Top Ten Tuesday: Beach Reads Week


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This week’s topic: Beach Reads Week

I practically live on the beach year round because I live on the Gulf Coast, so any book can turn into a beach read for me. I’m not really the type of person who picks different books for the beach, even though I have tried to do so in the past. On top of that, speculative fiction probably isn’t what one thinks of when considering beach reads, but oh well… Here are ten speculative books that will likely be accompanying me to the beach this summer.

Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia | The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch

Signal to Noise republic of thieves

Grave Peril by Jim Butcher | The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

Grave Peril The Long Way to A Small Angry Planet

Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs | Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs

Hunting Ground Blood Bound

Supernova by C.A. Higgins | Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop

Supernova Murder of Crows

Dangerous Women edited by George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois| All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

Dangerous Women All the Birds in the Sky

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What reads will be accompanying you to the beach this summer?



30 Comments on “Top Ten Tuesday: Beach Reads Week”

  1. I had the same issue making this list, sort of — any book can be a ‘beach read’ for me, in that I don’t really distinguish between ’em. Not that I live at all close to a beach, or spend any time on one…

    I should read a bunch of these too. All the Birds in the Sky was interesting, and definitely a breezy sort of read for me!

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    • The beach is always a spur moment thing with us, so I usually just pick up whatever I’m reading or plan to read. I’d probably do the same thing even if I didn’t live so close to the beach. I’m just not a seasonal reader. I’ve made attempts and sometimes I will pick a few books that are seasonal. Mostly, though, it comes down to what I want to read.


    • I’m hoping to catch up on the series by the end of the year. I really liked the first book. I’m hoping I enjoy the rest.


  2. Yay, Small Angry Planet! That’s such a light-hearted romp – perfect summer reading really. I… will resist reading it until the autumn in preparation for the sequel. Yes, I will. Probably.

    I’m glad you’re coming on to Karthain with us – I look forward to comparing notes on Signal to Noise too 🙂

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    • I hate that I missed out on the Read Along for Small, Angry Planet this past November, but I was swamped with work. I definitely want to read it in time for the sequel. I say that I’m going to read it this summer. We’ll see how that actually pans out.

      I am definitely in for the long haul with Gentlemen Bastards. I had some unexpected life surprises come up while during the read along we have going on now, but I’m working on getting all caught up. I should definitely be done by July.

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  3. Great picks! I really need to get around to reading The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet . That one’s been on my TBR pile for a while and I keep hearing great things about it. I’ve never heard of Signal to Noise, but it sounds great. I’m going to have to add that to my wishlist.

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    • Thanks!

      Signal to Noise kept popping up on book lists, and it sounds like something that I’d enjoy because I love it when my speculative fiction combines music. I’m really looking forward to reading it.

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  4. Spec fic are totally my idea of a beach read! The first 4 books on your list are ones that I would definitely pick up for books to get swept up in while getting sunburned. I’d like to do a re-read of the Dresden Files series….. Nice list!

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  5. Thanks!

    I read the first book in the Dresden Files. I wasn’t bowled over, but I liked it. I listened to the second book, and James Marsters was fantastic as the narrator. So, I’ve decided to listen to this series going forward.


  6. I’ve NEVER been one to read a different book because I’ll be reading at the beach either. I don’t do light and fluffy romances so I’d basically read my usual SFF reads too – glad I’m not the only one:) I really want to read The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, Jim Butcher, Anne Bishop and Patricia Briggs too – so many books, so little time…

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    • I’ll do light and fluffy romance if the mood strikes, but mainly, I’ll just read whatever book I happen to be already reading when I head to the beach. I do admire people who can do seasonal reads. I’m too easily distracted by books for that dedication. LOL.


    • Thank you! Hope you have a fun summer, too. 😀

      I’m reading Gentlemen Bastards in a read along in preparation for the next book. There’s a group for it on Goodreads. (Well, the group is dedicated to SFF read alongs in general.)


  7. I love all of the Anne Bishop books in The Others series. I also want to read The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet (what a mouthful) and I can’t say enough about the Patricia Briggs books as well. What a fun reading list!


    • Thank you! 🙂 We’ll see how many of these I actually read if I don’t get tempted away by other books.

      I’m actually rereading the first few Mercy books along with the Alpha & Omega series (which I just started) because they complement each other. I have liked what they’ve added to each other in terms of story.


  8. How are you liking the Alpha and Omega books? I’m already reading Mercy Thompson, so I was like, “Ehh, I probably don’t need to read another werewolf series by the same author” but apparently the two series work great together and I am missing out 🙂


    • Reading the Alpha & Omega books is part of the reason that I’ve restarted the Mercy books because I was told going into the series that they have their moments where they intersect. They definitely do complement one another. In fact, the novella Alpha & Omega and the beginning of Cry Wolf directly tie into what happens in the first Mercy book. When I was rereading (or rather, listening to) Moon Called, it was fun to make the connections from Alpha & Omega. I don’t think you’re missing out, but it does flesh out the story more– at least in the case of the first books in both series.


    • It’s a fun series. I just keep getting sidetracked by all the books I want to read and neglect reading the 3rd book in that series. I will definitely fix that this summer.

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  9. Great choices on here – I don’t really get why you would change your reading just because you’re sat on a beach – I read whatever I like wherever I happen to be!
    Love your choice of Scott Lynch – Jean Tannen – that is all.
    Lynn 😀

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