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Books to Read at the Beach

Updated on July 13, 2017
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An avid reader and writer, having worked at and volunteered for libraries, she loves a variety of genres, authors, and new books.

Everyone has the urge to look like a movie character and sit at the beach under a colored umbrella, big sunglasses, and a nice book. Here is a nice list of books by genre that I’ve read at the beach. May they be as interesting to you as they were for me.

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Which of these books have you read?

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For some Dystopia:

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood - great for strong female characters, feminism, morality, and you can watch it on Hulu afterward! It is an interesting read, captivating, and really takes a look at extremism, which might be a good eye opener for America right now, and the system that forces the ‘utopia’.


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For some History:

The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story by Diane Ackerman - it has World War Two history, it's nonfiction but told in an interesting way, and stays very true to the account. Ackerman even explains how she did research for the book in her introduction that I also recommend reading. She also provides a section in the back to help explain what certain things of the time mean.

Shanghai Girls by Lisa See - it has strong female characters, family struggles, addresses racism, and Chinese culture. It may be historical fiction but very well told. It kept me turning pages and I felt very close to the characters and their emotions are easily projected onto the readers. You really get to see what it was like for the Chinese during World War Two and how they were affected even when they were part of the Allied team.


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For some Chick Lit:

Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella - Looking for humor, sassy ghosts, and drama? Kinsella brings them all in a comedic story about a ghost of her protagonist's great aunt. Both portrayed as young women we get to see how different their eras and likes were for the modern protagonist and her great ghost aunt. It might sound like a strange plot but I personally enjoyed it.


Sundays at Tiffany's by James Patterson - Not to be confused with Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Patterson provides imagination, romance, and struggle. Romance being one of my least favorite genres, I was surprised at how much I actually enjoyed this one. It’s cute and bring out the possibility of what if our imaginary friends weren’t so imaginary? I feel like this might be relatable to women who had childhood imaginary friends as their besties and first ‘boyfriends’.


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For some Fantasy:

Fire Bringer by David Clement-Davies - it has its share of talking animals, prophecies and legends, and majestic deer. If you are a fan of Watership Down you might be a fan of Fire Bringer. One of my personal favorites in the fantasy genre, usually a difficult realm for me where I draw lines at too many cliches. And despite this one have some of those the story is still entertaining and an adventure. It is not a hard read and though its target demographic might be teenagers, I still like it as a young adult read, because reading is reading, right?


For some Mystery:

Guilty Wives by James Patterson - One of my favorite suspense and mysteries books. It had me turning pages and there are few books that can keep me doing that nowadays. It has internal struggles, an all women’s prison, and plot twists like you wouldn’t believe. Perhaps fans of Orange is the New Black might like this story. Escape, trials, suspense, and international travel are key in this book.


Some Wild Cards:

A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron - has: dogs, the point of view of said dog, life and death, journey. Also, have some tissue ready, I couldn’t read this book in public at some point or else people would have seen me cry.


Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell - has: chick flick status, fangirling and fandoms, Harry Potter (you’ll see), romance, searching for identity, and twins. This was a very fun book and is really relatable to me as fangirl myself. A little lovin’ for the geeky/nerdy gals out there.


Red Scarf Girl by Ji-li Jiang - has: history, childhood perspective, communism, escape. I personally liked this book because of her perspective as a child during the Cultural Revolution in China. It really shows how people were brainwashed or persuaded at the time and how she eventually changed her view. A very interesting memoir.

Superman: Red Son - has: alternative universe, superheroes, references to canon superheroes, and history. A really good plot with a great plot twist, I really love this graphic novel. I finished it in under an hour and I felt it had more substance than most books might have. A ten out of ten for me and I want to read it again just writing about it.


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