Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Beach Reads

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Considering I live next to the beach, you'd think I'd love the beach.  Well, I'm not a beach girl...but I do love to READ on the beach.  Here are my top favorites! :)  (And not in any particular order, as usual...)

1.  The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith.  Because this is one of my favorite books ever, it really is wonderful no matter where you are.  And considering it's also a contemporary romance, it fits the beach mold epicly!

2.  Leepike Ridge by N. D. Wilson.  A book about a boy who gets lost in an underground river.  EPIC!  It's an easy read, too, so it's fun to sit in the sun and absorb all these adventures!

3.  Inkheart, Inkspell, and Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke.  They're some of my all-time favorite books, so naturally, these also count.  Plus, they suck you into their adventure so easily that it's like you're there!  I'm reading them right now as a part of a read-along!  Join us if you'd like!

4.  Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris.  YESSSS!!  This book because it takes place in San Diego, and some scenes happen at the local beaches.  I could be sitting at Torrey Pines State Beach, off the 101, and reading this book, imagining Janelle and all her friends hanging out.  CRAZY AWESOME.

5.  Austenland by Shannon Hale.  It's much too adorable to pass up.  It's just.  WOW.

6.  The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen. OMG THIS BOOK.  WES.  CATERING.  SUMMER TIME.  So yeah.  Excited much?  I could devour this book on the beach.  Seriously.

7.  Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan.  By Percy Jackson I mean literally any book that has the mere mention of Percy's name in it.  This includes the Heroes of Olympus series.  I'm so amazed by these books.  They're easy reads and wonderful reads, and totally beach-read-worthy.

8.  Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini.  I love this book so much. SO MUCH.  Andre-Louis makes me swoon, and there's so much action and a little bit of romance that I just...yeah.  I get excited.  TOTALLY a beach read for me!

9.  The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan.  Not only is the cover of the gorgeous ocean, but the inside is just as incredible.  It's a bit dark, so not very many people would enjoy this as a beach read, but WOW.  It's incredible.  And takes place on a small island.  And yeah.  It's a favorite book for sure.

10.  My Fair Godmother and My Unfair Godmother by Janette Rallison.  EEEEEK THESE BOOKS!  They make me so warm and fuzzy inside.  They're romantic and packed full of action and mystery.  Perfect for a lazy day at the beach.  (Or any day, really.  They're that wonderful!)

SO that's my list, but here I'm going to do something a little different.  I'm going to add 5 books that I WANT to read on the beach this summer.  Here goes:

1.  Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
2.  The Fine Art of Truth or Dare by Melissa Jensen
3.  Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver
4.  Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
5.  Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

And there you go!  Let me know what you think of my list and link me up to yours! :)


  1. Jade @ SortofBeautiful.comJune 11, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Sarah Dessen seems to be popular for this topic. She made my list as well. I haven't read The Truth About Forever yet but I look forward to it.

  2. Oh, Rollrock Island is a great

  3. Oops, I hit enter too soon! Meant to say, Rollrock Island is a great more serious summer read.

  4. Obsidian...YES!!!! A friend of mine is reading Opal right now and she keeps emailing me periodically to let me know where she is! It's hilarious!


    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

  5. I loved reading through your list - I haven't read any of the books, so I'll have to check out your recommendations.

    Tanya Patrice

  6. thebusybibliophileJune 12, 2013 at 7:45 AM

    I'm like you, I live within 20 minutes of the beach, and I never go. I love to sit on a porch, listening to the waves while I read, but I only venture onto the beach itself maybe once a year!

    I have only read 1 of your picks, but a few are already on my tbr list. And like you, I also have a list of summer books I want to get to in the next few months. Too many books!

  7. Great list! I loved Statistical Probability and Obsidian :D

    Christy @
    Christy’s Book Addiction

  8. I just read Along for the Ride and loved it! If The Truth About Forever is similar, I am 100% in. Dessen's books are literally made for beach-reading.

  9. I've heard so many great things about Unraveling though I haven't even purchased a copy yet. Hopefully I'll buy one soon!
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  10. Fantastic list, Sierra!

    ANY Dessen book is a great beach read in my book. ;) Especially The Truth About Forever. I NEVER get tired of that one. Along for the Ride is another one of my favorite Dessen books.

    And don't EVEN get me started on the PJO or THO series, because seriously, I LOVE BOTH SERIES SO HARD. God, I swear, I am in love with Percy Jackson! He's the best!