Ten Books I Read at the Beach [Top Ten Tuesday]

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is Top Ten Books That Should Be In A Beach Bag. I don’t actually differentiate between beach reads and non beach reads. If I go to the beach, I bring whatever book I happen to be reading. And I probably plan last minute beach trips more than most of you and long beach vacations less than most of you because I live so close to the beach. So I don’t plan for beach reads. To prove my point, these are Ten Books I Read at the Beach:

  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle
  • The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Matched
  • The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott
  • East of Eden
  • The Postmistress (Read the entire thing during a LONG day at the beach camping at Cayo Costa)
  • Persuasion
  • The Glass Castle
  • The Bell Jar (Clearly the BEST beach book ever)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Yes, the first time through. Couldn’t pass up a beach day with friends just because it was the day after the release).

What about you? Do you have beach-specific books? Or do you just grab whatever book you are reading like me?

Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme hosted by the lovely ladies of The Broke and the Bookish.

12 thoughts on “Ten Books I Read at the Beach [Top Ten Tuesday]

  1. Sandy May 31, 2011 / 9:08 am

    I’m just like you. I’ll read anything at the beach. The last time I popped over with the kids on a day trip, I read a murder mystery, and when I finished it, I read a weight loss book. Ha! Nothing like a little motivation when you’re sitting there hanging out of a suit. I love your list. There are some great ones in that stack.


  2. Lauren May 31, 2011 / 10:09 am

    I love Persuasion. It’s my favorite Jane Austen. I’ve also seen every single movie and miniseries. It’s and addiction.


  3. zibilee May 31, 2011 / 10:10 am

    I have read a lot of those books, and I have to agree that I don’t make special piles for when I happen to go to the beach. Though we live fairly close to the beach, we have only been a couple of times in the last year, and one of those times I was reading The Autobiography of Henry VIII by Margaret George. Not typically a beach book, but a great read nonetheless!


  4. Birdie May 31, 2011 / 10:11 am

    I totally agree with We Have Always lived in the Castle…it’s so dark, one needs the beach sunshine for the contrast.
    The Glass Castle is on my TBR list


  5. Karen May 31, 2011 / 10:21 am

    I don’t really do beach reads either. Mainly because I prefer city holidays. A great list of books though. East of Eden is one of my favourites.


  6. Vishy May 31, 2011 / 10:23 am

    Interesting list, Michelle! Out of the books you have mentioned I have read Sylvia Plath’s ‘The Bell Jar’, Jeannette Walls’ ‘The Glass Castle’ and Allie Condie’s ‘The Matched’. I used to go to the beach often but haven’t been there recently (it is just a 10-minute walk from my home and so I have got used to it now). I don’t read much on the beach – I am more a cafe-reading-guy – take a book to the cafe and sit there for the whole day and read 🙂


    • Vishy May 31, 2011 / 10:26 am

      Forgot to mention one more thing. I have read that Harry Potter too 🙂 I didn’t read it on the beach though – I sat at home and read it till late at night.


  7. Jennifer-Girls Gone Reading May 31, 2011 / 12:32 pm

    I am like you…live so close to the beach that I don’t plan what to bring. I just grab what I am currently reading and away we go.

    Isn’t it great to live by the beach?!?!


  8. Skye May 31, 2011 / 1:40 pm

    Have you read Sanditon by Jane Austen and “Another Lady?” It’s also a great read for summer. Also I keep seeing good things about the Bell Jar…but when I was younger I wasn’t allowed to read it. I want to now lol.


  9. Yvette May 31, 2011 / 4:23 pm

    My original comment disappeared so I’ll try again.

    I see you went to the ‘serious’ side for your beach reading. Great list. PERSUASION is my second favorite Austen book.

    I loved THE GLASS CASTLE but for me, this would be too harrowing for the beach.

    Also loved EAST OF EDEN and the Harry Potter books, especially the last three.

    I could definitely see myself reading Harry Potter on the beach. 🙂 And maybe even PERSUASION.

    But in general I do prefer something a bit less ‘deep’.


  10. Sarah June 2, 2011 / 10:40 am

    Awesome! I usually want to bring whatever book I’m reading at the moment, but if it’s something heavy then I’ll bring something lighter. For some reason I have a short attention span at the beach, so I need something light and quick that will also really hold my interest.


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