Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the folks at the Broke and the Bookish. Each week has a different theme where participants try to come up with ten things to fit the theme.
This week’s topic is Ten Great Beach Reads.
I have trouble with this topic, largely because I couldn’t imagine what I’d read at the beach. I’ve only been to beaches with youth groups, and those tend to have more team building activities than reading. I mean, why read at the beach? It’s hot, there’s a bunch of distractions, you’re probably going to get sand all over your book and you’re probably there with friends… Doesn’t help the beaches closest to where I live is a short drive away from mountains. So hiking and jungle trekking usually eats up a lot of time too. So why read at the beach? I guess to past time while you’re tanning? Please let me know. I have no experience with beach reading.
Anyway, if it was me and I was going to the beach and wanted something to read, I would want something short and easily digestible. That’s the criteria I used to build my list.
Legion is a novella series by Brandon Sanderson. It stars a man with hallucinations. Each hallucination is specialize in a specific field, like a linguist or a historian, which he uses to help him solve mysteries. It’s basically a one man heist story. I’m still hoping this turns into a TV series, because I can totally see it as one.
Perfect State tells the story of God Emperor Kairominas, who has the entire world under his rule. Except his world isn’t the only one and he often spars with his arch nemesis Melhi. But today, Kairominas has a different challenge. He is leaving his home world to go on a date with Sophie, a woman who has achieved what he has on another world. There’s lots of twists and turns through this short novella which keeps things interesting.
An Abundance of Katherines
One of the less well received John Green books, but I thought this would make a perfect summer read. Its subject is lighter and doesn’t have tear jerker moments. You won’t want people watching you cry by the beach, right? Beside it’s about a road trip, and doing work in a rural town during summer. Not so much beach as summer material, but it fits the mood.
Shai, a master Forger, is caught and in exchange for her life, she must do the impossible. She must forge a new soul for the Emperor in a 100 days. The Emperor has been left in a vegetative state after an assassination attempt. And during her imprisonment, she discovers she might just be killed to keep it a secret. She needs an escape plan. One of my favorite novellas, and the one that won Sanderson his first Hugo Award.
The Summer I Turned Pretty
Okay, I’ll admit that I wasn’t the biggest fan of this book, but I think a lot of people are going to enjoy it, judging by the Goodreads rating. And more importantly, I think it’s perfect for a beach read. I can practically imagine myself looking at the sea while taking a dip in the swimming pool of a beach house while reading this.
Kindred Spirits is a short tale of fandom, about the excitement of a new release, the talks between fans and arguing about which character or entry in the series is best. Just happens that this fandom is Star Wars fandom. Star Wars fans will great more enjoyment out of this, but non fans will be able to appreciate the fandom aspects of it in general too.
So that’s six of them. I’ve failed again. I feel like I’m in some sort of a slump here. Oh well. So do you bring books to read at the beach? Could you let me know why? I really want to know.