Slightly difficult, because normally I go to the beach not intending to read. Something about wanting to frolic in the water and take selfies while sitting on the sand under an umbrella.
But in the spirit of Top Ten Tuesday, I’ll bite–with a little bit of alteration, of course. If I had to take books to the beach with me, I imagine they wouldn’t be something heavy–physically or mentally. They’d be light or colorful or truly engaging (or a combination of). They’d be graphic novels or novellas or anthologies, and compact enough to fit in a beach bag (of course, if you own an e-Reader like I do, physicality can be completely sidestepped if necessary).
In any case, if I were to currently hightail it over to the sandy shores, one or two–or all of these–would be going with me.
BOOKS THAT I MIGHT PUT IN MY BEACH BAG
Doctor Who: The Ripper written by Tony Lee
My local library has had an influx of graphic novel additions, so I’m naturally taking advantage of it! Anything DW related was going to get yoinked. So the subject of The Ripper might be a little dark, but um, 11th Doctor, and Amy, and Rory. Yeah, ’nuff said.
Batman: Arkham Asylum – A Serious House on Serious Earth by Grant Morrison
Okay, fine, here’s another one that’s not bright and peppy-happy either. But what Batman graphic novel usually is? A few months back, I’d finished playing two of the Arkham City games, so it’s not surprising I’d want to read through more stories on the Dark Knight.
Fables: Cubs in Toyland by Bill Willingham
Volume 18 of the Fables comics. I’ve been following this series on a sporadic basis. Whenever I go to the library, I always check for their latest volume.
The Eye of the World: The Graphic Novel, Volume One by Robert Jordan
I will unabashedly admit that I have yet to read any of The Wheel of Time books by Robert Jordan. It’s on my list of things to read, but I figure I can start somewhere, and what better way than a graphic novel depiction of the series?
Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger
First book of Carriger’s Finishing School series. From the first chapter excerpt I’d gotten at a past Comic Con, I’m pretty sure I’m going to enjoy this.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
There’s some kind of poetry bringing a book about oceans to a beach. Just saying. Oh, and it’s a very good book.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
At all times, I should probably know where my towel is.
Unfettered edited by Shawn Speakman
I’m on the last bit of this anthology, and strictly speaking, the physicality of this book goes to over 500 pages. That said, since I’m listening to an audiobook version, this isn’t really a problem. Plus, fantasy short stories by awesome authors? Yes, please.
A Wolf at the Door: And Other Retold Fairy Tales edited by Ellen Datlow
One of my favorite short story collections ever. Ever.
Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor
I would definitely bring a physical copy with me (luckily I own one). This book is gorgeous inside and out. And the short stories are delicious.