Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blogging challenge created by The Broke and the Bookish. It’s a fun way to get yourself thinking about books in different ways. Try it out for yourself. Read the details here.
For May 31, the prompt is “Beach Reads Week — top ten great beach reads, ten books I plan to read on the beach, ten beach reads for those who don’t like typical ~beach reads~, ten authors who are my go-to for beach reads, etc.”
I’ve never understood the whole concept of “beach reads” and why they would be different from what one normally reads. Maybe because I don’t have a beach to read on? So I thought maybe books you read outside. Well, that doesn’t work either because for me that’s all books. I guess “beach reads” for me is just stuff I like to read, but I’ll try to make a list anyway.
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I’ll read this anytime and anywhere.
- Mitch Albom’s books. If the point of a beach read is to read something in one sitting while you’re on the beach, Albom’s books would be great.
- Hector and the Search for Happiness by Francois Lelord. Same thing as the Mitch Albom books for timing, and this story is delightful.
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll. When are these ever a bad choice?
- Arthur C. Clarke’s books. If I can put him on every list, I will.
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling. My go to happy book has to be good for the beach, right?
- The Smitten, Vermont books by Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, and Denise Hunter. They’re novels divided into novellas with each author writing a story focusing on one character each. The stories were short, romantic, and fun in Smitten Book Club, and I bet the other two are just as great.
- Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare. My favorite Shakespeare comedy would be infinitely relaxing and entertaining.
- Star Trek novels. I have a billion. They’re small and easy to carry, and there is no way to go wrong with science fiction and Spock.
- Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Another favorite fun book.
So I guess my definition of a beach read is books that make me happy. I will probably never read on a beach because I go to them so very rarely, but hey, I’ll know what to take with me if I do.