Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Top Ten Books I'd Recommend As Good Beach Reads

Ten books from ten different genres,
light reads, but
all just a little bit more thoughtful than 
your average trashy beach read.

The Monk Downstairs
A monk leaves the monastery and
 moves into the home of a jaded single mom. 

Lois on the Loose:
One Woman, One Motorbike, 
20,000 Miles Across the Americas

The World is Not Enough
Best historical fiction ever.

Good Omens
A wacky tale of the Apocalypse.

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

Game of Thrones
Action! Adventure!

Chancy and the Grand Rascal
Chancy sets off to find his family
accompanied by the trickiest con man of them all.
One of my favorite books from childhood.

Lonesome Dove
When better to read this fabulous western
than this summer?

How to Be Perfect: Poems
Yes, it's a book of poems
but it's a book of poems
that even you, 
you who hate poems,
even you will like.

Julie & Julia
Finally, how about a story that combines
memoir with food? 

What do you recommend for this summer's reading list?

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  1. The Monk Downstairs and Lois on the Loose sound really good.
    And anything by Gaiman has to be good.
    My husband watched Game of Thrones and loved it, not so much my cup of tea.
    Thanks so much for dropping by and visiting.

  2. I loved all of these. Light by not empty.

  3. Great list! Game of Thrones is on my summer reading list. I have heard such good things about and I can't wait to read it.

    1. It was such a great read. And I was so surprised to find that I loved it!

  4. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is a great one! I can't believe I forgot to add that to my list.

  5. I've got Lonesome Dove on my shelf waiting for me, and I've got to get around to trying out Game of Thrones.

    Here is my Top Ten!

    1. If only we had a tad bit more time to read in this life!

  6. I love this list! It's such an eclectic mix of books and they all deserve a spot on a summer reading pile. I really enjoyed "Julie and Julia" but I don't think i could read it at the beach, I'd be far too hungry!

  7. So many books on your list that I want to read, starting with A Game of Thrones. I also want to read Lonesome Dove and Julie and Julia. Still haven't seen the movie either.

  8. Great list! I love that your books actually have a little depth to them. Don't know why people have to go to "fluff" during the summer.

    1. The nice thing about summer is that we have a little leisure time in which to spend more time reading longer books.

  9. Great choices. I am gonna add to my already LONG tbr pile!! Come check mine too:

    Here is my Top Ten post!

  10. oh I hear The Sweetness at The Bottom of the Pie is SOOO good, I keep forgetting to put it on my wish list!!!

  11. I like your comment of "light but not empty"--that's a great and productive way to think about beach reads! I admit, mine tended to be a bit fluffier than my usual fare. I should have included Good Omens, though. What a fantastic book!

    Thanks for sharing your choices!

    1. Yes, one of these days I'm going to do a year of rereads only and Good Omens will be near the top of the list.

  12. I love A Game of Thrones but it's not excatly what I think of when I think of beach reads.

    1. No, but for some reason I like very short books and very long books in the summer. Go figure!

  13. I'm the only person in the world who didn't like Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie.

    I've been considering Game of Thrones for a while. It's so popular, but they're so big!

    1. I not a fan of big books, but this was a great read.

  14. I never got a chance to read Julie and Julia before seeing the film :( But I loved the movie.

  15. My summer reads this year have been anything by Elin Hilderbrand, Nancy Thayer, One Summer by David Baldacci and On the Island-Tracey Gravis-Graves.

  16. Love Gaiman & a big Yeah!!! to the Poetry. On the TBR problem, I managed to get rid of mine, by the simple technique of deleting it, I now just have books in my library that I will read at some point.

  17. Interesting list! I have to read Lonesome Dove, though as you say it seems perfect reading material for the summer. I just picked up The World is Not Enough at a second hand store! Not sure when I will read it, it's a big book. I LOVED Game of Thrones! I'm on book 4 of the series - that's a good beach read, I think. Some winter scenes to take the edge of a hot summer day....enjoy your books!


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