Sea, Sun, Sand and something good to read…


Every Tuesday over at the  The Broke and Bookish we all get to look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  The topic this week is:

Beach Reads Week — top ten great beach reads

To be honest I don’t really pick books that I think are suitable for the beach, I just read what I like to read all year round.  In terms of books that I’ve read though that I think would be suitable I’ve gone for a mix of complicated and light and easy.  After all when you’re chilled out and not stressing about all your usual activities it’s easier to concentrate isn’t it.

  1. Romance factor: The Outlander (Cross Stitch) by Diana Gabaldon. Alternate history/time travel.
  2. Fun factor: The Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell – really good, fun and easy to read.
  3. Whimsical/Fairytale feel: Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marllier – which I absolutely love!
  4. Longer vacation book: Patrick Rothfuss the Name of the Wind – because this is a bit of a huge book but well worth it!
  5. Book to concentrate on: The Shards of Heaven by Michael Livingston – this is a great book, alternate Roman.
  6. Thought provoking: Just City by Jo Walton.
  7. Love story: The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons.
  8. Alternate stories: Jane Steele by Lindsay Faye – this is a story with parallels (although not a retelling) of Jane Eye and it’s brilliant.  Definitely make a great holiday read and one you won’t be able to put down.
  9. Something scary: The Beast of Barcroft by Bill Schweigart – critters in the dark and creepy woods.
  10. The series that keeps on giving: (so you can continue with yet more after you come off holiday) Grimdark reading by Mark Lawrence: The Broken Empire and The Red Queen’s War).  Great series, highly recommended.



23 Responses to “Sea, Sun, Sand and something good to read…”

  1. sjhigbee

    Yippee! Someone else who reads and appreciates Jo Walton *dances a happy dance around the lounge* I also completely agree about The Name of the Wind. I haven’t read Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier – but must track it down as she’s an author I absolutely love and Jane Steele is also one I need to find – thank you! A great list:)

    • @lynnsbooks

      Dreamer’s Pool is so good – I loved it.
      Jo Walton – I love the philosophy books, they’re just so intriguing and thought provoking. Can’t wait for No.3.
      Jane Steele was brilliant – a real blast of a book.
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        Thank you for confirming your recommendations – like you, I can’t wait for Jo Walton’s third book in this fabulous series – I LOVE her writing. I think she’s one of the greatest SFF writers of her generation. I’m definitely going to track down Jane Steele:).

      • @lynnsbooks

        Oh great – I hope you enjoy it.
        Lynn 😀

  2. imyril

    I’ve just picked up a copy of The Just City (finally!) – I’ve not popped it on my TBR, but I suspect I won’t be able to resist it…

    • @lynnsbooks

      I can’t wait to see what you think – I don’t suppose it’s everyone’s cup of tea but I loved it and can’t wait for the third one – it’s very thought provoking and I love the concept.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Barb(boxermommyreads)

    What a wonderful mixture and some of those book are real chunkers so I bet you will have a blast getting lost in them. I love the cover of The Beast of Barcroft.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks – I don’t mind chunky books or real mind benders when I’m on holiday – I’m more chilled out and have more time after all!
      Lynn 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks – Beast of Bancroft is a great cover (not sure it would be everyone’s beach read – although at least it doesn’t have a shark on the cover!)
      Lynn 😀

  4. Jamie Wu

    The Name of the Wind is a pretty hefty book to carry around. Haha. But I definitely agree that it’s worth it.

    • @lynnsbooks

      This is the beauty of kindle – I love to own books (to have on my shelves) but these days I’m very much converted to the beauty of ebooks – easy to carry round, easy to highlight and bookmark and you can taken hundreds of books away with you.
      Lynn 😀

      • Jamie Wu

        That’s true. There’s just something about physical books I still can’t quite let go of yet, but I definitely do read some ebooks too.

      • @lynnsbooks

        I tend to read quite a few ebooks now to be honest. I still love the feel of a real book though.
        Lynn 😀

  5. sweettalkrevolution

    “Jane Steele” was fantastic! My brother has been trying to get me to read “The Name of the Wind” for ages, though he felt somewhat lukewarm about it, but I haven’t picked it up yet. I’m surprised to see it becoming so popular.

    My TTT

    • @lynnsbooks

      I absolutely love Patrick Rothfuss – however, he does tend to have a little bit of waiting time between books and at the moment there’s no sign of No.3 on the horizon so you can probably take your sweet time picking them up – that being said they’re very good!
      Jane Steele I absolutely loved it.
      Lynn 😀

  6. jessicabookworm

    Some really interesting choices. Like you I don’t really pick book because it is a ‘beach read’ as I pick books based on the genres and authors I really enjoy. Plus I don’t spend much time lying on the beach 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I’m not a beach person to be honest – all that sand is just down right annoying and not half as comfy as it looks – now a nice lounger and a long drink or sat under an umbrella on a terrace – now we’re talking!
      Lynn 😀

  7. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I love the way you decided to do this! I think it’s way more helpful to recommend based on mood rather than through the term “beach read” because as others have mentioned already, it’s so generic and ambiguous. I love your picks for all your categories too, for those I’ve read. For those I haven’t, I want to now 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, beach read – I think most people feel the same – you pretty much carry on and read what they usually read.
      Lynn 😀

  8. digitaltempest

    I have The Bronze Horseman, Dreamer’s Pool, and Jane Steele lined up soon. Great list and wonderful job on recommending books based on different reading mindsets. 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks. Dreamer’s Pool is so good and I loved Jane Steele. The Bronze Horseman is a book I read a good few years ago and I was swept up by the setting, don’t get me wrong there is an epic romance but the whole Russian, war time, siege – yeah, it just really pulled me in. I hope you enjoy them. Jane Steele isn’t a retelling of Jane Eyre but the main protagonist’s life shares certain parallels at the start. I just found it so easy to read.

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