In my opinion, 'beach reads' are light, fluffy and good. They might not be literary masterpieces, but they won't require you to bring a box of tissues with you or make you really ponder life. They are to be enjoyed and nothing more - which sometimes is just what I need.
1. Anna and the French Kiss series by Stephanie Perkins
These books are adorable. They are light, funny and just all around cute.
2. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Honestly, anything by Rainbow Rowell but particularly this one. I don't know if I - personally - would read Eleanor & Park on a beach.. in public.. without tissues.
3. One Plus One by JoJo Moyes
I love me some Moyes, but I wouldn't recommend Me Before You or The Girl You Left Behind for the beach. One Plus One? Absolutely. It's a wee bit heavier than a typical beach read, but very enjoyable and it didn't make me cry (and I cry pretty easily!).
4. Good In Bed / In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner
I read these books years ago - like, even before the In Her Shoes movie. I really enjoyed them and I think they are the perfect vacation reads. In Her Shoes is longer than Good In Bed but they are both good - light, a bit cheesy and a bit funny. I've been meaning to reread them for awhile now. Good In Bed has a sequel but I haven't read it yet. Maybe next time I go to the beach?
5. Bridget Jones Series by Helen Fielding
I haven't read the 3rd one because I kind of refuse to, but nothing beats the first one in my opinion anyway. I absolutely adore Bridget Jones and think we would absolutely be besties, if you know.. she was real. Love these books!
6. Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris
I really loved this series. I doubt you'll get through 13 books on your beach vacation, but if you do I'll just go ahead and warn you - stop at 11. 12 and 13 are just not good.. in my opinion. But this is the kind of series where you could read a couple and not really care about what happens because they are enjoyable on their own (like The Stephanie Plum books), very light and funny.
7. Emily Giffin or Jane Green books
Emily Giffin and Jane Green are - in my opinion - great 'beach read' authors. I'd recommend Something Borrowed and Something Blue by Giffin and The Beach House and Jemima J by Green, but they both have a ton of books, so plenty to choose from.
8. Summer Sisters by Judy Blume
Anything by Judy Blume is a winner in my book but this one holds a special place in my heart. Plus, it has Summer in the title which is the best time to be at the beach.
9. The Jessica Darling series by Megan McCafferty.
All of them are great, but in my opinion the first 3 are amazing, absolutely hilarious and perfect for vacation (or any time).
10. Anything by a comedian
Yep, cheating. Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Chelsea Handler to name a few. Perfect beach reads!
Linking up with The Broke and The Bookish. And yes, I do realise I have recommended 20+ books instead of 10.