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Top Ten Tuesday: Beachy Reads

Hi there!

It’s officially the first week of summer! And I made it through the last days of school with my students with minimal crying! Yay!

I absolutely love summer reading. I get to lounge around the house, or coffee shops  just doing what I want…reading!

So, for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and Bookish) I  am shopping my own book shelves for summery, Beachy Reads. All the books listed below are those that I own, haven’t read yet and seem like they’d make for nice relaxing summer reading. So here they are!

Lock&KeyLock and Key by Sarah Dessen

Just Listen by Sarah DessenJust Listen by Sarah Dessen

TheTurthAboutForeverThe Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

Real Mermaids Dont Wear Toerings by Helene BoudreauReal Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings by Helene Boudreau

This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E SmithThis is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

My Life Next Door by Huntley FitzpatrickMy Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

The Reinvention of Bessica Lefter by Kristen TracyThe Reinvention of Bessica Lefter by Kristen Tracey

Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCaffertySloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty

The Summer My Life Began by Shannon GreenlandThe Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland

(on my Kindle)Of Posiedon by Anna BanksOf Poseidon by Anna Banks

Don’t these all look like cool, relaxing summer reads? Have you read any of them? Which of these should I add to my July Reading Queue?

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Top ten Tuesday: Books I’d Recommend As Good Summer/Beach Reads

Top Ten TuesdayHi there! It’s that time of the week again!

Every Tuesday I bring you a Top Ten list!  Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish, to encourage book bloggers to get to get to know one another better and to share our love for books.

This week’s Top Ten is Books I’d Recommend as Good Summer/Beach Reads. When I think of delicious beach (or poolside reads) I tend to lean more towards contemporary titles.  I’m splitting this list up into two.  The first five beach reads I’ve read and recommend while  the second five titles will be summer reads I haven’t read, but I can just picture myself enjoying while lounging next to a pool (even though I live in Florida, I’m not a huge beach fan…go figure!).

I’ve Read and Recommend These

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares1. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by Ann Brashares

If you haven’t read this series yet, you’re really, really missing out.  It is hands down one of my favorite YA series ever.  In fact, thinking about it makes me miss the characters so much that I kind of want to re read them all!

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen2. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

Set in the fictional beachside town of Colby, this is the story of one girl breaking out of her shell and the boy who helps her open up. Dessen is the Queen of Summer Reads!

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han3. The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy by Jenny Han

In my opinion, summer reads should be full of the beach and cute boys at the beach.  These books have both!

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson4. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

Summer is the time for travel and vacations.  In this read, Ginny is sent on a self discover scavenger hunt through Europe.

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have To Kill You by Ally Carter5. The Gallagher Girl series by Ally Carter

These books really have nothing to do with summer or the beach, but they are such fun reads that they’re perfect for a sunny day and a tall glass of something sweet.

Haven’t Read Yet, but Want To!

6. Endless Summer by Jennifer Echols

Two irresistible boys. One unforgettable summer.Lori can’t wait for her summer at the lake. (And neither can I!)

Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols7. Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols

The Summer Before Boys by Nora Raleigh Baskin8. The Summer Before Boys by Nora Raleigh Baskin

Two best friends lose themselves in their summer, hanging out at a local resort. But when they meet a new boy, neither of them is prepared for how it impacts their friendship.

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen9. The Truth About Forever by Sara Dessen

As Macy ventures out of her shell one summer, and meets Wes,  she begins to wonder, is it really better to be safe than sorry?

The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland10. The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland
When Em gets the opportunity to get away and spend a month with the aunt she never knew, she jumps at the chance. While there, she learns that her family has some pretty significant secrets. And then there’s Cade, the laid-back local surfer boy who seems to be everything Em isn’t.

What books are in your beach bag?  Let me know if you have any summer must reads that I need to add to my bag!

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In My Mailbox (13)

In My Mailbox is a weekly event hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren and is a fun way for bloggers to socialize and network their blogs!

So this week, I may or may not have gone a little crazy on NetGalley. (Thank you to NetGalley and all the publishers!) I ended up getting five titles from NetGalley although I have no idea when I’m going to read them!  Oh well, summer is coming soon and I’ll have loads of free time then! So, here are the books in my mailbox this week.

The Summer My Life Began by Shannon GreenlandThe Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland

I’ve seen this one around on some other blogs and figured it was time I requested it.

