Top Ten Books That Should Be In Your Beach Bag
Beach bag. Now there’s a nice idea. Unfortunately beach-weather isn’t really something that Ireland is known for, and if by chance we do get a heat-wave and I’m not working (now that I’m an adult, not a student, and “summer holidays” are a long-gone memory…*sniff*) I doubt I’ll spend those precious sun-shiny hours reading…
But back to the point. I’ve put together a list of ten books I think would make great Summer reads, this could be because it’s a light-hearted RomCom (and I used to read bucket-fulls of those) or just because something about it screams SUMMER!
1. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover: I don’t think I can rave about this book enough at the minute, it was just SO enjoyable, and the sound track would definitely be brilliant to listen to during summer/on a beach/on holiday. I want to check out more books by Colleen Hoover and I think Summer is as good a time as any to do that, she definitely does the NA genre so well. You can check out my review of Maybe Someday here, it’s one of my favourite reads of 2014.
2. The Mortal Instruments – City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare: I finished the rest of this series around November 2013, I think, and I waited (im)patiently for the last book to come out. I was lucky to win my copy of CoHF in a giveaway from Aimee and couldn’t wait to get stuck in. Except, I really wanted to reread the first five in the series. So, I committed. It’s OK, I can do this. I’m halfway through #1 and I’m avoiding all CoHF related online content like the plague (including scrolling slowly and with one eye open, I kid you not) to avoid spoilers. It reminds me of the excitement I felt when a new Harry Potter book came out, usually around July-time, and I had to reread the whole series to-date before getting stuck in. But then, over on Such A Novel Idea, Loren has said you should read The Infernal Devices before reading CoHF because they tie in… I’m so emotional and confused right now.
3. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell: I haven’t read anything by Rainbow Rowell…yet. I know, where have I been?? I do have an eBook of Eleanor and Park waiting for me, but I might leave it a little longer so I can read Attachments first. It sounds like a great summer read, and I’m wondering if the raved Rainbow Rowell can jazz up the RomCom, chick-lit genre for me. I used to read tons of this genre but it became so predictable that I jumped ship to fantasy, NA and dystopia.
4. Beautiful Disaster/Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire: Beautiful Disaster has received some mixed reviews from bloggers, and opinions are clearly divided between total hatred for this book and absolute adoration. You can check out my review here for more of my thoughts. I think Beautiful Disaster makes a perfect Summer read (but be warned – I recommend checking out some reviews from people you trust first!), and I’ll definitely be picking up Walking Disaster soon, which is the same story told from the male perspective.
5. Boys Like You by Julianna Stone: This book is set in the Summer, it’s hawt, it’s humorous, it’s serious, it’s swoony, there’s music involved, it has so many feels, and I love, love, love Nate. I don’t think there are any other requirements for a fantastic Summer read (oh, and the protagonist is called “Monroe”, I love that name!). This is my first (and to-date, only) 5/5 rated book of the year. You can read my review here to find out all of the reasons why I LOVED this book.
6. The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith: I didn’t rate this book very highly (a reasonably solid 3.5/5 – check out my review here) but the story-line is very cute and it does have that perfect combination of being light and fluffy, with just enough of an emotional undertone to keep a slightly older reader interested. The story has the feel-good factor we crave in Summer, and for those who still have a romantic inside of them screaming to get out, this book will subdue the beast for a little while longer.
7. The Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater: The Raven Cycle series seem to be Maggie’s most talked about books in the blogosphere and anyone who has read both The Wolves of Mercy Falls series and The Raven Cycle series seem to agree that Maggie’s writing greatly improved. I haven’t read The Raven Cycle series yet, but I LOVED The Wolves of Mercy Falls, so I guess at some point I’m in for a treat! Shiver, Linger and Forever tell a great story, have some amazing characters and even made me well up once or twice. Great reads.
8. The Boy Series by Meg Cabot: Not quite as embarrassing to be seen reading as The Princess Diaries or All American Girl (unless you’re using an eReader, in which case fill yer boots!), The Boy Series by Meg Cabot is essentially all the goodness and gooey-ness of those teen favourites but wrapped up in a more mature and ever so slightly more risque bow. Perfect Summer reading… and should anyone have a very long Summer break and want to relive the best of your teenage years, I highly recommend all 10 books in the Princess Diaries series, if nothing else it will prepare you for book 11 (NA, apparently!) due out in 2015!
9. Pretty Things by Sara Manning: It’s been quite a while since I read this, but from memory it would make a cracking summer read! Four teens in London are working on a Summer production of The Taming of the Shrew. Brie is in love with her gay best friend Charlie, Charlie is in love with straight boy Walker, and Walker is in love with Daisy, who’s a lesbian. Can you see where this is going? I wanted everyone to end up with who they wanted, even though it wasn’t even possible! This book made me fall in love with Manning’s writing and now I’m kicking myself that I haven’t read more of her stuff.
10. The Shopaholic Series by Sophie Kinsella: I think the first time I read this series it was during a Summer, probably quite a few years ago. Don’t let the movie put you off! This series is sweet, funny, charming… and that’s just the love-interest, Luke! No, really, Becky can be a little irritating at times because of her naivety and sense-less spending but the story just works and you won’t be able to put it down. What I like to call “take-your-brain-out” reading (and for those super observant readers, you might just notice where I got inspiration for my blog-name… anyone who loves buying books with sympathise with Becky in this one).
Not sure how much “Summer” reading I’ll be getting done, I’ve signed up to Mental Health Awareness Month for June and I have my wonderful TMI series to get through, but I will be reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower which I believe is supposed to be both about MH and Summery?? What are your top picks for Summer?