Top Ten Tuesday: Fun Vacation Reads

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May 23:¬†Summer Reads Freebie: In preparation for Memorial Day (which is always the unofficial summer kickoff for me), let’s rec some summer/beach reads: books to go in your beach bag, best books set in summer, books with summer-y covers, best beach reads for people who don’t enjoy contemporary/realistic reads, best beach reads for fans of X genre, etc. etc.

None comprehensive and in no particular order, but these are all summer vibe, fast, light hearted reads great for taking on vacation. Nothing too heavy or sad!


1 – Heist Society


A fast-paced trilogy about teenage art thieves that is hilarious and wonderful by one of my favorite authors of all time.

2 – We Were Liars


Mystery. Fun characters. A summer vacation home. A rich family. A romance. Its good.

3 – Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour


A bit of a sad backstory to this one. But the romance is cheesy and not an instalove, and the road trip epicness is alive and sparkling in this.

4 – Everything Everything


Again, a bit of health related sadness, and the ending is pretty hit-or-miss with most. But its well written, cute, a fast read, and the little drawings and book obsessed MC make it extra fun. Also, movie coming soon!

5 – Panic


This one is less cutesy more action – if that’s what you prefer. Fast paced, life or death games, and epic friendships.

6 – The Selection


Lighthearted, great guilty-pleasure read if you’re the sort of person who watches stuff like The Bachelor – because its essentially girls trying to win the hand of the prince. The more dystopian world building is pretty interesting, and the love triangle – while infuriating at times, but it a great no worries, kill time and enjoy it read. Vacation/summer is the time for watching TLC and Lifetime and this is basically that in book form.

7 – When Dimple Met Rishi


This just came out I think (or soon at least)¬†and I haven’t read it – but its a cute, diverse romance everyone’s raving about taking place at a summer program. I think it’ll work.

8 – The Square Root of Summer


The MC is a bit of a physics/math nerd Рwhich  makes her relatable to me Рand the whole story is cute and fairly lighthearted (with the obligatory drama and not very pervasive sad backstory as requisite in most YA).

9 – Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories


A book everyone probably knows about, but felt I had to mention. Its a collection of summer-set short stories by various popular YA authors.

10 – Royce Rolls


A fast-paced, funny read. The characters were all great. You can actually read my full review here:¬†NetGalley Review: Royce Rolls. If you guilty-pleasure watch The Kardashians – you’ll like this. Its centered on a family of reality TV stars.


Top Five Wednesday: Summer Reads

Top Five Wednesday is a book meme that Lainey started, and is now hosted by Sam at Thoughts on Tomes.
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May 17th: Summer Reads
–The weather is heating up (for half of the world), so what books remind you of summer and are your quintessential summer reads?

I’m going with 5 summer-y arcs on my TBR – because I need to get to these this summer…

Also, if I straight up g with summer-y contemporaries, my list will be identical to every other “Unexpected Everything”, Kasie West, and “Since You’ve Been Gone” filled list that are the first summer-y books that come to mind, arguably for many people.


1 –¬†Hook’s Tale –¬†Being the Account of an Unjustly Villainized Pirate Written by Himself

by John Leonard Pielmeier

I LOVE retellings. Peter Pan retellings being among my favorites. I also love redeeming villain stories (its a thing, go with it). This combines those two things – apparently its inspired by Wicked…which I have never seen/read/heard in full. But it seems cool none-the-less and I’m excited to read this.


2 –¬†Song of the Current

by Sarah Tolcser

This is another book featuring ships and the seas. I’ve been on a pirate kick lately, I don’t know. I don’t think this book is directly about pirates, but its about river gods and kickass, ship sailing females (which is close enough to pirates) and seems intriguing so I’m excited.


3 –¬†The Possible

by Tara Altebrando

Superpowers are just a summer-y thing to me. Probably because all the superhero movies come out in the summer (I’m dying for GotG2 and Spider-man!). I don’t know much about this, it it seems really interesting. I was mostly just hooked by the concept of X-men-like powers.


4 –¬†Sovereign –¬†Nemesis – Book Two

by April Daniels

I Loved the first book (NetGalley Review ‚Äď Nemesis #1: Dreadnought) which come out earlier this year. I wasn’t expecting this one to come out so soon, but it comes out this summer and I got approved for an arc on netgalley. I read and loved the first one over winter break (but I was in central america so it was summer!) and I really want to read this, so here it is.


5 –¬†The Comic Book Story of Video Games –¬†The Incredible History of the Electronic Gaming Revolution

by Jonathan Hennessey, Jack Mcgowan

Summer is the only time I actually have the time to play video games, and comics in general just seem a summer-y thing. So, there it goes on the summer reads list.

Some Honorable Mentions:

I have two mandatory summer reading books this year – as I’m taking AP English Literature next year school. I have to read Pride & Prejudice and Thousand Splendid Suns.