Can you believe it’s Tuesday already?
Alternately, can you believe it’s only Tuesday?
Whichever side of that coin you choose, take a few minutes to enjoy this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, brought to you by the fine bloggers at the Broke and the Bookish. Summer is here, and with it comes my list of the best books to read on the beach. Check out my list, check out the lists of other bloggers, and add your favorite beach reads in the comments!
Now, one of the criteria for a beach read is that it’s light, and light reads are often forgettable reads, aren’t they? So, here are some fun books that I remember enough to recommend . . .
1. Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? by Agatha Christie: I could put an Agatha Christie book on every list, of course. I just finished this one a few weeks ago, and it is delightful. No Poirot, no Marple, no police inspectors. Just Lady Frankie Derwent and Bobby Jones the vicar’s son. Like many of Christie’s novels-without-detectives, it’s basically a light romantic comedy with a few dead bodies. Perfect for the beach.
2. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne-Jones: My new favorite fantasy novel doesn’t take itself too seriously, but is a captivating story with lovable characters and a good sense of humor. That sounds a little like a personal ad, but what can I say? I would totally take this one for a long walk on the beach.
3. The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler: Light and fun, but not inane. It may make you want to reread your favorite Austen novels, too.
4. Bitter is the New Black : Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smartass,Or, Why You Should Never Carry A Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office by Jen Lancaster: The first of Jen Lancaster’s very funny self-deprecating memoirs. I’ve read two or three of these and enjoyed them all. Now I see there are two newer ones I haven’t read, which may be on my vacation / beach book list this year . . .
5. Bossypants by Tina Fey: Just so funny and well done. Naturally.
6. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling: Speaking of funny . . . Mindy Kaling is funny and talented and someone I would totally hang out with. (I probably said something to that effect in my review of this one.)
7. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins: To be honest, sometimes I like to read a big fat classic novel at the beach. This one is dark and brooding, engrossing, and deliciously Victorian. In fact, part of what I loved about Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? was the way it reminded me of this spooky tale.
And . . . this week’s list is just a top seven. But I know there are tons of great books for the beach. What are your favorites?