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Best Beach Reads

Description: Our July LibraryThing list of the month will focus on books to read at the beach. Add your own favorite titles for reading on the sand and by the shore.

Members: 60 participating members (show all)

All members' listSort: Score | Title | Author | Date
1
3,402 members, 76 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: bcbcmarianna (1), etxgardener (1), dawnlovesbooks (1), perennialreader (1), anyother (2), cindyst2000 (2), ahef1963 (2), RuMuse (5), charl08 (5)

Score: 31.44

2
5,582 members, 182 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: bookaholicgirl (1), kara.shamy (1), sturlington (1), bcbcmarianna (2), etxgardener (2), RuMuse (3), jonathankws (4), JuliaMaria (5)

Score: 27.27

Explanations:

RuMuse (3): A gripping psychological thriller as fascinating as it is hard to put down.

3
6,566 members, 488 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: TheLoopyLibrarian (1), cindyst2000 (1), dara85 (1), bookaholicgirl (2), perennialreader (3), ahef1963 (4)

Score: 21.23

4
16,544 members, 247 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: susanbooks (1), JuliaMaria (2), elkiedee (2), jonathankws (3), thorold (3), ManWithAnAgenda (5)

Score: 19.48

Explanations:

thorold (3): The famous holiday quandary: where are we going tomorrow?

5
3,209 members, 191 reviews
4.28 stars (4.28 stars)

Lists: ManWithAnAgenda (1), jonathankws (2), bcbcmarianna (3), cindyst2000 (3), RuMuse (4), bookcookie1920 (4)

Score: 19.1

Explanations:

RuMuse (4): A delight to read."The House in the Cerulean Sea is a big, warm, comforting hug wrapped up in a novel ..." review by https://jessticulates.com/2021/01/08/review-the-house-in-the-cerulean-sea-by-tj-klune/

6
8,594 members, 286 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: kac522 (1), anyother (1), gmathis (1), ManWithAnAgenda (2)

Score: 15.36

7
4,532 members, 319 reviews
4.29 stars (4.29 stars)

Lists: pwhite98270 (1), Lynsey2 (1), chwiggy (1), kara.shamy (2)

Score: 15.36

8
4,524 members, 167 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

Lists: susanbooks (2), anyother (3), karenb (3), thorold (4), ahef1963 (5)

Score: 14.95

Explanations:

thorold (4): The ultimate “ultimate” beach novel

9
32,446 members, 464 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (1), thorold (1), abbottthomas (2), spiphany (3), JuliaMaria (3), charl08 (4)

Thumbs down: etxgardener, anyother, daisy32

Score: 14.27

Explanations:

thorold (1): Probably the most famous beach encounter in literature

10
789 members, 52 reviews
3.68 stars (3.68 stars)

Lists: booksbooks63 (1), charl08 (2), kara.shamy (3), bookcookie1920 (3)

Score: 13.44

11
194 members, 18 reviews
4.29 stars (4.29 stars)

Lists: Aquila (1), pwhite98270 (2), bcbcmarianna (4), paradoxosalpha (5)

Score: 12.87

Explanations:

Aquila (1): Excellent short stories with some island themes

12
1,992 members, 63 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: tardis (2), AbigailAdams26 (2), pwhite98270 (3), anyother (4)

Score: 12.6

13
25,797 members, 494 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Lists: celeste_r (1), charl08 (3), bcbcmarianna (5), susanbooks (5)

Score: 12.39

14
737 members, 53 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: monicapeterson12345 (1), bookcookie1920 (1), dawnlovesbooks (2)

Score: 11.36

15
3,081 members, 99 reviews
3.52 stars (3.52 stars)

Lists: elkiedee (1), thorold (2), JuliaMaria (4)

Score: 10.19

Explanations:

thorold (2): Bored teenager on holiday decides to write a novel, becomes famous French author

16
2,616 members, 117 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

Lists: Michael.Rimmer (1), kac522 (2), jonathankws (5)

Score: 10.04

17
1,947 members, 107 reviews
3.46 stars (3.46 stars)

Lists: yourightoffcourse (1), celeste_r (2), vwinsloe (2)

Thumbs down: westendgirl

Score: 8.73

Explanations:

yourightoffcourse (1): Richard Russo is a good reliable read anytime.

18
644 members, 8 reviews
3.58 stars (3.58 stars)

Lists: charl08 (1), AbigailAdams26 (1)

Score: 8

19
412 members, 12 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

Lists: llz (1), Lemeritus (1)

Score: 8

Explanations:

Lemeritus (1): The only book I ever read at the beach. I never got the sand out of it. And think of it fondly even today.

20
1,209 members, 59 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: tardis (1), booksbooks63 (2)

Score: 7.36

Explanations:

tardis (1): The start of one of my favourite cozy mystery series, and a stack of fun mysteries is awesome for summer reading.

