Tuesday, May 31, 2016

top ten tuesday: beachy reads II

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish! This week's theme is: "May 31: 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." Last year, we did this topic, and I posted my top ten books to read at the beach! So, this year, I am going to post my top ten beachy reads that I've read in the last year :)

Top Ten Cute, Beachy Books Read in the Last Year

1. The Loose Ends List – Carrie Firestone (I know this is kind of cheating, because this book hasn't come out yet, but I loved it so much, I couldn't not include it, because it is the perfect beachy read) 

Seventeen-year-old Maddie O'Neill Levine lives a charmed life, and is primed to spend the perfect pre-college summer with her best friends and young-at-heart socialite grandmother (also Maddie's closest confidante), tying up high school loose ends. Maddie's plans change the instant Gram announces that she is terminally ill and has booked the family on a secret "death with dignity" cruise ship so that she can leave the world in her own unconventional way - and give the O'Neill clan an unforgettable summer of dreams-come-true in the process.

Soon, Maddie is on the trip of a lifetime with her over-the-top family. As they travel the globe, Maddie bonds with other passengers and falls for Enzo, who is processing his own grief. But despite the laughter, headiness of first love, and excitement of glamorous destinations, Maddie knows she is on the brink of losing Gram. She struggles to find the strength to say good-bye in a whirlwind summer shaped by love, loss, and the power of forgiveness.

2. Summer Days and Summer Nights – edited by Stephanie Perkins  
Maybe it's the long, lazy days, or maybe it's the heat making everyone a little bit crazy. Whatever the reason, summer is the perfect time for love to bloom. Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories, written by twelve bestselling young adult writers and edited by the international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins, will have you dreaming of sunset strolls by the lake. So set out your beach chair and grab your sunglasses. You have twelve reasons this summer to soak up the sun and fall in love.

Featuring stories by Leigh Bardugo, Francesca Lia Block, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Brandy Colbert, Tim Federle, Lev Grossman, Nina LaCour, Stephanie Perkins, Veronica Roth, Jon Skovron, and Jennifer E. Smith.

3. The Unexpected Everything – Morgan Matson  

Andie had it all planned out.

When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future.

Important internship? Check.

Amazing friends? Check.

Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life.

Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected.

And where’s the fun in that?

4. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids – Sarah Ockler   

The youngest of six talented sisters, Elyse d’Abreau was destined for stardom—until a boating accident took everything from her. Now, the most beautiful singer in Tobago can’t sing. She can’t even speak.

Seeking quiet solitude, Elyse accepts a friend’s invitation to Atargatis Cove. Named for the mythical first mermaid, the Oregon seaside town is everything Elyse’s home in the Caribbean isn’t: An ocean too cold for swimming, parties too tame for singing, and people too polite to pry—except for one.

Christian Kane is a notorious playboy—insolent, arrogant, and completely charming. He’s also the only person in Atargatis Cove who doesn’t treat Elyse like a glass statue. He challenges her to express herself, and he admires the way she treats his younger brother Sebastian, who believes Elyse is the legendary mermaid come to life.

When Christian needs a first mate for the Cove’s high-stakes Pirate Regatta, Elyse reluctantly stows her fear of the sea and climbs aboard. The ocean isn’t the only thing making waves, though—swept up in Christian’s seductive tide and entranced by the Cove’s charms, Elyse begins to wonder if a life of solitude isn’t what she needs. But changing course again means facing her past. It means finding her inner voice. And scariest of all, it means opening her heart to a boy who’s best known for breaking them . . .

5. On the Fence – Kasie West 

For sixteen-year-old Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, being raised by a single dad and three older brothers has its perks. She can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows—including her longtime neighbor and honorary fourth brother, Braden. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn't know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world of makeup, lacy skirts, and BeDazzlers. Even stranger, she's spending time with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pickup game.

To cope with the stress of faking her way through this new reality, Charlie seeks late-night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with Braden by the fence that separates them. But their Fence Chats can't solve Charlie's biggest problem: she's falling for Braden. Hard. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.

6.  Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

7. First & Then by Emma Mills   

Devon Tennyson wouldn't change a thing. She's happy watching Friday night games from the bleachers, silently crushing on best friend Cas, and blissfully ignoring the future after high school. But the universe has other plans. It delivers Devon's cousin Foster, an unrepentant social outlier with a surprising talent for football, and the obnoxiously superior and maddeningly attractive star running back, Ezra, right where she doesn't want them: first into her P.E. class and then into every other aspect of her life.

