Tuesday, June 23, 2009

I Need a Beach Book

I'm going to the Caribbean Thursday WITHOUT the kids! Five days of scuba diving. Heaven! I haven't been diving since I went to Cozumel in 2004. The closest I have come is watching Nemo 300,000 times. "Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming."

Anybody have a good beach book to recommend?

14 comments:

B.J. Anderson said...

Hmmm. The Twilight series is always good. Oh! And if you like young adult books, Percy Jackson and the Olympians is a fantastic series!!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

I wish you all kinds of pretty fishes and relaxing days. Sounds like a heavenly get-away.
Books, hmmm. If you haven't read them, you could choose from among the National Book Award finalists, or you could go for buzz books like "The Hunger Games," "Graceling," etc.
I have so many books I keep picking up and can't keep up with the growing stack. I just purchased "feed" because it's premise and opening line fascinated me. Good luck with that!

Lisa and Laura said...

Ooh, I second Hunger Games. And I just finished Libba Bray's Gemma Doyle series and it was AWESOME. They move quickly so they'd be great beach reads. Also the Luxe series is highly entertaining and slightly trashy (always a good combo). Oh, and I remember reading How to Teach Filthy Rich Girls on my last vacay and that was perfect for the beach.

Have a fabulous time!

Kelly H-Y said...

Ohhhhh, you are a lucky lady!!!! Have a fabulous time!!!

Tess said...

How marvelous! And, if you haven't read Hunger Games, you must! Have fun :D

Corey Schwartz said...

Wow! Everyone sure loves The Hunger Games. But I'm afraid it will be creepy and haunting and I don't know if I am up for that on vacation.

Rebecca said...

What constitutes a beach book?

Right now I am reading Everlost, by Neal Shusterman. Very good so far. I also agree with Tricia's suggestion of The Hunger Games. These are both good speculative fiction choices. Then again, both of these might be "creepy and haunting" for you.

Hmmm...something lighter? Something that will tug your heartstrings? Road to Paris is a good one, or Walk Two Moons, by Sharon Creech. Oh! How about The Goose Girl, by Shannon Hale? It's a retold fairy tale. Adventure, danger, romance, a bit of magic (a touch, nothing over-the-top). You can't go wrong with that book.

Solvang Sherrie said...

Corey, I was scared to read The Hunger Games, too. I thought the whole premise was kinda creepy. But omigosh, you must read the book. It is SOOO good!!

Percy Jackson books are great, fast reads, but if you want a grown up book, try Loving Frank, written from the perspective of Frank Lloyd Wright's mistress. And of course, Eat, Pray, Love is really good, too, but not "light" beach reading.

Corey Schwartz said...

What constitutes a beach book? Hmm, good question. Um, I guess something with no "unpleasant" content. I am going to relax and enjoy myself. I don't want to feel disturbed. I was hoping for something Bridget Jones' Diary-ish.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Hmmm, light and fun. Have you ever read Jasper Fforde's Eyre Affair books? They are a hoot--clever, quirky, sly wordplay. Another romp of a book is Laurie Viera Rigler's Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict.

Christine said...

I just finished and greatly enjoyed "I'm Down" by Mishna Wolf. Have fun!!!

The Book Chook said...

A great beach read? I so rarely get to read adult books nowadays, but I loved Lottery by Patricia Wood. Such a feel-good story, very well-written, excellent use of POV. You can read an excerpt on her site:
http://www.patriciawoodauthor.com/book_page.html

Wishing you such a wonderful time!

Corey Schwartz said...

And the winner is... drum roll please... The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Thanks for all your suggestions. They all sound great and I plan to read many of these recommendations throughout the summer. but I picked The Help because (1) I heard from multiple sources that it was fantastic. (2) the author is a friend of Katie and SF from Plot This and (3) It was available at the tiny airport bookstore!

Shelli said...

elsewhere or peony in love - if you want heart wrenchers

shiver if you want Twilight meets werewolves