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Thursday, June 17, 2010

3 Best beach reads

I discovered this meme at Lost in Books, a fairly awesome site with great memes. (Find out more here: Anyways, so this week's meme is 3 Best Beach Reads. The title kind of speaks for itself. Note: This is my personal opinion. Many of you will think I am crazy for what I am about to say. Good news--I do, too. I've lots of inspiration for this post, as I leave for a beach-type vacation tomorrow, so I've got the following 3 all packed up and ready to go.

1) Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

This one is the inexplicable one. Why, you might ask, is this a beach read for you? Well, I can honestly say I have no idea. All I can say is that the mind works in mysterious ways (my other Inexplicable Book I Think Of When I Think Of The Beach is Tamar by Mal Peet, which I'm reading right now--EXCELLENT: def. deserved that Carnegie--and which just evokes beach to me--maybe it's the English cover? idk--Anyways, I'm taking itto the beach. Again...????). But whenever I go to the beach this one goes with me. Longtime readers will know I love Jellicoe Road, a novel about a seventeen-year-old girl at boarding school embroiled in a territory war with neighboring teen factions, infighting in her own house, and the dramas and scandals of the past. It won the 2009 Michael L. Printz Award, which was well-deserved, and although the first, say, 100 pages are kind of confusing the first time around I really think they're worth it. Jellicoe Road is totally unforgettable.


2) Paper Towns by John Green...or any road trip novel that is not On the Road.

Idk why, but I've always found road trip novels really beachish. I guess it's that whole vacay aspect of the thing--call me unimaginative you can. I just put Paper Towns because a) It's the one I'm taking, b) It's John Green, ergo, it's awesome, and c) IT'S PAPER TOWNS!



3) Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

This one is actually about the beach. It is, w/o a doubt, one of the best books actually @ the beach that I have ever read. Sarah Ockler's book about loss, lust, love, longing and letting go (5 L's...unavoidable and awesome :D...) is freaking awesome.

So there you have it.


  1. Nice list! I know what you mean about the inexplicable reasons for why some books strike you as beach reads. I am the same way. I tend to read more non-fiction at the beach, which is so weird for me. *shrugs*

  2. I have found through this post and meme that everyone's definition of a beach read is really very varied. I do have Paper Towns and Twenty Boy Summer both on my tbr list. Thanks for participating this week!