Pride and Prejudice meets Friday Night Lights in this contemporary novel about falling in love with the unexpected boy, with a new brother, and with yourself.

8.  Open Road Summer by Emery Lord 

After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own.

Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence.

This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking.

A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes.

9. The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord   

 It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for two years, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live?

10. I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios 

 If Skylar Evans were a typical Creek View girl, her future would involve a double-wide trailer, a baby on her hip, and the graveyard shift at Taco Bell. But after graduation, the only thing separating Skylar from art school is three months of summer…until Skylar’s mother loses her job, and Skylar realizes her dreams may be slipping out of reach.

Josh had a different escape route: the Marines. But after losing his leg in Afghanistan, he returns home, a shell of the cocksure boy he used to be.

What brings Skylar and Josh together is working at the Paradise—a quirky motel off California’s Highway 99. Despite their differences, their shared isolation turns into an unexpected friendship and, soon, something deeper.

Compelling and ultimately hopeful, this is a powerful examination of love, loss, and resilience.

what's on your beachy list this summer?




  1. Great list!! Summer Days and Summer Nights made my top ten list as well. Several of the others are on my TBR list, but I'm not sure when I will get to them. I'm happy to see that you enjoyed them.

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

    1. :) thanks! I hope you like these whenever you get to them!

  2. Ahhh this list, I want to read / have read and loved everything on here, ahah, I love it :) The Loose Ends List sounds incredible, plus, I love the cover, and I'll Meet You There sounds like such a perfect read for the summer as well. I'm so excited to read all those books :)

    1. I'm pushing the loose ends list on everyone that I know because it was SO GOOD!!! Thanks Marie :)

  3. I totally agree with all of these. They definitely give off beach vibes.

    My TTT: http://bookworm716.blogspot.com/2016/05/top-ten-tuesday-beach-reads-2016.html

  4. I'm reading Summer Days and Summer Nights now, and the cover of The Unexpected Everything makes me want to go to the ice cream place lol.

    1. I feel the same way about the unexpected everything! :)

  5. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids is on my list, too. I haven't read it, but I love anything that mentions mermaids. Morgan Matson is also very popular today! Her books make such wonderful summer reads. Fantastic list!

    My TTT!

    1. I loved the summer of chasing mermaids, it is really cute, and so are morgan matson's books :) thanks for stopping by!

  6. I haven't read any of these, but some of my favorite authors have stories in Summer Days and Summer Nights, so I definitely want to check that out eventually! Great list :D

    Here are my Top Ten!

    1. Summer Days and Summer Nights is a great mix of genres, all surrounding the summer, so you will probably like it! :)

  7. Awesome selection this week--there are some here that I've had my eye on, so YAY for further incentive to actually pick them up!

    Here's my TTT, if you're interested in checking it out! Have a great rest of your day!

    1. Yes!! I love pushing people to get more books :) haha thanks for stopping by!

  8. Great picks! I completely agree re The Unexpected Everything and The Summer of Chasing Mermaids!! Can't wait to read The Loose Ends List!

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT!

    1. Thanks Eva! Definitely hope you love the loose ends list, it is one of my favorite books so far this year! :)

  9. Some great books I know I have some on my summer TBR I'm currently waiting for my copy of Summer Days and Summer Nights had to order the UK one so it matches! Plus I want the tinted pages ;)

    1. Ahhh I love the UK versions of Stephanie Perkins' anthologies, they are so pretty! I actually have the UK version of my true love gave to me, love those stained pages :)

  10. The Lose Ends List has a gorgeous cover!I haven't read any Emery Lord yet, but this week's topic is really making me want to pick something by her up!
    Thanks for stopping by The Local Muse

    1. Oh Emery Lord is one of my favorites ever, you should definitely consider reading her this summer! thanks mallory!

  11. Great list! I loved The Unexpected Everything and Emery Lord is a favorite author. I plan to read Summer Days and Summer Nights. I liked the winter anthology.

  12. The Unexpected Everything also made my list! Hopefully I like it just as much as I liked Second Chance Summer. That was a great book! :D
    My Top Ten Tuesday!


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