The Sea, the sun and the sand (or a nice terrace maybe!)

Posted On 3 June 2014

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This week’s topic at the Broke and Bookish is Top Ten Beach reads.  Well, I don’t really do beaches very well – sand, you just can’t live with it plus I get restless and want to go a mooching.  I do however like chilling on balconies and terraces after all the trekking about (usually with a tall glass of something cold).  So this is going to be my top 10 balcony books.  Also, I don’t really do romance very often so I’m going to stick to fantasy – but, in the spirit of this week’s topic I’ve stayed away from the grim and the dark.  This way, I can check out your books and cherry pick the odd romance that looks too good to miss!

1. The Tropic of Serpents (A memoir by Lady Trent) by Marie Brennan.  I’ve used a bit of creative wordery here – the word ‘tropic’ having a summery feel.  Okay, this is a book about dragons, but it’s a quite light hearted memoir of the adventures of  Lady Trent.  This is No.2 of the series that got off to a great start with A Natural History of Dragons.

2.  The Martian by Andy Weir – well come on now – you can’t get much further away for a holiday.  A break, not just from your job, the house, routine, etc.  A break from the world!  This comes highly recommended!

3.  The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman – I really like Alice Hoffman, she usually manages to inject some sort of fantasy aspect into her novels whilst quite often still making you feel like you’re not reading fantasy.

4.  Days of Blood and Starglight by Leigh Bardugo – well, this probably doesn’t sound like a holiday read but I’ve had this and the second book for ages and holidays are perfect for catching up!  Plus, if you remove ‘the blood’ from the title you have ‘Days of Starlight’ which almost sounds romantic.  Okay, I just want to catch up with this series.  Actually – there is romance in this book – so win for me!

5.  Moon’s Artifice by Tom Lloyd – I’m keeping with the theme above – I’ve now got the stars and the moon.  Throw in the candlelight and wine and you have romance!!  Right there.  This is another recommendation that I’m looking forward to.

6..  Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – not even going to try and come up with a reason for putting this on my summer reads – simply, I have to read it as I have No.2 as well and No.3 soon due out!!!

7. Sworn in Steel by Douglas Hulick (Tale of the Kin book 2).  Looking forward to this but need to carve out the time!!  This is what holidays are for.

8. The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne M Valente.  This sounds like a lovely adventure.  Plus, leading revels sounds fun and on top of that the Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland was awesome and whimsical all rolled up into one.

9. Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce – because I’ve had this for ages and it does look so good.

10. Dr Sleep by Stephen King.  Not really expecting this to be a light read.  I rushed out and bought the hardback as soon as it came out and still need to read it.  Plus, it has the word ‘sleep’ in the title and I like to be extremely lazy when I’m on holiday so it’s sort of fitting.

That’s my summer reads – although you know that saying about ‘the best laid plans….’

22 Responses to “The Sea, the sun and the sand (or a nice terrace maybe!)”

  1. lipsyy

    Oooh good picks! I really liked Doctor Sleep…I can just picture you reading it on a not-beach now…lol!

    • lynnsbooks

      Yeah, Dr Sleep. Can’t believe I rushed out at break neck speed to buy this as soon as it was released (and Goldfinch) and still haven’t read them! Holiday would be a good time.
      Lynn 😀

  2. jessicabookworm

    My dad bought a copy of Doctor Sleep by Stephen King and Inferno by Dan Brown for summer because he was waiting for them to come out in paperback! I am sure I will steal both at some point 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      I like that – it’s usually the other way round for me. My dad usually has my books (I guess he’s earned that privilege after I read all his books when I was younger).
      Lynn 😀

      • jessicabookworm

        My dad does steal my books too but I steal his more because I read more 😛

      • lynnsbooks

        I love that we both share our reading hobby with our dads!
        Lynn 😀

  3. Maija Reads

    I’ve been thinking about starting Shadow and Bone, as well as the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series. YA fantasy could very well work for good beach/summer reading.

    • lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I used to read quite a bit more YA but I’ve trailed off a little. Still got some that I’m looking forward to though. Definitely want to read Shadow and Bone as it has really good reviews.
      Lynn 😀

      • Maija Reads

        Me too, last year (or was it the year before that?) I read a ton of YA fantasy/dystopian, but then I got a bit bored. Some of them started to feel too derivative of each other. One now and then is fine, though.

      • lynnsbooks

        Agree. I still like some but I used to read a lot more than I do now – it’s like, if one person comes up with a good concept that becomes well liked in YA the market becomes saturated with the same theme and very little else. Annoying that!
        Lynn 😀

  4. jenclair

    I added A Natural History of Dragons (bk. 1) after reading another review of The Tropic of Serpents. This sounds like a series I’d enjoy. Of course, there are some other interesting titles here as well, that i’ll need to look into.

    • lynnsbooks

      It’s a good story. It is the first and so does have a bit of a ‘setting the scene’ feel but I really liked it.
      Lynn 😀

  5. nawfalaq

    Agreed: YA is good “summer reading!” The covers for the Bardugo books always catch my eye, but that cover on “The Martian” makes me want to go to the nearest bookstore and buy it like some pseudo-manchurian-candidate zombie! Love it! Thanks for sharing!

    • lynnsbooks

      I’m really looking forward to The Martian – it came highly recommended from the same friend who recommended I am Legend and The Girl with All the Gifts (plus many more). She’s pretty good so this will no doubt be a great read.
      Lynn 😀

  6. Krystianna (@DwnritDystopian)

    I’ve heard such wonderful things about Shadow and Bone, though I have yet to read it! I even bought a copy right after the first book came out. Great picks!
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

    • lynnsbooks

      I know – I have the first and second books by Leigh Bardugo and must pick them up soon as No.3 is due out! At least I won’t have any long waits for the conclusion.
      Lynn 😀

  7. Sheila (Book Journey)

    OOH yes to the Martian!!! Fantastic!

    • lynnsbooks

      Ooh – have you read it – I’m really looking forward to that one. My very good friend highly recommended and she’s never wrong!
      Lynn 😀

  8. Delia (Postcards from Asia)

    I want to read The Martian, I keep hearing about it here and there. Some Kind of Fairy Tale has been on my list for a while.
    Doctor Sleep was ok but I found The Shining much creepier and therefore better. 🙂 Have you read The Shining?

    • lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I read The Shining before Dr Sleep was released. I had some strange idea about reading this fairly soon afterwards! Although I don’t think they necessarily follow on in terms of story – I’m still looking forward to reading it though.
      Lynn 😀

  9. cherylmahoney

    I’m so with you on this…no sand, give me a terrace and a comfortable chair instead! The only book on your list I recognized is The Girl Who Fell, and you’ve probably seen me rave about it before–but it’s delightful and lovely and such fun!

    • lynnsbooks

      I know – I really need to catch up with the CV books. They’re so lovely.
      Lynn 😀

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