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I love summer vacations. They give you a chance to get away from the day-to-day grind of everyday life, and help you refresh your body and mind. Despite my hatred of all things sandy and salty, I love visiting the beach. The sound of the waves, the beautiful sunshine (the hot surfer dudes…), and the time to sit back and take it all in.
But a vacation is no excuse to slack on your reading. So this week’s list is all about those books that make for great beach (or any kind of vacation) reading.
1. Beowulf on the Beach: What to Love and What to Skip in Literature’s 50 Greatest Hits (Jack Murnighan) – Want to hear the high (and low) points of 50 of the world’s greatest stories, all in one book? Think of the education you’ll get. And the bag space you’ll save!
2. Anything by Jasper Fforde – I particularly recommend his Thursday Next series, although the Nursery Crime series is fabulous as well. Adventure, some romance, lots of nerdiness and zaniness. Warning: you may get so interested in the book that you forget to do fun vacation activities.
3. Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy (Frances Mayes) – Great descriptions of amazing food, people, and faraway places. Easy to set aside for a time while you get dinner or join that bonfire at the beach.
4. Tartuffe (Moliere) – You’ve always got to have at least one classic with you when you head out on vacation. Tartuffe is perfect because it’s hysterical, and is fun to read aloud with friends.
5. Empire of Blue Water: Captain Morgan’s Great Pirate Army, the Epic Battle for the Americas, and the Catastrophe that Ended the Outlaws’ Bloody Reign (Stephan Talty) – What beach vacation is complete without some stories about pirates?
6. Bossypants (Tina Fey) – A quick, funny read for the plane or car ride. Another great one for reading aloud, and easy to put down while you do fun stuff outside.
7. The Grand Sophy (Georgette Heyer) – When is it not an occasion for Georgette Heyer’s Regency novels? The Grand Sophy is considered to be her piece de resistance, and is at turns adorable, hysterical, a bit shocking, and romantic.
8. Clive Cussler novels – Although the books with Kurt Austin are good, my favorite books are definitely the ones with Dirk Pitt. Adventure, danger, the occasional damsel in distress…perfect for a vacation read.
9. Mennonite in a Little Black Dress (Rhoda Janzen) – After Rhoda’s controlling/abusive husband leaves her for a man he met on Gay.com, and Rhoda is seriously injured in a car accident, she seeks refuge in the one place she never thought she’d return: her family’s Mennonite community. A great, light read with some moments of deeper meaning mixed in. And the cover and title are a great conversation starter.
What tenth book would you add to this list?