Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday #81 - Beach Reads (...Or Not)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Top Ten Beach Reads 

Confession: Even though I live in Florida, I hardly ever go to the beach. I've been twice in the past 7-ish years, once to watch the sunset and again very recently to give my daughter the experience of a giant body of water and sand between her toes. The beach isn't really my idea of fun. I don't really want to drive 2+ hours to go sit in the sun.
I'm more of a read in a hammock in the shade of a tree or take a long walk through the forest kind of girl. 

Anyway, I always think of contemporaries when I think of beach reads. Or cozy mysteries. I don't read either though, so this is a little difficult for me!
So, instead of what others would probably consider beach reads, I'm going to list some books I plan on reading this summer (or whenever) that are a bit out of my comfort zone. Especially since I usually crave epic fantasy in the summer.

  • Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher - (Currently Reading) I've been putting this off forever even though I own the book. 
  • The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman - I really need/want to read this before the movie adaptation comes out! I do enjoy historical fiction but this one strikes me as something I probably wouldn't have bothered with otherwise.
  • Inferno by Dan Brown - I read the first 3 Robert Langdon books ages ago so this isn't entirely out of my comfort zone, but it was back then. I almost never read crime mystery thrillers like this. 

  • Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli - I don't actually know what this one is about but I'm thinking juvenile contemporary. I heard that it's being adapted into a film and I picked it up at a thrift store last week. 
  • The Gunslinger (Dark Tower series) by Stephen King - Ok, this one has some fantasy elements I think so not entirely out of my comfort zone but it's also kind of a western(?) and that's not my thing. I also haven't read any King in years. 
  • Agatha Christie - I can't remember which book of hers I recently picked up but I've never read anything by her and I hear great things so maybe this will be my foray into adult mystery. 

  • Brooklyn by Colm Toibin - I had no idea I owned this until after the movie came out and saw it on my shelves. 
  • All the Birds in the Sky by Jane Anders - I think this one is magical realism which I haven't read much of before but would really like to. 
  • The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis - I just received an arc of this and I'm really excited to read it. It definitely doesn't seem like a beach read with it's postapocalyptic thriller synopsis (I get more of a winter night vibe from it) but I've run out of books!

  • Everland by Wendy Spinale - From May's OwlCrate, this is one I definitely plan on getting around to asap. I've been reading a lot more retellings in the past few years but I've yet to read any Peter Pan retellings even though it's my favorite Disney movie.
Now I'd love to see what everyone actually considers a beach read so please leave me a link to your list in the comments! 


  1. I haven't read any Peter Pan retellings, either. However, I went a little nuts at the bookstore and bought 3 different Peter Pan retellings (including Everland) all at once. There's definitely some Peter Pan shenanigans in my future. LOL

    My TTT

    1. Peter Pan shenanigans sounds like a great way to spend our reading time! I am so ready for it!:)

  2. I also have Inferno to read. Curious enough I've read both Da Vinci Code and Lost Symbol at the beach.

  3. I absolutely LOVE Agatha Christie! She has a few books, written toward the very end of her life, that were pretty meh, but otherwise she's solid all around. Miss Marple was my fave of her detectives but Poirot is pretty good too!

    Inferno was my introduction to Dan Brown and now I can't wait to read the rest of the series! Such a good thriller and kept me guessing til the very end.

    My TTT: Top Ten Tuesday: beach reads!

  4. Wonderful list!
    So many books on here that i want to read as well and other i loved!
    i really recommend the Gunslinger! That book has way to few people raving about it ;)
    And i am working my towards All the birds in the sky as well but i am a bit unsure about because of the same reasons you listed ;)

    I hope you get to all of them during your summer and that you have great time reading them :)

    My TTT: https://booksbeautifylife.blogspot.de/2016/05/top-10-tuesday-beachsummer-reads-tbr.html

  5. I gravitate towards fantasy in the summer too, not even sure why (maybe cause that's mostly what I read growing up) but mysteries too are sometimes the ticket. I haven't read much Christie but it seems like a good summer read- and The Wolf Road looks interesting too.

  6. I just got Everland too (also from Owlcrate) and I'm looking forward to reading it. I don't know if I'll get to it this summer or not, but I'm excited to read it. I love re-tellings. Thanks for visiting my blog! Happy reading and happy summer!

  7. I hope you enjoy Thirteen Reasons Why.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/31/top-ten-tuesday-59/