Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a topic where we create a top ten for. More information and the list with topics you can find here.
This week the topic is Ten Books I Think Make Great Beach Reads. I lived near the beach untill a few years ago, but I never went there. I certainly never sat on the beach with a book. All that sand getting in my book, haha. So I might not be the right person to ask for beach reads. My idea of beach reads are quick reads, ones that do not require too much thought on the readers part. One that feature travelling or at least other places than the country you live in. And a juicy romance.
The links will take you to the book on Goodreads.
1. Enchanted Inc. by Shanna Swendson
Enchanted Inc. is a fun, fast, fantasy chick-lit series. So far I’ve only read the first four but I flew through these books. And though I do feel the first two are the strongest, I think these can be great beach reads with the amount of romance, fantasy and fun.
2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Anna and the French Kiss takes place in Paris. What book better to read during the Summer at the beach?
3. The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa
Overall these books are quick reads. There is fantasy, but also a large dose of romance.
4. Ruby Red trilogy by Kerstin Gier
The first book of this series is a quick, almost addictive read. And at the end you want to get the other two immediately. I know I had that strong urge (but I did not cave).
5. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
Another quick read for the fantasy lovers. Percy is also very funny and witty, making the read very enjoyable.
6. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Book Store by Robin Sloan
For readers this standalone is a great, reasonable quick read with quirky characters. It partially takes place in a book store. What could be better than that?
These are the six that spring to mind. Below are a few other categories of books that spring to mind when thinking of what types of books would be great as beach reads.
7. Comics/Graphic Novels/Manga
I think this category is great for the Summer. They tend to be easy to follow, obviously visual, and can be quick reads. There are all types of genre’s so everyone should be able to find something for their tastes.
8. Crime/Mystery books
Crime and mystery books can be easy to step into. With the suspense they have, they are quite the page turners.
9. Anthologies – Books with short stories
I think books with short stories are great for reading at the beach. You can read a short story, and put it down easily to do something on the beach. And return to pick it up and read the next one. It doesn’t require the commitment that some standalones and series need, and yet can still be great reads.
10. Rereading favorites
Of course rereading favorites is also a great choice during the Summer. I often see people rereading Harry Potter during this season. Reliving your old favorites is a great feeling.