Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's task is to list ten great beach reads. But first, we must define what makes a good beach read - and that definitely varies from reader to reader. It could be romance (the trashier the better), the hottest best-seller, fantasy, or possibly a good thriller. My husband's ideal beach read is non-fiction... on a non-work-related topic, of course.
For me, beach reading is all about plot. When I'm on the beach, I want a really good story... nothing too sappy, formulaic, violent, or graphic. However, there are certain settings which make character-driven novels suitable for beach reading. (like #3 below) Good writing is also a must, but I'm more forgiving when it comes to vacation/beach reading.
Given all of that, you've probably guessed that my beach reads of choice are usually literary/contemporary fiction. Here are ten books I've read over the last few years that would make ideal beach reading.
Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler
The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine
Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan
Fall of Giants by Ken Follett
The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman
You Were Here by Stewart O'Nan
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
Into the Woods by Tana French
This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
I just realized that's eleven... so embarrassing! Since I can't decide which one to scratch, let's consider This is Where I Leave You a bonus. It's the funniest book I've read in years!
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