Tuesday, 31 May 2016

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Ten beach reads

(Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and The Bookish!)

A couple of weeks ago, Top Five Wednesday was focused on five summer reads, but I had so many books to choose from that it was beyond difficult to cut it down to a mere five.
That means that choosing ten beach reads is brilliant: you don't go to the beach in winter, so these books are also great for summer enjoyment.

10) 'Girl Online' by Zoe Sugg
While I didn't exactly love this book, I still think it's brilliant for a summer read: it's set at Christmas, but it's a light-hearted and quick read that will brighten up a summer afternoon.

9) 'Lola and the Boy next Door' by Stephanie Perkins
Because I read 'Anna and the French Kiss' in winter, it always feels like a Christmas book to me: the beautiful nights in Paris, the love story... Ahh. However, I think Lola - with her bright personality and crazy costume choices - embodies the spirit and fun of summer, especially when her and her friends go to a new music festival. It's a very fast read, perfect for a day at the beach. 

8) 'Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between' by Jennifer E. Smith

I didn't fall in love with this book, and I wonder if it was because I read it in February; it's set the night before Clare and Aidan leave their hometown to go to the respective colleges, so it'll be perfect to read when school has let out and new possibilities are on the horizon. 

7) 'Lumberjanes'
If you're on a beach, you're not likely to be attending summer camp: this way you can do both!

6) 'This Raging Light' by Estelle Laure
Estelle Laure's debut deals with a difficult subject - Lucille's mum leaves town and abandons her, leaving her to look after her little sister Wren - but it's also very beautiful. With a bright cover like this, everyone at the beach will want to know more about the book in your hands.

5) 'The Truth About You and Me' by Amanda Grace
If you watch Pretty Little Liars and you're a hardcore Ezria shipper, you will fall head over heels in love with this tale of forbidden student/teacher love. Expect a happy ending, but not a traditional one...

4) 'Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda' by Becky Albertalli
Don't just read 'Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda' in summer: read it every single day. It's just that good. If you're an LGBT+ teen or you love LGBT+ reads, you won't regret picking this one up.

3) 'This Is Where It Ends' by Marieke Nijkamp
Only read this one if you want your heart ripped out, because it is a devastating read. Sourcebooks Fire have a very special challenge relating to the book happening all summer: if you read it you'll be able to join in!

2) 'The Rest of Us Just Live Here' by Patrick Ness
The indie kids are having another crazy adventure - this time fighting against The Immortals - but the general populace aren't involved, because it isn't their story. Luckily, the things going on in the lives of Mikey and his friends are just as exciting. This is the best book I've read this year so far. 

1) 'The Art of Being Normal' by Lisa Williamson
The YA Book Prize winner isn't being announced until Thursday, but if I'm right 'The Art of Being Normal' is the most obvious choice to take the prize. Even if it doesn't take the top spot, it won at the Leeds Book Awards last week - you NEED to pick this one up as quickly as you can, because it's brilliant.

I hope you enjoyed this Top Ten Tuesday! If I can make it to the beach this year what books should I try to read?


  1. I love "Lumberjanes" and am on the list to get the next one at the library when it is returned. Great list and I hope you love them all.

    1. I can't wait to read the next one: I've been holding it off but I think that needs to change!

  2. Lola and The Boy Next Door, is my FAVORITE Stephanie Perkins book! I hope you liked it just as much as I did! :D
    My Top Ten Tuesday!

    1. I still haven't read Isla, so I'm not sure if it was my favourite yet! :)