Top Ten Tuesday – In My Beach Bag

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s TTT is

Ten beach reads to grab this summer

I know I’m the minority in this and perhaps the only human in the world, but I hate the beach. Well, to be precise I hate the sand. It gets stuck in your and it seems like you’re washing sand out days after your beach romp and not to mention the other unmentionable places sand seems to be after a beach trip.

So, if I were to go the beach the following books would be in my arsenal – along with my earbuds (the universal symbol for no talky).

1.  An American Marriage by Tayari Jones is about a newlywed couple whose lives are upended with the arrest of the husband, Roy. He is sentenced to 12 years, but his sentence is unexpectedly overturned. Celestial, his wife has ‘moved’ on but upon Roy’s release he expects to pick up where they left off. Can they do it?

2.  Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal is a lively, sexy, and thought-provoking East-meets-West story about community, friendship, and women’s lives at all ages

3.  I started reading Red Rising by Pierce Brown a little while ago, but got sidetracked. Red Rising is Brown’s debut novel and it channels the excitement of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

4.  I Can’t Date Jesus by Michael Arceneaux is a collection of soul-searching essays about what it’s like to grow up as a creative, sensitive black man in a world that constantly tries to deride and diminish your humanity


5.  I love linguist, John McWhorter and want to read his book Words on the Move. It’s all about how the English language is evolving and how we shouldn’t fight it

6.  Goth by Otsuichi is a book about two teenagers linked together by an obsession with murder and torture

7.  People Like Us by Dana Mele is a YA, LGBTQ Mytstery Thriller. It takes place at a private school. There’s a murder, an initiation, lots of secrets, a police investigation, and a computer scavenger hunt so one of the characters gets to keep her secrets secret

8.  Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li is an exuberant and wise multigenerational debut novel about the complicated lives and loves of people working in everyone’s favorite Chinese restaurant

9.  Lord of the Flies by William Golding is a classic tale about “the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart.”

10. From one of the mistresses of horror gothic fiction We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson has been on my TBR ever since I read The Lottery.

What’s in your beach bag or what are you reading this summer.

7 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – In My Beach Bag

  1. Ok I’m really going to have to pick up a Shirley Jackson book at some point. I feel like I’m the last person left who’s never read anything by her.

    Love this list btw. You made me add a few to my TBR. 😀

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  2. The Shirley Jackson is a delight to read so I hope you get to it even though it may not be on the beach. I don’t have the same aversion to sand but the idea of just lying in hot sun for hours has no appeal for me at all 🙂

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