Top Ten Tuesday: “Top Ten Books I’d Recommend as Beach Reads”
Top Ten Tuesday is a fun way to spice up Tuesdays (because everyone hates Mondays, Wednesdays are the halfway point, Thursdays are “little Fridays”, and everyone knows about Fridays… :)) and it’s hosted by The Broke and Bookish.
I’m not big on contemporary books…so many of my books I wouldn’t really consider “beach reading” material since I think that’s more of a “fluffy, romantic, fun, flirty” read. But here’s my 10 that I would gladly take with me to the beach or wouldn’t second guess passing along the recommendation!
The Deadly Flower Series by Riana Lucas
The author gave me the books to read and I have FLOWN through those books like crazy! They’re only $1 or $2 on Amazon.com. So you can feed your Kindle this series and love the characters and amazing story!!
The Premonition Series by Amy A. Bartol
This author kicks some major butt. Her books are always really lengthy so when you look at the $2.99 price on Amazon.com, realize that you’re getting like a 400 or more page book that has romance, mystery, action, angels, demons, faeries…etc. This series is a set I would GLADLY take to the beach to read!
Angelfall by Susan Ee
This book is the first in a series and it’s a DOOZY! (I want you to re-read that last sentance and almost yell doozy in your head…see? Better emphasis!) This book is hilarious. So. Many. One. Liners. Just…absolute greatness. Plus it’s only like $2 for the Kindle.
Immortal City by Scott Speer
I JUST read and reviewed this book last week and loved it. It had a feel of celebrities, romance, “who-dun-it?” and angels! It has a dark side to it…but overall, it’s a fabulous fun read that I could see being a good one for the beach. Plus it has a guy on the front in a muscle shirt and a tattoo peeking out…that’s a good cover to lay out next to. 😉
Reflection by Jessica Roberts
Ok…get this. This one will possibly make you cry. *throws hands up in defense* But it will be a good cry. Like…a happy cry. Ok? I just completely loved this book. DISCLAIMER: If you don’t want to be mad…(Like I was)…do NOT read the epilogue at the end. Do. Not. Do. It. It WILL make you mad. Seriously mad. Seriously. No lie. I’m going overboard on this because I do NOT want to be blamed for just giving a little, “please don’t read the end it miiiiiight make you mad.” …just sayin.
Dark Lover by J.R. Ward
This is NOT a book for younger readers. It has a holy shmoly amount of sexual goodness in it. I haven’t put a review up for it, because this site so far has been a smut free zone, but goodness gracious. If you’re going to the beach, love vampires, love smut…this book will do it for you. PLUS there’s 8 more books to the series…so once you’re done with this one, there are books for all the other brothers!
The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
Now this book is a darker one. Not fluffy and not cute. I really enjoyed this book and the course the author took with the story line. It’s got vampires, humans, and some zombie-like folk…so it’s very well-rounded! haha! I haven’t read any of the other books that this author has written…but after reading this book, I put her stuff on my library “hold” list! 🙂
Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez
I just started reading this a few days ago. It’s about a girl, the violin she plays, the competitions she’s desperate to win, and the pills she takes to get through the competitions. So far, the writing style of the author is amazing! I am really excited to see how the book ends! I picked this book up off of a good review I read, plus I was a music major in college…so the idea of the book really appeals to me! So it may not be “beachy”, but I really like the book so far!
Scarlet by A.C. Gaugen
A girl in Robin Hood’s Merry Men! What more can you ask from a re-write of a story just about everybody already knows? It’s got a good pace to it, so even in the “down” times, you’re still wanting to know how it ends and how the relationships will form and if the girl gets the guy! The dialogue is a little different than normal, so there were a few sections where I had to re-read the line to get what the author was saying…but it’s good!
I loved reading both of these books about the beautiful women, the tragedies that befell them, the lovers they had, and the triumphs they achieved. Margaret George is one of my favorite historical fiction writers and the way she can place you IN that setting, whether you’re by the Nile or being stolen away on a ship to Troy with Paris, the smells and sounds follow you while you read. 🙂