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06-02-09 Great Beach Reads, open chat

The transcript below covers the complete #litchat conversation on June 2, 2009. The order appears sequentially from the first post to the final post. Topic was open discussion of great beach reads.

LitChat: Welcome to #litchat. Topic of the week is Great Beach Reads. Introduce yourself and then tell us what you think makes a great beach read.
krisriggle: Hi. I’m hosting on Friday. My little one is waking up from nap so I can’t say much today. But I will lurk and enjoy! #litchat
skrishna: @LitChat Beach reads should have good character development so you care abt characters, with emotional depth #litchat
LitChat: Am getting some Twitter Over Capacity screens. Bear with us during today’s #litchat.
BookingIt: I’m Laura, in Silicon Valley. A great beach read is one that keeps my interest, even when my attention is only half on the book. #litchat
krisriggle: @skrishna You need the hashtag, right? #litchat   
krisriggle: I’m hosting Friday but my little one is waking up from nap. Today I’ll have to lurk and enjoy! #litchat
deberryandgrant: RT @LitChat: Topic of the week is Great Beach Reads. Introduce yourself and then tell us what you think makes a great beach read. #litchat
carmenshirkey: @LitChat #litchat I’m Carmen Shirkey, & my readers say I wrote a great beach read! THE LIST (http://bit.ly/KlhpV (expand)  
VanessaDobbs: I’m Vanessa from Worcester UK.I like a bookwith a good story that I don’t lose the thread of if I pick it up and put it down #litchat
carmenshirkey: @LitChat #litchat – man I missed these! Beach reads need to be what I call “brain candy” Engaging, but not deep. At least for me!   
llunalila: @LitChat great beach reads are the ones that grab your attention but don’t ask too much of yourself. you can leave it & start over #litchat
BookingIt: We seem to have some Twitter delays today, about 3 minutes from posting to appearance on Tweetchat. TweetDeck is further behind. #litchat
carmenshirkey: @VanessaDobbs agreed – no one wants to use their brain at the beach 😉 I need to destress! #litchat
VanessaDobbs: @carmenshirkey agree like to enjoy the read without stretching the brain #litchat
VanessaDobbs: @carmenshirkey agree like to enjoy the read without stretching the brain #litchat
VanessaDobbs: @BookingIt yes wodered where myfirst post went #litchat
BookingIt: @skrishna I think good characters are a key part of a beach read for me as well. That’s the best way to pull me in to a book. #litchat
LitChat: Caution: Twitter search, tweetgrid and tweetchat are not feeding #litchat or are extremely slow. TweetDeck filter feed is working well.
mdbenoit: The only place I’ll read horror is on the beach. Can’t be too scary if it’s sunny #litchat
jeremyduns: You can’t go wrong with a good spy thriller. 🙂 #litchat
mdbenoit For instance, I read Timothy Findley’s Headhunter on a beach in Costa Rica. #litchat -1:11 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
carmenshirkey My posts aren’t showing in search? RT @LitChat: Am getting some Twitter Over Capacity screens. Bear with us during today’s #litchat. -1:11 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
skrishna @BookingIt My fave part abt beach reads is that they take time to develop the characters so you care about them #litchat -1:11 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
VanessaDobbs @jeremyduns I agree but also like chicklit on the beach #litchat -1:13 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
LitChat Too funny! RT @mdbenoit: The only place I’ll read horror is on the beach. Can’t be too scary if it’s sunny #litchat -1:13 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
KristenH_09 #litchat Hi I’m new to Litchat. -1:13 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
carmenshirkey @VanessaDobbs agreed – no one wants to use their brain at the beach 😉 I need to destress! #litchat -1:13 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
Chrisbookarama Twitter is slow for me anyway today. #litchat -1:13 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
Chrisbookarama @mdbenoit Unless it’s Jaws! #litchat -1:14 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
LitChat RT @bibliolatrist: @LitChat a great beach read has a fast-paced plot and not-too-difficult prose. #litchat -1:15 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
Chrisbookarama I’ll read anything on the beach. I brought War & Peace one year. #litchat -1:15 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
BookingIt @mdbenoit I never thought of horror for a beach read, but I like your logic :-). #litchat -1:16 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
VanessaDobbs @Chrisbookarama that really made melaugh out loud!!! #litchat -1:16 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
LitChat @skrishna Can you give us a 140-character review of your BEACH TRIP review? Is review posted yet? #litchat -1:16 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
mdbenoit @Chrisbookarama You must have cooked! That’s a thick book. #litchat -1:17 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
BookingIt @jeremyduns Spy thrillers can be more fun if you catch details, I tend to be in & out of book at the beach. #litchat -1:18 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
BookingIt @KristenH_09 Welcome to #litchat -1:19 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
doart @LitChat ha! yes. I try not to think about anything depressing on vacation. Usually I go for humor or sci-fi #litchat -1:19 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
twotalia @VanessaDobbs I second the chicklit for the beach. Would rather bawl my eyes out in the sun. Prefer to feel not think on vacation. #litchat -1:19 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
carmenshirkey @Chrisbookarama Yes, don’t read JAWS at the beach. I hear the music now! (Or watch LOST if you’re going to fly. 😉 ) #litchat #litchat -1:20 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
