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June 11: Top Ten Beach Reads (however YOU define a beach read!)
What is a beach read? Something entertaining and/or quick, that you’d be happy to read between splashing in the water? Or something adventurous you read while lurking under an umbrella? Maybe both…
1. Anna and the French Kiss; Stephanie Perkins. Anna, sent to France for her senior year, is having a hard time adjusting to school life. Not speaking a word of French doesn’t help. A cute, addictive read, with a sweet and realistic love interest and relationship.
2. Divergent; Veronica Roth. The world is small, and divided up into groups chosen based of virtues like courage or truthfulness. Most people stay in the groups they are born into, but Beatrice leaves for Courage–and her defiance and bravery doesn’t stop there. A riveting read.
3. The Forgotten Garden; Kate Morton. A sweet and haunting story about family, love and loss. Complex and layered, with a bit of heft to it, this is a good book to get lost in.
4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone; J.K. Rowling. These books should be re-read every so often. Why not over the summer?
5. Let’s Pretend this Never Happened; Jenny Lawson “The Bloggess.” If you haven’t read this memoir, you should. Jenny Lawson is unafraid to share her own special brand of weird–no matter how difficult and peculiar you feel you are, or your life is, the Bloggess can make you laugh. You’re not alone.
6. Monstrous Regiment; Terry Pratchett. Anything by Pratchett is readable and hilarious, but this book in particular is fun. I don’t think I can put it better than the first line of the Goodreads summary “What do you get when you cross a vampire, a troll, Igor, a collection of misfits, and a young woman who shoves a pair of socks down her pants to join the army?”
7. One For the Money; Janet Evanovich. Desperation drives Stephanie Plum to become a bounty hunter, but she isn’t very good at it. In fact, it’s hard to believe anyone could be worse, stumbling through apprehensions. Somehow, she keeps going–and hilarity ensues as she moves like a wrecking ball through the carefully laid plans of criminals.
8. Size 12 is Not Fat; Meg Cabot. Heather Wells was a pop star, but her mother ran off with all her money, so now she works as an assistant dorm director. Chic-lit mystery, with laughs and danger.
9. Storm Front; Jim Butcher. Harry Dresden, wizard, has a difficult life–full of challenges that pile up one after the other. But he’s so full of twisted humor, he makes you laugh. A great series, full of wonderful characters.
10. Trickster’s Queen; Tamora Pierce. Book #2 in a two-part series. You should read both of them. 🙂 Alianne has a famous warrior mother, and a spy father. How is a girl supposed to live up to that? After an argument, Aly is captured and sold by slavers–and this isn’t a coincidence. A Trickster god has plans for her…