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[Jun. 22nd, 2011|11:23 am]
Zoethe
Who can resist book lists? Not me, that's for sure! This list is the NPR Audience Picks of the 100 Best Beach Books Ever. (Cannery Row and Lord of the Flies as beach books?! Really?)

It's the usual drill: Bold the ones you've read. If you remember reading them on a beach, then italicize them as well! (No, there's no code for indicating books you've started, or want to read, or heard of; that stuff's for sissies. You read it, or you didn't.) Give us your count at the end!

1. The Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling
2. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
3. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
4. Bridget Jones's Diary, by Helen Fielding
5. Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
6. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, by Rebecca Wells
7. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
8. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
9. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, by Fannie Flagg
10. The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver


11. The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger

12. Life of Pi, by Yann Martel
13. The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan
14. The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien

15. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
16. Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
17. Bel Canto, by Ann Patchett
18. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
19. Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides
20. Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen


21. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
22. The Bean Trees, by Barbara Kingsolver
23. The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, by Alexander McCall Smith
24. The World According to Garp, by John Irving

25. Catch-22, by Joseph Heller
26. The Prince of Tides, by Pat Conroy
27. Like Water for Chocolate, by Laura Esquivel
28. The Princess Bride, by William Goldman
29. The Accidental Tourist, by Anne Tyler
30. Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer



31. A Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy Toole
32. East of Eden, by John Steinbeck
33. The Red Tent, by Anita Diamant
34. Beach Music, by Pat Conroy
35. One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
36. Rebecca, by Daphne Du Maurier
37. Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card
38. Lonesome Dove, by Larry McMurtry
39. The Thorn Birds, by Colleen McCullough

40. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, by Michael Chabon


41. Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett
42. Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy
43. Interview with the Vampire, by Anne Rice

44. Cold Mountain, by Charles Frazier
45. Empire Falls, by Richard Russo
46. Under the Tuscan Sun, by Frances Mayes
47. The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas
48. Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, by Tom Robbins
49. I Know This Much Is True, by Wally Lamb
50. Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie


51. Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
52. The Stand, by Stephen King
(Actually, on a cruise ship, but that totally counts.)
53. She's Come Undone, by Wally Lamb
54. Dune, by Frank Herbert

55. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
56. Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
57. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll
58. Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov
59. The Godfather, by Mario Puzo

60. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith


61. Animal Dreams, by Barbara Kingsolver
62. Jaws, by Peter Benchley
63. Good in Bed, by Jennifer Weiner

64. Angle of Repose, by Wallace Stegner
65. Snow Falling on Cedars, by David Guterson
66. The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway
67. The Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand

68. Breakfast of Champions, by Kurt Vonnegut
69. Cat's Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut
70. The Big Sleep, by Raymond Chandler


71. The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway
72. The Hunt for Red October, by Tom Clancy
73. Cold Sassy Tree, by Olive Ann Burns
74. The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
75. Bonfire of the Vanities, by Tom Wolfe
76. Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte

77. Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon
78. The Shell Seekers, by Rosamunde Pilcher
79. Prodigal Summer, by Barbara Kingsolver
80. Eye of the Needle, by Ken Follett


81. Cannery Row, by John Steinbeck
82. The Pilot's Wife, by Anita Shreve
83. All the Pretty Horses, by Cormac McCarthy
84. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson
85. The Little Prince, by Antoine De Saint-Exupery
86. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy

87. One for the Money, by Janet Evanovich
88. Shogun, by James Clavell
89. Dracula, by Bram Stoker
90. The Unbearable Lightness of Being, by Milan Kundera


91. Presumed Innocent, by Scott Turow
92. Franny and Zooey, by J.D. Salinger

93. The Secret History, by Donna Tartt
94. Dead Until Dark, by Charlaine Harris
95. Summer Sisters, by Judy Blume
96. The Shining, by Stephen King
97. How Stella Got Her Groove Back, by Terry McMillan
98. Lamb, by Christopher Moore
99. Sick Puppy, by Carl Hiaasen
100. Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson

62 for me.
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[User Picture]From: twinkelbelpeach
2011-06-22 03:29 pm (UTC)
Don't have time to make a list, but have read 37 of them. (Am feeling rather illiterate right now). Please tell me though, how in the hell anyone could call Cormac McCarthy's 'The Road' a beach read!!?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-06-22 03:51 pm (UTC)
I know, right?!
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[User Picture]From: cinema_babe
2011-06-22 04:35 pm (UTC)
I can imagine myself not being familiar with a book, picking it up for a long vacation and then being, "WTF did I just buy?".

Um, not that I've ever done that before....*cough*
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From: anonymousalex
2011-06-22 04:08 pm (UTC)
Since I've never read anything on the beach, it's just read or not read for me. Read:

1. The Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling
5. Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
7. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
8. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
14. The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien
15. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
18. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
20. Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen
21. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
24. The World According to Garp, by John Irving
25. Catch-22, by Joseph Heller
28. The Princess Bride, by William Goldman
37. Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card
50. Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie
54. Dune, by Frank Herbert
57. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll
68. Breakfast of Champions, by Kurt Vonnegut
69. Cat's Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut

Pretty sad, percentage-wise. I could come up with some sort of excuse, but I've just read other things, y'know?

