June 11, 2013

Top Ten Beach Reads (26)

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This week the logging world is all about the beach reads, which is perfect because summer's coming and it's time to get the stack of beach reads ready for... well... THE BEACH. I hope you already have plans to get out and see the stretch of sand nearest you. But of course, if you're landlocked, these reads are also pool/park/god I feel lazy and don't want to think too much reads. So pay attention and start compiling those stacks of summer books!

1. Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty
A cute, short, vaguely angsty book you can DEFNITELY read in one afternoon on the beach. I really can't think of a single reason not to bring this one with you on an afternoon out. (My Review)

2. This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
So my logic here is that the beach is kind of what happy looks like in the summer and that's the title of this books so DING DING DING we havea winner! Not to mention this book takes place in the summer and highlights the importance of ice cream in the summer. (My Review)

3. Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill
Pretty cover plus romps to England plus cute boy plus silly OCD protagonist = beach giggles. (Even though England doesn't actually scream beach in any by shape or form.) But yeah, London weather or not, take this one with you to the beach, okay?

4. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
This book is wonderful. It is a delicious nerdy romp of amazingness that may or may not make you cry a little. But tears aside, this incredibly meaningful book has this aspect of levity that is so totally read-in-one-sitting-able that it might be JUST what your (my?) day out at the beach needs. 

5. Let it Snow by Maureen Johnson, John Green and Lauren Myracle
I recognize that this book is actually a Christmas book with lots and lots of snow by it's a fun, adorable romp that might cool you down just a bit at the beach. Not to mention, you get 3 fantastic authors for the price of one (as well as 3 kisstastic couples for that same low price!).

(Because when do I ever just write a list?)

So while writing this post, I spontaneously decided to make the last 5 books of this list the 5 books I've stacked up to be MY summer/beach reads this summer. Because, like, obviously you all wanna know what that looks like (it's fine, I'm only a little narcissistic). 

6. The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider
Doctor Who references? Where? What? Can I haz it? Oh I WILL haz it. By the pool, because that's where I would take the Doctor (Just Kidding, I'd take the Doctor with me wherever, whenever - because we're meant to be together. Thanks to Shakira for embodying my relationship with 10).

7. All I Need by Susane Colasanti
All of Susane Colasanti's books are wonderful contemporary reads that make for excellent beach books. It's one in particularly is quite short - a book you could definitely finish in an afternoon while taking in some sun at the beach. Besides guys, have you seen this cover? The models are ON the beach! 

8. The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen
Another cover where the model is on a beach. But that aside, have you EVER met a Sarah Dessen book that you couldn't bring to the beach with you? And this is NOT just because a lot of her books take place on the beach - I mean, she even made up her own beach town!

9. Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
I honestly believe roadtrip books are amazing summer beach reads. Ad not just because books about roadtrips obviously must happen during the summer when involving teens if they want to be contemporary and realistic because: HI school. I mean, I guess a spring/winter break road trip could work, but summer's definitely the best. 

10. Reunited by Hilary Weisman Graham 
Roadtrip, roadtrip, roadtrip!! And not only is this a roadtrip book (see my beach-reading excitement or roadtrip books in the entry above), its ALSO a concert/ex-friends getting back together book. These are all things I love. Especially things I love to read about over the course of beach day. 

11. Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland
Another shortie, this one about Nantucket, which is one of those places like Cape Cod and Marhta's Vineyard and the Hamptons that walks around oozing a beachbeachbeachbeach vibe. So, obviously, a book written in said location would be worthy of beach read status.

Yeah. That's 6, not 5, but I have to keep you guys guessing, right? (Also: I COULDN'T DECIDE WHICH BOOK TO CUT). Anyway, it's okay because I already have all 6 of these books and they really are all stacked and ready to go!

TELL ME: Which of these have you read? Which are in your stack to read at the beach this summer? In the event that all 11 of these books fit into NEITHER of the categories I just listed, you should probably consider FIXING THAT. Y'know. If you trust me and all that jazz. Oh, and be sure to leave me a comment below and let me know just how silly/absurd I'm being this week!


