Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday (6-12-12)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Each week, 
they post a different topic, and you get to create your own top ten list. So, this week's 
topic is:

Books I'd Recommend As Good Beach Reads

1) Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan - one summer, three generations of women, and lots of issues to deal with. Not a hilarious book to read, but a great book to sit and get lost in.

2) A Summer Affair by Elin Hilderbrand - known for her great beach books, this is the first of her books that I read and I loved it! Perfect book to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine!

3) One Day by David Nicholls - a great love story, one that wraps you up with Dex and Emma and takes you on a great ride.

4) If You Were Here by Jen Lancaster - Jen is hilarious and this book had me laughing out loud at the antics. A great book to relax with.

5) The Help by Kathryn Stockett - now, this isn't your typical beach read. However, I read this one last summer and thought that it was a great summer time read. Maybe it was sitting outside in the heat reading about the heat of Mississippi that pulled me in, but the great writing is something that pulls you in and won't let you go.

6) Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah - a great story of two women and their friendship. 

7) Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen - I read this last summer, lying out in the sunshine, and I couldn't get enough of it. I love the time period and the setting ... it really does take you away from the real world.

8) Fly Away Home by Jennifer Weiner - a mother and her two daughters reconnect amidst a political scandal. Based partly in reality but just juicy enough to make you think that it's fiction.

9) Call Me Irresistible by Susan Elizabeth Phillips - I read this book at the end of summer and it was perfect. Filled with romance, travel, and a hot leading man. What more could you want for a day at the beach?!?

10) Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella - such a guilty pleasure and a book that would make a great beach read. Actually, any Kinsella novel would be perfect for a day at the beach!

Well, my beach reads may not always be typical, but there is a bit of variety thrown in there! What books do you think are perfect for a day at the beach? Let me know!


  1. I have an SEP book on my list too! I also totally agree about Sophie Kinsella-- I love light-hearted stuff on the beach and both totally qualify!

  2. I have Jen Lancaster on my list too. I still haven't read If You Were Here but hopefully I'll get to it soon!

  3. I love the Shopaholic books and I'm hoping to read the new SEP book this summer too. I can see why The Help would be a good summer book. If you haven't read it yet, I'd suggest Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman too. Fantastic list!

  4. I have yet to read Water for Elephants and The Help but a lot of my friends love them. I don't know why I'm dragging my heels. Great list and I like the variety you offer.

  5. oooo I forgot about the Shopoholic books. Those are def good summer reads. So funny. Really any Sohpie Kinsella book is agreat for the beach. My Top Ten Tuesday

  6. I love Jen Lancaster! And I also really liked The Help.

    My blog partner keeps pushing Firefly Lane on me, so perhaps that is one I should throw in my beach bag.

    Awesome TTT!

    My Top Ten Tuesday

  7. I actually haven't read any of these books, but I'm hoping to read The Help this summer! I've put off watching the movie because I wanted to read the book first.

    Top Ten

  8. The Help was such a good book I wanted to put it on my list but I ran out of room :( Great list though! +New GFC follower :)

    Here's my Top10 post :)

    -Kimberly @ Turning The Pages

  9. Completely agree with water for elephants! I also put Sophie Kinsella on my top ten. Her books are just perfect beach books.