Today, in the Top Ten Tuesdays the topic is favorite beach reads.

I don’t go much to the beach and when I do, I don’t have time to read, so this is a very hypothetical list of my favorite light hearted fun books.

1, Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters
The first book in a series about amateurs sleuths and egyptologists set in Victorian times. The later ones are especially good for a relaxing reading because you’re visiting old friends. But I recommend starting with the first book.

2, Shadow by Anne Logston
One of the most fun fantasy books I’ve ever read.

3, Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett
Speaking of fun fantasy… Any of them will do, really, but I like the witches books most.

4, Too Many Wizards by Randall Garrett
Alternate history with magic. The stories are short whodunnits.

5, Temeraire by Naomi Novik
Another alternate history book, this time with dragons.

6, The Illyrian Adventure by Lloyed Alexander
The Vesper Holly adventures are short and light, just right for a beach.

7, No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
The lady detectives at work in Botswana

8, Scout’s Progress by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
Science fiction romance.

9, Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse by Lee Goldberg
If you’re a fan of the TV series, try the books, too.

10, Magic Lost, Trouble Found by Lisa Shearin

Personally, I’m more likely to take comics with me. So I’ll throw in these, too:

1, Elfquest: Fire and Flight by Wendy and Richard Pini
They’re good. Anytime.

2, Bone: Out from the Boneville
Another series that starts as mostly fun and turns more dark.

3, Jack of Fables: The (Nearly) Great Escape
Even if you haven’t read the Fables comics, about classic fairy tales characters surviving in the real world, you can read this one. Jack is from the Jack tales: the Beanstalk, Jack O’Lantern, Jack Frost etc and now he wants to make it big in Hollywood.

4, Tom Strong Book 1
Tom Strong is a science hero, a sort of super hero but with more, er, pseudo-scientific bent. He’s adventures aren’t necessarily bashing super villains, although he does that too, but also going to other dimensions and exploring.

5, Justice League of America: Rock of Ages
Not particularly light but one of my favorite JLA albums ever.