Best Beach Reads 2013

Which book will soon be peeking out of your beach bag?
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2,322 books · 4,356 voters · list created April 5th, 2013 by Kim Boykin (votes) .
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Kim 106 books
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Tracy 358 books
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Brenda 4 books
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Glen 9 books
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Jackie 2 books
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Linda 25 books
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Chris Groesch 1598 books
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message 1: by Laura (new)

Laura mccaffery Seduction by M.J.Rose has mystery, suspense, romance, and a fast moving plot. Characters grab and hold our interest.


message 2: by Adam (new)

Adam Washington The ratings on the "Best Reads" list are virtually meaningless when only a handful of people have rated the book. Please provide an option permitting the user to set the minimum number of ratings before a book is included in the list. I am mainly interested in books that have been rated by at least 1,000 people.


message 3: by Kim (new)

Kim Boykin Adam wrote: "The ratings on the "Best Reads" list are virtually meaningless when only a handful of people have rated the book. Please provide an option permitting the user to set the minimum number of ratings b..." Hi Adam, Thanks for your comment. Even with highly anticipated new releases you won't have ratings from 1000 people for a while. This is just a fun list for spring/summer reads.
Cheers,
KIM


message 4: by Nancy (new)

Nancy To me, Beach Reads means a light, fun, fast read. I was surprised by some of the books that are more serious being on this list.


message 9: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Are beach reads for women only? Looking at your tags makes me think so.

And if yes, why?


message 10: by Nancy (new)

Nancy I don't think of Beach Reads being exclusively for women, but then again, I don't see as many guys reading there as women. The books I picked probably would not appeal to men.


message 11: by AndrewP (new)

AndrewP Wow 674 book and only a half a dozen that I would consider reading, or have already read.


message 12: by Brian (new)

Brian Bixler I'm with Lobstergirl. I thought the same thing while scanning the list. I also found very few that I have read.


message 13: by CJ (new)

CJ Scurria On a side note I have been noticing Goodreads seems to be malfunctioning sort of lately. Did anyone notice it? I hope whatever bugs Goodreads has been happening will be sorted out soon.

On this list it claimed that I have "0 books from my collection in here and 0 books in my to-read list." Not going very far down the list I keep finding books that are already on my to-read list and books I have already read.

What is going on, Goodreads?!!


message 14: by Patty (new)

Patty Duffy I'd like to see Ian McEwan's Sweet Tooth added to the list.


message 15: by Jonquil (new)

Jonquil Nancy wrote: "To me, Beach Reads means a light, fun, fast read. I was surprised by some of the books that are more serious being on this list."

You should read "Love of Truth by CT Oliver. I think it's what you're looking for in a good beach read.


message 16: by Mariann (new)

Mariann Torchia GROWING UP BIN LADEN......written by one of his sons and his first wife. Fascinating!


message 17: by Sue (new)

Sue K. Loved "The Peace Bridge" (DC Hubbard) - solid historical research spun into a tale of young love but with believable emotional family burdens to be resolved related to the holocaust. Kept me involved to the very end.


message 18: by Rosalee (new)

Rosalee Loved "Don't Say a Word"! Great story and writing! Also enjoyed (and laughed out loud) with "Shut up and Kiss Me"...


message 19: by Kim (new)

Kim Boykin Looking at the titles at the top of the list, it's making me rethink that my definition of a beach read. I think fun, insightful without going overboard. What's your definition of a great beach read?


message 20: by Patty (new)

Patty Duffy Compelling characters and a plot that keeps moving the reader forward. I'm half way through And the Mountains Echoed. Love the story telling qualities!


message 21: by Marilyn (new)

Marilyn Miles Acapulco Adventure is a light, fun, fast read, only 36 pages! What better beach than Acapulco?


message 22: by Sue (new)

Sue K. Just finished, A Romanov Bride, another historical novel, this one re. the Russian revolution of early 20th century. Fast read & very informative too!


message 23: by Patty (new)

Patty Duffy Has anyone read The Kitchen House?


message 24: by Rebecka (new)

Rebecka Adam wrote: "The ratings on the "Best Reads" list are virtually meaningless when only a handful of people have rated the book. Please provide an option permitting the user to set the minimum number of ratings b..."

AGREED!


message 25: by Say (new)

Say Weller Nancy wrote: "To me, Beach Reads means a light, fun, fast read. I was surprised by some of the books that are more serious being on this list."

Agreed! I just finished the Second Act Series by Julia Dumont, and could zip through a book/day. That's a beach read to me!


message 26: by Shirley (new)

Shirley First Night of Summer A gritty, fast-paced, must read psychological thriller/ mystery. Disturbing yet relevant---and full of emotion. Not for the faint of heart. I found it to be a touching story where good triumphs over evil. Great ending!


message 27: by Donna (new)

Donna Davis Kim wrote: "Looking at the titles at the top of the list, it's making me rethink that my definition of a beach read. I think fun, insightful without going overboard. What's your definition of a great beach read?"
I was just thinking of the same question. There are a couple of books here (To Kill a Mockingbird is one; The Hobbit is another) that are so momentous that I don't think I'd want to read them on vacation. How could I hop up as soon as someone said, "Let's get something to eat!" while my cheeks are still wet with tears from the death of Thorin Oakenshield? How can I mix Boo Radley and a beach fire? I think I'd be too deep inside my head to be much fun!

On the other hand, I can totally see reading Tina Fey's Bossypants at the beach, and I actually DID read The Nanny Diaries on vacation (though not at the beach) over the summer. It was just right; I could read late, knowing I could sleep in, but it didn't haunt me when I was with others.


message 28: by Sandra (new)

Sandra Thompson Patty wrote: "Has anyone read The Kitchen House?"

Yes and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Also, try "House girl"


message 29: by Mary (new)

Mary Jane Patty wrote: "Has anyone read The Kitchen House?"

Yes. My book club and I really enjoyed it.


message 30: by Faishal (new)

Faishal Nurfakhri loved whiskey beach..

The ending was good and the story keep you reading till the very end

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