Good evening guys! I hope you’ve enjoyed your first week of Self Care month here on the blog. To round off the week, I’m going to be sharing with you 7 of my favourite Beachy Reads.
Now, when I say ‘Beach Read’ I’m meaning a book that doesn’t take a lot of brain cells to get through, its plot is relatively light and fluffy and it’s usually something in the contemporary genre.
I was originally going to stick with my usual ‘Top 5’ list, but I just couldn’t pick between these guys, so you’re getting 7 instead, I hope you don’t mind!
- Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. With the movie coming out in May, you’re running out of time to read this one beforehand! This was my favourite book of 2016, the second I finished I called my boyfriend and fangirled down the phone at him for over an hour (and trust me, this is not normal for me, I’m usually very restrained). I love cute romances like this that have something else going on beneath the surface. Yoon’s writing is so easy to read, I foresee myself rereading this one very soon.
- To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. I’m sure I’ve talked about this one to death on this blog, but it’s probably one of my favourite YA books of all time. This is the perfect time to pick it up and marathon the whole series as the third and finally book has just been published (I’m prewriting this before the release date and am literally so excited to sink my teeth into it the day it comes out). Whenever I talk about this book, I have to make special mention of the gorgeous family dynamic in this series. Yes the romance is cute, and Jenny has an unbelievable knack for making so many loveable boys that you really don’t care which way the triangle resolves, but what makes the series for me is the sisterly relationship, it’s just too cute!
- Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall. I have a full review up for this one, so I won’t waste time now giving you a pile of detail. All I’ll say is that this is the closest I’ve come to in love with a book in the last 3 months. It’s a really nice story, with a enough twists and turns to keep it interesting and an important look into the life of someone dealing with mental illness. (I’ve made it sound much heavier than it is – I promise it’s amazing!)
- Dreamology by Lucy Keating. I read this one last summer, and was very pleasantly surprised. After reading the description, I was a little skeptical, but I thought I’d give it a whirl anyway – I’m so glad I did. This remains one of the cutest books I’ve ever read. After I finished it, I didn’t read anything else for a week so my head could stay in this world of dreams, that’s how great it was.
- Never, Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher. I feel like this one is a little bit darker than some of my other titles, but it’s still a great read for summer. This book is particularly interesting as it’s written as 3 novellas, rather than chapters. That means they’re perfect for reading by the pool (no wrist strain from holding up a 400 page book!) and the story is gripping. Like I said, a little darker than some of the others, but still ultimately a fairly fluffy contemporary.
- We Were Liars by E Lockhart. I remember the year this book came out hearing so much hype about it and not believing a word. I only got around to this one last year in January, lying on the beaches of Byron Bay, Australia. This one definitely has a darker tone, but the beauty of the writing and the intrigue of the story makes it the perfect tale to fly through in the sun.
- The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp. I know for a fact that I’m not the only person who remembers curling up with The Perks of Being A Wallflower as a teenager and getting that fuzzy feeling that only Chbosky can bring. To recapture that feeling, I’d definitely recommend this book. It’s a traditional coming of age story that deals with alcohol, heading off to college, and lots of other good stuff that sends me right back to my mid-teens.
So there you go, hopefully there’s at least one title on this list that you’d like to investigate. Let me know down below some of your favourite summer reads, be they contemporary or not – I’m always looking for a new book!
See you in a couple of days!