Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books in My Beach Bag This Summer

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blogging meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.

Can you guys believe it’s June already? I must have spent all of May wondering where April went, because now I have no idea what happened to May either! Time flies in the real world I guess? I leave for my summer publishing course in less than two weeks, so I’m getting really excited for that! Everything I’ve heard about the course involves pretty much no down time, so my posts may be few and far between for those six weeks. Consider yourselves warned.

Anyways, this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is Top Ten Books that Should be in Your Beach Bag This Summer or Top Ten Books that Will be in My Beach Bag This Summer. I’m feeling selfish today, so I went with the second one. Summer reading to me (and it seems like to much of the blogging community) is all about YA and contemporary. When I was in high school, before I really knew YA as a genre was a thing, I literally used to call these books (like Sarah Dessen books) teeny-bopper books or beach books. I don’t actually have any beach plans this summer, but these are books from my TBR list that would be in that beach bag if I was going! This list is surely going to show just how behind in the contemporary world four years as an English major with so much required reading has made me! As always, cover images are from Goodreads!


Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell – I think at this point if you’ve spent more than a week reading book blogs you’ve heard about this book, and I’m no exception! I’ve heard so many lovely things I hope to read it soon!


Paper Towns by John Green – I loved TFIOS and Looking for Alaska, so I really want to catch up on the rest of John Green’s backlist!


Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – Normally, the plot construct for this book and some of the cover editions (the one with the two teens in front of the Eiffel Tower, specifically) might turn me away from this book because of a high cheese factor, but I’ve read so many reviews that seem to contradict that, so it’s on my list!


Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta – What a great title. It just sounds interesting! And I just love the cover.


Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – Not contemporary, but I’ve heard so much buzz about it that I really want to try it out for myself!


Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson – I love a good road trip with as much emotional baggage as physical suitcases. Bring it.


The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp – Since the Divergent movie came out, I’ve begun to develop an inexplicable crush on Miles Teller, so I want to see him in the movie version of this book, but not till after I read the book first!


Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen – While my love for Sarah Dessen is true and never ending, and this was the book that came out just after I temporarily stopped reading YA with the previous reckless abandon, and I’ve been longing for it ever since.


Just One Day by Gayle Forman – I loved Where She Went and retroactively appreciated If I Stay after initial feelings of disappointment , so I’m curious to see how I’ll feel about this duo of novels.


The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton – Not really YA or contemporary, but it just sounds juicy and I loved The House At Riverton.

There you have it! What’s in your beach bag this summer? Anything I missed?



8 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books in My Beach Bag This Summer

  1. Looks like we have a lot in common in books we want to read!
    I love Sarah Dessen. She’s pretty much essential summer reading for me. Love her books.
    Paper Towns! YES. Can’t wait to see what you think of that one. I just love John Green.
    I have The Spectacular Now on my TBR as well, so it’ll be interesting to see what we both think of it. 🙂

  2. I’ve heard that the book The Spectacular Now is drastically different from the movie, so just know that going in. I haven’t read the book yet, but adored the movie for its own merit.

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