Thursday, July 7, 2011

Top 5 Beach Reads for 2011

Do you have a beach week coming up this summer? If you're going to be sticking your toes in the ocean, you definitely need some good beach-reads to stick in your bag and read with sun screen-y fingers. Here are our top 5 picks for this year!

Moonglass by Jessi Kirby
Anna is starting her junior year at a new school and a new house on a new beach. But it's not new to her dad. This is the place where he met Anna's mom and fell in love with her. Now Anna needs to figure out if she wants to uncover the secrets that are hiding like sea glass here among the waves. A thoughtful read perfect for reading in between staring out at the surf.

We'll Always have Summer by Jenny Han (see our full review here)
Really, this whole series is just made for beach reading. It's full of beautiful views, both of the ocean and the guys. Belly has the good luck of growing up in the shadow of her older brother and the Fisher boys, the sons of her mom's best friend. As she grew older, her friendship with Jeremiah and Conrad Fisher has changed and intensified. After she finishes her first year of college, this combustible relationship will explode in ways that she never imagined and that she can never go back from. Even if you're taking a stay-cation this summer, Jenny Han's series will transport you straight to the beach.

Falling in Love with English Boys by Melissa Jensen (See our full review here)
This is the type of read for those who like to pretend to be someone new on their beach vacation. Maybe someone with an amazing English accent. Catherine is not excited to be in England for the summer while her mother does research on some historical figure. But when Cat finds Katherine's diary and discovers the wonders of British chocolate and British boys, the summer starts to turn around.

The Summer of Firsts and Lasts by Terry Elan McVoy
Are you headed to the beach with your sisters? This one's for you. It's packed to the brim full of sister drama, competition and love. Calla, Violet and Daisy could all have been the stars of their own YA novels, but together they make it much more memorable and special.

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
Oh Libba, this one's too much fun to give even a little bit away. But we will tell you the basics: Beauty Queens crash land on an island and are suddenly dealing with mother nature and the possibility of dehydration or shark attack instead of what to wear for the talent portion of the show. There's sisterhood and butt-kicking, survival and hilarity oh and a crazy dictator and many other surprises. If you like your tropical paradise with a whole bunch of sarcasm, sequins and sparkle ponies, you'll want to dive into this one.

Running on the beach pic from here

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