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Prancer
04-29-2011, 09:04 PM
I'm going to Mexico in a few weeks and am starting to look for good beach reads to take with me. Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks in advance! :cheer:

What kind of beach reads do you like? Mystery/suspense? Action/Adventure? Chick lit/romance?

Jenya
04-29-2011, 09:12 PM
What kind of beach reads do you like? Mystery/suspense? Action/Adventure? Chick lit/romance?

I'm not too picky - any of the above, actually. For this trip I would probably lean toward chick lit, but I'm open to all suggestions. :)

gkelly
04-29-2011, 09:35 PM
I refuse to read the Castle books because I cannot bear reading about a cop named Nikki Heat. :slinkaway:

Could you put up with a cop named, say, Nikki Fletcher or Gertrude Heat?

Prancer
04-29-2011, 09:41 PM
Could you put up with a cop named, say, Nikki Fletcher or Gertrude Heat?

Nikki FLetcher, yes. ANYTHING Heat, no.

Nomad
05-01-2011, 12:45 AM
I just started Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner. So far, so good - she reminds me of Jean Rhys, in a way. Very economic style, not a word wasted, she tells you exactly what you need to know. No digressions, no frills, no tricks.

Prancer
05-01-2011, 12:57 AM
I'm not too picky - any of the above, actually. For this trip I would probably lean toward chick lit, but I'm open to all suggestions. :)

Kind of covering the spectrum :): http://bestsellers.about.com/od/readingrecommendations/tp/top_beach_book.htm

I'm sort of reading a kind of anti-chick-lit book at the moment: I'm With Stupid (http://www.amazon.com/Im-Stupid-Elaine-Szewczyk/dp/0446582476). Depending on my mood, it's either snarky and funny or whiny and mean.

Allskate
05-01-2011, 01:10 AM
Kind of covering the spectrum :): http://bestsellers.about.com/od/readingrecommendations/tp/top_beach_book.htm

The only one on that list I've read is "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society." I really liked it. I think Tina Fey's book would be fun.

I think it's hilarious that someone has written books by "Richard Castle."

emason
05-01-2011, 01:17 AM
I think it's hilarious that someone has written books by "Richard Castle."

Well, Castle does air on the ABC network, and ABC is owned by Disney, and, really, is there a marketing technique left that Disney has failed to exploit?

rfisher
05-01-2011, 03:03 AM
Apparently they sell well as they get front of the store display in the local Borders.

TygerLily
05-01-2011, 07:18 AM
Apparently they sell well as they get front of the store display in the local Borders.In Canada, publishing houses pay bookstores for those spots, so the placement might not be just because they sell well...

rfisher
05-01-2011, 02:02 PM
In Canada, publishing houses pay bookstores for those spots, so the placement might not be just because they sell well...

They do that here as well because people will buy what they see displayed, ergo, they sell well. Sales don't necessarily mean the book is good. :lol: In fact, they are often bad (see Janet Evanovich's last 4-5 books).

Matryeshka
05-02-2011, 04:48 AM
I didn't get through half of Heat Wave by Richard Castle, a.k.a. Tom Straw. :blah:

Still love the show though. Or maybe just Nathan Fillion. I long for a scene with him getting out of the shower...

Spinner
05-02-2011, 06:44 PM
I didn't get through half of Heat Wave by Richard Castle, a.k.a. Tom Straw. :blah:

Still love the show though. Or maybe just Nathan Fillion. I long for a scene with him getting out of the shower...

Haven't you seen the Firefly episode where he's buck naked? Full on (GORGEOUS) booty shot.

Artemis@BC
05-03-2011, 05:59 PM
Haven't you seen the Firefly episode where he's buck naked? Full on (GORGEOUS) booty shot.

OMG running out to get the Firefly DVDs from the library RIGHT NOW!!

LilJen
05-03-2011, 07:02 PM
The only one on that list I've read is "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society." I really liked it.

Very, very good beach vacation book. Not too fluffy, though--very well written and a somewhat serious setting (Guernsey during WWII). Just a lovely story and I couldn't put it down.

Jenya, Agatha Christie is always good, too.

If you have an e-reader, it can be good to get some out-of-copyright freebies for it. I read The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes last week--it was a hoot.