Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’d Recommend As Good Beach Reads

12 Jun

It’s Tuesday again and over at The Broke and the Bookish that means it’s time for another Tuesday Top Ten! This week’s topic is the Top Ten Books I’d Recommend As Good Beach Reads.

There are few things better than heading to the peach or pool, with a good book and a cold drink in hand. Since it’s summer I tend to go for lighthearted or romance books, which is not my usual fare but it’s a fun distraction! So, here are my books for best books to read by the pool or at the beach!

1. Summer Sisters by Judy Blume. As a kid I could not get enough of Judy Blume’s books and turns out that’s true as an adult as well! Summer Sisters is made for reading at the beach, I mean just look at the title! This is one of my go-to reads when I’m headed for the beach or the pool.

2. The Beach House by Jane Green. I have a soft spot for Jane Green when it comes to chick-lit, usually because her books are set in England! This one, however is set in Nantucket and makes for a perfect beachy read!

3. Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close. This is my “poot pitiful me” read of the summer, as I identify all too well with Isabella, Mary, and Lauren who are navigating their late twenties as single women as all their friends get married and start to procreate. It helps me to know I’m not alone!

4. Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen (or Just Listen, or What Happened to Goodbye, or any of her novels!). I adore Sarah Dessen books for their simplicity and sweet romances. They bring a smile to my face as I lounge by the pool idly flipping pages and wishing that a handsome, sweet boy would appear as my next door neighbor (preferably one close to 30 than his teens though!)

5. Outer Banks by Anne Rivers Siddons. To be honest this book isn’t really all that great, but it’s got romance and friendship and betrayal, plus it reminds me of a summer vacation to Ocracoke Island in the Outer Banks over a decade ago. It’s worth reading if you’re looking for a beachy read that’s a bit more thrilling and heartbreaking than normal.

6. Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler. A great YA read for the beach, it feels like you’re right there alongside Anna and Frankie as they navigate their twenty by summer adventure!

7. Two-way Street by Lauren Barnholdt. Follow Jordan and Courtney on summer road trip that was planned before they couple broke up. From the comfort of your longue chair you can follow the couple as they make their way to college and maybe even back towards each other?

8. Paper Towns by John Green. Not your normal beach read, but the story of the end of high school for sort of friends Margot and Quentin is an engaging read that will have you reading long after the sun has set for the day.

9. Crush: 26 Real-lifeTales of First Love by Andrea N. Richesin. What better time than the lazy days of summer to reflect back upon your first love? Through  the stories of 26 different authors you’re able to experience that magic moment again and again.

10. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. I love this book so much and it’s light-hearted and warm fuzzy romance provide a fantastic companion for a day sipping drinks by the beach or pool.


What are your favorite summer/beach reads? I need to pick up a few new books for my summer reading and am looking for suggestions!


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31 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’d Recommend As Good Beach Reads

  1. Angela @ AJ Arndt Books Blog

    13 June, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    I’m with you on Jane Green. I don’t think I’ve read The Beach House yet, but I love her other books.

  2. wingedcreature

    12 June, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Great list! I really need to read more John Green- I’m currently reading Looking For Alaska and I really like it so far. I can’t think of anything off the top of my head for recommendations though.

  3. Lauren@The Housework Can Wait

    12 June, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    I haven’t read any of these yet, but I’m definitely getting the impression I need to read Anna and the French Kiss 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by my (weirdly eclectic) Top 10 Tuesday!

    • Sarah @ Breaking the Binding

      12 June, 2012 at 8:31 pm

      Oh man, “Anna and the French Kiss” is SO, SO GOOD! I picked it up not knowing a thing about it and I absolutely fell in love. Partly because it reminds me of my year in England, but mostly because Stephanie Perkins writes amazing characters. Totally worth a read!

  4. LWSpotts

    12 June, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    I loved Summer Sisters when I read it years ago, and The Beach House is on my shelf right now. Being that it’s summer, I should dig it out. Every time I look at it, I think “This sounds so good.” Then I get distracted…

    • Sarah @ Breaking the Binding

      12 June, 2012 at 8:28 pm

      I loved Summer Sisters when I first read it! I actually take it with me every time I go to the beach and get lost in the story all over again. Sooo worth it.

