I'm participating in Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish which I'm really starting to like! And yes, I will have a real review up this weekend, never fear.
I'd just like to point out the irony that is an Irish person making a beach read list. Yes, we just had a week-long heatwave with temperatures as high as 21 degrees Celsius (that's incredible for Ireland, ok?) but it's certainly over now and LOTS of rain has been predicted for the coming months! I suppose I could indulge in a little wishful thinking and imagine myself on a beach though...
1. Tall Poppies - Louise Bagshawe
This one literally screams 'beach read', to me anyway. And it's not too vapid either, with a gripping plot and twist.
2. How to be Popular - Meg Cabot
Some interesting issues raised here, but all very easy to digest.
3. Artemis Fowl - Eoin Colfer
Especially the early books in the series, because they're hilarious and not too heavy.
4. Dark Angel - Eden Maguire
This one is excellent, as light paranormals go.
5. Any of the Heartland series - Lauren Brooke
Very easy, but heart-warming. Good for people who like horses.
6. The Fault in Our Stars - John Green
If you don't mind crying on the beach.
7. Airhead - Meg Cabot
Entertaining all round.
8. The Princess Diaries - Meg Cabot
This character has literally nothing to worry about, so she spends all the books making up worries. Can get irritating when you look at it, but fun to read at the time.
9. The Mel Beeby - Agent Angel series - Annie Dalton
Apart from the overuse of the word 'vibes', these are hilarious.
10. Little Women - Brown Watson
This book is gorgeous. I put it at the end because I'm not sure if it qualifies as a beach read*, but it's my all-time favourite classic.
*N.B. To me, a beach read is a book that you can read while being distracted by noisy siblings climbing on you, so it has to be quite simple and easy to get into at a moment's notice. Which means that I don't have many beach reads.