skrishna @LitChat Review is posted here http://bit.ly/eiIQU 1st part addresses why I love beach reads in general #litchat -1:20 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
mdbenoit Tweetchat seems stalled. Any other app I can use? #litchat -1:20 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
LitChat @glendafreeman I loved CHOCOLAT. I am a big Joanne Harris fan. #litchat -1:22 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
bibliolatrist @LitChat no need to delay a book to read on the beach – if I’m really into it, I can read it anywhere, even if it’s not “beach lit” #litchat -1:22 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
KristenH_09 @BookingIt Thanks Booking it. This is my second Twitter group I’ve attended this week. #litchat -1:22 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
BookingIt @mdbenoit Tweetdeck search is worse, but you can follow people & add them to a group. Must follow them for it to work. #litchat -1:24 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
mdbenoit Hey, no one mentioned romance. Nothing better than reading it while ogling manly chests… #litchat -1:25 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
twotalia @LitChat I often like to reread favorite childhood books-C.S. Lewis or Madeline L’Engle for ex. Fun escape and nice quick read. #litchat -1:25 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
BookingIt @bibliolatrist That’s true, if I’m into a book already, distractions (including beach) won’t hurt. #litchat -1:26 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
VanessaDobbs Have had to reboot #litchat -1:26 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
LitChat @BookingIt Have you tried the filter button at the base of your All Friends column? This is working well for me now. #litchat -1:27 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
BookingIt @mdbenoit If I’m picking a book specifically to read on the beach, it is more likely to be a romance than any other genre. #litchat -1:27 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
LitChat Q2 What is your favorite all-time beach read? #litchat -1:28 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
pussreboots #litchat I like ya books for traveling: Louise Rennison for instance. -1:28 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
BookingIt @LitChat That gets the people I’m already following, about 1/2 the total. I’m adding others now :-). #litchat -1:28 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
pussreboots #litchat although I don’t read on the beach -1:29 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
slkeeth @LitChat I loved the Fitzwilliam Darcy series “An Assembly Such a This” by Pamela Aiden. #litchat -1:30 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
carmenshirkey @mdbenoit @BookingIt – romance is the PERFECT beach read! #litchat -1:30 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
pussreboots @mdbenoit manly chests are in wet suits where I live #litchat -1:30 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
stephcamp725 @LitChat SOMETHING BORROWED (Emily Giffin) or BERGDORF BLONDES (Plum Sykes) Q2 What is your favorite all-time beach read? #litchat -1:30 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
jaypers @LitChat Dean Koontz — The Husband Easy to read and went fast #litchat -1:30 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
slkeeth @LitChat But this summer I’m thinking “The Volcano Lover” by Susan Sonntag #litchat -1:31 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
corb21 I like horror on a rainy night…better if Hubby’s in the other room though… #litchat -1:32 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
BookingIt @LitChat I don’t get invested enough in beach reads to have a favorite. Nora Roberts is my archetypal beach author. #litchat -1:32 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
corb21 NH Magazine’s summer reading suggestions: http://rurl.org/1llc. They call it a “vacation for the mind.” #litchat -1:33 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
KristenH_09 Q1 A great beach read has to be a paperwork romance, comedy or chicklit novel. You can finish in one trip to the beach. #litchat -1:33 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
bibliolatrist I’m with you: RT @corb21 I like horror on a rainy night…better if Hubby’s in the other room though…#litchat -1:33 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
CarolyBurnsBass Q2 THORN BIRDS swept me away, almost literally as a wave nearly swallowed me. Wave took my paperback. No joke. #litchat -1:33 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
KristenH_09 Q2 I haven’t had one yet, since it’s been awhile since I’ve been to the beach. #litchat -1:33 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
corb21 I’ve heard of a cool way to share beach reads (borderline littering, perhaps) bury it in the sand when you’re done…not too deep. #litchat -1:34 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
BookingIt @VanessaDobbs For vacation in general, I’ll have a wide variety of books with me, I usually don’t get to the serious ones 🙂 #litchat -1:34 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
pussreboots #litchat I don’t think I’ve ever finished a book at the beach. Too busy enjoying the beach! -1:34 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
CarolyBurnsBass Q2 I rushed into the water and saved my soggy paperback. This is why I don’t think Kindle is ready for prime time: not waterproof. #litchat -1:35 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
mdbenoit @pussreboots Ah, what neoprene can do to a body. Hmmm… #litchat -1:35 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
vautrin @pussreboots #litchat I finished a few books at the beach at the cost of a great enlobstering. -1:35 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
