Top 10 Tuesday:
Top 10 Beach Reads
By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis
I’m not sure I understand the true premise of this topic. What’s the difference between reading a good book at the beach or on your porch or in a café? To me, a good book is simply that—a good book—regardless of where you read it. What then could I possibly use as my criteria for choosing books to read at a beach?
That, too, is a little difficult for me. Reading at a beach. If I’m at a beach, I’m there to swim, not necessarily to read. And I care far too much about my skin to try to get a tan. I leave toasting to champagne and freshly sliced bread.
Nevertheless, since this is the topic for today and if perhaps under the following circumstances:
I have a huge umbrella to provide me with shade
- it’s not extremely hot outside
- the beach isn’t over-crowded with exhibitionists
- and I’m afforded the quiet I like when reading a book—
then yes, I’d pack these trade paperbacks that I already own into my beach bag (in any order):
The World We Found by Thrity Umrigar, published by HarperCollins Publishers
An Atlas of Impossible Longing by Anuradha Roy, published by Free Press, imprint of Simon & Schuster
Ru bu Kim Thuy, published by Vintage Canada
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes, published by Random House of Canada
Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson, published by Grove Press
This Burns My Heart by Samuel Park, published by Simon & Schuster
We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver, published by HarperCollins Publishers
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman, published by Simon & Schuster
The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards by Kristopher Jansma, published by Penguin Canada
Magnified World by Grace O’Connell, published by Random House of Canada
Any of these books look like wonderful reads and I’d trek around with these to the beach, an outdoor patio, or café any day!
Have you read any of the above books? If so, which ones?
Which books from above did you enjoy the most?
If you haven’t yet read the books above, which one do you think you might like to take with you to the beach?
What’s on your top 10 beach reads?