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Top Ten Tuesday ~ Books to Read At the Beach

It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday! Don’t forget to head over to That Artsy Reader Girl and join the linkup!

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Books to Read By the Pool/At the Beach

(This can also serve as your summer TBR)

I go to the beach more often than I sit by the pool these days, so I’m mentally picturing the beach when I write this. Actually… my version of the beach is also a bit skewed. I like to look at the beach from the deck of a cruise ship while reading. So maybe “by the pool” is a better description after all?

me “at the beach”

One thing to note… these are all paper books. EReaders and beach don’t go together in my mind, since the sun is too bright to make most eReaders easy to use. Also, adding electronics and sand or sunscreen or the possibility of getting wet makes for a bad combination. So these are all paper books which I own, and that are on my “sooner rather than later” TBR. Maybe I won’t get to them this summer, but hopefully I’ll get to them soon(ish).

1. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
This will be a re-read for me, but I haven’t read it in so long that all I remember is that I have read it.

2. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
I don’t know much Agatha Christie, but I do like what I’ve read so far. Plus, this one features a train. I like trains, and actually think it would be most fun to read this book while riding a train. Too bad I don’t have any train vacations planned anytime soon.

3. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
Another re-read, but again it’s been so long that I don’t remember anything about this book.

4. 1984 by George Orwell
There’s something that feels deliciously appropriate about reading dystopian books while sunning on the beach.

5. Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
Lin Manuel Miranda read this book while on vacation, right? So I’d be in good company.

6. The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid
I’ve been meaning to read this for over a year. It was a birthday present last year. I want to read it before my birthday next year at the very latest.

7. Words with Fiends by Ali Brandon
One of the cozy mysteries I want to read soon. At least semi-soon. There are so many books…

8. Gone with the Witch by Heather Blake
The other one of the two cozy mysteries on my “read soon” pile. I have lots of others on the Goodreads TBR, but I don’t have physical copies of them yet.

9. Good Omens by Terry Prachett & Neil Gaiman
It seems weird to like both authors and yet have never read their collaboration. Time to fix that! (Technically Mr. Wyrm owns this one. All the others are in my collection.)

10. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
It is way past time for a re-read of this one. Plus, with the new HBO series coming out, I want to reacquaint myself with the source material.


I used to read stereotypical “beach reads” while on vacation. You know, cozy mysteries or chick-lit, something that didn’t need much brain power to enjoy. However, I realized this past spring that I’d stopped intentionally doing that, and have now been reading all kinds of books on vacation. (See the picture above for reference. Doomsday Book is a good book, but not chick-lit by any stretch of the imagination.) If anything, these days I tend to pick which books to take on vacation based on which ones I think will take me a little while to finish. (Don’t want to run out of reading material mid-vacation.)

What are your beach / vacation reading preferences? Do you go for stereotypical “beach reads”, or other easy-to-read books?

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14 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday ~ Books to Read At the Beach

  1. Nice list! I just picked up Murder on the Orient Express at a used book sale, and I think it would be great summer read – I’m sure I’ll fly right through it. I also think you’re right – there is something disarming and wonderful about reading dystopias on a sunny beach. 🙂 Enjoy them!

  2. Ooh, I need to reread A Wizard of Earthsea as well. I read it a looong time ago before I even knew that Ursula K. LeGuin was this huge science-fiction/fantasy author.

    I enjoyed Murder on the Orient Express. It was my first Agatha Christie read, and it was interesting!

    1. Yeah, I read Earthsea before I knew anything about most authors, TBH. And I know I read it before I realized that most books I was going to get shoved at me in school would be written by men. At the time it didn’t occur to me that well-regarded women authors weren’t just as normal as the men.

      1. I actually had to read A Wizard of Earthsea for school. (We had a list of options and I couldn’t read something I had read before, which was The Hobbit. So I picked this one instead. It was a good choice!)

        1. Wow, I don’t think I got to read any fantasy books for school with the exception of “read any book” book reports or my fairy tales & fables class in college. Reading A Wizards of Earthsea for school sounds awesome!

          1. Yeah, we had to do a whole project with it. We read a book and then had to read short stories written by the same author or that were in a similar vein and write some kind of essay about it. I vaguely remember it. I think that’s the only time in high school I read fantasy for school other than, as yous aid, for the “read any book” book reports.

          2. That sounds neat! I don’t think I ever had any projects that compared novels and short stories by the same author. I think I would have enjoyed looking at the comparison in depth.

  3. Besides running out of reading material mid-vacation, I also don’t like running out of reading material if I be on a plane. Sooo boring without a book. Well a window seat helps for a bit because I love the views. But still. Arrr!
    x The Captain

    1. I think it’s worse to run out of reading material when you’re on a long plane flight! At least on vacation there are (supposed to be) other things to do. And you can probably go find a bookstore somewhere. The thought of being on a plane with nothing to do is definitely “Arr!” though.

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