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Beach Books!!

Can anyone give me ideas what they are reading or looking forward to reading at the beach or by the pool this summer?


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    I'm looking forward to reading the backs of my eyelids and rewriting my Calculus syllabus.

    Sorry. Not much help. My to-do list is super-long!

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    I don't know but I look forward to the answers. I'm also looking for some trashy chick-lit!

    Jennifer Belle has written some fun chick-lit novels, like Going Down, which is about an NYU student who works as an escort. I seem to remember not liking the ending, but it was a quick read.

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    I don't read chick-lit or most mainstream literary fiction, but if you like smart thrillers, I highly recommend Mo Hayder, Laura Lippman and Elmore Leonard.

    Dave Barry and Carl Hiassen are great beach reads, though Hiassen can get truly bizarre.

    Wait -- I lied. Jennifer Crusie is considered a romance writer and I love her books. Some are chick-lit with a little bit of a mystery and at least one of them is mildly supernatural.

    Right now I'm reading "NOS4A2" by Joe Hill, who is one of Stephen King's kids. It's a bit precious and he's getting show-offy as far as literary techniques, but I'm enjoying it anyway.

    If you want something deep and dreamy I can't say enough good things about "Little, Big" by John Crowley.

    EDIT: And there goes my Mother of the Year award. Again. If you like science fiction, there's the first two books in the "Interworld" series written by Neil Gaiman and my daughter.

    I also hear this new guy, E.V. Anderson, is pretty awesome.

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    Oh! And if you haven't read them, few books are sexier than "Gabriella, Clove and Cinnamon" and "Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands."

    Oh! And anything by Alice Hoffman, though "The Dovekeepers" is not light reading. Her sexiest book is "The Ice Queen."

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    The last books I read that were standouts were "The Glass Castle" by Jeannette Walls, and "Dark Star Safari" by Paul Theroux. Also "Shantaram" still stands out as being a great read, even though I read it a few years ago.

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