Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books That Will Be In My Beach Bag This Summer

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Soon, very soon, I will be in beautiful Florida soaking up the sun and hanging out by the pool. And while the sun, sand, and surf are all great, vacation wouldn't be complete without some great books to read. The hard part is choosing what those books will be. I'm a mood reader, so the biggest thing for me when deciding what books to pack is making sure I have options. I may be perfectly content with a fluffy summer romance one day, but the next day I could be bored with that and craving something more action-packed. The need to have a variety of books on my person at all times usually turns me into a bit of a book-packing monster.

By the time the picking and choosing of books is all said and done, I still have a teetering pile I have to narrow down. And since my family is flying instead of driving to Florida this year, I have to be even more conscientious about my book selection (oh, the agony!). Here's my current list of books I'm debating taking to the beach.

1. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart: I have been anticipating this book so much and I think vacation will be the perfect time to devour it.

2. What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick: Obligatory summer romance. I haven't read Huntley Fitzpatrick before but I've been hearing good things so I'm excited!

3. This Side of Salvation by Jeri Smith-Read: I came across this book while browsing through Barnes and Noble a couple weeks ago and have been wanting to read it ever since. Lucky for me it just came in at the library!

4. Out of the Easy by Ruta Septys: Even though it's set in Louisiana, not Florida, I've been saving this one to read on vacation because I liked the idea of reading a book set in the South while I'm actually in the South. It's silly reasoning, but there you go.

5. Tides by Betsy Cornwall: Mermaids. Need I say more?

6. Angelfall by Susan Ee -- I don't know why but, for me, summer and end-of-the-world books just seem to go together. Last year on vacation I read The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey, which was all the right amounts of excitement, apocalyptic horror, and unlikely romance, and even though it wasn't my favorite book of the year, it was an entertaining vacation read. So this year I'm going with another apocalyptic pick. The apocalypse, hot angels, and a girl who has to save the world--sounds like the makings of a thrilling summer beach read!
7. The Dark Heroine by Abigail Gibbs: This one's been sitting on my shelf for a while and it seems like a quick, fun paranormal romance--perfect for poolside reading.

8. Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor: I have a feeling that this will be the one book that definitely makes it into my carry-on bag. I'm still in the middle of Days of Blood and Starlight (and loving it), so we'll see how far I get before vacation.

9. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers: Now that Reign has been off the air for a couple weeks, I'm craving some action-packed historical fiction and Grave Mercy sounds like it will deliver!

10. Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout: I started reading Obsidian a couple summers back but then got caught up in the flurry of moving back to school and starting senior year and...well, the book just kind of fell by the wayside. I really loved the premise when I started reading it (Katy is a book blogger! One of us! How cool is that?!) and I've seen so many of the bloggers I follow talking about how much they love this series, so I figured now is the perfect time to catch up! (And be sure to check out the blog later today for a special post regarding the Lux series...you won't want to miss it!)

So that's the list. Now watch me pack something totally different by the time I'm ready to leave, haha. What books are you all planning to read this summer?


  1. I've already read We Were Liars and think it would definitely be the perfect summer read, just make sure you have a good few hours all to yourself to devour it and then maybe just sit there stunned for a couple more hours. =)

    1. It is now in my possession! Can't wait to read it. :)

  2. The Dark Heroine looks so intriguing. I hadn't heard of it before. I hope you have a lovely time in Florida! :-)

  3. Just recently finished Angelfall and LOVED it! Was really surprised at how much I loved it actually! -S

  4. Have a great vacation! I have Dreams of Gods and Monsters on my list as well, I need to find out how that wonderful series ends. We Were Liars looks fantastic too.

  5. Awesome picks! I loved Obsidian so much... I just have to read the rest of the series still. I can't wait until I finally get the chance to read We Were Liars. It sounds so great!
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  6. Bottom half is something I have had on my TBR for absolute ages, I must seriously get on these asap! Especially Taylor's books, I am so so excited for these, but must clean up some ARCs first. :D
    And I should really explore mermaids this summer, haven't read one mermaid book... Hm.

    Happy reading!

  7. Gods and Monsters and Grave Mercy are on the top of my list of books to be read, too!


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