VanessaDobbs @BookingIt I read serious ones at siesta time when in room can’t nap as long as OH lol #litchat -1:36 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
LitChat @StaceyKay6 Yay! @CandaceHavens was a guest on #litchat a couple of weeks ago. See http://www.litchat.net/past-litchats -1:36 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
BookingIt @CarolyBurnsBass LOL (wave taking book) :-). One reason not to read anything TOO compelling. #litchat -1:36 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
pussreboots @corb21 #litchat make sure book has a bookcrossing sticker first. 🙂 -1:36 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
LitChat @slkeeth Excellent summary of what makes a great beach read. #litchat -1:37 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
susanmpls #LitChat Fave beach read: An Instance of the Fingerpost (Iain Pears). Was absorbing read for lazy days at beach. -1:37 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
mdbenoit Mixed genres are also fun and not too demanding. Anyone for mysterious vampires? #litchat -1:38 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
VanessaDobbs @corb21 I always leave my books for others to enjoy if hotel doesn’t have library give to reps or local expats #litchat -1:38 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
stujallen @litchat usually save a book really want to read for holiday like a treat for me #litchat -1:38 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
LitChat @BookingIt Thanks. I didn’t know TweetDeck filter feed drew only from your followings. #litchat -1:40 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
VanessaDobbs @susanmpls that would have made great beach read.I read it at home though #litchat -1:40 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
mdbenoit Romantic suspense, SF Mystery, Space Opera, Humorous Fantasy, all good beach reads #litchat -1:40 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
VanessaDobbs @mdbenoit read |Twilight on holiday last year #litchat -1:40 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
Thandelike @mdbenoit watching true blood hbo series based on sookie stackhouse books, seems good vampire beach read? #litchat -1:41 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
pussreboots #litchat I’ve read Douglas Adams at the beach -1:41 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
corb21 @twotalia @VanessaDobbs I’ll third chicklit for the beach…anyone read Five Finger Fiction? It’s a good giggler/that’s MY mom! #litchat -1:42 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
VanessaDobbs @Thandelike reTV series Dexter was good beach read #litchat -1:42 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
corb21 my tweets aren’t showing on Tweetchat?! #litchat -1:42 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
mdbenoit @CarolyBurnsBass Wrap your Kindle in a Ziploc. #litchat -1:43 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
BookingIt Have to head off for school pickup now. I’ll look back over what suggestions came up when I return. Nice talking to everyone! #litchat -1:44 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
mdbenoit @Thandelike Sookie is definitely beach material. Love her. #litchat -1:44 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
susanmpls Anne McCaffrey, Elizabeth Peters, Colin Cotterill: good beach reads. Luv series b/c know characters, often anticipating nxt bk #litchat -1:45 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
LitChat Q3 Have you ever been disappointed in a book you took for vacation reading? #litchat -1:45 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
VanessaDobbs @CarolyBurnsBass or read it by the pool no waves lol #litchat -1:45 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
VanessaDobbs @BookingIt Bye catchyou later #litchat -1:45 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
mdbenoit Also great are any of Christopher Moore’s books (The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove is a fave) #litchat -1:46 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
jeremyduns @BookingIt True! Read on beach, absorb later? #litchat -1:46 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
corb21 @LitChat Typically if I’m headed towards dissapointment it doesn’t get finished…#litchat -1:46 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
pussreboots Q3 #litchat No. Reading is never my main focus of vacation. -1:46 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
bibliolatrist @LitChat YES. I took FLUKE (Moore) on my honeymoon and I hated it. Probably a good thing – I shouldn’t have been reading anyway 😀 #litchat -1:46 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
mdbenoit @LitChat Too many books, not enough time. If I don’t like a book I don’t finish it. #litchat -1:47 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
VanessaDobbs @corb21 I agree don’t finish a book if disappointed #litchat -1:47 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
corb21 corb21@bibliolatrist I took Wicked on my honeymoon, but never opened it…reading it now. #litchat -1:48 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
mdbenoit Sushi for Beginners, by Marian Keyes. A great beach book (chick lit) #litchat -1:48 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
LitChat @corb21 I think they were just delayed. The post popped up in my TweetDeck feed before TweetChat. #litchat -1:48 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
corb21 @VanessaDobbs I’m usually reading like 10 at a time, so it’s got to hook me to keep me reading. #litchat -1:48 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
LitChat @bibliolatrist Tsk. Tsk. #litchat -1:49 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
VanessaDobbs @corb21 I have to read one at a time -just take ten or more #litchat -1:50 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
