Question of the Week #27: Beachy Reads
It's the first week of June, which means the beach reading season has begun. What's your favorite summer read?
Share your favorite book (or books!) here and get ideas for other things to read this summer.
The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer and Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler.
Jun 1, 2009 11:52 am
Some short story collections --
I just read Brief Interviews with Hideous Men by David Foster Wallace, and it was excellent. Also, Pastoralia or In Persuasion Nation or CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, all by George Saunders.
Jun 1, 2009 12:15 pm
The Billonaire's Vinegar: The Mystery of the World's most expensive bottle of wine by Benjamin Wallace and The Match King by Frank Partnoy.
Jun 2, 2009 1:11 pm
When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris. It's a collection of essays. Funny! Funny! Funny! A great read!. An easy read. A fun read.
Jun 3, 2009 6:05 pm
I read John Milton's PARADISE LOST on the beach one summer, but really what I prefer is Jeffrey Eugenides's THE VIRGIN SUICIDES.
Jun 4, 2009 9:10 am
Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler, The City and The City by China Miéville, Camilla by Frances Burney
Jun 10, 2009 1:31 am
Summer Sisters by Judy Blume and The North and South trilogy by John Jakes.
Jun 10, 2009 3:22 pm
I love to read funny, light-hearted books when I'm out in the summer, especially at the beach. I usually end up falling asleep on the sand, so I like something that doesn't require my full, undivided attention for hours at a time (like a lot of what I have to read for my major).
I usually bring a David Sedaris book along with me when I go on vacation, and last summer I read "Marley and Me" on the beach. It was perfect - it was entertaining but grounded, and I love that I got to read that while I was on vacation and could relax with it.
Jun 11, 2009 4:03 pm
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I would highly recommend The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society for anyone who a) is a bibliophile and b) loves epistolary novels. It's a witty, heartbreakingly endearing, and charming book that honestly would make a great read anytime, but the summer would be a nice complement to the lightness (and at times sadness) of the book.
Jun 15, 2009 9:49 pm
Anything by James Patterson, one of my favorite mystery writers. Mary Higgins Clark is good, too.
Jun 16, 2009 4:16 pm
Agatha Christie. Especially the beach-set or island-set ones.
Jun 16, 2009 9:39 pm
I tend to go a little less serious at the beach too...partly the atmosphere and partly the fact that it takes effort to tune out the distractions :) Diana Gabaldon's Outlander is a big one, even something as fun as the Twilight or Harry Potter books. I also like to relive my childhood, so I'll throw "A Wrinkle In Time" or "The Giver" in there too.
Jun 17, 2009 9:32 am
Agreed, starshy. I absolutely love rereading books from my childhood, and what better time to do that than in the summer? I try to reread The Phantom Tollbooth every summer. I swear, that one never gets old.
Jun 17, 2009 7:06 pm
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