Ten Books in My Beach Bag

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Last week, on Top Ten Tuesday, I listed the things that I’d like to read once I have time to read non-comps books again. This week, The Broke and the Bookish has asked us to list 10 books that will be in our beach bags or should be in others’ beach bags.

Oddly enough, even as close to the beach as I live, I rarely go. There are just too many other things to do. But this year, Little Jedi and I are taking a week in July to go to Florida with the extended fam. Given that I’m still comps reading, I decided to do a list of the comps books that I’m saving for the trip, my beach reads of the summer.

1. Tomboys: A Literary and Cultural History, Michelle Ann Abate. I read part of this for a project last year, and I loved it. Abate handles race, class, and gender in her study of tomboys in American culture.
2. Don’t Bet on the Prince: Contemporary Feminist Fairy Tales in North America and England, Jack Zipes. I really like Zipes’s work, and I’ve enjoyed many of his other critical works. This one was written in 1986, though, so I’m interested in how it holds up.
3. The Robber Bridegroom, Eudora Welty. I’ve been intending to read this for ages, and now’s my chance. Welty is a writer I’ve often encountered (Mississippi was her home-state, and she briefly attended MUW, my alma mater), but this is just not one of the texts I’ve read.
4. Nightwood, Djuna Barnes. It’s just so—weird. It’s modernist, and I’m looking forward to sinking my teeth into it.
5. Leaves of Grass: The Deathbed Edition, Walt Whitman. Any excuse to read Whitman is a good excuse. I’ve read this, but it’s been a very long while, and for some reason I’m really feeling like the beach is the place for a re-read.
6. For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway. One of the Hemingway texts that I haven’t yet read, and it’s one I’ve heard the most praise of but least about plot-wise. I’ve avoided spoilers this long, in other words.
7. Black, White, and in Color: Essays on American Literature and Culture, Hortense Spillers. I’ve only read essays by Spillers, but every one of them has captivated me both because of style and because of content. A whole book? Be still my beating heart.
8. The Moon by Night, Madeleine L’Engle. I love L’Engle’s work. Her Time Trilogy is my favorite YA fantasy series, and it has been since I first read it all the way through. I haven’t yet read this one, though I’ve read much of what she wrote. Reading more of her work can only be more fun.
9. The Classic Fairy Tales, Maria Tatar (ed.) I’ve deliberately saved this anthology for the beach. Reading lots of collected fairy tales while the listening to the sound of the waves sounds a bit like heaven.
10. The Half-Moon Girl, Bessie Marchant. Just interested and curious about this one–don’t know much about it yet.



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    1. Should be! I’ve got lots more reading to do, but those are the ones I’m saving for the beach. Nice mix of theoretical and fictional, I think.


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