Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the bloggers over at the Broke and the Bookish. Book bloggers from all around create lists based on the chosen topics, and post links to the host blog to share our love of books. This week’s topic is Top Ten Books I’d Recommend As Good Beach Reads. Now…this is kinda hard considering I hate the beach, I mean the sun and the sand and the salt…I just don’t understand the appeal…however, “beach reads”…those mindless novels that flourish during summer’s lazy months…that I can understand! So here goes my top ten books I’d recommend for lazy summer afternoons.
- Harry Potter: Really, do you need a reason to reread these? These are great summer reads cause they are rereads and the skill level is low plus you know they’re addictive (so make sure you pause long enough to add on extra sunblock)
- Becoming Odyssa: Epic Adventures on the Appalachian Trail by Jennifer Pharr Davis: I just recently finished this book and LOVED it! If you like adventure, camping, hiking, backpacking, the outdoors or just funny stories then this is an excellent book. Just be forewarned…it’ll make you want to pack your bags and hit the AT.
- The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher: A wonderful series, great reads that will keep your butt stuck to that beach towel (or hammock). Easy reads but amazingly complex story lines about an adult wizard (ironically, named Harry). Think of this as the grown up, R-rated Harry Potter.
- Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss: ‘Cause am I right…did not every single high school senior receive that for graduation? So before you rush off to college sit down and read this inspiring little book and give your life a little thought. And for those of us that have been out of school for a while, we could always use a refresher.
- Women’s Murder Club series by James Patterson (and some other people): Short chapters make for quick reads and the good girls always win!
- A Year by the Sea by Joan Anderson: A woman’s journey to rediscover her self after her marriage has gone cold….she runs off to live in a little cottage by the sea (where else?) to figure out if her marriage is what she wants, and to figure out who she is after having raised her children to adulthood. A wonderful discovering yourself book for those of us who aren’t 17.
- Marching through Georgia: My Walk along Sherman’s Route by Jerry Ellis: Filled with ghost, adventure and history, what more could a novel have? Oh yeah, and lots humor! Another book that will make you want to shrug off your responsibilities and hit the trails.
- Legacy of Luna: The Story of a Tree, a Woman and the Struggle to Save the Redwoods by Julia Butterfly Hill: A book that’ll make you want to shrug off your responsibilities and go live in a tree.
- The Bridges Of Madison County: ‘Cause really, what’s a beach read list without a romance? Even if it does include adultery and doesn’t end the way you want it too.
- Hiking Virginia by Bill and Mary Burnham: To help you plan all those hikes you’re going to want to take after reading the other books on this list.
What’s your favorite summer read?