Top Ten Tuesday! 06.12.2012

Top 10 Tuesday!

06.12.2012

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

Today’s meme is:

Top Ten Books I’d Recommend As Good Beach Reads

except, how does one define a “beach read” in the first place?

  • Is it a book that contains a “summer” theme?
  • Is it a hot romance?
  • Is it a book that shouldn’t be taken too seriously?

I believe a great “beach read” is one that is still well written and has a great story line, but isn’t weighed down by the heftiness of heavy language and/or serious, sobering, difficult philosophical questions. Overall, a great “beach read” is one that you’re willing to read through, enjoy, and re-read again for the sheer pleasure of it—and still have time to sip that pina colada, renew your tan, and take a dip into that water!

But, just because “beachy” doesn’t mean “too serious,” it also doesn’t mean that the book shouldn’t be taken seriously. Not every writer, nor every genre, nor text can be or should be written in the spirit of William Faulkner. That’s the gift of writing diversity and literary tastes. And also the season of summer and relaxation. I chose these books based on readability, tone, talent, and pure reading enjoyment, all key ingredients to a perfect beach read!

Why not shake out that towel, rub on that sunblock, adjust your sunglasses, put your feet up, and pick up one or all of my top 10 choices of great beach reads this summer?

1. The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

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2.The Romantic by Barbara Gowdy

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3. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

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4. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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5. All Families Are Psychotic by Douglas Coupland

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6. White Teeth by Zadie Smith

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7. The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

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8. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath Edited by Karen V. Kokil

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9.  Away by Jane Urqhuart

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10. The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood

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 What do you plan on reading at the beach this summer?

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11 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday! 06.12.2012”

  1. Your TTT button is so cute! These all look like excellent summer reads and I’m particularly drawn to The Romantic and The Language of Flowers. I just picked up The Night Circus on audio at the library so I’m happy to see it on your list.
    Hope you have some fun summer reading adventures!

    1. Hi Lucy. Thanks for stopping by. “The Romantic” by Barbara Gowdy is an excellent read: full of drama, yearning, and wonderful prose. The different meanings associated with flowers in “The Language of Flowers” is what made that book wonderful. And I trust you’ll love “The Night Circus.” It’s imaginative and highly creative—full of glorious magic. (I met Erin Morgenstern and she is beautiful!) Enjoy your reads!

  2. “The Night Circus” is so imaginative and creative, I know you’ll be amazed and entertained. And I finished TYOTF in two days because I COULDN’T PUT IT DOWN!! Enjoy!

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