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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: 59 participating members (show all)

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1
3,220 members, 71 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

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

Score: 31.44

2
5,215 members, 163 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

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

Score: 23.27

Explanations:

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

3
15,670 members, 239 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

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

Score: 20.17

Explanations:

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

4
30,780 members, 425 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

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

Thumbs down: etxgardener, anyother, daisy32

Score: 18.27

Explanations:

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

5
6,040 members, 476 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

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

Score: 17.87

6
3,654 members, 283 reviews
4.29 stars (4.29 stars)

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

Score: 15.36

7
1,610 members, 92 reviews
4.35 stars (4.35 stars)

Lists: jonathankws (2), bcbcmarianna (3), cindyst2000 (3), MsRoux (4), bookcookie1920 (4)

Score: 15.1

Explanations:

MsRoux (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/

8
4,293 members, 159 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

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

Score: 14.95

Explanations:

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

9
166 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

10
24,267 members, 462 reviews
4.21 stars (4.21 stars)

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

Score: 12.39

11
1,894 members, 58 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

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

Score: 12.27

12
8,206 members, 276 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

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

Score: 12

13
677 members, 51 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

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

Score: 11.36

14
1,886 members, 106 reviews
3.48 stars (3.48 stars)

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

Score: 10.73

Explanations:

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

15
2,936 members, 94 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
2,396 members, 109 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

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

Score: 10.04

17
688 members, 49 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)

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

Score: 9.44

18
1,521 members, 64 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: AbigailAdams26 (2), ahef1963 (3), pwhite98270 (4)

Score: 9.23

19
609 members, 7 reviews
3.57 stars (3.57 stars)

Lists: charl08 (1), AbigailAdams26 (1)

Score: 8

20
383 members, 10 reviews
3.77 stars (3.77 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.

21
162 members, 4 reviews
3.42 stars (3.42 stars)

Lists: Eowyn1 (1), llz (2)

Score: 7.36

22
3,771 members, 83 reviews
3.57 stars (3.57 stars)

Lists: The_Bubblegum_Review (1), dara85 (3)

Score: 7.04

23
627 members, 30 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: Iudita (1), dawnlovesbooks (3)

Score: 7.04

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

Lists: FerneMysteryReader (1), llz (3)

Score: 7.04

25
4,860 members, 152 reviews
3.49 stars (3.49 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
3,318 members, 97 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)

Lists: aspirit (1), pwhite98270 (5)

Score: 6.68

27
3,072 members, 84 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

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

Score: 6.68

28
1,219 members, 49 reviews
3.45 stars (3.45 stars)

Lists: dara85 (2), llz (4)

Score: 6.19

29
492 members, 38 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: Micheller7 (2), dawnlovesbooks (4)

Score: 6.19

30
145 members, 8 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 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.

31
1,075 members, 45 reviews
3.76 stars (3.76 stars)

Lists: aspirit (2), llz (5)

Score: 6.04

32
60 members, 17 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: FerneMysteryReader (2), dawnlovesbooks (5)

Score: 6.04

33
1,017 members, 64 reviews
3.54 stars (3.54 stars)

Lists: cindyst2000 (4), sturlington (5)

Score: 5.5

34
906 members, 17 reviews
3.64 stars (3.64 stars)

Lists: spiphany (4), thorold (5)

Score: 5.5

Explanations:

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

35
33,240 members, 532 reviews
4.28 stars (4.28 stars)

Lists: brickhorse (1), susanbooks (4)

Thumbs down: Kathleen828

Score: 4.83

36
2,501 members, 42 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: MsRoux (1)

Score: 4

Explanations:

MsRoux (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)

37
2,261 members, 60 reviews
3.58 stars (3.58 stars)

Lists: spiphany (1)

Score: 4

38
1,314 members, 20 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: Kathleen828 (1)

Score: 4

39
1,161 members, 54 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: tardis (1)

Score: 4

Explanations:

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

40
967 members, 13 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (1)

Score: 4

Explanations:

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

41
748 members, 15 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: vwinsloe (1)

Score: 4

42
509 members, 28 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: terran (1)

Score: 4

Explanations:

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

43
221 members, 4 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: kaixo (1)

Score: 4

44
115 members, 0 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: al.vick (1)

Score: 4

45
111 members, 7 reviews
4.3 stars (4.3 stars)

Lists: jonathankws (1)

Score: 4

46
105 members, 2 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: abbottthomas (1)

Score: 4

47
24 members, 4 reviews
3.63 stars (3.63 stars)

