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Harry Potter, The Best Beach Book Ever

Posted by: sue
July 29, 2009, 08:49 PM

Ah sweet summer, the time when many of us take time off and head to the beach or holiday for rest and relaxation, and perhaps a fair bit of reading. As such,  National Public Radio recently conducted a poll of the Best Beach Books Eve, and the Harry Potter series by author J.K. Rowling took the top spot. Out of a list of 100 books best read on holiday, the top ten choices were as follows:

1. The Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling
2. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
3. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
4. Bridget Jones's Diary, by Helen Fielding
5. Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
6. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, by Rebecca Wells
7. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
8. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
9. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, by Fannie Flagg
10. The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver

Thanks to TLC staffer Mysterylover Anne for the heads up! What say you: which of the Harry Potter series is your favorite to read at the beach or holiday? Have a favorite, or too tough to call? Feel free to give your thoughts below in the comments.

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738 Points

Since DH has been at the top of my list since page one, I’ll go with it for my choice. At the other extreme, PS/SS might be a good summer holiday choice, for the giddiness of discovering the magical world. Remember how much fun that was?!

Posted by bettb [ITC!] on July 30, 2009, 09:49 AM report to moderator
5413 Points

I LOVE ALL THE HP BOOKS>> Can’t choose!!!!!!!!!!! I Love RE-Reading Them…………..Must do this agian after I finish ‘Harry, A History’

Posted by Harry Potter 4 Ever!! on July 30, 2009, 09:52 AM report to moderator
4138 Points

I don’t really read on the beach since I’m 13 and usually play about but I do think HP PS is the best book to read. I noticed there are a lot of amazing books there though never read them I just know from other peoples opinons. Ha I don’t have to wonder why Twilight is not there.

Posted by Calum Wilson (RuneDream54) on July 30, 2009, 10:06 AM report to moderator
328 Points

Alright!!! :D :D :D that is so awesome that HP got that spot!

Well right now I’m reading HBP by the pool every day, but that’s only because of the movie coming out…I think probably on a holiday or at the beach, my favourite would be OotP, because it’s the most adventurous. Also, PoA because it’s such a whole, complete mythological story in and of itself, and includes time travel and mystical flying critters, so is perfect for taking you away from the normal.

Posted by Gwynog'srabbit on July 30, 2009, 10:42 AM report to moderator
6552 Points

Way to go Harry Potter… I would also add the Sookie Stackhouse series for best beach books, but they are very much adult books.

Posted by Figment on July 30, 2009, 10:43 AM report to moderator
8876 Points

It is so cool that HP came top of that list of 100 books.
My favorite HP book is … too difficult to choose. If I couldnt take all the HP books with me, I’d take PoA and SS.

Posted by Moose_Starr on July 30, 2009, 10:43 AM report to moderator
123 Points

That’s true, i got my goblet of fire out today :D going on holiday, so i need a big book to read! :)

Posted by justanargle on July 30, 2009, 10:50 AM report to moderator
99 Points

I re-read the whole series each summer, but the best summer one is the Goblet of Fire.

Posted by bjullie on July 30, 2009, 10:59 AM report to moderator
2525 Points

yeah go Hbp!!

Posted by The Nerd on July 30, 2009, 11:02 AM report to moderator
3271 Points

For my favorite one… I’d have be either HBP or DH. They have the most action… even though I’d say that HBP would be a bit better than the DH. LOL All of them are good to read though…. I just finished re-reading them all! :)

Posted by Half-Blood Princess66[ROAR!] on July 30, 2009, 11:15 AM report to moderator
115 Points

HBP is my favorit <3 , also The Kite Runner is quite good

Posted by soso on July 30, 2009, 11:25 AM report to moderator
5180 Points

we dont need them to tell us that! :)

Posted by hermionenluna TZS ROAR! on July 30, 2009, 11:27 AM report to moderator
2573 Points

4 of those books I absolutely love!
We analyzed Poinsonwood Bible in school last year, it’s amazing. And the year before last we read The Great Gatsby.
Pride and Prejudice is my favorite love story ever and my absolute favorite book is HBP!

Posted by felicitas on July 30, 2009, 12:16 PM report to moderator
102 Points

I think my favorite to read on a beach would be Goblet of Fire, it was my favorite of the series until Deathly Hallows. Even though I have read Deathly Hallows 4 times, I still cry every time, so I know better than to read it in public.

Posted by hedwigsrevenge {WBM!} on July 30, 2009, 12:23 PM report to moderator
36 Points

Always DH because it’s my favorite book. Not just of Harry Potter, but of all time. It’s my go-to book when I don’t know what to read.

Posted by partyweetow on July 30, 2009, 01:23 PM report to moderator
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