TTT: Beach Reads

TTT Top Ten Tuesday The Book Wars

TTT is a meme by The Broke And The Bookish. And this week’s topic is … exactly what it sounds like. Have at!


  1. Don Calame’s Swim the Fly is a great book to bring if you are going to take it easy and laugh in the sun–and get all sandy to boot!
  2. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion, because everyone needs a little zombie romance on the beach. Everyone!
  3. Birdsall’s The Penderwicks— summertime magic in a place least expected (just like sand!).
  4. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater because everyone will look at you like: Why are you reading a book about being cold? Well, it is not a book about being cold at all, it’s about staying warm in fact 😉
  5. Lord of the Flies because just the idea of bringing this to the beach makes me chuckle. That’s just who I am, ok?


  1. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy: I mean, I would like to read this on the beach. I probably will.
  2. Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese: I am just itching to read this one, so I will probably take it with me everywhere … once I get my hands on a copy, that is. :/
  3. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli: I did read this on a beach. It’s so easy to sink into and no amount of loud, obnoxious beach people will tear you away from the drama of Simon and the mysterious Blue.
  4. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari: The audiobook, to be precise. It will drown out the aforementioned beach idiots and … man, what am I even doing at the beach, I hate the beach, ugh–
  5. Hawkeye by Matt Fraction and David Aja: Pick a volume, any volume! It’s bound to be a good one, bound to make you laugh, and if you’re like me–ready to leave the beach the moment you are forced to take your shoes off and step onto the sand–it will keep you entertained for the entire duration of your short outdoors visit.


  • Any murder mystery. Take your pick.
  • But really, is there any point to reading on the beach? I will leave you people reading and wander in search of whole shells, unusual stones, sea glass, fishies, and the physical sensations of wind, water, rocks, and that marvelous heart-expanding openness of the horizon.


I’m from Fiji and we have lots of beaches there but the idea of reading at the beach is…well…weird. To me anyway. I mean, at the beach you play! Like Janet said, there are so many other things to do at the beach. Besides, even if you bring a book, your (mine) tribe of cousins won’t let you anywhere near it. But let’s say I did. Let’s say I went to the beach and decided to read.

I’d read…any book I was currently reading. Hah. Sorry! But the idea of reading at the beach is bizarre for me. I’d be taking pictures of the horizon and the sand or stuff like that.