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Top Ten Tuesday | In the Good Ole Summertime


Top Ten Tuesday

Happy Memorial Day, readers and friends! I trust you all enjoyed a safe, happy and wonderful holiday weekend. Hard to believe it’s now over. With May 30th coming and going on our calendar, the unofficial start of summer has begun in earnest. We’re now deep into the season of picnics, BBQ, pool parties and all those other lazy days that feel so good during the humid summer months.  

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday meme doesn’t really aptly apply to moi since I don’t go to the beach (I know), plus I don’t really know what defines a good “beach read.” For my purposes, I’m going to look at a beach read as a lighthearted, fun contemporary. Everyone seems to like contemporary in the summer, right?  

Broke and Bookish May 31st Topic 

Beach Reads Week
top ten great beach reads, ten books I plan to read on the beach, ten beach reads for those who don't like typical ~beach reads~, ten authors who are my go-to for beach reads, etc. 

This list is a mash up variety. Here’s why. (A) it’s partially a list of books I’d like to read this summer (and is therefore a kind of summer TBR) (B) it’s a selection of books I’d imagine WOULD be good beach reads and (C) a few of these I actually DID read, and they seem ideal candidates for a day at the beach. Let’s get this party started.  


1. The Lady and The Lionheart by Joanne Bischof | Including this stunner because it’s on my must-read TBR, and it looks gorgeous! It’s online in August. So, don’t miss it. Amazon | Goodreads 

2. The One by Kiera Cass | Yes, it’s an embarrassment how often these show up on my Top Ten Tuesday posts. Why? Well, because, obviously, this means I’ve still in need of reading these final series beauties. A “guilty pleasure” read seems the optimal kind of YA read to enjoy on the beach. Amazon | Goodreads 

3. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han | I’ve long since wanted to read a novel by Jenny Han. This one sounds like something altogether lovely to start with, and seems to mesh well with a beach read theme. Amazon | Goodreads

4. Just One Summer (Novella) | This novella collection is pure summer delight from beginning to end. Think Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants only we never get to "see" these besties together. Amazon | Goodreads  

5. I’ll Be Yours by Jenny B. Jones | I've bragged about this novel quite enough as far as my readers are likely concerned, but methinks it could always use a bit more. Amazon | Goodreads

6. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson | Aren’t all of Morgan’s perfect “beach reads”? This one was really cute. Amazon | Goodreads 

7. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson | Cannot wait to add this one to my collection. The design is so fun and colorful, which immediately catches your eye! Plus, this one sounds like fun too.  Amazon | Goodreads

8. Of Dubious and Questionable Memory by Rachel McMillan | Yes, this one was on my list just last week, but since I fully intend to read it this summer and it releases in June, I simply “had” to add it again. Amazon | Goodreads  

9. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins | As usual, I’m dying to, and haven’t yet, read this novel. If it’s HALF as good as ‘Anna,’ I’m going to be one happy reader. Amazon | Goodreads 

10. Summer Days and Summer Nights by Stephanie Perkins (Edited and co-authored) | I’ve read some not-so-good things about this novella collected. However I really enjoyed the Christmas collection, so reading this one (at some point) seems a must. Amazon | Goodreads 

11. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler | Don’t know a thing about this one except that it sounds interesting – and, I mean really, could there be a more perfect YA “beach read” than one about mermaids!? Amazon | Goodreads

12. From the Start by Melissa Tagg | Super cute story. Super cute book. Super fun author! Don’t miss this one. Amazon | Goodreads
 
13. Her One and Only by Becky Wade | Nearing the end of this one now. It’s sassy, smart and superb. What more could you ask for in a romance novel? Watch for a review (plus GIVEAWAY!) later this week. Amazon | Goodreads
 

Your turn. What books can you toss my way for beach read recommendations! I want to hear them all. Leave your Top Ten Tuesday posts if you joined in. I’d be glad to visit.
 
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  1. Oh! Of Dubious and Questionable Memory has caught my eye. I don't think I have ever seen the word dubious used in a book title before. I devoured the Summer trilogy last summer and loved it! That trilogy is a great beach read!
    Mallory @ The Local Muse

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    1. Rachel is a talented author, Mallory, and I've little doubt her use of 'dubious' will work great with the story. :) Glad to know the Summer trilogy is great reading. Now, I simply *must* read them! Thanks so much for visiting.

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  2. Your the second list that has equated Beach Read with Contemporary Romance which has never even occurred to me! Apparently I don't know how to read during the summer;). Part of the problem is that I don't really read contemporaries ever so my beach reads are more adventure, mystery, rompy fantasy oriented. Happy Reading!

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    1. Whatever kind of reading you like is the idea "beach read," right, Stephanie!? Or that's how it should be. :) I hope you find some great reads whether they're contemporary or mystery and fantasy. Thanks so much for visiting!

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  3. I'm reading Summer Days and Summer Nights now and finding it to be hit or miss, but I'm not quite half way through so can't really judge the whole thing yet. I do like reading short stories though so I'm looking forward to finishing it.

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    1. That was my reaction to the Christmas collection too, Greg. I really liked the stories that I really liked (does this make sense!? :D), but some were simply "not for me." I might give it a chance at some point though. Thanks so much for visiting!

