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What a great list! I need to take some time to go look them up. Thanks Danielle!


This is such a great idea, actually. I might do this next year, beach themed reading for the summer. :)

Right now I'm reading Thomas Cave and I can't help but think it's so wintry. Maybe I'll read snowy book this coming winter..


I saw The Summer Sisters at the library sale I went to last week but I didn't end up getting it - kind of regretting that now! Eager to hear what you think of it.


Brilliant list, have bookmarked it.


Jaimie--I did get many great suggestions and I'm looking forward to checking them out more closely as well.
Claire--Oftentimes I'm looking for a particular sort of book--with a particular setting, and anything set near the seaside is automatically something I'm interested in. I've also started reading The Solitude of Thomas Cave--sometimes when it's really hot out (which in another month or so it will be here) I like pulling out books with cold, cold settings and then in winter I do the reverse. I prefer mild temperatures, and it tends to be extreme where I live at times, so I guess it's like reverse psychology!
Karen--I loved Judy Blume when I was a kid, but this will be the first 'adult' book by her that I'll have read. I might not have picked it up had it not been for the suggestion, but now I'm looking forward to it.
Cath--I hope you find it useful as well! :)


Such a great list! Oh if only I could have another two ot three hours in the day.... I must print this out and mark up some of the ones I want to get hold of. Thank you for putting it together, Danielle.


Hi Danielle - I'm back again!

I would whole heartedly recommend Noel Streatfield's Saplings - I really enjoyed it. Tough I would have to say I did not think much of John Banville's The Sea - the writing was very cold and distant - not engaging at all. Well, that's my two cents worth :-)

Looking back over your last month and half's posts I noticed you had started Cara's War - I have that on my tbr pile. Also, I have recently read A Reliable Wife and was completely underwhelmed by it. I found it very predicyable and that is saying something for me! I am planning to Read The Elegance of the Hedgehog soon - I will let you know how that goes. I have also noted down your mention of The German Woman by Paul Grier - always on the lookout for WWII novels! Also happy to read that you liked The Little Stranger as that is residing on my tbr pile too.

I know your tbr pile is long but I am reading a fantastic book by Hans Fallada called Alone in Berlin (known as Every Man Dies Alone in the US - see this link I would thoroughly recommend it and will post on it in depth when I finish it.

[p.s. I have recently started a new blog at I have retired nutmeg from anothernutter!]


Sorry for all the typo's in the last comment - hang my head in shame!!!!!


Thank you so much for putting this list together. I saw Joan Anderson is on it too. I read both 'A year by the sea' and 'An unfinished marriage'. Liked the first one (also because of the lay out:(quotation and very simple drawing of a seashell above each chapter). The second I found disappointing.

Maggie Dana

Thanks for including my novel, Beachcombing. It's coming out this week in the UK (Macmillan), but not yet in the US. If anyone in US interested in getting it, suggest UK online bookseller, The Book Depository, because they give free shipping (anywhere in the world!).

Am about to hop a flight to London for my launch this Thursday, then a few events at bookshops and libraries, plus an interview with BBC Radio Cornwall.


That's a nice list you ended up with! Happy summer reading!


In a very strange coincidence, I went grocery shopping today, and saw a poster on the community events board for a booktalk at our local library by Maggie Dana. I had never heard of her book before until I saw the poster today.

Imagine my surprise when I saw it added to your list, with a comment by the author herself! I suspect that we must live in the same town if the library is one of her first U.S. events.


Litlove--If you figure out how to get those extra hours, please let me know! :) I could use them as well.
Samantha--Thanks for the heads up--I will bookmark your new blog! I'm glad you stopped by and let me know! I'm looking forward to Saplings and I did read The Sea, and like you I was a little underwhelmed as well. I loved the descriptions, but I wasn't overly thrilled with the main character! I need to get back to Clara's War (especially as I have a stack of other nonfiction to read). I need to find my old post where I mention The German Girl (it must have been forthcoming and I forgot about it--oops!!). And thanks for the link--I've requested the Fallada book from my library--they're cataloging it now, so maybe I won't have long to wait! Wonderful to hear from you again! :)
Catharina--I'll stick with the first one then! I love a nicely designed book by the way!
Maggie--Thanks for the information! I'm looking forward to reading your book! I love TBD by the way--especially because of the free shipping! Good luck with your UK tour--lucky you to be going to Cornwall. That sounds wonderful right now!
Stefanie--Yes, there's lots of great books to check out here. Yay for summer reading!
Debby--Are you going to go hear Maggie Dana? That would be cool to meet the author. Another blogger just wrote about her new book and it sounds very tempting! Her book is set partially in Connecticut, so perhaps she is from there! I'm not sure when the book will come out here in the US, so I might have to break down and order a copy from the UK! It sounds right up my alley at the moment.


I'd like to go to Maggie's book talk, but it is scheduled on a night when I volunteer at my local cat shelter. I don't think I can find a replacement for my shift.

I'm almost positive that I live in the same state & town as the author. Her website has photos of places that, well, look VERY familiar. :)

Dorothy W.

Nice list -- thanks for putting it together! It's interesting to see some books on the list that I don't think of as "beach reads," such as To the Lighthouse (although given the title, it's obviously about the sea in some way!).


Debby--That's so cool that you volunteer at a cat shelter. If our Humane Society was closer to my house, I'd like to do that as well. To bad about the two events coinciding, but you never know--you may bump into her some other time now that you know she lives locally.
Dorothy--Some of the suggestions were suprising, but actually they do work--beach books (at least how I was thinking of them) don't have to be fluffy necessarily--just have a seaside setting. I have read To the Lighthouse, but I don't think I got it at the time. It's one I will certainly reread at some point.


I heard a lot about Iris Murdoch, and Virginia Woolf's The Lighthouse is definitely on my list.

I've started following your blog since a couple of months so I'm not sure what your reading preferences are. However since you've mentioned beach books here there is the Ingo series by Helen Dunmore.

The story is based on the coast of cornwall and is more of a fantasy fiction. I've read the 1st 2 books and felt 'Ingo' was interesting. It had a gothic appeal to it.

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