Top Ten Tuesday: Beach Reads!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish (click the image to visit them) who pick a different topic each week.

This week the topic is: Top Ten Books Beach Reads That I’d Put in my Bag.

I’m not sure if I’m going to get a holiday this year, but I am going to try to get a last minute deal in August/September perhaps, so fingers crossed. This topic is reealllly making me want to go away for a week of laying on the beach, drinking cocktails and reading. Ahhhh…yes please.

Anyway, these are the books I would take IF I was going away in the next month or so. They’re not all what I would class as beach reads, but they’re the books I really want to read but haven’t found the time to yet so I’d shove them in my holiday bag for sure.

In no particular order…


Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins: I really like the look of this, but haven’t got round to buying a copy yet. If I was going on holiday, I’d totally pick this up at the airport though.

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer: Ahhh so much love for this series. I actually just got this through the post so it will be read soon, holiday or no holiday.

Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy #3) by Richelle Mead: Same for this series too! This one is set during Spring Break as well by the sound of it…even better!

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl: I really wanted to start this series before I saw the film, but I failed. I don’t usually like reading the book after the film (which I enjoyed) but I saw this at a car boot sale for like 20p so I’m going to give it a go!

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: I find John Green a bit hit and miss by himself, but I love his collaborations like Will Grayson, Will Grayson written with David Levithan. I’m not sure this would be a great beach read though, from what I’ve heard. Unless you enjoy sobbing on a beach. I do have this lined up to read soon though.


The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas I’ve had this on my TBR pile for quite a while. It would be one of the first ones to go in my bag if I was going away. ❤ Celaena!

The One (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass: Don’t even get me started on this. Obviously, it would be a PERFECT beach read. IF IT IS EVER AVAILABLE IN THIS GODDAMN COUNTRY. Deep breaths.

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides: I have seriously had this book on my TBR pile for about 5 years. I’ve been told it’s amazing, it sounds amazing, I have no idea why I haven’t got round to it yet. If I was going on holiday I would read the crap out of it!

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare: I’m actually reading this in June as part of the Once Upon a Time challenge. I don’t think I’ve ever read it all the way through.

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare: This would be in my beach bag but I need to read books #4 & #5 first. I am determined to catch up by the end of the year. Malec!!!

Currently Reading:

Take Back the Skies by Lucy Saxton

takeCatherine Hunter is the daughter of a senior government official on the island of Anglya. She’s one of the privileged – she has luxurious clothes, plenty to eat, and is protected from the Collections which have ravaged families throughout the land. But Catherine longs to escape the confines of her life, before her dad can marry her off to a government brat and trap her forever. So Catherine becomes Cat, pretends to be a kid escaping the Collections, and stows away on the skyship Stormdancer. As they leave Anglya behind and brave the storms that fill the skies around the islands of Tellus, Cat’s world becomes more turbulent than she could ever have imagined, and dangerous secrets unravel her old life once and for all …

I started this last week but I’ve had next to no reading time of late 😦 However, my first impressions are good ones! I know it’s all most people are talking about, but I can’t believe Saxon is only 18 and started writing this book when she was 16. It certainly doesn’t read like it’s written by a sixteen year old so far!

I have high hopes for this steampunk, fantasy adventure.

Purchase (limited Hardback 1st Edition & Paperback available)
Available to pre-order now, or buy from the 6th June.