  5. Kimberly @ Turning The Pages

    12 June, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Great Top Ten list! I really have to read Summer Sisters by Judy Blume she’s one of my favourite authors.
    Here’s my Top10 post 🙂

    Kimberly @ Turning The Pages

    • Sarah @ Breaking the Binding

      12 June, 2012 at 8:29 pm

      It’s so good! It’s definitely less YA and more A, even though the girls start out as pre-teens. It’s a fun read and worth a slot on your “beach reads” list.

  6. armchairauthor

    12 June, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Summer Sisters was number one on my list, too!

    • Sarah @ Breaking the Binding

      12 June, 2012 at 8:29 pm

      Yay! I feel like not that many people have actually read it, so I love finding others that have 🙂

  7. marissa

    12 June, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    I loved anna and the french kiss looks like you’re another one telling me I need to get to dessen and twenty boy summer asap!

    here’s my TTT

  8. Lauren @ Lauren Reads YA

    12 June, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    I really want to read Twenty Boy Summer and Two-Way Street! I do have one other Lauren Barnholdt book, so I’m probably going to read that first. Great list! 🙂

    My Top Ten

    • Sarah @ Breaking the Binding

      12 June, 2012 at 1:03 pm

      Ohh what Lauren Barnholdt book do you have? I liked her style and would welcome other titles to check out!

  9. Amanda

    12 June, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Completely agree that ANY Sarah Dessen book is perfect. Same with Lauren Barnholdt.

    Thanks for stopping by LIO!

  10. Vikk Simmons

    12 June, 2012 at 11:02 am

    I haven’t heard about Crush 26. Sounds like an interesting read. Thanks!

    • Sarah @ Breaking the Binding

      12 June, 2012 at 1:05 pm

      It was fascinating! It will certainly have you taking a trip down memory lane with all your past relationships though. Consider yourself warned.

  11. Fara @ Tumbling In Books

    12 June, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Two-Way Street, Sarah Dessen’s, Anna and Twenty Boy Summer are just awesome. Great list! 😀

    Drop by my Top 10?

  12. Harley Bear (@HarleyBearBooks)

    12 June, 2012 at 10:31 am

    I need to read Ana still. Literally every blog I go to mentions it at least once! I agree that Sarah Dessen is awesome. I have all her books and love taking them to the beach.

    • Sarah @ Breaking the Binding

      12 June, 2012 at 1:06 pm

      Ohhh Stephanie Perkins is amazing and you should absolutely put Anna and the French Kiss at the top of your TBR pile! I don’t think you’ll regret it at all.

  13. Anne

    12 June, 2012 at 10:27 am

    I have been wanting to read The Beach House, it looks like a great book!

    • Sarah @ Breaking the Binding

      12 June, 2012 at 1:07 pm

      I adore Jane Green, her books are what chick lit should be! The Beach House was just as good as her others, if you’re familiar with those.

  14. Kristan

    12 June, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Hahah I totally agree with any of Sarah Dessen’s novels making this list. I put up two on my own TTT but really, anything by her would be perfect for the beach. Her writing just screams summertime =)

    My Top Ten Tuesday
    Kristan @ Lost Amongst the Shelves

  15. Shoeless

    12 June, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Great list!

  16. Lori (@Loriimagination)

    12 June, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Twenty Boy Summer is on my list as well. I love that book! I’m actually starting Lock and Key on audio today! Although, I’m not at the beach. 😦 Great list.
    My Top Ten

    • Sarah @ Breaking the Binding

      12 June, 2012 at 9:45 am

      I enjoyed Lock and Key! All of Sarah Dessen’s novels are fun, easy reds. Perfect for summer whether you’re a the beach or not 🙂

  17. Debnance at Readerbuzz

    12 June, 2012 at 9:41 am

    I always see romance novels here and there in the summer. It is necessary, somehow.

    Here’s my list of Top Ten Favorite Beach Reads. I hope you will stop by and tell me what you think!

    • Sarah @ Breaking the Binding

      12 June, 2012 at 9:46 am

      I completely agree! Summer always has me wanting to read a lighthearted love story. I’ll definitely check your list out as well, thanks for stopping by!


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