Monday, September 17, 2012

Beach Reading

by Clare Langley-Hawthorne

This week finds me sunning myself on a beach in Palm Cove so I'm effectively off the grid (and on mama duty) until I return. Next week we get to welcome Boyd Morrison who will be sharing Mondays with me and whose first post will be on the 24th - so I get also get an extra week of blog-vacation! I hope you will all join me in welcoming him on board.

In the meantime, I am hoping to read the latest Irish mystery by Tana French while I laze around - but as I am boarding another plane (this one bound for the States) very soon I'd also love to get more recommendations for great vacation reading. So, my fellow TKZers, what was the best beach read for you this year?

Now, back to the sun-lounger...

12 comments:

  1. Alaska's beaches are not terribly conducive to reading I'm afraid, they're either too rocky, too cold, or I'm fishing and can't read. But I really enjoyed reading several Orson Scott Card novels this summer while lying in my hammock.

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  2. Clare, I live about 10 minutes from the South Florida Atlantic beaches, so I'm sort of an expert at beach reading. I recommend the following outstanding novels for your beach time:

    THE SURVIVOR by Gregg Hurwitz
    THE WRONG MAN by David Ellis
    BORDER RUN by Simon Lewis
    SAILOR by Tom Epperson

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  3. Just loaded the French book onto my Kindle for my trip to France. (no pun intended). Let me know what you think!

    I recommend "Ghosts of Belfast" by Stuart Neville. And if you missed it years ago, "Child 44." Everyone raves about Gillian Flynn's "Gone Girl," so I got that one as well.

    I, too, looking for vaca reading ideas. It's the only time I really get to read.

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  4. I'm with Joe on THE SURVIVOR by Gregg Hurwitz. Also TRUST YOUR EYES by Linwood Barclay.

    Beaches aren't conducive for reading for me. Every time I go the beach Greenpeace shows up and tries to roll me into the ocean.

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  5. I really enjoyed GONE GIRL, but my favorite book of the summer is GOLD by Chris Cleave.

    It has five strong points of view: two female bicyclists competing in the London Olympics, who are friends and fierce rivals; one of their husbands, also an olympic cyclist; their daughter, who has leukemia; and the man who coaches both women.

    I'm still trying to figure out why I loved it so much.

    BTW: Joe, you're very funny. Those Greenpeace people need to get glasses.

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  6. To be honest, I’ve never really understood what the difference is between holiday/vacation reading and rest of the time reading? But then I always have a book on the go and tend to just read what I feel like at the time, so maybe it’s just me.

    As for book recommendations, well if you want a book that is just plain fun, and also gives a whole new slant on your day job of being a writer, you can’t go wrong with THE EYRE AFFAIR by JASPER FFORDE, first in the THURSDAY NEXT series of books.

    And of course, have a good holiday.

    All the Best.

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  7. Thanks for sharing your space with me, Clare. Looking forward to joining the group. Have a great holiday! I recommend DEEP SKY by Patrick Lee.

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  8. I am currently LOVING:

    The Other Woman by Hank Phillippi Ryan

    and just finished a fun:

    Solomon Vs Lord by Paul Levine.

    Joe Moore's last suggestion of Ace Atkins had me devouring Crossroad Blues last weekend. I can't wait to read more of his titles.

    So many great books and authors to read...not enough vacation time...

    Victoria Allman
    author of: SEAsoned: A Chef's Journey with Her Captain

    www.victoriaallman.com

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  9. GONE GIRL or DARE ME, but Megan Abbott.

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  10. The last post quite coincidental- i was thinking that if you have not read C.Stevens "never knowing" it's a must. I veryuch enjoyed Ace A.'s "ranger". Soany excellent tales. I'm saving this post to expand my reading list
    Fun post - plse excuse my iphone typo's.

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  11. Some great recommendations! I've read all the Thursday Next books - so funny - and I've ordered Gone Girl which sounds perfect. Thanks all. Time for a gin and tonic:)...

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