Top Ten Tuesday: Quick Reads for the Beach!

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jamie @ The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s theme is a Summer Reads Freebie so basically anything summer-y you can think of! Beach reads of all kinds or fun, summer contemporaries! I decided to go with quick reads/books for the beach since we all know how busy it gets during the summer sometimes I find it nicer to read fast-paced books that won’t let your attention wander! You’ll be finished with these books before you even know it and hopefully without the sunburn!

These are in no particular order and I will link up my full review for each book if I have it!

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10.) Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire

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This book is not only quick because it sucks you into its world so easily but also because it’s only 173 pages! It’s about children who were “sucked” into fantasy worlds and when their worlds used them up and spat them back out into reality they went to attend Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children. This is where they learn to cope with the fact that they may never go back to their fantastical worlds.

“Every Heart A Doorway” is such an amazing, magical story and I wish it was longer! It’s very interesting and complex for such a short book but what’s guaranteed is that this book will suck you in start to finish!


9.) Night Film by Marisha Pessl

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“Night Film” is about a journalist investigating the death of a famous horror movie director’s daughter and also trying to dig deeper into the reclusive director’s life as well. This book is dark, gritty and very fast paced especially considering it’s a whopping 606 pages! On top of how compelling the story is it also has a very eerie atmosphere overall and you may just be glad to be reading it out in the sunshine surrounded by people……


8.) Paper Princess by Erin Watt

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You know how we may sometimes refer to some romance novels or soap operas as “trashy” but mean it with love? That’s how I feel about “Paper Princess”. It’s the kind of story you just can’t help but be completely addicted to it while reading, there’s so much drama!

It’s about a young girl whose mother passes away and is suddenly taken in by Callum Royal and transported to his lavish mansion where he lives with his gorgeous sons. However, the boys hate her and are determined to get rid of her.


7.) The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

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The main character, Tessa, goes back to her childhood home to try and dig up the truth of her friend’s cousin’s death that occurred when they were little girls. The thing is they lied about what they saw that night and now Tessa must find out what really happened.

This is actually pretty dark for a YA mystery/thriller but boy is it intriguing! I actually really loved how gritty it got at times and how twisted, it made it all the more exciting to read. With all of the plot twists you’ll definitely be reading all day out in the sun!

You can read my full review here.


6.) With Malice by Eileen Cook

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A very fast-paced YA thriller that’s about a girl who wakes up in the hospital with anmesia and finds out her best friend is dead and she’s the prime suspect! I don’t want to say too much more because there are TONS of crazy twists! This is also set during the summertime and a trip over to Italy so beside the very fast pacing I think it makes a great beach read that you’ll zip through in no time!

You can read my full review here.


5.) My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows

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This one is a historic retelling of the story of Lady Jane Grey and it’s also simply hilarious! Nothing is taken too seriously in this book and it’s just so fun and heartwarming to read that you won’t be able to get enough of it!

You can read my full review here.


4.) The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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I think it’s safe to say we all know about this book, right? It’s about a girl who lives in a family full of clairvoyants and it was foretold that kissing her one true love will also kill him. She then meets the Raven Boys, who go to a local private school and is suddenly swept up into something much bigger than worrying about kisses and true love.

There’s so much mystery in this story and you’re left with so many questions while reading you won’t be able to put this one down!

You can read my full review here.


3.) The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

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This is a super fast-paced, action-packed space adventure about Nemesis who is a Diabolic made to protect a Senator’s daughter, Sidonia. Then an order comes demanding Sidonia  to the galactic court, as a hostage, and Nemesis must take her place in order to protect her.

So much action, so many plot twists, and so much revenge and court intrigue! This is definitely a fun book that’s packed with action and would be a great read to speed through!

You can read my full review here.


2.) Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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A space opera told in a very unique formatting, I think we’ve all at least heard of this one! This is probably one of the MOST fast-paced books I’ve ever read, there are constant twits and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat! It’s basically one horrible thing after the other but you’ll love it!

You can read my full review here.


1.) Red Rising by Pierce Brown

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This is  a very mixed genre book it’s a dystopian, sci-fi, and even a little bit of fantasy-esque so it has everything that make up the perfect book in my opinion. There’s a lot of feelings/emotions, action, fast-pacing, and a surprising amount of brutality as well. Honestly the best way to describe it is like “The Hunger Games” but even more violent and brutal.

