Yay!  I love giveaways!   This is another devised by Stuck in Books, and runs from 1st to 15th August.


My favourite Beach Reads

In truth, it’s been a long time since I’ve read a book on a beach.  My instant recollection is on holiday in Goa, lying on raised platforms with shades over them, the sea lapping on the beach and people selling stuff every now and then.  The mangoes were particularly welcome, and I loved watching the ladies slice them up so deftly. I still haven’t learnt the trick.  I remember the cattle, too!


At that time I used to take something like five paperbacks with me, and my friend would take another five, and we’d share them. When I’m travelling I tend to take books I don’t mind leaving on a shelf in a hostel or bar somewhere and swapping for another.  It used to be something only the hippier type of traveller did, but now it’s common everywhere.

My favourites:

Thrillers and Spies – like John Grishams, Alastair Maclean, John Le Carre, James Patterson (well, his earlier ones)

Detective or Mystery – Lindsey Davis’s Falco novels, although they definitely fall into my ‘keep’ list, Agatha Christies, the latest bestsellers (not usually worth keeping, IMHO)

Things you’ve been meaning to read – I read War and Peace on Goa – and really enjoyed it!

I’m not a great one for Romance, so sorry if you would like one, although quite a few detectives and thrillers have an air of romance about them – but it’s not the main point of the book.  Despite liking scifi and fantasy, they tend not to be beach reads for me, usually because of wanting to take them home again!

This summer I’ve spent a lot of time in the garden reading, so you can scroll through my Book Reviews using the link on the left, and find out what I liked about those.  As a real treat for you, though, I’m giving away the first in a new series by Lindsey Davis.  Her books combine the history and daily life in Rome with a good mystery or detective story (since her characters are usually solving mysteries involving crimes).  I think she paints a brilliant picture of life in ancient times, and the subtle changes in atmosphere of this series, under a different Emperor, are fascinating.

The Giveaway

The Ides of April by Lindsey Davis, which I’m reviewing on Saturday, so you might like to check that!

  • Competition closes 15th August 2014, 11.59 pm New York time.
  • Paperback will be sent within EUROPE (defined as EU plus Norway and Switzerland), otherwise a kindle ebook will be gifted via Amazon.
  • Prizewinner must supply a valid mailing or email address (for Amazon gifting) within 60 hours of being notified.
  • Time limit will be stated in the notifying email.
  • No responsibility is accepted for failure of email or mail services.

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48 thoughts on “Beach Reads giveaway hop

  • 1 August, 2014 at 1:25 am

    If you like mysteries, I will send you both my first and second books (when the second one is printed in September) for the next time you want to hit a beach or a garden lounge chair!

    • 1 August, 2014 at 8:07 am

      I have the first one, Noelle – it’s nearly at the top of my to-read list 🙂

      Please could you tell me whether the pictures are showing in this post for you?

      • 1 August, 2014 at 1:19 pm

        The ones along the side but no pictures in the post itself. What did I miss? There was a cryptic word goa at one point.

        • 1 August, 2014 at 4:07 pm

          It was the pic of the cow on the beach that I think I used for last week’s haiku – when it showed up just fine. The progressive destruction of these pics seems to have stopped, but I can’t reload them yet.

  • 1 August, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Honestly i can’t give you a specific title as in summer i tend to read what i feel like it from my favourite authors as long as it’s a enjoyable story with HEA it make a good summer reads for me;)

    And since you asked, i can’t see the pictures in the post

    thank you for this giveaway

    • 1 August, 2014 at 12:38 pm

      Thanks Miki. My friend on Chrome can which is weird.

  • 1 August, 2014 at 10:56 am

    I really loved we were liars this year! it was a great summer read

    • 1 August, 2014 at 12:40 pm

      Thanks, Karin. I’ve heard good things about that book!

  • 1 August, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Right now I’m reading Don’t Breath a Word by Jennifer McMahon, and I love it.

  • 1 August, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    I think any of Jane Austen’s book are good, I really like Emma, Pride and Prejudice or Sense and Sensibility.

    • 2 August, 2014 at 12:41 pm

      I love P&P, but Emma gets me very annoyed 😀

  • 2 August, 2014 at 2:17 am

    I’m currently reading “Picking Lemons” and enjoying it.

  • 2 August, 2014 at 10:31 am

    I’m re-reading DEATH ON THE NILE by Agatha Christie. Certainly a great beach read.

    • 2 August, 2014 at 12:44 pm

      Ooh, yes, I know what you mean! I used to have a thing for reading cold places on the beach and hot ones on winter hols 🙂

  • 2 August, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    I’m a huge fan of Georgette Heyer for light reading. I just read Sylvester and really enjoyed it. 🙂

    • 3 August, 2014 at 10:44 pm

      I’ve always avoided Georgette Heyer, but maybe I ought to try her some time. Thanks for visiting, Elizabeth.

  • 2 August, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    I like something light and funny for a beach read. Thank you for the giveaway 🙂

  • 2 August, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews and Cast in Flame by Michelle Sagara are at the top of my Summer TBR this year!

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  • 3 August, 2014 at 2:25 am

    My favorite beach read right now would be the book I am reading which is” My Doormat Days” a Novel by Linda Chavez Doyle. I have found this book to be a book I can’t put down, very humorous and a coming of age story.

    • 3 August, 2014 at 10:47 pm

      Sounds interesting – thanks, Marnie 🙂

  • 3 August, 2014 at 4:07 am

    any Abbi Glines book

    • 3 August, 2014 at 10:48 pm

      Another author that’s new to me – thanks bn, and nice to see you again 🙂

  • 3 August, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    My favorite beach read are Gayle Formans books!

    • 3 August, 2014 at 10:49 pm

      I’ll have to check those out too – thanks, Jenna!

  • 5 August, 2014 at 1:56 am

    For beach reading I enjoy cozy mysteries like Dying for Chocolate by Diane Mott Davidson or Oolong Dead (Tea Shop Mystery) by Laura Childs.

    • 7 August, 2014 at 6:53 pm

      Cozy mysteries are fun! Have you tried Murder in Half Moon Bay by Nancy Jill Thames, or Death By Ice Cream by Rebecca M Douglass?

  • 5 August, 2014 at 10:33 am

    My favorite beach read so far has been Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin.

  • 7 August, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Any book by Cheryl Douglas (Both Nashville Series and others) are the perfect beach reads.

    • 7 August, 2014 at 6:55 pm

      I’ll have to check those out – thanks, Staci 🙂

  • 9 August, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Anything by Colleen Hoover!!

  • 10 August, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Forget you

  • 11 August, 2014 at 2:05 am

    I will read most anything. It doesn’t have to be something light and fun. I like a good thriller, too. Nothing specific.

  • 11 August, 2014 at 2:28 am

    Definitely anything Nicholas Sparks <3 I loveeeee his books!

  • 12 August, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    Mostly romance novels at the beach, or the next book off my TBR list!

  • 15 August, 2014 at 2:59 am

    I don’t really have a ‘beach read’, just anything i have laying around will do

    • 15 August, 2014 at 10:58 am

      Just the top one off that pile of books to read, eh, Daniel? Thanks for visiting!

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