  1. I don't read YA but I think that I'm going to have to give Eleanor and Park a try this summer. Something about it just intrigues me.

  2. ooh these are all on my TBR list I should tackle some of them this Summer for sure

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  3. These are wonderful choices for beach reads!

    Surprisingly, I've only read one of them - Amy & Roger's Epic Detour – but the rest are on my TBR list. I'm really excited to read Eleanor & Park and The Moon and More.

  4. Eleanor & Park is on my list, too! I really want to read Sarah Dessen's newest book. I love the cover redesigns they've done.

  5. Amy & Roger's Epic Detour is the perfect summer read, it has everything a good summer read should have. And this summer I'm going to make time to read a Sarah Dessen as I have yet to read a book by her.

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  6. I really wanna read Eleanor and Park :( Heard only good things bout it! I agree with Amy and Roger's Epic Detour. If it hadn't made my last list, it would've been on mine for the week. Great picks, and can I just say, your blog is reaaaally cute. Haha!

  7. Amy & Roger is SUCH a good summer read - you will enjoy for sure!

  8. Cute list! So many books on the list that are on my TBR pile, maybe I should read them this summer. :)

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  9. I have The Moon and More and Nantucket Blue on my reading list, too ... I think they'll be perfect summer reads! Unfortunately, I don't have the beach, but I do have a deck, some sunshine, and some birds to sing to me! Oh, and I love that you included Let It Snow! I loved that book ... the stories were perfect! And I agree that it could totally be read in the summer -- despite the winter theme. :)

  10. Look at you breaking the rules! Well played so many excellent beach reads.

  11. Hahaha, I love what a cheater you are on your lists. The Beginning of Everything was really good. :)

  12. I love your choices for the list of books you want to read this summer! In particular, I'm excited for you to read Amy & Roger's Epic Detour and Reunited, because both of those books are FABULOUS.

  13. Some of those covers look like they were made to be taken to the beach!
    It's okay to read Christmas books in the summer. I've read Halloween books over the holidays before. It's whatever makes you happy!
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  14. Amy and Roger is really good. Nantucket Blue and The Moon and More are on my summer to read list.

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  15. I know, sometimes its so hard to decide what book to cut. Great list!! I've read a couple of them and they are great reads for the beach :D
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  16. This list is AWESOME! I want to read all of those books this summer too and I still need to read a few from your first list as well! Enjoy!!

    Nicole @ The Quiet Concert
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  17. Eleanor & Park is wonderful. I'll admit it - I cried. Nice list. I've never read Sarah Dessen (gasp!) and realize that's practically a character flaw. Maybe I'll finally catch up this summer!

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  18. I want to read Nantucket Blue something fierce!!! Great lists :)
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  19. I need to read Eleanor & Park, I've heard such amazing things. You have a great list!

  20. Amy and Roger's Epic Detour and Eleanor and Park are both my list for this summer. I actually just went out and purchased them so they're sitting on my shelf waiting to be read. The Moon and More and Nantucket Blue will probably make it onto the shelf before summer's over. Love your choices.

  21. Amy and Roger's Epic Detour is so, so amazing. I hope you love it! It's the perfect summertime read. I need to read Eleanor & Park this summer, and I'll definitely be getting to This Is What Happy Looks Like too. Great picks!

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  22. I'm excited to read The Beginning of Everything!! Amy & Roger's Epic Detour looks super cute too----- basing this all on that cover! haha :)

  23. Haha. I love that you included Let to Snow. I haven't read it yet, but it's definitely on my list. Sometimes it is fun to read books out of season. Plus, I think short stories would be great for beach reads.

  24. Something about Sloppy Firsts interests me. I'm going to love it if I read it, I swear. Better read it soon, then, eh?

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  25. I have been reading LOADS about Sloppy Firsts, as this isn't the first time I've seen it on a TTT. Will read your review ASAP!

  26. Thank you so much for sharing....These are so awesome!
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  27. So many of these are on my TBR list! Great list!


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