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May 23: Summer Reads Freebie: In preparation for Memorial Day (which is always the unofficial summer kickoff for me), let’s rec some summer/beach reads: books to go in your beach bag, best books set in summer, books with summer-y covers, best beach reads for people who don’t enjoy contemporary/realistic reads, best beach reads for fans of X genre, etc. etc.

I like beaches in a “whole bunch of sunscreen and shade” sort of way, so here’s some beachy/vacation reads. Which I consider happier reads–romance, humor, and adventure.

1. Bossypants; Tina Fey. Humorous memoirs are great for a short reading times, or a long relaxing time.

2. Stardust; Neil Gaiman. A traveling story for when you travel.

3. On the Island; Tracey Garvis-Graves. You have to have an island romance on the beach, right?

4. Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow; Jessica Day George. To cool off on a hot day.

5. Howl’s Moving Castle; Diana Wynne Jones. A little magic on the beach.

6. Ella Enchanted; Gail Carson Levine. A nice, fairly short fantasy adventure feels beachy to me.

7. Uprooted; Naomi Novik. A great adventure, magic, and a bit of romance.

8. Anna and the French Kiss; Stephanie Perkins. Light romances are great vacation reads.

9. Going Postal; Terry Pratchett. Humor is a great mood lifter for holidays.

10. Troubled Waters; Sharon Shinn. Some more magic and romance.


About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

12 responses »

  1. FranL says:

    Good ideas! I love Stardust and Howl’s Moving Castle!

    • It’s kind of a tough prompt–I’m pretty sure beachy reads are any books you read on a beach. But these are the ones I’d pick. 🙂

      • FranL says:

        It is. I suppose one COULD read anything at the beach! I just went with ten books that have been on my TBR for a while and I plan to tackle this summer.

  2. Ed Hoornaert says:

    I gotta admit, I prefer Stardust the movie to Stardust the book — and with today’s technology, you could watch it on the beach!

  3. Great picks for this topic. I love Stardust and Uprooted, both are amazing fantasy standalones. Also Anna and the French Kiss is pretty much my idea of a perfect summer read! 😀

  4. Happy to see two of my favorite books (Stardust & Ella Enchanted) made this list 🙂

  5. Bossypants was a fun read! Enjoy it!
    My TTT.

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