Top Ten Tuesday: Fun Vacation Reads

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May 23Summer 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 – which  makes her relatable to me – and 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 – 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.