Top Ten Books I’d Recommend As Good Beach Reads

To me there is little better than sitting by the pool or at the beach with a good book. I don’t have any beach trips planned but I’ve heard there are a few beaches in Utah (we’ll see what that means) that I hope enjoy. For those of you lucky enough to have a beach trip planned in your future here are a few reads that would be great to take a long. I’m joining in on Broke and the Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday. See everyone else’s beach picks here.

To me a good beach book is something kind of light, nothing I have to reread or work to hard to understand, and some romance or appealing love interest definitely doesn’t hurt. Even though I like to think and good amount of action for the beach I don’t want something that is going to stress me out. And while some of these aren’t my all time favorites they were still fun girly reads.

See my Goodreads account for my full reviews of each and to see a synopsis of each and of course to be friends if you’re on Goodreads too :)

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins- Cute story of a girl at boarding school in France for her Senior Year. Rates high on the chic factor.

City of Bones by Cassandra Claire – I really like these Mortal Instrument books. The characters are great, the friendships and dating relationships. If you like kids with powers and that fight this is a great one.

Twilight by Stephanie Meyers – if you haven’t read this by now you may be boycotting it. But even though Bella can be freaking annoying (after all she’s a teenage girl) the other characters are definitely admirable and it’s a fun quick read. If you have similar tastes to me you should give it a chance.

Graceling or Fire or Bitterblue – I recommend reading these in order of publication although I don’t think they need to be read that way. These are some of my all time favorite books. I love the writing, love the characters, love the story. I think Cashore’s writing is magic.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead – definitely on the lighter end. Think boarding school with kids that fight. It’s not so much about vampires as it is about the guardians. These books are lots of fun and easy reading although the first book isn’t the best (but it’s so worth getting through to get to the rest)

Matched by Ally Condie – I struggled with this one at the end. I thought the concept was really cool and even though it wasn’t one of my favorites it’s a fun read for the Summer.

The Unbecoming Mara Dyer – I’ve raved about this one before. The writing is fun and the characters are sassy but with a fun story.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver- the more I think about Delirium the more I like it. It’s a dystopian where love is considered a disease. It was super interesting to think about great friend, family and romantic relationships

Divine Secrets of the Ya-ya Sisterhood – Not so much romance but lots of good girlfriend relationships and to me this just kind of screams Summer.

Evermore by Alyson Noel – Definitely girly, kinda twilight-y in feel but the main character isn’t anywhere as annoying as Bella. The main character is the survivor of an accident and finds herself seeing people’s auras and weird stuff starts happening.


  1. Perfect – I leave in 3 1/2 weeks for the beach and I only have 1 book so far. I usually read 1-2 a day, so I need a few more!

  2. Oh I have read most of those and enjoyed them. Great Picks. I think the most intense one out of the group that I might have to warn people not to read if you have to watch children at the beach is Delirium. That one seemed to sweep me away. lol Here are My Top Ten Beach Reads

    Amanda @ Sisters Unedited

  3. I am under the strong belief that there is never a bad time to read any of the Vampire Academy books!

  4. Vampire Academy and Anna are favorites of mine and I just may reread them this summer.
    Hope you have some fun reading adventures at the beach!

  5. I NEED to read Anna and the French Kiss, I saw it on a couple of TTT’s and it’s almost embarrassing that I haven’t read it. I have read most of the books on your list and I definitely agree with you, they’re great!

  6. I agree so much with Anna!!!

    I haven’t read Graceling yet (or any of the companion books). I bought it, just haven’t gotten to it.

  7. Nice picks! Your post reminded me that I never did read Graceling. Now I shall.

  8. I love that Twilight is on there. Not many people mention it any more unless they are using it as a comparison to gauge the level of suck a book had…lol. :0) Good for you for putting it up there! I for one, really liked it (even though Bella really can be annoying….lol)

    Thanks for stopping into my blog today!!

  9. I have been wanting to read the Ya Ya Sisterhood… I am glad to know it is sufficiently beachy for summer reading!

  10. Great list; however, I’m reminded that I still have not read the sisterhood book. :)

  11. Great choices. I think if I read these on the beach I’d get burnt because I wouldn’t want to put down half of them to reapply sunscreen.

  12. Thanks for reminding me of Ya-Ya Sisterhood – I should re-read this one. I LOVED it so much the first time.

  13. Anna and The French Kiss and Delirium are good reads ANY TIME of the year in my opinion:) I’ve never read Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood, just watched the movie. Nice list:)

  14. Heh, it’s true.. Twilight is a quick entertaining read.. To be honest, I definitely enjoyed the series more before the crazy hype of the movie..

    Great choices tho! :) I need to re-read City of Bones.. read that one so long ago I don’t remember much of it!

    Thanks for stopping by :)

    Michele | Top 10

  15. I just picked up City of Bones. I keep hearing amazing things about it. I’ve heard mixed things about Evermore, though.

  16. thank you also have some good books

  17. I can’t help but SWOON over your list. Especially with Dimka, Jace, Noah Shaw, and St. Claire in it ;) Awesome list! :D

    Fara @ Tumbling In Books

  18. Ack, I love so many of the books on this list! Graceling, Matched, Delirium… all are awesome novels!

    Anna made my beach reads list as well :)

  19. Great list! I’d definitely take Evermore to the beach with me. Most of the other books you’ve listed are on my TBR shelf. Thanks for commenting on my post! :)

  20. I’m glad to hear you say that about Vampire Academy. I finally read the first one after hearing so many people talk about them and was just okay with it. I’ll give the second a chance. Though, unfortunately, I won’t be sitting by the beach or pool when I do. :-(
    Love the rest of your list, we have a few in common. :-)

  21. Thank you for stopping by my blog, Bittersweet Enchantment and leaving such a nice comment. I love your Top Ten! All great choices. I hope you enjoy your current read.

    – Beckie @ Bittersweet Enchantment

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