Lists: errinstevens (1)

Score: 4

48
6 members, 0 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: karenb (1)

Score: 4

49
4 members, 0 reviews
5 stars (5 stars)

Lists: PersephonesLibrary (1)

Score: 4

50
2 members, 0 reviews

Lists: patriciabc (1)

Score: 4

51
17,603 members, 295 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: chwiggy (2)

Score: 3.36

52
3,707 members, 243 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: sturlington (2)

Score: 3.36

53
3,670 members, 65 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)

Lists: Eowyn1 (2)

Score: 3.36

54
2,652 members, 105 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: kaixo (2)

Score: 3.36

55
2,294 members, 101 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: perennialreader (2)

Score: 3.36

56
986 members, 21 reviews
3.66 stars (3.66 stars)

Lists: karenb (2)

Score: 3.36

57
714 members, 37 reviews
3.69 stars (3.69 stars)

Lists: Micheller7 (1), Iudita (2)

Thumbs down: etxgardener, anyother

Score: 3.36

58
512 members, 37 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 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
286 members, 6 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: Aquila (2)

Score: 3.36

Explanations:

Aquila (2): Why we like beaches

60
171 members, 8 reviews
3.5 stars (3.5 stars)

Lists: MsRoux (2)

Score: 3.36

Explanations:

MsRoux (2): A comic delight!

61
165 members, 29 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: bookcookie1920 (2)

Score: 3.36

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

Lists: spiphany (2)

Score: 3.36

63
88 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
47 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
15,755 members, 432 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: kaixo (3)

Score: 3.04

67
5,663 members, 140 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
3,073 members, 180 reviews
3.37 stars (3.37 stars)

Lists: sturlington (3)

Score: 3.04

69
504 members, 25 reviews
3.3 stars (3.3 stars)

Lists: susanbooks (3)

Score: 3.04

70
353 members, 7 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.

71
216 members, 12 reviews
3.69 stars (3.69 stars)

Lists: Micheller7 (3)

Score: 3.04

72
93 members, 17 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)

Lists: FerneMysteryReader (3)

Score: 3.04

73
17 members, 0 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: abbottthomas (3)

Score: 3.04

74
14 members, 0 reviews
4.67 stars (4.67 stars)

Lists: Eowyn1 (3)

Score: 3.04

75
3,852 members, 233 reviews
4.32 stars (4.32 stars)

Lists: perennialreader (4)

Score: 2.83

76
3,451 members, 68 reviews
3.7 stars (3.7 stars)

Lists: Eowyn1 (4)

Score: 2.83

77
850 members, 12 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

Lists: paradoxosalpha (4)

Score: 2.83

Explanations:

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

78
504 members, 29 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: sturlington (4)

Score: 2.83

79
312 members, 5 reviews
3.64 stars (3.64 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (4)

Score: 2.83

Explanations:

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

80
239 members, 8 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

Lists: Micheller7 (4)

Score: 2.83

81
103 members, 5 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: kaixo (4)

Score: 2.83

82
19 members, 1 review
3.5 stars (3.5 stars)

Lists: AbigailAdams26 (4)

Score: 2.83

84
0 members, 0 reviews

Lists: Aquila (4)

Score: 2.83

85
2,711 members, 60 reviews
3.69 stars (3.69 stars)

Lists: perennialreader (5)

Score: 2.68

86
1,933 members, 24 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)

Lists: spiphany (5)

Score: 2.68

87
959 members, 92 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: bookcookie1920 (5)

Score: 2.68

88
742 members, 28 reviews
3.56 stars (3.56 stars)

Lists: Eowyn1 (5)

Score: 2.68

89
489 members, 4 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (5)

Score: 2.68

Explanations:

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

90
227 members, 10 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: kaixo (5)

Score: 2.68

91
26 members, 3 reviews
3.4 stars (3.4 stars)

Lists: AbigailAdams26 (5)

Score: 2.68

92
12 members, 7 reviews
4.75 stars (4.75 stars)

Lists: FerneMysteryReader (5)

Score: 2.68

93
19,510 members, 337 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (7)

Score: 2.46

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (7): Anything by Sedaris will do.

94
1,108 members, 78 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: sdbookhound (1)

Thumbs down: NoPressureBookClub

Score: 2

95
1,351 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.

96
468 members, 28 reviews
3.68 stars (3.68 stars)

Score: 0

98
266 members, 29 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Score: 0

99
119 members, 6 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Score: 0

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Started by: AbigailAdams26 (July 13)

Type: Numbered

Limit: 5 books

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