Top Ten Tuesday: Beach Reads For People That Aren’t Into Contemporaries

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish wherein each week bloggers list out their Top Ten. Now, I know that when it comes to beach reads, everyone’s mind goes to contemporary romances – you know, the ones usually set in summer, maybe on a vacation or something. But I am not a person who likes the genre so much, so when it comes to ‘beach reads’ for me, I lean more towards horror standalones (what can I say? I’m weird like that). There’s nothing like a chilling novel in the middle of the heat. Maybe check out some of these books?

Shallow GravesShallow Graves by Kali Wallace

An urban fantasy about paranormal creatures blended into our very society, the story is told from the point of view of a girl who can see if a person has a murderous past. There is a cult involved, and it has a foreboding feel to it.

Wink Poppy MidnightWink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

One part weird, one part whimsy, one part confusion and one part ingenuity, this novel will stun and surprise you, as well as make you question things. To be honest, I wasn’t sure in the end if I really understood the why of the characters, but I think I like it for it.

Welcome to Night ValeWelcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor

Night Vale doesn’t even try to be like a normal American town. There are hooded figures in the dog park, angels that aren’t acknowledged, mysterious lights in the desert and a radio host who talks as if this is all is the epitome of a normal town. Night Vale is reminiscent of Twin Peaks, so fans of that show will love to travel to this mysterious town in the middle of the desert.

DevouredDevoured by Amanda Marrone

Sometimes you need dark retellings of a classic fairytale to complement a hot sunny day, so dive into this Snow White-ish ghost story that is set in modern times.

GenesisGenesis by Bernard Beckett

Considering this is technically a short story, it would also be a pretty fast read. This is not exactly horror, but this speculative science fiction will leave you feeling cold by the end.

Prom Nights from HellProm Nights from Hell (Anthology)

What’s better that one chilling short story? Why, an anthology of horror-themed stories, of course!

RelicRelic by Gretchen McNeil

Seriously read this book in daylight – it is very scary. Maybe read it on a beach? (On second thought, considering the theme of the book, maybe not)

What do you love to read in summer? What do you consider as ‘beach reads’? Tell me in the comments below 😉


10 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Beach Reads For People That Aren’t Into Contemporaries

  1. I unfortunately fell out of the Night Vale fandom before I had a chance to read the book and soon forgot that there was a book at all. Maybe this summer I’ll finally hunt it down and read it ^_^

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