Now that summer has apparently bullied spring into submission here in Northeast Ohio, it’s time to start packing up beach bags and soaking up the sun (don’t forget the sunscreen). This week’s Top Ten list, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish is all about beach reads. When I think if beach reads I think of books that are light and fun. It also helps if they are small and paperback. You never can predict what will happen at the beach, so I recommend paperbacks because they are lightweight (so you can carry more) and less costly to replace than a hardcover (these things happen, don’t fret too much).
I am going to do this list a little differently. Instead of recommending things for your beach bag, I will tell you the ten books that I would put in my beach bag if I were going on vacation today.
1. Stork by Wendy Delsol. This is just a tiny part of what Goodreads.com say: “With a nod to Hans Christian Andersen and inspired by Norse lore, Wendy Delsol’s debut novel introduces a hip and witty heroine who finds herself tail-feathers deep in small-town life.” This comes highly recommended by a friend and it’s finally my turn to get it from the library.
2. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. Beauty queens+Lost-style island+Libba Bray’s sense of humor=MUST READ.
3. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. One of my favorite YA Sci-Fi books. I can’t wait to reread this for my teen book club.
4. He’s So Not Worth It by Kieran Scott. This sequel to She’s So Dead to Us isn’t due out for another week, but I have an ARC and if I were headed to the beach today, it would be in my bag for sure.
5. The Battle for Skandia by John Flanagan. Book 4 in the Ranger’s Apprentice series would definitely be in my beach bag. As it is now, it’s somewhere in the middle of my TBR pile. I would give it the attention it deserves if I went to the beach today.
6. We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han. This is the conclusion to the Summer series starring Belly, Jeremiah, and Conrad. I can’t wait to see how it ends and the beach would be the perfect place to read it!
7. How to Ruin My Teenage Life by Simone Elkeles. I have been meaning to finish this series, which starts with How to Ruin My Summer Vacation. I would probably also toss in How to Ruin My Boyfriend’s Reputation. If my beach trip was in August I would definitely bring Chain Reaction. Basically, my beach bag would have something by Simone Elkeles!
8. Hexbound by Chloe Neill. This is the second book in the Dark Elite series. It’s the perfect size for a beach bag and it has hardcore demon-fighting girls and cute guys. Perfect.
9. Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich. A beach vacation is the perfect time to learn more about amateur bounty hunter, Stephanie Plum. I have plenty of catching up to do-Smokin’ Seventeen is due out this year and I have only read the first one!
10. Finally, I would take Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn. I have been told that I absolutely must read this delightful Victorian mystery and it just keeps getting pushed to the bottom of the list…
So, that’s what I would take on my beach vacation. What about you?
Up next? Top Ten Settings, real or imaginary. This is going to be tough.