Monday, May 21, 2012

The Best Beach Reads For This Summer According To My Favorite Bloggers: Part II

If you missed Part I of this post, check it out here.  I bet you will get some good book recommendations for the beach or pool this summer.  

Today I have a few more of my favorite bloggers sharing their opinions and I'm so happy they could participate.

Becky from Stories and Sweeties says....
The only book that I would consider a little beachy would be The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, which I really enjoyed!   But I definitely have a few that I'm planning to read this summer!  Here's what I'm hoping to tackle---and if I make it to a beach to read these, that would be awesome! :D
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick, Lola & The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins, Wanderlove by Kristen Hubbard, and Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols.
Thanks for sharing your picks with us, Becky. I completely agree with you about My Life Next Door; I can't wait for that one!  I think you will love Wanderlove and Lola....both great reads! 

Leanna from Daisy Chain Book Reviews says......

I have two books for your beach back from my recent best reads list.   Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard.   I think this is the perfect summer book. It’s got travel, it’s got romance, and it is so, so beautifully written and illustrated.  This book will make you want to pack your backpack and take off traveling, even if, like me, you don’t do backpacks! When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle. This is a modern day retelling of Romeo and Juliet from the point of view of Romeo’s first love, Rosaline. I love Serle’s writing style which is so witty and insightful. Her observations of life and love are totally on the mark.  This is a great one for fans of YA Contemps and will make a great summer read!
What will be in your beach bag this summer?
Onto the books that will be in my beach bag this summer. Oh, so many! Can I have two beach bags? Maybe three? OK, I’ve tried to narrow it down to just a couple of books here. It was difficult. Summer reads are so my thing!  Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson.  Morgan’s debut novel, Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour is one of my faves (love those road trip books!) and so I cannot wait to read this one.  It’s at the very top of my summer wish list! 
Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson. I want to read this so bad I’ve requested it three times on Netgalley and I got nada, so it looks like I’ll have to wait until it releases in June to read it. An Italian setting, hot boys, lots of flirting…What more you could you want from a summer read? I’m sold.   
Reunited by Hilary Weisman Graham.  This sounds like a fun contemp of ex-best friends, rock bands and road trips. My kinda read!  
The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour.  This one was released back in February, but it just screams summer to me!  I ordered a copy just the other day for my beach bag.   
Dreamless (Starcrossed #2) by Josephine Angelini. I’ve been told by a lovely publishing contact that this one is so hot it sizzles! I can’t wait to find out all about that! I could keep adding books to this list, but I think my beach bag is about to burst! Hope you enjoy my summer reading recommendations! 
Thank you so much for participating, Leanna! I LOVE your recommendations...we have such similar taste!  

Meg from Write Meg! says.....
If you're looking for sweet reads while you're sun-drenched this summer, look no further than Meg Donohue's How To Eat A Cupcake. It's got a little something for everyone: friendship, mystery, love . . . and dessert, of course. 

I also whipped through Jennifer Gooch Hummer's Girl Unmoored faster than you can open a beach umbrella; one of my favorite reads in recent memory, it's sensitive and moving and wickedly entertaining. It's one of those books that gets you giggling pages after filling your eyes with tears. Don't miss it!
For those looking for a little historical fiction to lull you by the waves, look no further than Kristina McMorris' Bridge Of Scarlet LeavesThis sweeping World War II drama had me rooting for its characters as they struggled against terrible circumstances. The love story is great, too -- and every good beach read needs a love story!
What will be in your beach bag?

It's not unusual for me to start stacking up "beach reads" in the winter, daydreaming about the beach house I've visited since I was a kid. This year I'll be reading the final book in Jenny Han's summer trilogy, We'll Always Have Summer; the series is as cool and soothing as an ocean breeze. I'm also hoping to finish J. Courtney Sullivan's MaineJess Walter's Beautiful Ruins and Laura Moriarity's The Chaperone. Can't wait!
Thank you so much for your recommendations, Meg! I love your write-ups. You have sold me on all of your picks and I can't wait to hear your thoughts on We'll Always Have Summer!

Carrie from In the Hammock says.....
The Summer of No Regrets by Katherine Grace Bond. I'm a sucker for that super romantic, summery cover! As for the beach reads I've read lately.....I really haven't read any lately. I guess I would say Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later just because it's so fluffy.
Thanks, Carrie! I have been dying to read Sweet Valley Confidential- it seems like so much fun to revisit those characters!

I hope you guys have enjoyed my favorite bloggers' recommendations.  Let me know what you think and what you'll be reading this summer!


  1. Love all these summer reading rec's! Sweet Valley Confidential is such a guilty pleasure read!

    I'll link this on my blog later! :)

  2. Ooooo I've heard so many amazing things about Wanderlove, that definitely is one I want to tackle this summer. I also can't wait for Flirting in Italian, I'm in the mood for a fun contemporary:) Thanks for the recommendations everyone!

  3. Oh, I really need to check out The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight...and love Wanderlove & The Disenchantments! So very beach-worthy :)

  4. More awesome beach reads! Thanks for featuring my picks!! Sweet Valley Confidential is definitely a different Sweet Valley than what we used to read haha!!

  5. Second Chance Summer was the only book i read at the beach. I love MM but it was SO sad- so be prepared! Also, Flirting in Italian was cute, but be ready for the book to leave you anxious for the next! Wanderlove- YESSS. Another good one.
    I'm going to have to check out the others mentioned!

  6. Thanks Meg! I'm off to look into How To Eat A Cupcake. I remember your review but you've reignited my interest with the word mystery.

  7. They all look like great books. Can't wait to check them out. One that I would suggest is "SportsFan Chronicles" by Kurt Weichert. The book is clearly a sports novel, but is written to appeal to women. It is a humorous book about two guys who win the lottery and purchase a football team. I loved the friendship and camaraderie side of the story most of all.

  8. What a great idea for a post! Definitely going to check out Wanderlove now since it popped up a couple times. I have to admit I still haven't read either of Stephanie Perkins books but I always thought they looked like good beach reads. Now if I can just get myself a beach!


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