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I think my personal definition of a beach read is a book which I wouldn’t mind getting sandy and/or wet. So something that I either really love and have read until the copy is falling apart, or something that’s paperback and probably picked up at the thrift store for $.50. So here are ten I think it into one of those two categories for me.
1. Any book in the Anne of Green Gables series. Our copy of Anne of Avonlea has a popsicle juice stain from when I was younger.
2. Any of the younger books in the Betsy-Tacy series. Not that I don’t love the older ones too, but they’re more serious.
3. Lord of the Rings, since my copy of Return of the King is missing both front and back covers.
4. The Blue Sword or The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
5. Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
6. Almost anything by Jennifer Echols. For a fun, fluffy contemporary YA, I’d definitely pick her.
7. Anything at all by Georgette Heyer. Actually, I think Heyer falls into both categories!
8. Either the Hercule Poirot or the Miss Marple mysteries, by Agatha Christie. There’s something so comforting about these.
9. The Queen’s Thief series, because pretty soon my paperbacks are going to need to be replaced anyway.
This last one doesn’t quite fit into either category, but they’re such perfect summer books that I have to include them anyway!
10. The Penderwick series by Jeanne Birdsall. These are lovely books, a modern version of an old-fashioned idea.