Top Ten Beach Reads and Huge Book Giveaway

10 great YA Beach Reads at Rae Gun Ramblings

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday with The Broke and The Bookish is “beach reads”. Before I get to it I want to let you know about a giveaway my good friend and fellow book girl Debra and I have going on. I’m posting an image and a linky below just to make it easy but if you want to read more about the giveaway check out my Summer Survival Kit Giveaway post. I hope you’ll enter and spread the word! (if you don’t see the rafflecopter just reload the page)

  • The Summer Trilogy I just adored this trilogy that starts with The Summer I Turned Pretty. It’s a sweet story of a girl growing up, childhood family friends, Summer vacation, and romance. I loved them. It will definitely get you in the mood for the beach.
  • The Throne of Glass is a great choice If you feel like some action and romance. The story is full of political intrigue, awesome fighting, and some swoonable boys. It’s a fun action filled book with great characters and an interesting story.
  • Wake there’s a lot of beach and swimming action in this interesting mythology retelling.
  • Divergent is one of my all time favorite books. If you haven’t made time to read this yet you should. It’s a great dystopian with lots of action and interesting ideas. It’s not your standard beach book but just line the Hunger Games book it’s one of those stories that would be great to read while at the beach.
  • Starcrossed is another greek mythology retelling. Much of the story takes place along the waterfront and it’s great.
  • The Raven Boys – I’ve raved about this before but the combo of mystery, adventure and cute witty boys makes it a perfect pick for taking with on a relaxing beach outing.
  • Percy Jackson or really any of Rick Riordan’s books. All three series are fun light hearted read and the Percy books take place over Summer break so it’s a perfect book read.
  • Soulbound is a fun action filled book if you liked Vampire Academy or have a inkling for some paranormal romance this is a good one that isn’t too heavy.
  • Along for the Ride is my favorite of the Dessen books that I’ve read. Sweet contemporary romance perfect for reading on the beach.
  • 13 Little Blue Envelops is a lovely story about travel and learning more about yourself. It’s a sweet contemporary that hits some tough issues without being too heavy.

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  1. Great list! I totally agree re: Percy Jackson, they’re so much fun (which reminds me, still need to read the third book in the Heroes of Olympus series, lol).

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  2. I haven’t read the Summer series yet, but I want to. I also hope to read Divergent soon too. Great list!

  3. What an amazing giveaway! Thanks. I wanted to love Throne Of Glass, but in the end, it just wasn’t the book for me. Divergent is a great read for any setting. :D Nice list.

  4. The Summer series looks right up my alley – I think I need to get my hands on a copy. Sarah Dessen is perfect for summer and Throne of Glass was incredible – can’t wait for the second book!

  5. *high fives* for Summer trilogy…it’s also my fave beach read. I loved The Throne of Glass and I agree it’s a great beach read too. Divergent as well. I have heard of the others but haven’t read them. Great list :)

  6. Nice picks! Divergent, the Summer series, and Throne of Glass are some of my faves. Happy summer reading :)

  7. Yep, great list! You know you’re the first blog to mention Jenny Han this week? So remiss of people. :-) Everyone seems to agree with Sarah Dessen though and I haven’t yet read one of her books yet, I think I shall have to change that this summer.

  8. Great top ten! We have several books in common:)

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  9. Love 13 Little Blue Envelopes and Along for the Ride. Those are such great summery reads.

  10. What a great list! Divergent, Percy Jackson and Starcrossed are some of my favorite books. And The Raven Boys!!!! LOVE Maggie Stiefvater. SO much. I hope to read The Dream Thieves on the beach this summer. Thanks for visiting me, and awesome giveaway!

  11. Great choices! I really need to read Throne of Glass! Thanks for stopping by my TTT!

  12. I really loved Divergent. This looks like a great collection of books, for summer reading I need something that really draws me in as its so nice outside I really have to like the book to spend time reading it.

  13. Along for the Ride made it on my list as well. Any of Dessen’s books would be fun to read on the beach.

  14. Just finished The Raven Boys and LOVED it! Nice pick for this list!

  15. I’m reading the Aunt Dimity books by Nancy Atherton. Delightful little books that make for fun, light reading. Thanks for the chance to win books.

  16. Lightning Thief is perfect for summer reading!! Great choice!! I love the graphic above too!! I have slowly been trying to become better at Graphics. My Top Ten Pool Reads


  17. I really want to read The Summer I Turned Pretty (the only reason I haven’t yet is bc of the name Belly… I have a hard time picturing someone w/ that name!). Anyway… I also want to read 13 Little Blue Envelopes and Wake. And of course Sarah Dessen is beach perfection!

