Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday (22)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created and hosted by the awesome ladies at The Broke and the Bookish. They created the feature because they love making and sharing bookish lists. Well it just so happens that I am also a fan of list making, so I try to participate in Top Ten Tuesday as much as possible.

Okay... I know I promised to do more Top Ten Tuesday posts this year, but I've failed miserably. I'm trying, but I either run out of time or I have a reviews already scheduled for Tuesdays. I'm working on reworking my entire blog, so more TTT posts should be a thing in the future.

Top Ten Books I Plan To Have In My Beach Bag This Summer or Ten Books I Think Make Great Beach Reads

Okay... I've already read a few new releases or soon-to-be-released books that I think will make amazing beach reads this summer. I also have a few on my list that I want to read while I'm at the beach, so here it goes.

  1. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler - Ummm, first of all, DIVERSE BOOK ALERT! Secondly, the book is set at the beach, but a non-traditional beach because it's set in the Pacific Northwest. The story is amazing, and you won't want to miss out on this book. (Publishes June 2, 2015)
  2.  Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler - I read Sarah's debut years ago, but I feel like a reread is in order. It's also set at the beach, and I remember learning so much more about a hobby of mine - beach glass collecting - by reading this book.
  3. Open Road Summer by Emery Lord - I read Emery's debut back in January (or was it February), and I just kept thinking that it would be the perfect book to read at the beach because it's summery and it's adorable.
  4. The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord - Of course I'm including another Emery Lord book in my list of beach reads. While this one's not as summery as her debut, it's full of heart, and would definitely make for a heart-warming summer read.
  5. How to Love by Katie Cotugno - I read this one last May, and I loved it! It's a wonderful contemporary YA with mature themes, and it's one of those books that you'll want to finish in one sitting.
  6. Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway - I read this one a while ago, and I loved it. No, I adored it. I can't even think of what to really say because it's adorable, but a book that will leave YA readers thinking. It's set in sunny California, and even features some surfing.
  7. What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick - Now we're starting to get into the books I want to read at the beach, and this one will be a book I'll definitely read this summer. Hello! The cover is two teens on the beach. I'll review it as soon as I read it.
  8. 99 Days by Katie Cotugno - While I haven't read this one yet, I can see myself reading it while I'm at the lake this summer. From what I've read about it, it's got a summery feel, but it also has substance with some heavier-weighted issues.
  9. Emancipated by M.G. Reyes - This is another book I plan on reading this summer (probably while at the lake). The cover features five teens on a beach, and a few of them are even carrying surfboards.
  10. Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid - Road trip books are another beach staple for me because they are usually summery. I'm looking forward to finally reading Mr. Alsaid's debut to see why people love this book.
So what do you think? Are any of these on your TTT list this week? Have you ever read any of these books at the beach? If so, let me know in the comments. Oh, and feel free to link me to your Top Ten Tuesday posts so I can add some more wonderful beach reads to my bag this summer!


  1. Definitely looking forward to reading summer of chasing mermaids! I've heard so much about this one! Same goes with Start of You And Me. I avoided her debut because road trips just don't do it for me but this synopsis has got my attention for sure!

  2. That's a list full of books that I'm not familiar with myself as they aren't necessarily the kind of books that I would normally read myself, but saying that I can see the appeal as beach reads though!

    My TTT - Thea @ Gizzimomo's Book Shelf

  3. Emily @ Paperback PrincessMay 26, 2015 at 7:35 AM

    All perfect summer reads! The Summer of Chasing Mermaids looks pretty cool!

  4. Grace @ Rebel Mommy BookBlogMay 26, 2015 at 7:44 AM

    So many book on your list that I want to read! My top ones are Emmy & Oliver, The Start of Me and You and 99 Days. Great picks!!

  5. I haven't read any of these books, but some are added to my TBR list!


  6. Kayla @ The Thousand LivesMay 26, 2015 at 12:37 PM

    I put The Summer of Chasing Mermaids on mine today as well! I adore that book so much <3

    I still need to read The Start of Me and You; I’ve had it for two months now. I don’t know what’s holding me back!

    99 Days was fantastic! I know a lot of readers love it or hate it, but I fell on the love it side.

  7. 99 Days is VERY GOOD. A nice summery read - but yes, lots of issues! Haha! I really want to read How to Love after reading that one! She does messy relationships so well!
    Rosie // www.rosiereads.com

  8. Let's Get Lost was a great road trip book! I hope you enjoy it! :)

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  9. Awesome! I have an ARC of his next book, so I want to make sure I read his debut soon.

  10. I'm so glad you liked 99 Days. I literally drove to Barnes & Noble the other day because of this post. lol

    How to Love is really good, and she borders YA and NA in a way that makes sense. It's a good blend of both age groups.

  11. THE SUMMER OF CHASING MERMAIDS IS LIFE! I literally cannot wait until my hardcover is in my hands. :)

    The Start of Me and You is so good. It's definitely one that I'd recommend to any YA fan.

    I saw a lot more negative reviews of 99 Days, but I'm hoping I love it. I'd be devastated if I hated it.

  12. Yay! You'll have to let me know how you like some of the ones on your TBR when you get to them. :)

  13. Yay! Out of all of the ones that I've read, Emmy & Oliver and The Start of Me and You are ones that I'd read first. They are both so powerful, but in very different ways.

    I hope you enjoy your summer reading! :)

  14. I'm a huge contemporary fan, and I definitely went with that theme for this week's TTT. I just love the idea of reading something light or refreshing at the beach. I don't know why. lol

  15. YES! Jess, it's literally one of the best books I've read all year, and one of my very few 5-star reads so far.

    I sometimes get annoyed with road trips, but I feel like you'd like Emery's second book. It's got school, friends, boys, mourning, and so much that just makes it a great book.

  16. I LOVED Let's Get Lost! Also, I'm ashamed to say that I have not read any of Emery Lord's books, though I want to! Maybe I should remedy that this summer...

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  17. I have heard amazing things about it, and I feel so bad because I want to read it. It just keeps getting pushed aside because of ARCs and more anticipated releases. I'm going to read it though.

  18. I'm planning on reading Open Road Summer too! It sounds great and I hope we both enjoy it!

  19. I loved Open Road Summer! You'll have to stop by and let me know what you think of it once you've read it. :)


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