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Monday, June 2, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Beach Reads

I love SUMMER!!! I love the heat, and the long days, and the lack of snow, but I especially love the beach. I love sitting one the beach reading a book, getting to hot, and then jumping into the lake to cool down. I could live on the beach. So, I was pretty excited about this week's topic. 

TTT is hosted by the girls over at The Broke and Bookish.

Top Ten Books That Should Be In Your Beach Bag or Ten Books That Will Be In My Beach Bag This Summer.

This week, I've split my list into two. I hope you enjoy. I really love reading contemporary in the summer. I think it's because I love summer romances and see summer as a time to indulge. So you are definitely going to be seeing a theme here. 

Top Five Books That Should be In YOUR Beach Bag 

1) The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han- This book screams beach. It takes place on the beach, it's a cutesy romance novel. I mean come on! 

2) Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins- This is my favourite of the two Perkins books I have read.  Again, I love Lola, and I love Cricket. Such a sweet pair. If you haven't read this book, get to it. 

3) Summer Sisters by Judy Blume- This is one of Blume's few adult titles. I really like it as a beach read because it spans many summers on the beach. It's a bit heavier than some of the others I mentioned, but it is still one of my favourites. 

4) My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick- I absolutely adored this book. It was SO good. It's everything I could have wanted in a book. It's wonderfully written, the characters are great, and the story, oh the story. I think I may need to reread it this summer. 

5) The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding- Another book I really really enjoyed. Although it's not a typically summery read, it's really entertaining, and there is a lot of witty banter throughout the majority of the novel. It had me laughing out loud so many times. It's light and fun.   

Honourable Mention: Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks- or anything by Nick Sparks really. 

Top Five Books That Will be In MY Beach Bag

1) What I Thought Was True By Huntley Fitzpatrick-  Yes, she's on my list twice. As you saw above. I absolutely loved her book, and I need her characters in my life again. I have been long awaiting more from Ms. Fitzpatrick, and I will read this one eagerly. 

2) An Abundance of Katherines by John Green- This is the only novel of JG's that I haven't read. I had originally planned on reading it last month, but I want to read it after TFiOS is out of my system (so after I see the movie). But I'll be bringing this one to the beach with me, that's for sure. 

3) Five Ways to Fall by KA Tucker- I am very much looking forward to this book. I have to review it, but I think I'm going to sit with it next to a lake sometime in the next couple weeks. There is something about Tucker's stories that make me happy. 

4) Open Road Summer by Emery Lord- I have heard a lot of great things about this book. I love road trip books, and I love books about friendship, and new love. SO, I think this is going to be great. 

5) Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins- Now, this one doesn't come out until August, but it's still pretty warm here in August, I am SO excited about this book. I am excited to jump back into the world Perkins has created. 

Well those are my lists for this week, I hope you enjoyed! Let me know that you'll be reading this summer, either in the park, by the pool or on the beach. I am curious. 

~Happy Reading Everyone! 


  1. I was going to put Open Road Summer on my list too. I have The Summer I Turned Pretty on my list! I hope to get to it this summer!

  2. Open Road Summer is on my list too, I can't wait to get to it! While I actually preferred Anna to Lola they're both perfect summer reads and I can't wait for Isla!

  3. I've read My Life Next Door, and while I didn't LOVE it like seemingly everyone else, I agree that it's a great summer read for people who like contemporary romance. I'm happy to see An Abundance of Katherines on your list because it is just as amazing as all of John Green's other books. :)

    Happy summer reading!

  4. You have such a good line up of books! The Reece Malcolm List was great! MLND is one of my all time favorite contemporaries. Lola is the BEST! Open Road Summer is PERFECT. and ISLA <3 <3 <3 I cannot wait to get my hands on that one! WOW. I just flailed over your summer reading list. Enjoy!!

    Nicole @ The Quiet Concert

  5. I really love the Summer I Turned Pretty! I own the whole series though I've only read the first book, so I'm hoping to read the rest of the series this summer. I've heard such great things about My Life Next Door though I've never read it. I may have to buy a copy and get to reading that! Great picks. :)
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  6. I was thinking/hoping that this summer could be more about contemporary reads for me too, but now I'm not sure because I've just realized that a bunch of my most anticipated reads of the year will be coming out in the next few weeks and now I'm not sure how much contemp reading I will get done. But you want to bet that Isla will be included on my summer reading list because it is included in the aforementioned most anticipated reads of the year for me for sure. Open Road Summer is one I keep seeing around and it really does sound great. And of course I still need to read My Life Next Door as you know!!

  7. My Life Next Door would make a great beach read! Have you read any books by Morgan Matson, Sara? She'd be an author whose books would be perfect for the beach.

    I haven't read Open Road Summer or What I Thought Was True so I'd probably have those in my beach bag along with Isla.

  8. These books are pretty popular. Not my genre, but I know that a lot of readers are crazy for Stephanie Perkins.


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