Here are some of the old and new favorites that I like to tuck into my beach bag - enjoy!
1) The Adventures of Kick Keswick - by Marne Davis Kellogg. Kick Keswick is a retired professional jewel thief who is contentedly living the cushy life her burgling has bought her. Unfortunately, she keeps getting pulled back into action, requiring expensive trips, elaborate disguises, and brushes with the law. These books are well-written and very imaginative...and it's SO nice to get a break from the normal "boy trouble" chick lit that you see so often.
2) The Sookie Stackhouse series - by Charlaine Harris. I wanted to hate these. I really did. Vampires are SO 2008 and 2000 and late. But they are strangely addictive and they don't make you think too hard. Which are critical components of a good beach read.
3) The Tea Shop Mysteries - by Laura Childs. Kara loaned me a few of these books to take to the beach this year. We both love tea and so these books were a slam dunk to share - tea, Charleston, mysteries...sign me up! There are a ton of books in this series and I've only read a couple so far, but they were all enjoyable. The only downside is that they really made me want to go sit in a tea shop and sip a cup while reading. And Sunset Beach has a tea shop, conveniently enough!
4) The Reef, by Nora Roberts. Scuba diving, West Indies, sunken ships, and plenty of beach imagery. Perfect for the sand and sun!
5) She's Come Undone, by Wally Lamb. One of my absolute all-time favorite books. It might be a little heavy for a vacation if it's your first time reading it, but Dolores is such a great and funny "heroine". I seriously must have read this book at least 20 times and I still love it. There is a consistent whale/ocean/water theme throughout the book that is powerful to follow.
6) Savannah Breeze, by Mary Kay Andrews. A fun little book set in Savannah. Through a series of unfortunate events, the main character BeBe finds herself to be the owner of a run-down motel on Tybee Island. She renovates, redecorates, turns business around, and comes out on top. MKA has a bunch of other cute books, I think all of them are great beach/lake material.
7. Fortune's Rocks, by Anita Shreve. This story is set at the turn of the century in a New England coastal town. Olympia Biddeford enters into a clandestine and taboo relationship, and the book follows the romance and its resulting fallout. I love all the historical imagery and the New England setting...if you're looking for something a little bit different, this is worth picking up!
8) Harry Potter, by J.K. Rowling. Well...because when is Harry Potter not a good read? ;-)
Do you have any beach favorites?