Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Books Set at the Beach

This week we are focusing on books of any particular setting we want and I'm sure it doesn't surprise you that I picked my favorite beach settings.  Here are my top ten favorite beach settings in books:

Avalon, NJ - picture from visitavalonnj.com

1.  All the Summer Girls by Meg Donohue- This book takes place in Avalon, NJ, which just so happens to be the beach I grew up going to.  Donohue did a fantastic job making my favorite beach town come to life.

2.  The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han- This book takes place at Cousins Beach. I'm not sure it's a real place, but after reading this series, I fell in love with the setting.  

3.  Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen - I love the setting of Colby; it seems like the perfect beach town.  I also love that many of Dessen's novels are set there and readers become familiar with the many places within Colby.

Nantucket, MA - picture from destination360.com

4.  The Island by Elin Hilderbrand - I love the setting of Nantucket and am dying to visit there. What is especially cool about this book is the fact that it takes place off of Nantucket on Tuckernuck Island, which seems completely idyllic.

5.  On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves - This is the total "I'm stranded on an island" type of setting and even though parts of the story made the setting seem more like Survivor than the Ritz, I still loved every second of it.

6.  Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland - Again, I haven't been to Nantucket, but after read this book and a lot of Elin Hilderbrand's, which are also set there, I have come to love this beach town.

7.  Sweet Life by Mia King - It's set in Hawaii?! Need I say more?

8.  A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams - Seaview, Rhode Island in 1938 is an incredible setting for one of my favorite beach reads.

Key West, Florida - picture from destination360.com

9.  Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm- This middle grade read really brings to life the awesome setting of Key West, Florida.

10.  Hemingway's Girl by Erika Robuck - This historical read is also set in Key West, one of my favorite vacation spots.

What books have some of your favorite beach or tropical settings? What do you think of my list?  Let me know! (This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, so check it out!)


  1. I need to read On The Island! It sounds so good!

    My TTT

  2. I love beach settings too, although I actually haven't read ANY of the titles you list. Shame on me!

  3. There's definitely nothing quite like a book set at the beach. I love seeing Along for the Ride on this list because that setting is simply perfection. I think I'd add Raw Blue to this list, simply because it's one of my favourites, too! Great list, Christina! :)

  4. Man, I need a vacation! I love books set in Nantucket: Nantucket Blue and any book by Elin Hilderbrand always makes yearn to go there. I love Colby, too. It sounds like such an awesome town to live. Great list!

  5. I haven't actually read that many books set near the ocean; I'll have to check some of these out!!

    Emily from Blue-Eyed Bibliophile

  6. "On the Island" is one of my favorites too! I picked a top ten list of books set in the American South. Here's my list:

    Nevaeh @ Nevaeh's New Adult Book Blog

  7. Yay, another person who listed books set on the beach! I've also got Along for the Ride on my list, but I want to read Nantucket Blue and The Island now. Great list :)

  8. On the Island is my favorite beach read. Good list :)

    My TTT.

  9. I haven't read all of these, but you've picked some of my favourites here! Pretty much a perfect beach reading list! :)

  10. Thanks for checking out my TTT list, everyone! I appreciate it!


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