Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Should Be In Your Beach Bag

Posted June 3, 2014 by Kara in Kara, Top Ten Tuesday / 10 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish This week’s theme: Books that should be in your beach bag.

This week’s topic is kind of a tough one for us. I (Kara) live very close to the beach and yet I don’t get to go very much. And when I do, the last thing I do is read. I plonk my ass in the ocean and stay there. I don’t like being hot under the sun. I realize I am kind of an oddball, but I have probably read on the beach a total of two times in my life.  But I do know what a beach bag book is.


So yeah. Here they are:


Far From You by Tess Sharpe – This book is mega entertaining and it has it all. Romance, Thriller, Whodunit, LGBT , and it is a complete escape. It’s an engrossing read that is fun, sad, and you jut can’t put it down.

Love In English by Karina Halle – This book has travel and foreign adventures + a forbidden romance. It’s an engrossing book with lively, wonderful characters. It’s a fat book too that will last for hours. Totes qualifies as a beach read.

Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen – I haven’t yet read a book by this author that DOESN”T qualify as a beach read. She is one of my favorite authors purely because she writes lighthearted, special romances with magical realism and great atmosphere. Lost Lake was no exception.

Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard – Man, I WISH I had read this book at the beach. It features a sweet romance and backpacking adventures in Central America: Guatemala and Belize, to be specific. It is one of my favorite contemporaries and the perfect kind of engrossing for the warmth and shade (under an umbrella) of the beach.

Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller – Dude, this book is set in Tarpon Springs, Florida. You cannot get any better than that for a beach read. What a cute romance and family story too. I absolutely loved this book.


I’m not one to read the light, fluffy books that most people think of when they’re packing their beach bags.  For me, the beach means swimming in the ocean, so reading is far from my mind.  But when I do decide to pull out a book while soaking in some sun, it’s all about engrossing stories that offer an escape from the real world.


Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas – I know you’re all tired of hearing about this book, but it is SO GOOD.  And it’s set at the beach!  This one is a murder mystery set in Aruba (HINT for all you Bookish Bingo-ers), told by an unreliable narrator.  Yesss.

Tides by Betsy Cornwell – This book is just plain beautiful.  If you’re looking for a book that will totally engulf you in the beauty of the ocean, this is the pick for you.

Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison – Or any of the Georgia Nicolson books.  I mean, this is laugh out loud hilarious, it doesn’t ask much of the reader, and it’s quick.  This is the kind of book you need to keep a lighthearted mood.

Shadowlands by Kate Brian – A murder mystery/thriller that brings the reader to the picturesque Juniper Island.  With beautiful boys and a mysterious fog that rolls in every night, and a serial killer on the loose, this book will be perfect for a day on the beach.

Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block – Vacation is all about escaping real life, and this book will transport you to another world – one of giants and toxic lotus blossoms, mermaids, and goddesses.


10 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Should Be In Your Beach Bag

  1. Tammy

    I just bought Love in English and I own Wanderlove, Dangerous Girls and Where The Stars but haven’t read them yet so yay for some great reads ahead.

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