It’s still one of the best books I’ve ever had the joy of reading and it’s very, very compelling. You’ll care so much about the fates of these characters you won’t be able to help yourself but to finish it in one sitting!

You can read my full review here.

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What are some books you’ll be reading at the beach this summer?

Do you have any all time favorite summer reads?

Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy

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Top Ten Tuesday: My Version of Beach Reads

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So sorry I’ve been so absent lately guys! With summer starting though we are all pretty busy, right? Anyways I know it isn’t Tuesday but hey….better late than never!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

This week’s theme is “beach reads”, now I am definitely not a light, fluffy contemporary reader so therefore I don’t have a lot of books that fit the generalized idea of a beach read. However, my interpretation of a beach read would be mysteries and thrillers or horror. I mean what better book to read in the sun than something dark and suspenseful? That way you have the sun and perhaps other beach goers to cheer you up, I don’t know about you guys but when I read dark thrillers or horror I certainly like knowing I’m not all by myself.

So yep these aren’t your typical beach reads but they’re great books that you’ll want to be out in the sunlight with versus a dark room, alone…..

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10.) Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

While this wasn’t exactly a favorite of mine it was still a decent book, it’s an extremely quick read (only 247 pages) and keeps you turning pages with a bit of suspense. None of these narrators can be trusted and the question of who is lying will succeed in keeping your attention. Definitely a worthy beach read in my book, mostly because it’s short and sweet.

9.) I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

Do you ever get that morbid kind of curiosity about serial killers? I do and if you do as well this book will definitely sate that curiosity. This is all about a boy who was raised to by his serial killer father to follow in his footsteps but instead Jazz (the MC) uses that to “hunt killers”. It’s not a book for the faint hearted or the squeamish, this is a fast paced mystery/thriller sure to keep your interest at the beach.

8.) Alice by Christina Henry

This is one of the darkest books I have ever read and it’s a retelling of Alice in Wonderland, definitely a book that you want to read in the sunshine with people around you because it gets pretty gruesome. It’s also quite fun to read through and see Henry’s different interpretations of the Wonderland characters we all know and love.

7.) You by Caroline Kepnes

Let me describe this book with two words: creeped out. Basically this entire book is about Joe Goldberg stalking a young lady. Seriously, that’s the whole book and it was GOOD. It’s not lacking in the suspense department either and I think you’ll feel a little more….safe reading it with other beach-goers around you.

6.) The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Who hasn’t heard of this book? It’s kind of the new “Gone Girl” but a little less thrilling in my opinion. Nonetheless it’s still very chilling to read and the mystery is compelling. Plus the movie is coming out this year so what better time to read this mystery/thriller then this summer at the beach?

5.) Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Normally I would have put “Gone Girl” on this list but I really loved Flynn’s debut novel “Sharp Objects” as well so I decided to break the mold a little. This is just as dark and twisted as “Gone Girl” and will keep you guessing until the very last few pages. I also HIGHLY recommend reading any of Flynn’s other books, they’re all masterpieces.

4.) The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

This is actually quite dark for a YA book it’s on par with the other “adult” books on my list here. You’ve got a few different plot lines entangling with each other through out and I think it’s safe to say that you won’t see the ending coming! This book will keep you hooked from the start.

3.) Slasher Girls & Monster Boys Stories Selected by April Genevieve Tucholke

A collection of short horror stories by some of the best YA authors around, if that’s not enough to grab your attention then let me tell you that all of these stories are both creepy and thrilling. Besides what’s better for the beach than a few short, horrifying stories? You can read one and go do….beach things and then come back and continue.

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(These ones actually ARE fun and light-hearted)

2.) Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

This book is absolutely hilarious and is full of colorful, funny illustrations. I think it’s safe to say you’ll be laughing your ass off with this one, what could be more fun?

1.) Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

I think “light-hearted” is the perfect way to describe this book it’s funny and will definitely give you those warm fuzzy feelings. While it’s kind of long for a graphic novel it’s also a very quick read and immensely enjoyable.

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Are any of these books on your Top Ten Tuesday list?

What are some of your beach reads?

Would you read any of these this summer at the beach?

Let me know in the comments and feel free to link your Top Ten Tuesday as well!

The Sassy