21
188 members, 6 reviews
3.43 stars (3.43 stars)

Lists: Eowyn1 (1), llz (2)

Score: 7.36

22
1,765 members, 76 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: Iudita (1), dawnlovesbooks (3)

Score: 7.04

23
785 members, 16 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: vwinsloe (1), booksbooks63 (3)

Score: 7.04

24
43 members, 29 reviews
2.93 stars (2.93 stars)

Lists: FerneMysteryReader (1), llz (3)

Score: 7.04

25
5,066 members, 158 reviews
3.48 stars (3.48 stars)

Lists: paradoxosalpha (1), kara.shamy (4)

Score: 6.83

Explanations:

paradoxosalpha (1): Yo dawg, I heard you like the beach. So there's beach in this read so you can read while you beach.

26
3,541 members, 100 reviews
3.74 stars (3.74 stars)

Lists: aspirit (1), pwhite98270 (5)

Score: 6.68

27
3,290 members, 88 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: JuliaMaria (1), kara.shamy (5)

Score: 6.68

28
2,944 members, 114 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: kaixo (2), ManWithAnAgenda (3)

Score: 6.4

29
1,310 members, 49 reviews
3.47 stars (3.47 stars)

Lists: dara85 (2), llz (4)

Score: 6.19

30
700 members, 41 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: Micheller7 (2), dawnlovesbooks (4)

Score: 6.19

31
191 members, 9 reviews
4.19 stars (4.19 stars)

Lists: Aquila (3), vwinsloe (3)

Score: 6.08

Explanations:

Aquila (3): About a group of Uruguayan women creating a place they can retreat to be themselves, by the then-remote Cabo Polonio fishing village.

32
1,106 members, 48 reviews
3.77 stars (3.77 stars)

Lists: aspirit (2), llz (5)

Score: 6.04

33
83 members, 17 reviews
4.21 stars (4.21 stars)

Lists: FerneMysteryReader (2), dawnlovesbooks (5)

Score: 6.04

34
1,611 members, 67 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (3), pwhite98270 (4)

Score: 5.87

35
2,154 members, 26 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: ManWithAnAgenda (4), spiphany (5)

Score: 5.5

36
1,472 members, 95 reviews
3.47 stars (3.47 stars)

Lists: cindyst2000 (4), sturlington (5)

Score: 5.5

37
859 members, 17 reviews
3.68 stars (3.68 stars)

Lists: spiphany (4), thorold (5)

Score: 5.5

Explanations:

thorold (5): Because it isn’t always fine weather at the seaside

38
36,698 members, 615 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

Lists: brickhorse (1), susanbooks (4)

Thumbs down: Kathleen828

Score: 4.83

39
2,632 members, 43 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: RuMuse (1)

Score: 4

Explanations:

RuMuse (1): A delightful (and beachy) comic classic by the Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winning author John Steinbeck, who was mostly famous for novels of deep portent (eg Grapes of Wrath).… (more)

40
2,411 members, 64 reviews
3.58 stars (3.58 stars)

Lists: spiphany (1)

Score: 4

41
1,403 members, 25 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: Kathleen828 (1)

Score: 4

42
972 members, 13 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (1)

Score: 4

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (1): May be the perfect beach book.

43
575 members, 29 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: terran (1)

Score: 4

Explanations:

terran (1): This is one of my most favorite books to read anywhere.

44
225 members, 9 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: jonathankws (1)

Score: 4

45
224 members, 6 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

Lists: kaixo (1)

Score: 4

46
122 members, 0 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: al.vick (1)

Score: 4

47
116 members, 3 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: abbottthomas (1)

Score: 4

48
28 members, 5 reviews
3.63 stars (3.63 stars)

Lists: errinstevens (1)

Score: 4

49
7 members, 0 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: karenb (1)

Score: 4

50
3 members, 0 reviews
5 stars (5 stars)

Lists: PersephonesLibrary (1)

Score: 4

51
2 members, 0 reviews

Lists: patriciabc (1)

Score: 4

52
18,602 members, 311 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

Lists: chwiggy (2)

Score: 3.36

53
4,025 members, 263 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: sturlington (2)

Score: 3.36

54
3,984 members, 74 reviews
3.74 stars (3.74 stars)

Lists: Eowyn1 (2)

Score: 3.36

55
2,480 members, 109 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: perennialreader (2)

Score: 3.36

56
1,031 members, 21 reviews
3.68 stars (3.68 stars)

Lists: karenb (2)

Score: 3.36

57
892 members, 41 reviews
3.71 stars (3.71 stars)

Lists: Micheller7 (1), Iudita (2)

Thumbs down: etxgardener, anyother

Score: 3.36

58
586 members, 39 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: terran (2)

Score: 3.36

Explanations:

terran (2): The setting of the book is a small town along the north shore of Lake Michigan. It is funny, quirky and filled with lovable, relatable characters.

