Books for beach reading
I'm looking forward to kicking back with some good beach reads. And by good I mean page-turning, light, breezy, fun chick lit. And a touch of the bodice-ripper doesn't hurt either. Exactly the sort of book my cohort Jason despises.
Got to thinking about the best beach books I've read. And started looking for some new ones to put on my list.
NPR did a survey last summer and J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series books topped it.
At Amazon.com, the No. 1 book on the Best Seriously Entertaining Beach Reads is "This Is Not Civilization" by Robert Rosenberg.
About.com breaks down its top books to read at the beach by genre. It offers suggestions to hose who like romance, tear-jerkers, mysteries and more.
And Goodhousekeeping.com suggests Maeve Binchy's "Tara Road" as one worth toting on vacation.
I've read the Potter books and most everything by Binchy (including "Tara Road," which was a nice way to spend an afternoon).
I've put the Rosenberg work on my list, but I'm always looking for more, so if you've got a suggestion please pass it on.
Here's a few of my favorites you may enjoy. (And by you I don't mean you, Jason.)
"Penmarric" and "Cashelmara" by Susan Howatch. Families whose fortunes rise and fall across the generations. Just about every vice you can think of is represented here. Perennial favorites among the readers in my family.
"Good in Bed" and "In Her Shoes" by Jennifer Weiner. Women who think they're not thin enough or pretty enough to get what they want do. How can you not love that!?
Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic series. Made for beach reading.
Let the sun shine!
- Tricia Ambrose