Top Ten Tuesday: Beach Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish where we get a new topic for a top 10 list.

Summertime and sunshine. The Sun has finally shown it’s face and I am basking in it’s glow. When Summer hits, I find myself drawn to contemporary books. I just enjoy the combination of the summer adventures, romance, laughter and hidden depths that come with these books. I find they make the perfect beach reads. Here are 10 books I either have read or want to read this summer.

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1. Nowhere but Here by Katie McGarry: A sizzling romance, secrets, family and bikers. This book has a lot going for it. From Emily and Oz’s connection to the exploration of Emily’s relationship with her absent father, all taking place in that Kentucky heat. It’s definitely one to add to the list

2. Emmy and Oliver by Robin Benway: This book is so sweet and had a surprising amount of heart to it. Watching Emmy and Oliver reconnect after 10 years apart was so sweet. It’s also one of those books that sees the parents have a physical presence in their children’s lives and I loved exploring that dynamic. Plus, Emmy is a surfer so it makes sense to read this as you watch them catch some waves.

3. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson: This book is not as light or fluffy as other contemporary books. This book is emotional, heartbreaking, frustrating, but most of all hopeful. I loved exploring the dynamic between twins, Noah and Jude. I’ll Give You the Sun packed a lot of punches and is definitely worth the read

4. Night Owls by Jenn Bennett: Night Owls had me wishing I could hop on a plane and explore the wonderful city of San Francisco. Again, this book has a stunning romance between two characters that actually communicate with one another. There’s no unnecessary drama between these two which was just so refreshing to read about.

5. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson: Morgan Matson is the go-to author for summer reads. The Unexpected Everything is next on my to be read list and I am so excited to meet these new characters and see what shenanigans they get up to.

6. Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins: A perfect beach read. I loved the Winter Anthology so naturally I’ll be picking this book up. When I’m not in the mood to read a full length novel, I can simply turn to this collection of short stories written by some of the most talented YA authors. 

7. Boomerang by Noelle August: Hilariously sexy. the banter between Ethan and Mia is everything and their chemistry is off the charts. No doom and gloom in this NA novel. Instead you can sit back, relax and soak up the sun whilst reading this wonderful book.

8. First & Then by Emma Mills: I love the book cover for First & Then and the premise sounds like a lot of fun. I can see this book being a quick and easy read which makes it perfect for a day on the beach.

9. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler: I’ve only read one Sarah Ockler book and I loved it so I am excited to get my hand on The Summer of Chasing Mermaids. Plus this book is a loosely-based fairy tale retelling of The Little Mermaid. What more could you possibly want?

10. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi: The only fantasy book on today’s list. I must admit the book cover just completely captivated me and I can easily see myself being sucked into this world as I soak up the sun. 

Those are my beach read recommendations.
Which books would you take to the beach?


40 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Beach Reads

  1. I’m halfway through The Star Touched Queen and I love it so far, hope you enjoy it too! I’ve heard only amazing things about I’ll Give You The Sun and and The Summer of Chasing Mermaids so I look forward to those. We both have The Unexpected Everything and Summer Days and Summer Nights on out lists so yay for similar reading taste haha 😉
    Great list!

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    1. YAY! I am so glad you’re enjoying TSTQ. It’s making me so excited to finally start the book. I’ll Give You the Sun will literally punch you in the feels. It’s so emotional. The Unexpected Everything is next on my reading list so I’ll be sure to let you know how it goes. 😀

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  2. Ooooh Summer Days and Summer nights sounds like it is right up my alley for a nice summer/beach read. I love anthologies and I just so happened to notice Leigh Bardugo’s name at first glance.

    I love the cover for Unexpected Everything so I am completely intrigued by it and the Summer of Chasing Mermaids has me hooked by the name alone. The fact that it’s a loose retelling of the Little Mermaid is also a major selling point for me as well.

    Great list!

    Here’s my TTT for this week. I tried to do something a little different because I had no idea what I wanted to read at the beach until the end of the post. lol

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    1. haha anything that involves Leigh Bardugo is worth the read.

      Morgan Matson’s book covers always seem to capture that summer feel. I cannot go through summer without reading one of her novels. 😀

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  3. I love Katie McGarry so freaking much, and I need to read her newer series. The Unexpected Everything is fabulous (of course it is, it’s Morgan Matson). It’s a bit slow at some parts, but all together great. I hope you enjoy. Also, The Summer of Chasing Mermaids made my list as well. Wonderful list!

    My TTT!

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    1. I need to finish the Pushing the Limit series but the Thunder Road series is my favourite at the moment. I just love getting to explore the different dynamics within the biker community.
      Morgan Matson is my go-to contemporary author so I’m 99% sure I’ll love the book and just power through the slower parts haha.


  4. So happy that you included First and Then and The Unexpected Everything! Both very good, very summery books. And I’m definitely planning to read Emmy and Oliver soon – I’ve been hearing exactly what you said, that it’s sweet and has heart.

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    1. Hopefully by this time next week I’ll have started the Unexpected Everything. I need my yearly dose of Morgan Matson 😛 I hope you enjoy Emmy & Oliver as much as I did. 😀


    1. Oh yes you must read I’ll Give You the Sun. It’s just so emotional and the characters are wonderfully flawed. I’d definitely recommend it if you fancy a punch in the feels haha.

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  5. Absolutely in agreement with you on Night Owls, Lois! The romance was adorably cute and I love how scenic the descriptions of San Fran were. And ooh, I think you’ll love The Summer of Chasing Mermaids. That was actually my first Ockler book and I LOVED it. 😀

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    1. I loved how open Beatrix and Jack were with each other about everything. They are a fine example of a sex-positive relationship. It’s been so long since I’ve picked up a Sarah Ockler books, it’s high time I get back into her books. 😀

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    1. The Unexpected Everything is definitely a popular choice this week and I am so excited to start the book. I loved the dynamic between Noah and Jude and seeing how they rebuilt the remains on their connection. It’s such a beautiful journey.


    1. This topic reminded me that I need to pick up Walk the Edge. I need to uncover the mystery that is Razor haha. I hope you enjoy The Unexpected Everything and I can’t wait to start it myself. 😀

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  6. I’ll Give You the Sun is such a wonderful book. It’s truly one of my favorite contemporaries, and I really hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Tragic, devastating, but hopeful and beautiful all at once. I’ve never been blown away by a Morgan Matson book (I believe I’ve read two of her most famous ones), but for some reason, I’m drawn to the Unexpected Everything. Maybe it’s the colorful cover. HAHA.

    Hope you get to all these books, Lois, and wonderful post. Happy reading. 🙂 x

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    1. I’ll Give You the Sun took me on one hell of an emotional rollercoaster. The emotions are just so raw in the book and I just loved exploring the family dynamics.

      Morgan Matson’s books encompass all things summery haha. I love the cover to The Unexpected Everything and I think it might just be my favourite one. Hopefully the story is just as pretty and colourful as the cover. 😀


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