59
304 members, 6 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

Lists: Aquila (2)

Score: 3.36

Explanations:

Aquila (2): Why we like beaches

60
198 members, 31 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: bookcookie1920 (2)

Score: 3.36

61
186 members, 7 reviews
3.54 stars (3.54 stars)

Lists: RuMuse (2)

Score: 3.36

Explanations:

RuMuse (2): A comic delight!

62
127 members, 12 reviews
3.13 stars (3.13 stars)

Lists: spiphany (2)

Score: 3.36

63
92 members, 4 reviews
3.42 stars (3.42 stars)

Lists: paradoxosalpha (2)

Score: 3.36

Explanations:

paradoxosalpha (2): Pleasurable guilt? Read what thou wilt.

64
50 members, 0 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (2)

Score: 3.36

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (2): Any book in this series will do.

65
2 members, 1 review
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: patriciabc (2)

Score: 3.36

66
16,579 members, 444 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: kaixo (3)

Score: 3.04

67
5,889 members, 148 reviews
3.71 stars (3.71 stars)

Lists: paradoxosalpha (3)

Score: 3.04

Explanations:

paradoxosalpha (3): textual obsession, multiple authorship, and criminal intrigue ... lively, not dense: a genuine pleasure read

68
3,911 members, 84 reviews
3.57 stars (3.57 stars)

Lists: dara85 (3)

Score: 3.04

69
3,262 members, 185 reviews
3.38 stars (3.38 stars)

Lists: sturlington (3)

Score: 3.04

70
583 members, 29 reviews
3.26 stars (3.26 stars)

Lists: susanbooks (3)

Score: 3.04

71
378 members, 19 reviews
3.59 stars (3.59 stars)

Lists: Micheller7 (3)

Score: 3.04

72
367 members, 8 reviews
3.56 stars (3.56 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (3)

Score: 3.04

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (3): I'm surprised this author isn't more popular.

73
121 members, 21 reviews
3.69 stars (3.69 stars)

Lists: FerneMysteryReader (3)

Score: 3.04

74
22 members, 1 review
3.5 stars (3.5 stars)

Lists: AbigailAdams26 (3)

Score: 3.04

75
18 members, 0 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: abbottthomas (3)

Score: 3.04

76
14 members, 0 reviews
4.67 stars (4.67 stars)

Lists: Eowyn1 (3)

Score: 3.04

78
3,605 members, 70 reviews
3.71 stars (3.71 stars)

Lists: Eowyn1 (4)

Score: 2.83

79
922 members, 13 reviews
3.76 stars (3.76 stars)

Lists: paradoxosalpha (4)

Score: 2.83

Explanations:

paradoxosalpha (4): Imagine if Dan Brown were a poet into jazz music and trance evocation.

80
635 members, 43 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: sturlington (4)

Score: 2.83

81
491 members, 23 reviews
3.76 stars (3.76 stars)

Lists: Micheller7 (4)

Score: 2.83

82
351 members, 15 reviews
3.66 stars (3.66 stars)

Lists: Aquila (4)

Score: 2.83

83
327 members, 5 reviews
3.63 stars (3.63 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (4)

Score: 2.83

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (4): Anything by Nora Ephron will do.

84
106 members, 5 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: kaixo (4)

Score: 2.83

85
28 members, 3 reviews
3.4 stars (3.4 stars)

Lists: AbigailAdams26 (4)

Score: 2.83

87
2,821 members, 62 reviews
3.69 stars (3.69 stars)

Lists: perennialreader (5)

Score: 2.68

88
1,205 members, 103 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

Lists: bookcookie1920 (5)

Score: 2.68

89
767 members, 28 reviews
3.56 stars (3.56 stars)

Lists: Eowyn1 (5)

Score: 2.68

90
505 members, 4 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (5)

Score: 2.68

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (5): Just fun, and people will note you're not reading trashy fiction.

91
252 members, 10 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: kaixo (5)

Score: 2.68

92
17 members, 10 reviews
4.31 stars (4.31 stars)

Lists: FerneMysteryReader (5)

Score: 2.68

93
20,197 members, 347 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (7)

Score: 2.46

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (7): Anything by Sedaris will do.

94
2,178 members, 110 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

Lists: sdbookhound (1)

Thumbs down: NoPressureBookClub

Score: 2

95
1,407 members, 9 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (6)

Thumbs down: etxgardener

Score: 0.56

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (6): Always a favorite author, but with a serious ick factor.

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Started by: AbigailAdams26 (July 2021)

Type: Numbered

Limit: 5 books

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