Elizabeth Margaret—better known as Em—has always known what life would contain: an internship at her father’s firm, a degree from Harvard and a career as a lawyer. The only problem is that it’s not what she wants. When she gets the opportunity to get away from it all and spend a month with the aunt she never knew, she jumps at the chance. While there, Em pursues her secret dream of being a chef, and she also learns that her family has kept some significant secrets from her, too. And then there’s Cade, the laid-back local surfer boy who seems to be everything Em isn’t. Naturally, she can’t resist him, and as their romance blossoms, Em feels she is living on her own terms for the first time.

Diva by Jillian LarkinDiva by Jillian Larkin

I have no idea why I requested this one.  I really wasn’t a fan of, Vixen, the first book and haven’t even read the second title, but the cover is just so pretty!!!

Parties, bad boys, speakeasies—life in Manhattan has become a woozy blur for Clara Knowles. If Marcus Eastman truly loved her, how could he have fallen for another girl so quickly? Their romance mustn’t have been as magical as Clara thought. And if she has to be unhappy, she’s going to drag everyone else down to the depths of despair right along with her.  Being a Barnard girl is the stuff of Lorraine Dyer’s dreams. Finding out that Marcus is marrying a gold digger who may or may not be named Anastasia? A nightmare. The old Lorraine would have sat by and let the chips fall where they may, but she’s grown up a lot these past few months. She can’t bear to see Marcus lose a chance for true love. But will anyone listen to her?  Now that the charges against her have been dropped, Gloria Carmody is spending the last dizzying days of summer on Long Island, yachting on the sound and palling around with socialites at Forrest Hamilton’s swanky villa. Beneath her smile, though, Gloria’s keeping a secret. One that could have deadly consequences . . .

The Glimpse by Claire MerleThe Glimpse by Claire Merle

I jut love this cover and the summary sounds really cool!

Throughout England people are now divided into Pures and Crazies according to the results of a DNA test, with the Pures living in small Communities cut off from the madness of society, and the Crazies living outside the walls in the squalor and mayhem of the City. Ana has lived a privileged existence amongst the Pures, but her whole world crumbles when she finds out that there was a mistake with her Pure test. She is actually one of the Crazies, and one day in the near or distant future she will become sick. But Ana has already been promised to Pure-boy Jasper Taurell. Jasper is from a rich and influential family and despite Ana’s defects, wants to be with her. The authorities grant Ana a conditional reprieve. If she is joined to Jasper before her 18th birthday she may stay in the Community until her illness manifests. But if Jasper changes his mind, she will be cast out among the Crazies. As Ana’s joining ceremony looms closer, she dares to hope she will be saved from the horror of the City and live a ‘normal’ life. But then Jasper disappears. And as she delves deeper into the mystery of Jasper’s abduction she uncovers some devastating truths that destroy everything she has grown up to believe, but she also learns to love as she has never loved before.

Unbreak my Heart by Melissa WalkerUnbreak My Heart by Melissa Walker

This one sounds like a great summer read.

Sophomore year broke Clementine Williams’ heart. She fell for her best friend’s boyfriend and long story short: he’s excused, but Clem is vilified and she heads into summer with zero social life. Enter her parents’ plan to spend the summer on their sailboat. Normally the idea of being stuck on a tiny boat with her parents and little sister would make Clem break out in hives, but floating away sounds pretty good right now. Then she meets James at one of their first stops along the river. He and his dad are sailing for the summer and he’s just the distraction Clem needs. Can he break down Clem’s walls and heal her broken heart?

Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley CoriellWelcome Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell

I love this cover and can’t wait to read it!

Big-hearted Chloe Camden is the queen of her universe until her best friend shreds her reputation and her school counselor axes her junior independent study project. Chloe is forced to take on a meaningful project in order to pass, and so she joins her school’s struggling radio station, where the other students don’t find her too queenly. Ostracized by her former BFs and struggling with her beloved Grams’s mental deterioration, lonely Chloe ends up hosting a call-in show that gets the station much-needed publicity and, in the end, trouble. She also befriends radio techie and loner Duncan Moore, a quiet soul with a romantic heart. On and off the air, Chloe faces her loneliness and helps others find the fun and joy in everyday life. Readers will fall in love with Chloe as she falls in love with the radio station and the misfits who call it home.

So, there you have it! My mailbox for the week.  What did you get in your mailbox?