-Alex
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-06-22 04:40 pm (UTC)
I'm just a list-lover. I can't help it!
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From: anonymousalex
2011-06-22 05:47 pm (UTC)
I'm wondering how many of the other 82 I should be reading.

-Alex
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-06-22 06:03 pm (UTC)
Well, let's see if I can't make a reading list of highly recommendeds for you. I'm eliminating some good books here, and certainly can't recommend the ones I haven't read, but these are ones I regard as very, very worth it:

2. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
3. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
9. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, by Fannie Flagg
16. Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
19. Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides
22. The Bean Trees, by Barbara Kingsolver
26. The Prince of Tides, by Pat Conroy
29. The Accidental Tourist, by Anne Tyler
38. Lonesome Dove, by Larry McMurtry
41. Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett
48. Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, by Tom Robbins
52. The Stand, by Stephen King
58. Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov
59. The Godfather, by Mario Puzo
85. The Little Prince, by Antoine De Saint-Exupery
86. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
91. Presumed Innocent, by Scott Turow
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From: anonymousalex
2011-06-22 08:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I know I don't care for King, but I'll look into the rest. Let's see, so I need to finish the book I just started today, and the one after that (latest Donaldson) and the one after that (latest Kay), so figure maybe September if I'm lucky. So much for beach reading, eh?

-Alex
Slow reader (these days)

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-06-22 09:34 pm (UTC)
I didn't think I liked King until I read The Stand.
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[User Picture]From: cinema_babe
2011-06-22 04:40 pm (UTC)
85 but I'm a reading fool. Funny enough, very few of them were ever read on a beach.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-06-22 04:41 pm (UTC)
85 is damned impressive!!!
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[User Picture]From: cinema_babe
2011-06-22 06:53 pm (UTC)
TY but it's not that much if consider how long I've been reading big people books and how many books I can read and comprehend. On a per annum basis it's not that much.
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[User Picture]From: wdomburg
2011-06-22 04:53 pm (UTC)
You know, I can't remember ever reading a book on the beach.
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From: anonymousalex
2011-06-22 05:42 pm (UTC)
It's a good way to get a nasty sunburn, IMO. Hence, my lack of beach reading, too.

-Alex
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-06-22 05:49 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm considering it to include poolside as well.
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From: docbrite
2011-06-22 06:18 pm (UTC)
Lord of the Flies is a bizarre choice, but Cannery Row is actually pretty lighthearted and funny (though ultimately it got on my nerves -- I'll take serious Steinbeck over funny any day). And the beach is one of the few places where I never read, except for occasionally consulting a bird book.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-06-22 07:50 pm (UTC)
As I said elsewhere, I included poolside. But I did read on the beach when we vacationed in the Virgin Islands.
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[User Picture]From: creentmerveille
2011-06-22 07:24 pm (UTC)
I'm sad that Twilight made that list at all. :(

That being said, it's inspiration to read more... These lists always remind me of books I mean to read but forget to check out. Thanks!

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-06-22 07:54 pm (UTC)
It certainly does qualify for the light reading I associate with the beach, I must admit.

And I like them for the same reasons!
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[User Picture]From: kid_lit_fan
2011-06-22 11:15 pm (UTC)
Looking over this list, I realized that I do NOT do beach reading. My summer vacation reading when I was in school was mostly done in bed. When I'm at the beach, I am in the water or walking or building sand castles. Almost every other activity can be book-friendly AFAIC (I've even read in the half-light while waiting for movies to start), but I don't beach read. Also, I don't differentiate between big heavy "real" books and light beach reads, the lines are too blurry, I think.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-06-22 11:24 pm (UTC)
I regard beach reading as a term of art meaning books that can be picked up and put down without much thought, and generally lighter in subject matter - not so much downer endings. That being said, I certainly don't limit my reading to certain types of books at certain times of year.
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[User Picture]From: throbinson
2011-06-22 11:26 pm (UTC)
Have read 33 of them, noticed after annotating the list (then getting mightily pissed off when my bolding formatting didn't survive the cut-and-paste to LJ) that most of my reading didn't include books written within the last fifteen years or so. I bet I could really kick ass at a reading list comprised of books written between fifty and twenty years ago ;)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-06-22 11:34 pm (UTC)
I totally get you.
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From: simulated_knave
2011-06-23 09:28 pm (UTC)
I've read a whopping 13. In my defense, this list seems to confuse "beach read" with "literature THAT EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE READ BY NOW!"

How have you not read Catch-22 yet? It's a classic. Deservedly so, at that. And it invented a phrase!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-06-24 02:05 pm (UTC)
I know, I know. It's one that's just gotten away from me. I should rectify that.
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From: simulated_knave
2011-06-24 07:05 pm (UTC)
It's quite light. You could polish it off in an afternoon, I think.
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[User Picture]From: shydescending
2011-06-25 08:01 pm (UTC)
I'm not going to count because I'm not a huge reader and my total would be painfully low. That said, Love in the Time of Cholera is one of my favorite books ever, and don't bother with Under the Tuscan Sun.

One more thing...how in worldwide hell did you get through One Hundred Years of Solitude? I've tried 3 times.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-06-25 10:19 pm (UTC)
I barely made it. It's a dreadful book. Yet some people adore it.
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