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Old 07-07-2014, 09:08 PM   #1
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Fifteen Great Beach Paperback Reads

Per CNN, here is their list of 15 great paperbacks to take with you to the beach

http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/07/living...ml?hpt=hp_bn11

Surprised The Martian didn't make the list but maybe it's not in paperback yet.

I see Gone Girl is first on the list. Anybody read that yet and, if so, what are your thoughts?

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Old 07-08-2014, 10:49 AM   #2
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Gone Girl is the only book on that list that I'm planning to read. Nothing else there seems like a must-read.
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I would also recommend Boys in the Boat and The Rosie Project. Lawrence in Arabia is also a very good non fiction history of the Middle East.
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The Rosie Project was a fun read. Lawrence in Arabia was a good non fiction read.
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I liked both Gone Girl and The Rosie Project.
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What makes a book a good "beach" read?
Are they sand resistant? Water resistant?

Or is it more like: it's summer; people go on vacation in the summer; many people go to the beach for vacation; here's a list of popular books available in paperback?

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If I am at the beach then any book I am reading is a beach read.
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Check here for 2014's top "So-it-looks-like-you're-going-to-be-in-traction-for-a-while" books.

"Did you score a 5-day Staycation? Here's what you're gonna want to read!"

Anybody have any good "What people are reading at the office when the boss leaves early" recommendations?

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Sorry... it's all in fun. I'm just in a weird mood.
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What makes a book a good "beach" read?
Are they sand resistant? Water resistant?

Or is it more like: it's summer; people go on vacation in the summer; many people go to the beach for vacation; here's a list of popular books available in paperback?
I think the list was just popular books available in paperback--none of them seemed to fit my own definition of a beach read: something long and engrossing, which is not particularly complex or mentally taxing.
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I think the list was just popular books available in paperback--none of them seemed to fit my own definition of a beach read: something long and engrossing, which is not particularly complex or mentally taxing.
I completely agree. I wouldn't see one of these as a good beach book. Carl Hiassen writes good beach material.
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I completely agree. I wouldn't see one of these as a good beach book. Carl Hiassen writes good beach material.

I agree, although people look at me funny when I break out laughing or accidentally snort my piña colada out my nose.
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i would put Gone Girl on my "recommended" list. it is good, not great. good enough that i will probably try another book from that author.
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have got gone girl and rosie project on my tbr tried the fault in our stars and deleted it i could not stand it
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What makes a book a good "beach" read?
Are they sand resistant? Water resistant?

Or is it more like: it's summer; people go on vacation in the summer; many people go to the beach for vacation; here's a list of popular books available in paperback?
I agree. I don't distinguish between summer beach and any other time of year for books. Whatever I'm reading when I go to the beach is a beach book.

As far as sand and water resistant. My Kindle 4 NT in a quart freezer bags works nicely...
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Surprised The Martian didn't make the list but maybe it's not in paperback yet.

I see Gone Girl is first on the list. Anybody read that yet and, if so, what are your thoughts?
I liked Gone Girl but it had a dark twisted plot (a marriage that went seriously wrong) - almost like an Alfred Hitchcock story.

The Rosie Project was a really fun read. When I read this it reminded me of Sheldon Cooper, the TV character in Big Bang Theory.
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