Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 31 May, 2016 by Lianne in Meme / 14 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This week’s topic: Beach Reads Week

I think I say this year in and year out but I’m not one for the beaches. Nonetheless I am big on bringing a book or two with me when I do go away for vacation so the following is a list of recommended books to take with you to the beach/to the cottage/on vacation/wherehaveyou 🙂 I tend to bring some lighter fare, so you’ll notice an absence of my usual recommendations in the classical literature & literary genres 😉 So in no particular order:

  1. Still Mine by Amy Stuart (review) — This was such an atmospheric novel that was also pretty fast-paced and all around unputdownable. Definitely a perfect book to bring with you on the plane or on the train or at the cottage 🙂
  2. The Guilty Plea by Robert Rotenberg (review) — Either this book or the first Detective Green novel, Old City Hall (review), would make for a good beach read if you’re into mystery and suspense novels with a cast of charactes ranging from all aspects of the case: the homicide detective, the Crown attorney, the defense, the suspect, the witnesses, etc.
  3. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (review) — Oops, do I sense something a trend here? Another mystery novel, this time from J.K. Rowling’s mystery pseudonym. This one’s a slower burn compared to the previous two novels I recommended but I nonetheless enjoyed reading the twists and turns and getting to know the hulking, abrasive Cormoran Strike.
  4. Made to Kill by Adam Christopher (review) — Still in the realm of mysteries, but with a sci-fi bent, this book was pretty interesting: robots, espionage, Hollywood glamour, and good ol’ noir mystery.
  5. The Martian by Andy Weir (review) — Sure, it’s hella intense as you read and watch as Mark Whatney struggles to survive on his own on Mars whilst NASA figures out a way to bring him home, but it’s fascinating and the character himself is entertaining despite of the crappy situation he finds himself in.
  6. Always the Bridesmaid by Lindsey Kelk (review) — For some light fun now (well, lighter anyhow), I recommend this book. I’ve been pushing this book quite a bit in the past year, and with good reason: it’s pretty hilarious, in the same vein as Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’ Diary and the BBC sitcom Miranda, and some of the observations on-point.
  7. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walters (review) — If this doesn’t fuel the wanderlust further, well… 😛 This book is absolutely stunning, I can’t believe I didn’t get around to reading it sooner, but it’s perfect for those sunny summer days out, contemplating about life and all that 🙂
  8. The Dead Mountaineer’s Inn by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky (review) — And now for a different locale, there’s this book. Poor Inspector Peter Glebsky just wants to have a holiday up at a ski chalet and gets sucked into a mystery of sorts that may or may not involve aliens. Yup, you read that right 😛
  9. Girl in the Afternoon by Serena Burdick (review to be posted in early July) — No beach/vacation read recommendation list is ever complete without a dash of dysfunctional families. For that I present to you this year this book: it’s set in the latter half of 19th century Paris (at the time the Impressionists were emerging as a movement) featuring a young woman whose family and those she loves are holding a lot of secrets. Suffice to say I could not put it down.
  10. A Single Breath by Lucy Clarke (review) — I recommended this book last year but it bears repeating and recommending again because it’s fantastic: set in a remote Tasmanian island where the widow finds out that her recently-deceased husband was not what he seemed to be. I found this book absolutely absorbing from start to finish. Also, I mentioned I’m not big on beaches and stuff, but I’d make an exception for this island that the main character ended up in, the location sounds absolutely calming.



And that’s my list of recommended beach/vacation reads! What books did you list for this week? Are you going away for the summer months?

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14 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesdays”

  1. Mysteries do make for good vacation reading. 🙂 This is a great list! I’ve read one of your titles (Cuckoo’s Calling), but not the others. I’m still not sure I’ll get around to reading The Martian, but I enjoyed the movie version. Beautiful Ruins is one I have been wanting to read for awhile now.

    • Definitely! I took Harlan Coben’s Tell No One with me on vacation a number of years ago and it was definitely a good choice (but I zipped through it way too quickly, haha. Well, it was an excuse to buy books from foreign bookstores 😉 ),

      Definitely check out Beautiful Ruins! Such a stunning read 🙂

  2. I am sooo not a beach person either. I truly don’t understand why anyone would want to lay out in the sun and in sand when they could inside. I like looking at the beach, or even walking on it. But to just sit there. Nope.

    I like that you changed yours to be just reading on vacation. When I’m on vacation I like to read lighter books too. Okay, fine, I always like to read lighter books. 🙂

  3. I tend to take dreary sorts of books on vacation with me. Lots of gothic literature and depressing literary fiction. Traditional “Beach Reads” aren’t quite my thing, I guess!

  4. I’m very interested in A Single Breath as I recently read The Blue from the same author and liked it a lot. I’ll have to see if I can get it. And Beuatiful Ruins sounds good too, it is fun to ponder things sometimes as the sun is shining. 🙂

  5. Such a great list, Lianne! It’s funny that you mentioned you don’t care for the beach so many people started their posts off today with that as well. And I really want to read The Cuckoo’s Calling since I miss reading J.K. Rowling (I know that it’s way different from HP so I’ll make sure to keep an open mind). And The Martian! That’s another title I want to read soon. Have you seen the movie?

  6. I keep meaning to pick up The Cuckoo’s Calling but I think all the hype around it kind of put me off…I tend to avoid hyped-up books until everyone’s moved on because I don’t want all the press and opinion getting in the way of enjoying the book! But maybe I’ll finally get around to reading it. I want to see what Rowling does in such a different genre–it’s always fascinating to me to see authors flex their wings with a new genre or writing style.

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT! 🙂

  7. I LOVE the look of ‘Always a Bridesmaid.’ One of these days I so need to look it up, because light, happy sorts of reads are my favorite. 🙂 Great list, Lianne – and thanks, as always, for the Finding Wonderland visit.

  8. I’m glad you reminded me of Always a Bridesmaid! I’d forgotten that I’ve been meaning to read that one. It sounds like a perfect summer read and I could use a few more of those right now. 🙂

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