12 thoughts on “Beach Reading

  1. MagistraCarminum

    I'm almost done with #55, and not loving it, but enjoying most of it. Has interesting historical events about German occupation of the Channel Islands during WWII. I have read ~19 of the rest of the list, just in case you were interested…

  2. Randy Greenwald

    Only 15 for me, counting my current read. However, #1 should count for 7 and #18 should count as three. That would bring me up to 23… 😉 Plus, I've seen the Godfather, To Kill a Mockingbird, Jaws, Shogun, and The Princess Bride, so that I don't see a need to read them. That should bring me up to 28!

  3. Gail and Keith

    I've read 12 of the numbered and since some of those numbered are series that is really more than 12, right? But, I've seen a good number of the movies. That has to qualify for something. Rationalization is such a wonderful tool! 🙂 G

  4. The Domestic Intellectual

    Read 23 (counting series(s) as one) including currently listening to Dracula. It is an interesting list and I think I'll put it on my facebook profile for future reference. I saw that they had Middlesex by Jeffery Eugenides on there. Haven't read it, but I did enjoy The Virgin Suicides and consider it a worthwhile read. It is not often that you have books in first person from the perspective of an unreliable narrator.

  5. Randy Greenwald

    Well, being a Domestic Intellectual, I expect you to have read more than me… !I keep trying to expand my list. I've read two Steven King novels, neither of which are on this list. If I can count those I'm up to 30. Plus, I've read The Great Santini by Pat Conroy. if I can count that, I hit 31.If I keep it up, I'll find a way to surpass 100!

  6. TulipGirl

    You NEED to read "To Kill a Mockingbird." While the movie is good, the book. . . well. . . it is a classic for a reason.

  7. Randy Greenwald

    Yes, TKAM is on my list. I'll have to get on it. Perhaps in 2011 when I've finally finished Anna Karenina!

  8. Staci Thomas

    From this list, I'm currently reading:#1 – aloud to my children who just can't get enough of that invisibility cloak#17 – good beach reading with a great discourse at the end of the novel by the author who explains how learning to love opera is just like learning to love baseball…#33 – blech, but I'm doing it anyway#87 – which is fabulous, but for me takes more concentration than the beach allowsI love these kind of lists! I've only read 27 from this list. I love that Cold Sassy Tree is on here. What a great book, and I don't see it recommended often.Staci

  9. Randy Greenwald

    Per #1 – an invisibility cloak could come in useful for a child.Per #17 – does this mean I could learn to love opera?As to beach reading: if I go to the beach, it is with an eight year old, who is not content unless his dad is in the water with him. Beach reading is an illusion.Further, to those up north who romanticize such things – here in Florida the beach is hot. My experience of beach reading is sitting on a towel, sweating, feeling sticky and icky. My reading ideal is not the beach. It is in a chair by a large window on a rainy/snowy day.

  10. Geoffsnook

    Randy,To Kill a Mockingbird wasn't a beach read for me; it was a "boat." I actually read that book on a chartered fishing trip. The fishing was terrible in the morning, so I got most of it done before the fish decided on an afternoon bite. Solid book

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