Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Ten Books We Plan To Put In Our Beach Bag This Summer

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This week's 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.

Lauren's Picks

I decided to pick books I would like to read on the beach. To be honest, I haven't been to the beach in years, but hey... a girl can dream, right? :)

I've heard so many good things about this book. The best being that it has a solid 10 for the scare factor. I've been reading a lot of horror lately, and when an author finds that balance between old school horror and a captivating plot, then they somehow also provide that spark of creepy... I just can't resist. I heard that this book is all of the above. Why read it on the beach? Because I'd be totally safe and surrounded by families in an open, extremely well lit area (daytime reading only on this one, folks).

I have a confession. I watched this movie before I read the book. I know, I know! #coneofshame
But... I loved the movie and I can't wait to read the book. I can see it now... I'm in my beach chair, sunglasses on, reading... I envision how this book depicts the actual historical event that became the basis for Herman Melville's Moby Dick... then staring out across the ocean, hoping I can just catch a small glimpse of that mysterious massive whale. 

See! I don't just ONLY read horror/sci-fi/dystopia/all things sad! I think this would be the perfect beach read for me because I've read a few of the author's other books and I loved them all. I haven't gotten around to reading this one yet, but I think it would be light-hearted and would give me a chance to smirk a little on the beach while reading. 

I know... I'm back to sci-fi again, but I do what I want. I simply picked this book as a great beach read for me because it is HUGE. The hardcover edition is 867 pages. The is the newest book by one of my favorite authors, and I don't know of any other humungous books that I could bring to the beach with me that I know I will completely immerse myself in and I'll never leave the beach. 

Jamie's Picks 

I'm planning to have at least a little beach time this summer so here are a couple I plan to be in my beach bag!

5. Wanderlost by Jen Malone: This one looks like such a cute beach read -- travel & romance! YEP. Can't wait to read this one.

6.  The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes: I read and loved The Fixer while I read it on my beach vacation LAST YEAR sooo it only seems fitting that I would have the sequel in my beach bag this year because this YA political thriller kept me glued to my beach chair.  Highly rec this series!

7. Your Perfect Life by Liz Fenton: I've had this on my shelf for a little while and I think I'm going to definitely put it in my beach bag for this year! Sounds like a fun adult contemporary about two friends who think each other has a perfect life to be coveted and they end up switching lives a la Freaky Friday or The Change-Up. Looks like good fun!

8.  My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows:  It's a re-imagining of Lady Jane Grey's life. Apparently it's super funny if you like The Princess Bride type humor.  I'm really excited to have a fun romp through some made up history about a real historical figure. 

Daisy's Picks

9. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab: give me a great fantasy and a sunny day and I'll be blissfully happy every time. And Victoria Schwab is awesome, I've yet to read a book by her that I didn't love.

10. Air Awakens by Elise Kostova: people keep telling me this is amazing, so obviously I need to commit to reading it! I love diving into a new world with the sound of waves behind me.

Tell us a book that you plan to throw in your beach bag this year!


  1. Yay for "The Long Game." Really want to read that one, and I've seen "Wanderlost" on several lists already. :)

  2. I have Your Perfect Life on my bookshelf too. It does look like a good beach read! Wanderlost and My Lady Jane also look tempting. Happy summer reading!

  3. I loooved Fangirl! Contemporary is my go-to genre for a beach read. :)

  4. Ooh, Fangirl and This Savage Song are both very good choices.

    My TTT.

  5. Nice picks!! Particularly excited about This Savage Song myself!!

    Hope you all enjoy your reads this summer!

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  6. Here comes my answer: http://tickmick.blogspot.com/2016/05/top-ten-tuesday-vecka-22.html My blog is written in swedish but you can easily translate it into any language you'd prefer.

  7. I read A Head Full of Ghosts this year and loved it! It's an amazing read for sure!

  8. A Head Full of Ghosts looks so good! And I can't wait for the new Fixer novel! This Savage Song was good and I can't wait until everyone reads it.

  9. Totes agree with anything that Schwab wants to write!!!

    I did my top-10 as dark winter brooding books because it's winter in the southern half of the world. ;)

    1. Oh I love that spin on it! I always forget, while I'm in the midst of summer temperatures and sunny skies, that some of the world is NOT. My brain can't comprehend it.

  10. None of these are on my list this week. However Fangirl, My Lady Jane and Wanderlost are all books I plan to read this summer as well as This Savage Song (plan to read that this week) :)

    My TTT

  11. Fangirl would make a great beach read. I would recommend anything by Rainbow Rowell for that matter. I hope you have a wonderful summer of reading!

    My TTT: http://jacquesbooknook.blogspot.com/2016/05/top-ten-tuesday-books-i-plan-to-read-at.html

  12. I always go back and forth on whether to read my horror books on the beach. On the one hand, I feel like it doesn't lend the right "atmosphere" for a truly creepy read. On the other hand, I've spent many a night lying awake and startling at each creak of the house after reading a creepy book! I do have a couple of horror novels and thrillers I want to read on the beach this year, so hopefully I won't have nightmares afterward. :P

  13. I saw the My Lady Jane cover around, but I wasn't sure if it related to Lady Jane Grey or not, so thanks for clarifying! I might consider reading it, but I have yet to enjoy a fictional version of her :-(

  14. I just looked up The Long Game, and it sounds really good! I definitely have to check out the first book!

  15. I love how you've given the list variety so there aren't just contemporary, 'summery' reads.
    Our TTT is here - http://twobookthieves.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/top-ten-beach-reads.html

  16. I have My Lady Jane as my Waiting on Wednesday tomorrow!!

  17. Anything that's being compared to The Princess Bride is worth checking out!
    I've got a whole list of great Beach Reads, but what I'll be doing this summer is making a dent in all the unread books I own!

  18. Definitely interested in FanGirl, I read Eleanor and Park and fell in love with Rainbow Rowell's writing style!

  19. I haven't read Fangirl yet but it's on my list too. I am starting a new reading challenge in July and I've chosen it for one of my categories.

  20. My Goodreads "To Read" shelf is getting out of control! :)

    Storytime in the Stacks

  21. I literally read Fangirl (and Carry On) this week and I loved them both - they would be perfect beach reads. :)


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