The Broke and the Bookish went with “Top Ten Books I Plan to Have in My Beach Bag This Summer” or “Books I Think Make Great Beach Reads” this week for the meme topic. I don’t necessarily need to have a “beachy”, lighter read for the beach or pool as a rule. Just relaxing, being off of work and having a beach or pool setting will do just fine. I mean, I did read Rebecca at the beach one summer, so anything is game. Here is my eclectic beach bag if I am lucky enough to pack one this summer:
Moon Shell Beach by Nancy Thayer and Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter We’ll start the bag packing with two that are more in tune with beachy reads. Both have been recommended by friends and I’ve yet to get to them.
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman and The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson. These two heavier books are picks from my June book group lists. I have about three weeks for both, so I better get started!
Memory Wall by Anthony Doerr and Cranky Ladies of History by Various Authors. My beach bag wouldn’t be complete without short stories. I absolutely loved Doerr’s The Shell Collector and it was a perfect beach read on my last vacay. Cranky Ladies of History just sounds fantastic and entertaining following 22 ladies who “have had good reason to be cranky”.
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee and And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. I wanted to pick two classics and I am going to read Mockingbird without a doubt this summer before Go Set A Watchman is released. I’ve been talking about finally reading a Christie book for years now and it’s time to make it happen this summer. Mystery and suspense novels poolside or on a beach can be dangerous because once they get their hooks in you, sunscreen may be forgotten.