Beach Reads Giveaway Hop

Welcome to the Beach Reads Giveaway Hop, hosted by Stuck in Books.

Barnes & Noble may be having some difficulties, but they have a terrific definition for “beach reads”:

A beach read is a delicate and complicated combination of characteristics: it must be light enough to make you smile while simultaneously being absorbing enough to make you risk sunburn because you simply can’t stop turning the pages (books are the cause of approximately 85% of any bookworm’s sunburns).

While you may not have an actual beach to read on (Atlanta is landlocked, after all) the idea that summer reading is a bit, well, lighter and fluffier than reading the rest of the year seems fairly well established. Your mileage, including your mileage to a beach, may vary. And everyone’s definition of what constitutes “light and fluffy” may also have a certain amount of variance.

When I was in college and grad school, anything that wasn’t part of a class assignment constituted “light and fluffy”. Summer and Winter Break were the only times I had any significant unencumbered and unassigned reading time.

Now, of course, it’s whatever I want it to be. And my definition of “light” has changed to any book that I can’t put down, from the fluffiest romance to the most exciting, but possibly gloomy, epic fantasy. I just want to be so absorbed that I don’t notice that sunburn, or in my case the cat gravity that is putting my legs and feet to sleep.

What about you? What makes a book a “beach read” for you? And which ones are you most looking forward to diving into this summer? Give us your upcoming beach reads for a chance at either a $10 Amazon Gift Card or a copy of the book itself (as long as it’s less than $10).

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59 thoughts on “Beach Reads Giveaway Hop

  1. I don’t have any specific beach read, I do like to read mysteries and historical romances.

  2. I’m looking forward to reading Devil’s Cut by JR Ward book 3 in the Bourbon King trilogy and Come Sundown by Nora Roberts.
    Carol L

  3. Thanks for the giveaway. I like to read anything with mermaids for my beach read. 🙂

  4. I recently listened to Wallbanger by Alice Clayton, and I thought it was hilarious! I want to read the next book in the series this summer.

  5. Summer Sisters by Judy Blume is one of my favorite beach reads, it’s a really good coming of age story.

  6. I’m planning on reading a lot of Stephen King books this summer 🙂 I love Horror books.

  7. I love literary fiction any time of the year in any environment (though I do love reading in bed, at a café, or outside in the sun).

    In terms of specifics…mmm…I’d really like to read The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy, Hunting Houses by Fanny Britt, and Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. I’m taking some of my shelf, I don’t know yet which ones, lol. But I do know that I’ll bea reading Lucky in Love by Kasie West among them all.

  9. I’m looking forward to reading Nalini Singh’s Silver Silence and Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dragonsworn.

  10. I love anything by Carole Matthews. I’m especially looking forward to her latest one, Paper Hearts & Summer Kisses.

  11. I don’t know what constitutes a “beach read”. We don’t have beachs around here. The book I want to read is Camino Island by John Grisham 🙂

  12. For me I love getting lost in a good thriller while I’m out. My highly anticipated beach read this year is Final Girls by Riley Sager. 🙂

  13. During summer I enjoy reading books that are set near the ocean. The Chesapeake Shores series by Sherryl Woods is one of my favorites.

  14. This Summer’s favorite/most wanted reads are Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire, White Hot and Wild Fire by Ilona Andrews, Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine, Beseiged by Kevin Hearne and Grave Ransom by Kalayna Price.

  15. Pretty much whichever romance book is next on my TBR list – probably contemporary romances from authors like Jennifer Probst, Susan Mallery or Lori Foster

  16. I’m looking forward to reading Dianne Harman’s Murder In Whistler, preferably at the beach!

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