Thursday, March 12, 2009

Let's Hit The Beach!

Well, perhaps not yet. But you can't blame a girl for looking ahead. Soon it'll be 80 degree days and we'll all be wishing it was a little bit cooler. (Not me though, I'm always cold).

Last time I was at the beach I checked out what everyone else was reading. One person had Ken Follett's World Without End. That's a 1024 page book in paperback! But to them that was their perfect beach read.

I had a copy of Carola Dunn's Murder on the Flying Scotsman. I love Dunn's Daisy Dalrymple series. They are set in London just after WWI, and the main character Daisy is from the upper class but she does the unthinkable- she works for a living! Scandalous. She writes for travel magazines and always manages to stumble across a dead body. Luckily there is always the Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher to help her solve the case (and provide a romantic interest). Tiny enough to throw in a beach bag, plot twists to keep me guessing, but if the hot sun makes me sleepy it's okay to put the book down because I've read them all at least 3 times!

So what books are you looking foward to hitting the beach with? A sultry romance, a whodunit, or a seafaring adventure? Do you choose something new or an old favorite? Summer will be here faster then we think, so let's start planning ahead!


Linda K. said...

I'm always hot, you're always cold. Ah, youth. Anyway my favorite beach reads are usually adventures and I think Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child have a new book due this summer that will be timed just right. Of course my summer reading is usually climate controlled, preferably in an air conditioned room with an easy chair, a cold glass of soda or wine, and maybe a little chocolate. (Chocolate on a hot beach? I don't think so.)

Anonymous said...

Chick lit of course. I can smell the Hawaiian Tropic now!!

Laura A. said...

I'll be vicariously traveling to sultry Louisiana via the great Tim Gautreaux's new novel, The Missing.

Anonymous said...

Long is good, so you don't finish it on the plane, but not too complicated, so you can fall asleep and not have to work too hard finding your place again. A nice thick historical romance for me, I think. Or two or three in the series. I'm recommending Ariana Franklin (Mistress of the Art of Death) to lots of people this summer.

Cheryl said...

I agree with you Anonymous- I always have to have a plan of what I'm going to read on a plane so I don't read my actual book until I reach my destination.

Heather I. said...

Ah, I long for the days when I could read a book on the beach, instead of keeping an eagle eye on kids. WHEN I do get the chance, I go for mysteries - Elizabeth George, Minnette Walters, Barbara Vine - all suck me in and keep me reading.

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