Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a different topic is posted inviting the participants to come up with a list of ten things to do with the topic.
This week’s topic is: ‘Top Ten Beach Reads (however YOU define a beach read!)’ I don’t really go to the beach that often, but I were to I’d definitely bring some books with me. I think the kind of books that would be most ideal would have to be short and fun reads, nothing too heavy or deep. So, here are ten that I think would best fit that category:
- Treasure Island (Robert Louis Stevenson) – a classic from my childhood, with plenty of association with the ocean. Would be an ideal summer beach read.
- The Darwin Awards II: Unnatural Selection (Wendy Northcutt) – easy to read in short bursts, which makes it ideal for not having to concentrate or keep track of what’s going on.
- High Spirits: A Collection of Ghost Stories (Robertson Davies) – a collection of sixteen short stories, making it ideal to pick up and put down for short spells.
- The Book of Awesome (Neil Pasricha) – lots of humour and fun facts. Another good book for short spells of reading, if you can manage to put it down once you have started.
- The 101 Most Influential People Who Never Lived (Allan Lazar, Jeremy Salter, Dan Karlan) – yet another fun book that can be read a snippet at a time, without having to worry about plot or too much thinking.
- Moominpappa at Sea (Tove Jansson) – I could have chosen any of the Momin books, as they are all such fun stories, but I chose this one because it has the family going to live in a lighthouse for a little while.
- The Boat Who Wouldn’t Float (Farley Mowat) – of all the Farley Mowat memoirs I’ve read, this has been the funniest and the one I enjoyed the most. Large parts of the story take place at sea as well.
- Stenwick Days (R.T. Johnston) – a collection of hilarious stories that take place in the fictitious Orcadian parish of Stenwick. It is always a fun read.
- The Adventures of Tintin Vol. 5 (Herge) – any Tintin adventure would be ideal beach reading, but I chose this one because it contains two of my favourite Tintin stories. The three in this volume are Land of Black Gold, Destination Moon, and Explorers on the Moon.
- Stories (edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio) – I’m really not a beach person, so this collection of strange and offbeat short stories would help to deaden the pain if I had to be there!