Top Ten Tuesday

That Summer Feeling – Top Beach Reads {Top Ten Tuesday}

As hosted by The Broke & The Bookish

Top Ten TuesdaySummer’s almost here guys! Which means it’s time to take out the beach reads as well. For me, summer is that time of the year where I’m more in the mood for a very specific type of book, which I call my typical beach reads. This is of course different for everybody, but for me a typical beach read checks of one or more of the things on this checklist:

  • It’s happy andย  FLUFFY!
  • It has a romance (which can even be a little clichรฉ)
  • It has a roadtrip
  • It has great friendships (but let’s be honest, I like reading about friendships the entire year)
  • It’s a coming of age story

So below are some of the books that are on my summer reading list. Some of these are books I still have to read and some are books I want to re-read but they all qualify as a beach read for me!

(The title of each book links to the Goodreads page with more details about the book)

To read

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sรกenz

Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of the Universe

The story of 2 boys, Ari and Dante, that get to know each other and start to share a special friendship – the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. This is such a highly appraised book that I’ve been wanting to read for a while now. I bought it last week and can’t wait to start it!

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Morgan Matson is kind of the go-to-author for beach reads. The Unexpected Everything has just been released and I’m super excited. It’s about a politician’s daughter who has everything planned out. But then a scandal strikes and her life is changed in unexpected ways.

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Another Morgan Matson! When Emily’s best friend disappears she leaves behind a list of thing for Emily to do. Things that are about to make her life a whole lot more interesting.ย 

Wanderlost by Jen Malone

Wanderlost by Jen Malone

Roadtripping in Europe, combined with a nice little romance? Yes, please!

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

A story about family, friendship and the boy-next-door – sounds like the perfect summer read!

The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler

The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler

Look at that cover. Look at the title. I need it now!

To re-read

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon vs the Home Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

I love Simon and I’ve been wanting to re-read his story practically since the moment I finished it. A cute and fluffy romance and one of the most lovable main characters I’ve ever read.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

Since hearing the news that there will be a third book in the To All The Boys I’ve Love Before series (YAY!), I’ve been super excited to re-read the previous two books.

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour

This book was pure beach read perfection. A roadtrip, a nice romance, lovable characters and a fun lay-out including playlists, pictures and other fun stuff.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Don’t let the cheesy name and cover fool you, this book is amazing! It’s also the only book on here that I wouldn’t mind both re-reading in summer and at Christmas time – it’s just that kind of feel-good book.


What books are on your summer reading list?

Do you also gravitate more towards fluffy contemporaries during summer of do you read something completely different?

Have you read any of the books on my list? And if yes, what did you think of them?


  1. Oooooooo great list this week! I have been meaning to read Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe for ages too. I don;t think I’m going to have the chance to read it this summer but I hope you do. I’ll be looking out for your review!
    I hadn’t heard about The Unexpected Everything before seeing your list today but it looks great! I’ve never read any Morgan Matson before but this looks like a great first book to try.
    I hope you like My Life Next Door, I read it last year and LOVED it. Still haven’t gotten round to the sequel but I hear it’s just a good as this one.
    I would LOVE to read the entire Anna & the French Kiss trilogy. I loved them the first time but haven’t had the chance since.
    I hope you get round to reading all of these! Happy beach reading!
    My TTT

    1. Thank you!
      I’m starting Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe next because I’m really excited to read it and I have super high expectations. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Morgan Matson is great! I’ve only read Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by her but I loved it so I can’t wait to read her other books.
      I didn’t even know that My Life Next Door had a sequel! Glad to hear you loved it, now I’m even more excited to start reading ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. The Unexpected Everything, also made my list! I just need to hurry up and read Amy & Roger, and Since You’ve Been Gone! I LOVED Second Chance Summer! It had me crying like a baby!!
    My Top Ten Tuesday!

    1. Oh I still need to read Second Chance Summer too! It should definitely be on my TBR soon ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. What a perfect list for the summer, I love it! I agree with everything on your checklist, it’s pretty much everything I’m looking for in a summer read. I agree with you about Morgan Matson as well, she’s one of my to-go authors for great, summer contemporary reads <3 I can't wait to read her new book as well ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks! I’ve only read Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour so far by Morgan Matson, but all her books seem like the perfect summer read. And this summer will definitely be the time for me to read them ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I seem to be the only person around who does not really care for Morgan Matson’s books *sigh*. I’m gonna check out some of the others though ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. That’s totally ok, the world would be very boring if we all liked the same things ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks for stopping by!

  5. I absolutely love your checklist !! On your to read I LOVED The Unexpected Everything and Aristotle and Dante and want to read the rest. I also LOVED Simon, Amy & Roger , Anna and To All the Boys. Great great picks!!

    1. Thanks! I’m super excited to read these books, starting with Aristotle and Dante ๐Ÿ™‚

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