Beach Reading 2014: A Top Ten List

It’s that time of year again – beach reading – for those of us lucky enough not to be landlocked. Personally, I am landlocked in the very dry, very un-swimmable Colorado. So I’ll just call It summer reading. That doesn’t mean I don’t daydream of lounging on the beach with a good book. If I were going to do that – and I’m hopeful that will happen at some point this summer – I’d recommend reading any of the following:

To be far, this list is nearly an even mix of upcoming/newly released titles that I’m looking forward to and backlist titles that I’ve enjoyed. As hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

Beach Reading
10. This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash. Lush and gothic, so I hear. I picked this one up at BEA.

09. Summer Sisters by Judy Blume. This is perfect reading, beach or not.

08. Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia. A delightful novel where Glee meets The Shining.

07. Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson. Consider this your literary fiction beach read.

06. Mrs. Hemingway by Naomi Wood. Hemingway did like to right about the sea…

05. The Secret Life of Violet Grant by Beatriz Williams. After the wonderful One Hundred Summers, this does not disappoint.

04. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.

03. The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness. The conclusion of the All Souls Trilogy will finally be release this July.

02. All the Bird Singing by Evie Wyld. The cover alone was enough to sell me.

01. The String Diaries by Stephen Lloyd Jones. 

What are you reading this summer? Any of you lucky enough to actually live some place by the beach?

36 thoughts on “Beach Reading 2014: A Top Ten List

  1. I live really close to the beach, about a 15 min drive. I’m glad you listed Summer Sisters. I actually can’t remember if I’ve read it or not, but I’ve been interested in it since it first came out. Need to flip through a copy and figure that out. 😉


    1. It’s Judy Blume, you can’t really go wrong. It’s classic. It’s been years since I’ve read it, but I’d be willing to read it again.

      And 15 mins…I’m envious. Colorado is in a constant drought. I grew up in coastal New Hampshire/Maine and I miss it dearly.


  2. I read Summer Sisters one summer when I was in high school and it was the highlight of whatever awful vacation I was on. Your description of Bellweather Rhapsody has me intrigued! What book are you reading first?


  3. Mrs. Hemingway and We Were Liars are so good and beachy without being your typical mushy beach read. I’m going to see if I can get my book club to read Fourth of July Creek because I need to pick it up sooner rather than later.


  4. I have begged everyone and anyone I know at Penguin for an ARC of Book of Life but to no avail. It’s perfect for summer- chunky but should be can’t put down reading.

    Was she at BEA?


    1. She was, that’s where I got my copy of the book. I’m not a series/trilogy person, but I loved the first two so much that I nervous to start the third.


  5. Living in Hawaii, I have summer and beach access year round. Will you be very upset at me if I tell you that I hate going to the beach? (But I do enjoy reading in the park.) Great list, as always. I’m gonna add some of these to my to read list right away.


    1. I think the beach loses a little bit of its wonder if you live right by it. That being said, I absolutely adored Kauai when I went (it’s the only island I’ve been to).

      I fly to some beach area once a year and it’s wonderful for the week it lasts.


  6. I’m currently reading Bellweather Rhapsody (and enjoying it). Alas, I have a lukewarm opinion of All the Birds, Singing. I reviewed it back in April and, although, I was totally taken with the cover–I think it’s been one of my favorites in recent memory–the book itself, I was not. It was not as inventive as the publisher would like us to believe.


    1. I remember your review. It has me curious because I generally trust your reading taste and Shannon’s from River City Reading (and it’s one of her favorites this year). At some point I’d like to give it a shot. I loved Bellweather Rhapsody!


      1. I would definitely like to hear your take on it. I feel as if I’m in the minority and really wanted it to be so much better than its execution. C’est la vie, I suppose.


    1. I can’t wait for We Were Liars, I think I’m only 49 on the hold list now…

      I have such high expectations for The Book of Life, and that makes me very nervous.


  7. So many of these look good, but of course I’m most excited about finishing the All Souls trilogy! I can’t say that I LOVE those books, but they’re pretty good as far as vampires/witches go.


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