't read while you tan unless you want that tan line/pale spot in the shape of a book on your chest/face. Unless that's the look you're going for, the book nerd tan... in that case, ignore me and happy tanning!
 
Loves to all!

1 comment:

  1. Oooh, I like a lot of your choices! Also, I LOVE reading big books in the summer, so *high five* for that!

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