Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday - Ten Books Set on the Beach

This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic from The Broke and the Bookish is Top Ten Books with X setting.  Since I didn't get to the beach this summer I thought I'd visit the beach using books instead! In a way it's better because I don't have sand on everything I own and don't have a sunburn!

1.  Deception Island by Brynn Kelly - Okay this isn't really a beach I would want to go visit with all the kidnapping and human trafficking but there was a little bit of time in the middle were they had time to just relax on the beach and that seemed pretty nice!

2.  Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts - The beaches that I'm the most familiar with are more Gulf Coast beaches with white sand and warm water so I couldn't really relate to the rough icy cold beaches in Whiskey Beach but it did set a great mood.

3.  We Were Liars by E. Lockhart - Another beach where I'd rather the people in the book not be there.  But if I don't have all the family drama to worry about having a private island where I can layout and read sounds pretty great!

4.  The Cape Cod Mystery by Phoebe Atwood Taylor - This is an entertaining murder mystery set on the beach in the 1930s.  Just hearing all the descriptions of what people were wearing (full suits and long dresses with all kinds of slips and stuff) along with no air conditioning made me very grateful for shorts and A/C!

5.  Me Before You by Jojo Moyes - Okay, yes most of this book takes place in a rather chilly seeming little town in England but there is a part where they're all sitting on the beach in Mauritus looking out at the Indian Ocean and it sounded like absolute heaven!  Granted their budget is a little bit bigger than mine but I'm sure I can work around it somehow.

6.  Silenced in the Surf by Kate E. Dyer-Seeley - When we do get to the beach I'm more of a relaxing on the sand or maybe jump in the waves kind of person.  So this look at some of the more active sports was pretty fun even though I'm quite sure I'll never go windsurfing.

7.  The Wanderer by Robyn Carr - While on a different coast than Whiskey Beach (Oregon vs. Massachusetts) this was still very different from what I'm familiar with.  The beaches seemed to be little coves surrounded by cliffs and there was an air of privacy that I liked.

8.  Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey - I loved the beach trips the family went on to their summer cottage which was really a hodgepodge of lighthouses and cottages.  They spent a lot of time there in Belles on their Toes which was also interesting and the girls were hotly debating what was too scandalous and too old fashioned when it comes to bathing suits.

9.  The Sex Lives of Cannibals by J. Maarten Troost - So the cannibals and the sex lives are at a minimum in this books but there all kinds of other fun when Troost moves to Tarawa, a tiny island in the South Pacific with his girlfriend Sylvia.  There are lots of beaches, fish, creatures, and very little beer.

10. Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie - One doesn't tend to automatically think beach when Agatha Christie comes to mind and even less so when discussing Poirot but this murder does in fact take place at a beach resort for the rich and famous and Poirot with his mustaches and patent leather shoes is right in the middle!

What are your favorite books that take you to the beach or another vacation spot?


37 comments:

  1. Love a good beach setting! I really liked Deception Island, We Were Liars and Me Before You. I will have to check out the others!! Great list!

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    1. Deception Island is definitely a good read and I'm still not quite over the We Were Liars ending!

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  3. Troost! I love him. He's hilarious!

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    1. So funny! I definitely want to read more of his books.

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  4. I've read three from your list! nice meme. I just read one where the books were with an American West setting.

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    1. I need to read more books set in the West! I'm sadly lacking there.

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  5. I've read 2 of these....now you've got me thinking of other beach books. Hmmm.....

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    1. You know it's harder than I thought it'd be! I'd love to see what you come up with!

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  6. I really need to spend some quality time at the beach...

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    1. I'm not sure I want to spend more time at the actual beach but I definitely want more beach books!

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  7. Deception Island just sounds good with a title like that (and nice cover), and I like the name Whiskey Beach- although cold and beach shouldn't go together. And I love mysteries set in the 30's but yes the clothing requirements might get a little fussy at times!

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    1. I've never understood the appeal of the beach in winter! Deception Island is a good read. Definitely suspenseful!

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  8. I haven't read any of these! The beach is a big draw for me when it comes to books though. I think some of the Lucky Harbor books are sort of set around the beach, so that counts. I think. :)

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    1. I was thinking the same thing. I know in the last trilogy it centers around the 3 guys who own the boat but I couldn't completely remember how beachy they were.

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  9. I soooo desperately need a beach holiday. Mauritius will be just fine! Love your picks and want to look into a few of these. Need to think what Evil under the sun was about again.... Know I've read it!!

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    1. You must reread Evil Under the Sun! It's awesome!

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  10. I really enjoyed that series by Robyn Carr! :)

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    1. I need to get back to that series! It's so good!

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  11. So I only recognize a couple and not read any, so I think I need to fix that...lol. :)

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    1. Lists are always horrible on my TBR! So many books I haven't read yet!

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  12. I enjoyed some of those settings - would definitely go to the Oregon coast!

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    1. I know! I need to visit Oregon one day.

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  13. Yay to no sunburn, right, and to Nora Roberts! Hugs...

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    1. Definitely! I always end up with a sunburn at the beach!

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  14. I've read Whiskey Beach, Me Before You and Evil Under the Sun and enjoyed them all. We have a beach just about 6 minutes drive away and I'm ashamed to say I don't go nearly often enough. The grandchildren are back with us now, so maybe we'll go tomorrow! Thank you for sharing this list...

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    1. I've heard people who live near the beach don't end up using it. I'm sure I'd never get there either!

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  15. The best way to visit the beach is in books!

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    1. Definitely! No sunburn and my car isn't full of sand!

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  16. Great list! I have Whiskey Beach somewhere. I was excited when I got it, and then other books happened, as they always do.

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    1. It sat on my shelf for years too but I ended up really liking it!

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  17. Great list! I had no idea Me Before You takes place on a beach (or near one anyways). Have you ever read Randy Wayne Wright? He writes all these books about a character named Doc Ford who is sort of a bad-ass. The nice thing is that all his books take place in Florida. Some even take place in Tampa Bay, which was cool for me since I lived there when I started reading him. When ever I think of beach books, I think of Randy Wayne Wright.

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  18. Yay for books on the beach:) After vacationing there, I could use some books to take my back!

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  19. Great topic and a great way to get the beach without all that sand yeah.

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  20. This is the perfect list for these summer months. I'm also love to have a private island where I can get away from it all. Great list!

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  21. I adored Cheaper By the Dozen, a long time ago. I think I should do a reread sometime.

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  22. Perfect setting for the summer season. :-) I love your comment about Deception Island. LOL

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