    Thanks for stopping by My TTT …I love that HP bag you have on your giveaway! SO CUTE!

  18. I have been meaning to read Starcrossed – I have it on my bookshelf, so I have no excuses. And, I love mythology!

    TTT at Krista’s Dust Jacket

  19. Thanks for this post and giveaway. I was just looking for a list of books to read this summer.

  20. I really need to get to Divergent. I figure I’ll wait for the third one to come out. I’ve been seeing a lot of Percy Jackson today. Great list!

    Tsuki’s TTT

  21. What a fantastic idea to do a giveaway with this post! And for the record you are the first list I have seen Divergent on. Good call!

  22. I haven’t read Percy Jackson OR Amanda Hocking OR the Throne of Glass series yet! But I LOVED raven boys & just started insurgent!!! <3

  23. I have been meaning to start on a few on your list too…The Summer Trilogy, Raven Boys and 13 Little Blue Envelopes

  24. I’ll have to check out the Summer series! Sounds light and fun.

    My favorite summer read might have to be With a Name Like Love, which takes place in the hot south. :)

  25. The Percy Jackson books are so fun! The chapter titles only would be perfect!

  26. Great list (and giveaway)!

    I read THE TRUTH ABOUT FOREVER and GOING TOO FAR every summer… they’re my perfect summer reads and I fall in love with the characters every time I read them!

  27. Awesome list! I can’t wait to read some Sarah Dessen books, and The Summer I Turned Pretty. And I totally agree – Percy Jackson would make a GREAT beach read! Son of the sea god, and all… ;D

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT :)

  28. Divergent made my list too, though I love reading Sophie Kinsella in the summer.

  29. Great list! Love seeing Percy on there and Raven Boys… great books. Thanks so much for sharing and stopping by!
    Bonnie @ Sweet Tidbits

  30. Wow! We do have a lot of the same picks! I adore the Summer series! Thanks for stopping by my TTT!

  31. This is an awesome list! Love some of these and i see some awesome Sarah Dessen! Thank you for stopping by!

  32. There are some brilliant books on your list Marissa! I’m so pleased that the Summer series made it too your list! I totally forgot about Divergent, I absolutely adore that book! Thanks for stopping by! :)

  33. Oh man, I wish I had thought of Percy Jackson! That’s definitely a great read. I’ve only read the first series, but I loved them. They are just so funny, and I get such a kick out of the chapter titles!

  34. Great list! I loved The Raven Boys. The Summer Trilogy is going to have to be added to my to-read list. :)

  35. Great list! I could have added a few more of those to mine. And I really need to read 13 Blue Envelopes, I can’t believe I’ve never read it.

  36. So many good books on here! I still need to read ANYTHING by Sarah Dessen.

    Thanks for visiting!
    My TTT

  37. Wow! What a great giveaway! I’m such a bibliophile, so I’ve read a few of these, but they were all library books and it would be great to own them.

  38. Kimberly says:

    Love your list! There’s so many books on your list that I haven’t read yet but I loved Perc Jackson & The Lightning Thief! Thanks for stopping by my Top 10 Tuesday Post this week :)
    Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

  39. Oh man, I need to read more of Sarah Dessen’s books. I’ve read two and I really liked them. They look perfect for the beach!

    Great list!

  40. Great list and great giveaway. Along for the Ride is my favorite Dessen book and probably my favorite summer read.

  41. This the BEST giveaway ever!

  42. Great list – I need to check out 13 Little Blue Envelopes because I love Maureen Johnson! I can totally see her books being good beach reads :)

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT list earlier!

  43. I just finished Cascade by Maryanne O’Hara and it is a fabulous beach read. It is historical fiction with great characters, a great timeperiod and setting.

  44. Loved Soulbound, can’t wait for the next one.

  45. Jessica Smyth says:

    Hmmmm, been a while since I was able to relax and read…2 year old and all that…however, I love a good romance/adventure book.

  46. Amanda Panotes says:

    I just started reading Graceling and am loving it! But I will forever and always consider Harry Potter my #1 all-seasons read. I’ve been DYING to read Divergent, but I’m too cheap to buy the book and all the copies are lent out at the library! Dilemmas.

  47. My favorite summer reads are anything by Sarah Dessen and occasionally Susane Colasanti. Anyway, thanks so much for the giveaway!

  48. I love love lovedddd Divergent. I’m (not very patiently) waiting until this fall for the last book in that series!

  49. Kameron Mitchell says:

    I reaaaally loved Divergent, as well as the Percy Jackson series. But right now I’m in the middle of the Delirium series and I’m loving it!

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