[Top Ten Tuesday] Ten Books I’d Recommend As Good Beach Reads

Top Ten Books I’d Recommend As Good Beach Reads

hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Wondrous Strange (Wondrous Strange, #1)10. Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston

Fairies, swoon-worthy male leads, and A Midsummer’s Night Tale makes this the perfect summer book to read while listening to the waves crash against the sand.

9. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

This is the only one of Dessen’s novels I’ve read (I know), but judging from it I’d say that her reads are perfect for the summer time when you need to recover from all that heavy class reading.

An Abundance of Katherines8. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Summer road trips are more fun with John Green’s prose and characters along for the ride. This might be John’s least known novel, but it is definitely not one that should be missed.

7. Girl at Sea by Maureen Johnson

Get ready for a whole bunch of Maureen Johnson books… This one takes place on the high seas and has a stomach twirling romance. As the Doctor would say, OH YES!

13 Little Blue Envelopes (Little Blue Envelope, #1)6. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

Want to go on a summer trip but strapped for cash? Tour England and other cities in Europe with this book! Johnson’s knowledge and love of England and Europe shines through and with a realistic romance and fun premise, you’re sure to enjoy the trip.

Suite Scarlett (Scarlett, #1)5. Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson

Add Maureen Johnson’s humour with a cool setting, a sweet romance, and kooky side characters and you have a recipe for a perfect beach read.

4. Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants by Ann Brasheres

What’s better than a summer story? FOUR SUMMER STORIES!

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)3. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Have a summer adventure with the Greek Gods! There is no camp cooler than Camp Half-Blood, and who knows to have a better time at the beach than a son of Poseidon?

2. I want to go home by Gordon Korman

Nothing says summer better than summer camp! This quick and hilarious read is the perfect read in between dips in the water.

Wanderlove1. Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard (my review)

Romance and exotic settings? Perfect combination for a great beach read! Imagine yourself on a beach in tropical South America, while you dig your toes in the sand.

Now a question for you!

What do you look for in a summer read?

I like mine to be set in the summer time with some overseas travelling if possible. Some form of romance is a must, and I prefer the language to be easy-ish. I mean, it’s summer time! I did all my thinking September through April.

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30 Responses to [Top Ten Tuesday] Ten Books I’d Recommend As Good Beach Reads

  1. Tamara says:

    Oooo, I LOVED 13LBE, but the sequel was EVEN BETTER and I was wondering which of MJ’s books to read next…. :) Thanks!

    • megtao says:

      I LOVED The Last Little Blue Envelope, and you’re right: it was better! I love that it was better because that so rarely happens with sequels, and it totally changes your perspective on the first one and ugh so amazing.

      Creeping on your goodreads, I think you should check out Suite Scarlett and Scarlett Fever next.

  2. Christina T says:

    I love Sarah Dessen’s books and 13 Little Blue Envelopes. Like you, I love to read books with travel in them for summer reading. I also like books that are set on the beach, romance, and humor. Nothing too dark or depressing.

  3. Great list! Wanderlove has definitely piqued my curiosity for some time (travel + adventure + romance story? Totally there), going to have to bump it up my list now ;)

    Here’s my TTT for this week =)

  4. Fun list!! i thought about adding 13 Little Blue Envelopes, but didnt. I do have Wanderlove on mine though! I like to read about summer adventures, whether they be here in the States or overseas, and I agree with previous comment about not liking anything depressing.
    Here is my Top Ten!

  5. Shoeless says:

    Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants seems to be coming up on almost everyone’s list! Looks like lots of people agree with you! P.S. Love the concept of your blog, I mean what more could you need in life besides coffee and wizards?

  6. Love this post! Your criteria for summer reads is spot on! I definitely like books easyish, some romance, and a unique setting. If I read a scary book… because I can’t handle scary stuff well… I’ll give scary books a shot in the summer because things don’t seem so terrifying when you’re on a blindingly bright beach.
    Last summer, my favorite read was Amanda Hocking’s Trylle series. I blew through that in a rocking chair with iced tea and it was heaven on Earth.
    I really need to read Maureen Johnson! Haven’t read anything by her :(

    • megtao says:

      Oh that’s interesting that you like scary reads in the summer, and your explanation why makes sense. I can ‘t handle scary reads even in the middle of the day XD

      YOU REALLY DO! Go read her books now!!

  7. Yay for Wanderlove! Awesome list! :D

    Drop by my Top 10?

  8. Vikk Simmons says:

    I’m going to have to get down to reading Rick Riordan. Love your list. I’ll have to check out John Green. Haven’t read him yet. Thanks.

  9. I want to read Wanderlove so bad!!! I like beach reads to be set in the beach setting too. Idk why lol. This is a great list. I love Along for the Ride! My Top Ten Tuesday

  10. Miss Anderson says:

    After reading The Name of the Star, Maureen Johnson is definitely on my summer list (Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes heads up my Summer TBR list for next week’s TTT). I mean, I love her Twitter feed so I guess it’s time to read everything she ever wrote in a crazy frenzy of beachy reading!

  11. Great choices. I am gonna add to my already LONG tbr pile!! Come check mine too:

    Here is my Top Ten post!

  12. reutreads says:

    Yes, I love your inclusion of Percy Jackson! Those books basically sum up my middle-school experience. Three of us reading under the same table in a class about prophets, me sitting between two boys named Gabriel… I’m getting ahead of myself. I was 12. Anyway… Sisterhood! A great pick :)

  13. *Scribbles list down* Everything I hoped it would be!

  14. Love Percy Jackson! I also included 13 Little Blue Envelopes on my list! And your first book, Wondrous Strange sounds really good. Definitely need to check that out – thanks!

  15. I really like most of your picks! I definitely have to agree when it comes to An Abundance of Katherines. I only read that novel fairly recently, but I fell in love with it :)

  16. Along for the Ride has made its way onto a lot of Top Tens this week. I will have to read that one now :)

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