Top Ten Beach Reads



Today's topic from The Broke and the Bookish is favourite beach reads. Hmmm. I’m not a beach-goer, but to me a good vacation read is one that doesn’t ask very much of me; it entertains me but doesn't insist that I learn anything or ponder life issues too deeply.  On the other hand I don’t like fluff, so I have to find something in between. The only thing I really need is a story that can hold my attention and writing that doesn’t bore me. I think these would be perfect:

1.  A Room With A View by E.M. Forster - great story, great writing

2.  A Trip To The Beach by Miranda and Robert Blanchard - a wonderful story about moving to Anguilla and opening a restaurant

3.  And Ladies of the Club by Helen Hooven Santmyer - a nicely written saga spanning decades in the lives of two women and their social club

4. Corked by Kathryn Borel - a memoir of Borel’s tour of the vineyards of France with her father

5. Miss Hargreaves by Frank Baker - the surprising, neatly-told tale of an imaginary woman who becomes real

6. The Postmistress by Sarah Blake - interesting characters and a good, solid story

7. The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher - Oh for a whole summer of reading Pilcher’s delicious stories…

8. Night of Rain and Stars by Maeve Binchey - a story set in romantic Greece by one of the truly great story tellers

9. A Year In Provence by Peter Mayle -  a satisfying memoir of the people, wine and other charms of Provence

10. The Sunday Philosophy Club by Alexander McCall Smith  - the first in a series about Isabel Dalhousie, an Edinburgh editor with a penchant for getting involved in other people’s problems

6 comments:

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

I must be off to add Corked and Mrs. Hargreaves to my wish list. Both sound perfect for me! Thank you.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Oops. I certainly won't find it if I put Mrs. instead of Miss. Let me try that again.

Ordinary Reader said...

Deb, I'll be interested to see what you think of Miss Hargreaves. It's an unusual story line, which is a nice thing to come across. I was charmed.

booksaremyfavouriteandbest said...

*sigh* Room with a View is a perfect holiday read, whether you're on the ebach or not...

surf vacations said...

It is good while you're in the beach. Good for relaxing!

John Scherber said...

Here are a few more: Murder in Mexico is my series of eleven mysteries set in and around the upscale expat colony of San Miguel de Allende. Artist Paul Zacher is drawn into crime investigation because ‘he might see things differently.’ Maybe it’s time for the rich humanity of Mexico to show through all the narco headlines! Ready for the real Mexico, beyond the phony news reports? Take a look at this suspenseful and often funny series, available in Print, Kindle, Nook, & Kobo. Start with ‘Twenty Centavos’ by trying a sample on my website.

http://www.sanmiguelallendebooks.com/titles.html

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