Tuesday, June 17, 2014

It's Summer!!

And we all know what summer means: Reading! Wait, that's what Fall and Winter and Spring mean for me too so I guess that's not a change from normal. But, I thought it would be fun to talk about my favorite "beach reads" and also for you to tell me yours. I'm always looking for a fun book to drag with me on vacations. I hope I actually get to visit a beach this summer so I can make the term "beach reads" literal. Okay, so, here are some of my favs:

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Open Road Summer by Emory Lord

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E Smith

The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

So that's my short list (I could go on and on). And yes, for some reason they are all contemporaries. Why do I assume that summer/beach reads must be contemporary? Hmmm, I'll have to ponder that. Now it's your turn. What are some of your summer favorites?


  1. Lately I've really liked Open Road Summer, Since You've Been Gone, The Chapel Wars, Searching for Sky, On The Fence and of course my trashy paperback romances.

  2. Great list! Love Anna, This is What Happy Looks Like (love love), The Promise of Amazing, Jenny's summer series.

    I get a copy of Open Road Summer soon (a blogger friend recommended me for a free copy from the publisher!!) and I have to get Second Chance summer.

    Summer books! <3

  3. I loved Open Road Summer. I think any summer book list should also include On the Fence! It's seasonally appropriate and so fun. (I was lucky and got an ARC.)

  4. I also tend to think of contemporaries as beach reads. Hmmm. I never really considered that.

    Here are a few of my favorites:

    Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
    On the Fence by Kasie West :)
    Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
    Better of Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg
    Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson

    I really need to stop... this list could go on and on! :)

  5. I love that you put together this list! It is so great to get good recommendations!

    Funny that I recently read several from your list: Anna and the French Kiss, Open Road Summer, This is What Happy Looks Like, and The Promise of Amazing. And I have to second Lisa's recommendation of Better off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg (love her writing!)

    As for my own recommendations, I would include:
    Shifting by Bethany Wiggins
    The Selection series by Kiera Cass
    Edenbrooke by Juliane Donaldson (This is a Regency book, but I promise it's worth the read! This book has got it ALL - romance, humor! I've never laughed so hard from a book! It's one of my top favs.!)
    To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
    The Heart's Fire by Emily Andrewsen
    And, of course, ALL books by Kasie West! Love them all!

    (As a side note, we have a common friend - Kandy Broby. I knew her in high school! We actually dated the same guy - not at the same time!!) :)

  6. I know I'm an entire 2 years late, but here are some of mine: This is What Happy Looks Like (because it's amazing), How my Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski, The Summer After You and Me also by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski, and, Love, Lucas by Chantele Sedgwick.

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