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.

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  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.

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  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!

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  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

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  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.

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  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 🙂

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    • 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.

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  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?!?!

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  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.

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  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’.

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  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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