Top Ten Tuesday: Beach Reads!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme organized by the girls over at The Broke and the Bookish

This week's theme: Beach Reads!
I'm stealing Jen's preface to this week's post because I simply couldn't say it any better:

The ocean, the waves, the salty air and cool sea breeze. Even the annoying seagulls who try to steal your food. Going to the beach is an entire experience. I love everything from picking the perfect spot to spread out your towel to frantically trying to brush off all the sand on your legs/feet before getting into the car to go home. Luckily, there are many beaches near me. Unfortunately, I have things like work which prevent me from going as much as I'd like! But while at the beach having a book to read is a necessity, it's just as important as having a bottle of sunscreen!

Top Ten Books I Would Recommend as Beach Reads

1. I'll Mature When I'm Dead, by Dave Barry
Because when I go to the beach, it's happy time. And nothing makes me happier than reading Dave Barry.
2. Jaws, by Peter Benchley
This is actually probably my #1 but I didn't wanna scare you away right away. :D
3. Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, by Jane Austen and Ben H. Winters
You could also just read Sense & Sensibility, but this one makes a little more sense. 
4. Persuasion, by Jane Austen
With a warning: don't try Louisa's stunt at home, kids!
5. The Princetta, by Anne-Laure Bondoux
A children's epic of adult proportions, this book is one of my favorites. It'll just make you wanna sail away. 
I don't need to explain myself.
Because a little nonfiction goes a long way, especially when it's about things like Pixar, which automatically evoke childhood memories and happiness. And I actually read this one at the beach, so I know what I'm talking about.
8. Silver Girl, by Elin Hilderbrand
Hilderbrand loves writing beach reads, you can tell. She's got a new one coming out this month called Summerland to which I'm looking forward.
9. Nocturnes, by John Connolly
Because some most of these stories, you don't want to read in the 'em where the sun's shining brightest!
10. Definitely Not Mr. Darcy, by Karen Doornebos
A step above it's raunchier regency cousins in the romance aisles at B&N, this book is pretty great...nothing to do with the beach at all, but pretty great. 

If you haven't already entered, don't forget there's a giveaway this week!


  1. I'm SO with you on Persuasion. Awesome list! :D

    Drop by my Top 10?

  2. Great list! Though I've never read it I love the idea of Sense,Sensibility and Sea Monsters for a beach I put Pride and Prejudice on my list.

    Here's My Top Ten

  3. I remember last time I was at the beach I was reading Hunger Games and some little kid fed one of the seagulls and it wouldn't leave us alone. I wanted to drop kick it haha. I'm an animal lover, but those seagulls have got to move somewhere else! I loved Pride & Prejudice so maybe it's time to try Persuasion. My cousin wanted to lend it to me so maybe I'll try it this summer. My Top Ten Tuesday

  4. LOL. I'll Mature When I'm Dead sounds like my husband sometimes :)

  5. Yayy awesome picks! Hahaaa I love that you've said Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters makes more sense! Probs does x


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