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beach reading?
July 22, 2011 at 11:04 AM

 We are getting ready for our vacation in 2 weeks.  I'm looking for some recommendations on night light reads...not really romance books, but a nice book for the beach that isn't too involved.  Can anyone recommend anything?  Thanks!


  • VintageWife
    July 22, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Hope someone can help :)

  • Courtney610
    July 22, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    When I went to the beach, I read chelsea Handler's, 'My Horizontal Life.'  it was super easy reading, and the chapters are really short, so it's nice if you have to take a lot of breaks.

  • betsystipo
    July 24, 2011 at 8:51 AM

     Thanks!  I'll put that one on my list to order from BN!  :)

  • lenoxclan
    July 24, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    Janet evanovich stephanie plum bounty hunter series..

  • earthangel1967
    July 24, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    at the beachreadingfloating in pool


  • earthangel1967
    July 24, 2011 at 3:49 PM
    A good beach book is engaging and a quick enough read that you can finish most of it on the beach before your sunscreen wears off. A beach book isn't necessarily literature, but a beach book will entertain. This list of top beach books helps you choose an entertaining read that fits your personality, whether you like romance, thrillers or something smart but not too heavy. With these beach books in hand, all you need to remember is your towel and sunscreen.

    If You Like Serial Mysteries - Beach Books with Likable Detectives

    'Dead Until Dark' by Charlaine HarrisAce Books
    Serial mysteries are great beach reading for a number of reasons: 1) they are fast paced, 2) they can often be found inexpensively in mass market paperback, and 3) if you like the first novel, there are usually several others in the same formula that you can read.

    Here is a list of eight popular mystery series. These will appeal to you if you like authors like Janet Evanovich and James Patterson. My favorite on the list: Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris.

    If You Like "Chick Lit" - Modern Romance on the Beach

    'Confessions of a Shopaholic' by Sophie KinsellaDell
    Books like Bridget Jones' Diary and Confessions of a Shopaholic are light, comic choices that provide romance and relief for modern women. If you enjoy these kinds of novels, check out this list of seven great chick lit books for your beach bag. (My favorite is Savannah Breeze by Mary Kay Andrews).

    If You Like Young Adult Books - Reclaiming Your Childhood in the Sand

    'Stardust' by Neil GaimanHarperCollins
    Some young adult books--books that have interesting stories and compelling characters--are not only good reads for teens, they can also be very enjoyable for adults. If you want to remember what it was like to be young and let your imagination soar, try these young adult books. My favorite is Stardust by Neil Gaiman.

    If You Don't Like Fluff - Smart Beach Reads

    'The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society' by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie BarrowsDell
    Beach reading, by definition, is not very heavy. It is difficult to contemplate weighty content with sand between your toes and a frisbee flying over your head. But just because you need a fun book for the beach, doesn't mean you have to read something completely fluffy. These eight books were some of the best from the past few years, but they are also light enough to throw in your beach bag. My pick from the list: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

    If You Yearn for Romance - Beach Reads to Make You Sweat

    'Matters of the Heart' by Danielle SteelDell
    There is a fine line between romance novels that make you sigh and those that cross the line into an area that is too cheesy or sexual. If you like reading romance, my suggestion is to stick to the masters of the genre: Nora Roberts, Danielle Steel and Nicholas Sparks. They each release one or more books per year, and they have many older books that you can find in the libary or mass market paperback for next to nothing. Look at these lists to find titles you haven't tried:

    If You Like a Good Tear-Jerker - Beach Books to Make You Cry

    'The Memory Keeper's Daughter' by Kim EdwardsPenguin

    Admit it: You like to watch Lifetime movies, you listen to sappy love songs, and you tear up at greeting card commercials. Every now and then, we all need a good cry. There are two sure ways to achieve this with page turning books that will go well in your beach bag: 1) Read a Jodi Picoult Book or 2)Try these Books that are Like Jodi Picoult Books. My pick: The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards


  • 4kidz916
    July 24, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    I like anything by Nicholas Sparks but they usually end up with romance in them.  Enjoy your vacation.

  • midnight_storm
    July 24, 2011 at 5:51 PM
    When I look for a book with little to no romance and not majorly intense; I usually get books from the young adult section, lol. So I don't have any suggestions, but enjoy your vacation:)
  • Charli627
    July 24, 2011 at 6:52 PM
    I brought my chicken soup for the women's soul book to the beach lol
  • paganbaby
    July 24, 2011 at 10:58 PM

    Quoting VintageWife:

    Hope someone can help :)

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