corb21 Speaking of…what are some good “can’t stop reading” vaca titles you have enjoyed? Heart Shaped Box did it for me, Max Tivoli #litchat -1:50 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
mdbenoit @bibliolatrist Fluke is his worst book. You lucked out. #litchat -1:50 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
corb21 @LitChat ok, I switched to normal Twitter, but now I forget my #litchat doodad! -1:50 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
VanessaDobbs @mdbenoit loved that too like all Marian Keyes #litchat -1:50 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
twotalia @corb21 @VanessaDobbs Agreed. I usually bring a few options just in case. No point slogging your way through if your not into it #litchat -1:51 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
corb21 @VanessaDobbs Whichever sucks me in the best wins…also, whatever is closest to my prone location gets picked up… #litchat -1:51 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
jjochwat I took Trollope’s “The Way We Live Now” on vaca a couple years back. Big mistake. #litchat -1:51 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
VanessaDobbs @corb21 Had to give up Heart shaped box.Great story but too frightening for me.Does that make me a wimp? #litchat -1:52 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
CarolyBurnsBass Q3 Very disappointed in last book from a fav author. Finished the book; would have been disappointed no matter where I’d read it. #litchat -1:52 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
llunalila RT @mdbenoit: Romantic suspense, SF Mystery, Space Opera, Humorous Fantasy, all good beach reads #litchat Agree 🙂 -1:53 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
LitChat @jjochwat Why did you find this title a mistake for vacation reading? #litchat -1:53 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
pussreboots @mdbenoit @bibliolatrist Lamb is his worst book #litchat -1:53 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
jjochwat @LitChat I have no idea what I was thinking, taking Trollope to the cabin. #litchat -1:54 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
pussreboots @mdbenoit But it costs more than 2 dozen paperbacks #litchat -1:55 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
CarolyBurnsBass @mdbenoit. Agree with too many books/too little time. Used to be a compulsive reader who had to finish even if bad. Not anymore. #litchat -1:55 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
mdbenoit @pussreboots Lamb is my favorite. Go figure. #litchat -1:55 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
llunalila @corb21 I’m seing you on Tweetdeck, not sure if it’s on time though! It’s kind of slow today #litchat -1:56 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
mdbenoit @CarolyBurnsBass I give a book 100 pages. After that, “off with its head” if it bores me. #litchat -1:56 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
pussreboots @mdbenoit Had to skip middle of Lamb… so boring to me! #litchat -1:56 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
corb21 @VanessaDobbs no, I was scared to death when my hubby snuck in on me reading it. Couldn’t pick it back up for the longest time. #litchat -1:57 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
VanessaDobbs I find ebooks too expensive to buy in the quantity that I like on holiday PBs cheaper esp2nd hand #litchat -1:57 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
corb21 @CarolyBurnsBass It’s not worth my time if it’s bad, too many good books out there #litchat -1:57 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
mdbenoit @pussreboots Depends how much you read. How much you travel. #litchat -1:57 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
pussreboots @mdbenoit 365 books a year. Not much travel. #litchat Still don’t want to fork over $ for ereader -1:59 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
jjochwat @LitChat “The Way We Live Now” might’ve worked for Victorians, but it was sort of nasty and conniving. Not a bit of fun. At all. #litchat -1:59 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
corb21 @mdbenoit @CarolyBurnsBass I work for a publisher, every new submission gets 25 pages…get good or get gone. #litchat -2:00 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
mdbenoit Signing off. This was fun. Talk to y’all later. #litchat -2:01 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
corb21 @VanessaDobbs @mdbenoit @CarolyBurnsBass I work for a publisher, every new submission gets 25 pages…get good or get gone. #litchat -2:01 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
corb21 @VanessaDobbs I had a proff who would buy 2nd hand papers and rip out the pages he’d finished as he went thus lightening the load. #litchat -2:01 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
LitChat Looks like Twitter went down. Let’s call it a day and return for more Great Beach Reads tomorrow at 4 pm/edt. #litchat -2:02 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
VanessaDobbs @corb21 I give 100 pages my mother just reads the first page (keep telling her she’s missing out #litchat -2:03 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
corb21 @VanessaDobbs If I’ve heard great things sometimes I’ll slog for a while, but I don’t like to punish myself. #litchat -2:04 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
VanessaDobbs @LitChat catch you tomorrow maybe a bit late- working #litchat -2:05 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
VanessaDobbs @corb21 my sentiments exactly #litchat -2:05 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
LitChat RT @StaceyKay6: @LitChat Any of Janet Evanovich or Candice Havens books fills that spot nicely! #litchat -2:13 PM Jun 2nd, 2009
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