Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday - Top Beach Bag Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, a state that you don't have to worry about being deprived of more books as long as you're near a library. ;) This week's Top Ten is:

Top Ten Books That Should be in Your Beach Bag

1.  Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater – Not only is this a wonderful story told between a boy and a girl who strive to be together despite a curse, but if it’s too hot at the beach, seeing the temperatures at the start of the chapters will hopefully cool you down.

2.  Dramacon by Svetlana Chmakova - There's nothing like drama wrapped up in a nice layer of comedy to have at the beach.  Plus the art is very unique and you've got to love Chmakova's characters.

3.  The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia Wrede - If you want to "get away from it all," try becoming a dragon's confidante and best friend.  The humor will keep you happily reading through all four books that compose this omnibus.

4.  The Nymph King by Gena Showalter - Yes, I had to get at least one ocean-based book in here.  Showalter knows how to blend drama, comedy, and action all in one nice package.

5.  Peter S. Beagle’s Immortal Unicorn – There are too many great stories in this collection not to include it.  If you can’t get your hands on The Last Unicorn, at least have this one in your beach bag.

6.  The Accidental Werewolf by Dakota Cassidy – Funny, light-hearted, and involving werewolves, this is one beach read you can enjoy by the pool or on the sand.

7.  The Cay by Theodore Taylor - What would beach bag reads be if there wasn’t a deserted island survival story?  The Cay was always one of my favorites, and it’s a fairly quick read, too.

8.  Beastly by Alex Flinn – Cute but arrogant guy getting his “just desserts” while also having to find his one true love in a state that most would consider abominable?  Sounds like a fairytale and a perfect addition to the beach bag. 

9.  Watership Down by Richard Adams – I have to take this one with me everywhere, it’s been a favorite novel for so long.  A group of rabbits leave their doomed home and embark on a perilous journey to find a new home.  It can be heavy reading, but you need at least one of those in a beach bag.

10.  Lauren Myracle’s Internet Girls Trilogy (ttyl, ttfn, l8r g8r) – Quick and hilarious reads, you won’t realize you’re done with the first book until just before you get to the back cover.  It’s a good idea to have all three because of the quick pace our girl trio sets.


  1. What an eclectic list! Great recommendations :)

  2. Nice beach picks! Shiver, Beastly and Watership Down are ones I've read and think they make perfect summer reads. The Cay and The Accidental Werewolf sound intriguing too. Thanks for your recs!

  3. i think i would like to add #'s 1 2 and 4 to my summer reading list.
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  4. I had Watership Down on my TBR pile for about 6 months before I took it back to the library. Still want to try it, though.

  5. I've never read Watership Down, but perhaps I need to start taking a classic with my on holidays rather than just a bag of chicklit!!
    Here's my list:

  6. I love the Enchanted Forest Chronicles and Watership Down - just seeing that cover of WD makes me feel all warm and happy. I have The Last Unicorn on my list, but I'd never heard of Immortal Unicorn before. Time to look it up!

  7. I didn't even know about Immortal Unicorn! I've been hunting for a copy of The Last Unicorn for a while now, but I'll add this to the list. Thanks so much!

  8. I've been dying to read a Gena Showalter book. What a great list!

    Here's Mine

  9. Oh I read The Cay in year 8 - haven't thought about it for years!

    I have been wanting to read Watership Down for a couple of years now, really need to get on that!

  10. Great list! I loved Watership Down.


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