Today’s Top Ten Tuesday Topic:
Books to Read By the Pool/At the Beach
Sometimes you just need a fun book that is pure entertainment. These are beach reads. Books that aren’t too big, too heavy-hitting, too emotionally or cognitively taxing. They are reading for the sake of reading. Reading for pure pleasure. The following are books that I’ve enjoyed either at the beach or that made me wish I was at the beach.
1. Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennet
Bailey moves across the country from Washington, DC to a small town in California to live with her dad for the summer. Crazy thing is, her online crush Alex – whose real name she doesn’t know – lives in that same town. Determined to find him, she has to get a summer job and deal with the super annoying security guard Porter. But… she starts to actually like Porter…but what about Alex? This book is super fun and I’m stoked to read Jenn Bennett’s new book Starry Eyes.
2. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
A super gorgeous old bookstore. A new employee. And what seems to be some strange happenings, including readers who never buy anything but rather borrow strange books of code? Is there a secret society linked to this bookstore and it’s secretive owner? I really enjoyed this book when I read it a few years ago on vacation. It’s definitely on my reread list. I couldn’t put it down.
3. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
This hilarious reimagining of the story of Lady Jane Grey and Edward the VI of England includes magic, shape-shifting (both intentional and unintentional) and a whole lot of sarcasm and wit. I initially tried listening to the audio and while it was wonderfully done, was unable to finish it before my library loan was auto-returned. I restarted it in ebook form and flew through it. It made a 12-hour flight much more fun, although my constant giggles probably annoyed my fellow travellers. A new Lady Janie’s book comes out next week, My Plane Jane is a ghost-hunting reimagining of Jane Eyre.
4. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
I’ve read this book so many times! And it’s only been out since August 2016. I own it in paperback and in audio. I may need to get a kindle version so I can have it available on my phone at all times. Lucy and Joshua hate each other. And they have to sit across from each other all day, every day at the office. Lucy is bubbly and quirky and friendly to everyone else. Joshua is dark and quiet and decidedly not friendly to anyone. And yet…what happens when they are both up for the same promotion and the tension between them reaches boiling?
5. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Dimple knows exactly what she wants her life to be – she’s going to get a rad career in web and app development and no longer face constant talk from her parents about finding the perfect Indian husband. She’s off to a summer program to kickstart her career. Rishi on the other hand is looking for his perfect Indian wife, who his parents have informed him is their old friends’ daughter Dimple. He just needs to woo her. He’s off to the same summer program to do just that. This book is adorable and so much fun. I should reread is soon…
6. The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
There’s something so wonderful about books set in small town USA. Sara travels from Sweden to meet her pen pal Amy. But when she arrives in Broken Wheel, finds out Amy has just passed away — and left her huge collection of books without a home. So Sara decides to stay in town and starts a bookstore in her friend’s memory. Hilarious moments, sweet moments, and some romance all occur. This is a lovely beach read. Li
7. A Night in With Audrey Hepburn by Lucy Holliday
Libby Lomax’s life turns upside down when she finds Audrey Hepburn on her sofa, ready to dispense relationship and life advice. Libby’s work and love life are already spiralling out of control. So maybe Audrey’s advice will help? Or maybe not… All in, this book is a hilarious start to a really fun series.
8. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
Willowdean Dixon is a fat girl who is totally okay with her body. But her mom, a former beauty queen, is obsessed with being skinny and pretty. When Willowdean starts dating a really cute boy, her confidence takes a hit with all the new feelings and worries. So she decides to enter the local beauty pageant with a bunch of other unlikely candidates to show the world that they are all just as deserving to be there. This book is a fabulous read for anyone who wants to celebrate that every body is beautiful. The companion novel, Puddin’, just came out and I’m stoked to read it too.
These books all leave you with a smile on your face. Which is exactly what I like when I’m sitting on the beach. Here’s hoping my summer TBR that I’m bringing to the beach this week does the same.
What are your top beach reads?