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  4. Yeah, all my beach reads ended up being contemporaries too. Just something about a sweet summer romance. Great list! I have a few of these on my wishlist for sure.

    My TTT.

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    1. Definitely, Lenore! It's always nice to enjoy something more lighthearted during the summer. :) Thanks so much for visiting.

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  5. I can't believe I haven't read The Summer of Chasing Mermaids.... it's definitely going on my list of MUST for summer! I love Sarah Ockler. Also, I totally agree that Lola is a good summer/beach book... it's definitely at least half as good as Anna.... and Cricket is one of my fav book boys. Great list :)

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    1. Good to know Sarah's books are great reads, Michelle. I've not read any of her novels, but this one seems like a lovely little summer read. Cannot wait to meet Cricket and Lola (or get to know them better), and I'm thrilled to know Stephanie's follow up companion novel to 'Anna' is good! :)

      Thanks for visiting.

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  6. Great list! I need to add Jenny's book to my TBR list, since I am sure it is wonderful!
    I just finished Her One and Only and thought it was a delightful read.
    Great list!
    http://amandanicolle.blogspot.com/2016/05/take-ten-summer-beach-reads.html?m=1

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    1. Jenny's IS wonderful, Amanda. Glad to know Becky's is good too; I'm lovin' it thus far. Hopefully I'll finish it tomorrow and then it's, Sarah Sundin's latest. :)

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  7. I keep meaning to read The Summer of Chasing Mermaids! Great list. :-) I do love a contemporary in the summer!

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    1. Thanks so much, Chrissi. Perhaps we'll both read 'Mermaids' this summer. :)

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  8. Agreed re: 10, I heard mixed things about the book but it looks like the perfect companion piece to the Christmas collection. Great list!

    My TTT

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    1. I'm wary because of all the negative things I've read, but I didn't love some of the Christmas stories either, so I'm willing to risk it. :) Thanks so much for visiting, Lianne.

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  9. Morgan Matson, Jenny Han, and Stephanie Perkins are all perfect summer reads in my opinion. Really fantastic list!

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    1. That was my thought too, Alison. :) Thanks so much for visiting.

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  10. I love the books on this list! Well some of them that I've read, actually, but the rest looks interesting! Especially The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler. Pretty cover! Here's my own TTT https://pupuutc.wordpress.com/2016/05/31/top-10-tuesday-beach-reads-week/ :D

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    1. Doesn't 'Mermaids' look interesting? I agree. I don't think I've ever read a re-telling of the Mermaid fable (contemporary or otherwise), so that makes it all the more interesting! Thanks so much for visiting, Khairunnisa. :)

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  11. I actually liked Lola and The Boy Next Door, more than Anna and The French Kiss! Hopefully you can get to it soon! :D
    My Top Ten Tuesday!

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    1. Ooo, that sounds fabulous, Giovanna. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on 'Lola.' I'm eager to read it indeed. :) Thanks for visiting.

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  12. I'[m so jealous of your 'pisnic, BBQ, humid summer' type plans. I live in the UK so all we get is rain! :(
    I really love your list though, especially The Unexpected Everything which I have seen on so many lists today and now REALLY REALLY want to read!
    So much love for Lola and the Boy Next Door, I think it's my favorite of the entire trilogy. I really hope you love it! I'm hoping to reread it this summer :)
    Great list! My TTT

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    1. Bummer. We had rain nearly ALL DAY TODAY, Hannah. Quite the contrast to yesterday's hot and humid weather. :)

      Doesn't The Unexpected Everything "scream" summer!? The cover is so pretty and summer like. Hope you can find some sunshine in your summer reads, Hannah. :)

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  13. Morgan Matson is a summer reading staple. I want to get to The Summer of Chasing Mermaids this summer too.

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    1. Good to know, Brittany! Thanks for sharing - and for visiting. Here's hoping we BOTH get to 'Mermaids.' :)

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  14. I'm reading #1 right now - ahhhhhhhhhh!!! Loving it!! :) Several others on this list are also on my TBR! My TTT

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    1. YAY! I know I'm going to LOVE that first pick. :) Happy reading, Carrie - and thanks, as always, for visiting.

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  15. I agree with guilty pleasure reads seem to be the best beach reads. I'm just starting the Selection series now and plan to binge read it for the summer, so I know I'll be taking at least one of those books to the beach!

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    1. Hooray for 'The Selection' series. It's pure guilty pleasure reading from the very beginning. And I love it. :) Thanks so much for visiting, Liselle!

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  16. Great list - so many of these seem like perfect beach reads! Completely agree about Morgan Matson's books, and I also can't wait to read The Unexpected Everything, especially as it also sounds like another perfect beach read. Summer Days and Summer Nights is another I really hope to read soon, despite the mixed reviews. Lola is also my favourite from the trilogy, so hope you really enjoy it when you read it :)
    Heres my TTT

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    1. All great to know, Alice! Thanks for sharing your thoughts about 'Lola.' I must make that one a priority this summer. Also, like you, I'm hopeful I'll read The Unexpected Everything soon. Just bought a copy on Amazon, so that has me excited. :) Thanks so much for visiting.

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