Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Julia's Top Ten Books that I Plan to Have in my Beach Bag

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Hello, all! Julia here. I just got back from a lovely trip to Hawai'i and surprisingly didn't have a lot of time to sit on the beach and read. I guess if you fly all the way to those islands, it's not a place where you can just sit around, but instead you must take in the sites! So I am planning at some point to head east this time for an actual "sit on the beach and read" vacation. Here are the books I am going to bring along (nook style). And if these don't interest you, we have done this topic three other times! So check out our combined list from 2013, Jen's list from 2012, and Jamie's list from 2011

Top Ten Books that I Plan to Have in my Beach Bags this Summer 

1. The Lotus Palace by Jeannie Lin - I've read a short story by Ms Lin and I have really wanted to visit a full length book. I picked this ebook up on sale a year or so ago and would love to check it out. Historical Romance not set in England? I'll take it!

2. Lady of the Forest by Jennifer Roberson - I am a sucker for a good fairy tale retelling. I don't know if Robin Hood is considered a fairy tale or not, but all the same this is right up my alley. I think revisiting some familiar characters with a twist is just what a beach trip needs!

3. Between the Devil and Ian Eversea by Julie Anne Long- Speaking of revisiting characters, I am woefully behind in the Pennyroyal Green Series! What better time to catch up than on the beach? Plus the book we have all been waiting for, Olivia and Lyon's story, comes out in the fall! 

4. The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley - Another book that has been on my TBR for years. Time travel love story? Sign me up! Plus the cover is gorgeous so I would look all cool reading this in the sand. 

5. The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson - This one hasn't just been sitting on my ereader forever, but was recommended to me as part of The Slumplist. Definitely something I'd want to take!

6. A Dangerous Liaison with Detective Lewis by Jillian Stone - I read the first in this series ages ago and would love to continue reading. A detective love story would be great with the waves as my background music. 

7. Spy's Honor by Amy Raby - For these next few you'll notice a theme. Usually romance, usually second or something in a series. I just adore romance novels and eat them up in a beach setting. This one was the second in a series about an assassin in a fantasy world. 

8. Heart of Steel by Meljean Brook - Remember the Iron Duke that I mentioned last week in my TTT? Well this is book two. I've been meaning to read it for literally two or three years now. I must make this happen! The first was so good!

9. Daughters of Rome by Kate Quinn - This one isn't romance but historical fiction. 69AD and the world is falling apart around them. How do these two women make a mark on history or just live their lives?

10. Crown of Midnight by Sarah Maas - Same story, different line. Second in a series, haven't read it yet, but I want to. Beach = free time. So let's do this.

What about you guys? What books are you looking forward or enjoy reading with the sand in between your toes? Link up below!


  1. I feel like such a bad reader. I only know of Crown of Midnight. I need to read that series. Throne of Glass was amazing, but I need a refresher.
    Robin Hood might be considered a fairy tale... It's really old... My logic makes no sense I know. It's a retelling at least. I love a good retelling too (:

  2. I read The Lady of the Forest quite some time ago. I really enjoyed it. Lady of the Glen is the one that really got to me, though. And then I had the opportunity to visit Glencoe. It was a really emotionally powerful place knowing the history and what the people suffered. I hope you enjoy all your summer reads.
    Tammy @ Bo's Book Nook

  3. I haven't heard of any of these books or authors but they sound interesting. I truly hope you enjoy reading them!

  4. I LOVED The Rose Garden, hope you'll enjoy it! And obviously I'd totally recommend The Girl of Fire and Thorns and Crown of Midnight ;)

  5. I love this topic. These books are all new to me.

  6. I love Susanna Kearsley's books! The Girl of Fire and Thorns is my favorite YA fantasy series and I hope you love it too. I'll have to check out Lady of the Forest. I read Jennifer Roberson's Lady of the Glen when I was a teen and it was one of my favorite books at the time.

  7. One of the things I love about this topic is that you really get a sense of what people love to read just for fun. I'm taking a Susanna Kearsley book on my trip, too (my first.) Your other books look fun too, especially the Roberson and the Pennyroyal Green book - the latter is a series I've wanted to start but never gotten around to. Like you, I'm taking some next-in-series books with me: mysteries by Charles Finch and Deborah Crombie, romances by Susan Mallery and Mary Balogh. Plus a smattering of first-in-series books. And everything from MG to YA to adult. Have fun on your trip!

  8. My beach bag will be full of books completely different to yours (courtesy of e-reader). They're books I've been wanting to read for ages and have been sat there waiting to be read but I have just never got around to them so laying by the side of a pool seems the perfect opportunity. I love how varied your list is and they actually sound quite wonderful. I do have one YA on my list. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell :)

  9. Lady of the Forest sounds good (I love the female twist on Robin Hood) and The Rose Garden sounds like a good choice for your beach bag. Have a lovely trip (I didn't read at all when in Hawaii on my honeymoon, lol)!

  10. These are some great recommendations! I love a good romance and am always searching for new ideas, so thanks for this!
    Thank you also for hosting the meme, it's pretty awesome :)

  11. Oh....Crown of Midnight is fantastic!!! I didn't think it was possible but I liked it even more than Throne of Glass :D Hope you enjoy it!

  12. Crown of Midnight is fantastic! It is so action-packed and there is so much character development. The series just gets better and better!!

  13. I love the mix of genres on your list :) I haven't read any Sarah Maas books yet but I really want to! I've heard such good things about them all.

    ~Ailsa @ The Book Bundle

  14. It's so fine that you always mix genres ¡It really help me to explorer new genres and books!
    I'm from Spain and here the books that are famous or typical in English aren't the same as in Spanish.

  15. Such a fan of the Robin Hood mythology so thanks for the recommendation. Lady of the Forest sounds good. ~Beth @ Perpetual New Girl

  16. awesome post!! I'm going to join up next week!! :)


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