Thursday, June 5

What books will I carry in my beach bag in 2014?

I’ve been dying to make this post lately, it seems like a lot of fun to share with you my top 10 future summer reads and maybe even give you some good ideas. I try to choose light reads and books which seem amazing but because I didn’t read any of these I can’t be sure of their quality. Have fun browsing through my list. :)

10. Susane Colasanti - When It Happens 

At the start of her senior year in high school, Sara wants two things: to get into a top college and to find true love.Tobey also wants two things for his senior year: to win Battle of the Bands and to make Sara fall in love with him. However, a popular jock named Dave moves in on Sara first. But Tobey’s quirky wit and big blue eyes are hard for Sara to ignore. Plus, he gets the little things that matter to her. Can a slacker rock-star wannabe win the heart of a pretty class brain like Sara?

Notes: Sounds like a cute light-read with a little drama and adorable love story. Perfect for a carefree day on the beach.

9. Amy and Roger's Epic Detour

Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it's Amy's responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn't ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip - and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar - especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory - but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way.

Notes: I've been waiting for an opportunity to read this book, it takes place in the summer so what could be a better choice than to read it while on vacation?

8. Rainbow Rowell - Eleanor and Park 

Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.
Eleanor... Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough...Eleanor.
Park... He knows she'll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There's a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises...Park.
Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

Notes: As far as I remember this book has a sad ending (?) but I'm not sure, anyway there needs to be at least one sad book in a summer reading list too, so here it is. 

7. C. J. Duggan - The Boys of Summer (Summers #1)

It seemed only natural to nickname them the ‘Onslow Boys’. Every time they swaggered in the front door of the Onslow Hotel after a hard week’s work, their laughter was loud and genuine as they settled onto their bar stools. I peeked through the restaurant partition, a flimsy divider between my world and theirs. I couldn’t help but smile whenever I saw them, saw him ... Toby Morrison.
Quiet seventeen-year-old Tess doesn’t relish the thought of a summertime job. She wants nothing more than to forget the past haunts of high school and have fun with her best friends before the dreaded Year Twelve begins.
To Tess, summer is when everything happens: riding bikes down to the lake, watching the fireworks at the Onslow Show and water bomb fights at the sweltering Sunday markets.
How did she let her friends talk her into working?
After first-shift disasters, rude, wealthy tourists and a taunting ex-boyfriend, Tess is convinced nothing good can come of working her summer away. However, Tess finds unlikely allies in a group of locals dubbed ‘The Onslow Boys’, who are old enough to drive cars, drink beer and not worry about curfews. Tess’s summer of working expands her world with a series of first times with new friends, forbidden love and heartbreaking chaos.
All with the one boy she has never been able to forget. 
It will be a summer she will always remember. 

Notes: Sounds like fun, I hope it's not one of those books which is fully packed with clichés from various romance novels. It's actually a series but as I read every book is about a different character, and I just love these kind of books, you know where we will get more from the characters without drama in their relationships. 

6. René Gilley - Just Sing (Seven Oaks #1)

Sixteen-year-old Lily O’Brien has one goal in life—to sing. Her dream is to get into a topnotch college vocal program, but the summer before her junior year, her high school cuts their awarding-winning vocal ensemble. She might as well kiss her dreams goodbye.
When the snobby new neighbors move into their mansion up the hill, Lily is positive summer can’t get any worse, and she’s determined to hate and ignore them—until she meets Aiden. 
He’s broken and beautiful, and they become reluctant friends. Through her newfound friendship, she finds the strength to step outside the comfort of her plan and follow her dream. 
But when Lily’s family is about to lose their home, she puts her wishes aside and finds the answer to save their generations-old ranch in the last place she expected.

Notes: As soon as I found this book I knew I'm going to read in the very near future, it sounds like a good romance with actual feelings and important topics such as choosing your career and helping your family. I'm not sure how it will turn out because I saw many-many good ideas go downhill but I'm looking forward to this.

5. Liz Czukas - Ask Again Later

Despite what her name might suggest, Heart has zero interest in complicated romance. So when her brilliant plan to go to prom with a group of friends is disrupted by two surprise invites, Heart knows there's only one drama-free solution: flip a coin.
Heads: The jock. He might spend all night staring at his ex or throw up in the limo, but how bad can her brother's best friend really be?
Tails: The theater geek...with a secret. What could be better than a guy who shares all Heart's interests--even if he wants to share all his feelings?
Heart's simple coin flip has somehow given her the chance to live out both dates. But where her prom night ends up might be the most surprising thing of all...

Notes: I guess this book can turn out as a cute light-read or a dumb story, we'll see. 

4. Sarah Strohmeyer - Smart Girls Get What They Want

Gigi, Bea, and Neerja are best friends and total overachievers. Even if they aren't the most popular girls in school, they aren't too worried. They know their real lives will begin once they get to their Ivy League colleges. There will be ivy, and there will be cute guys in the libraries (hopefully with English accents)! But when an unexpected event shows them they're missing out on the full high school experience, it's time to come out of the honors lounge and into the spotlight. They make a pact: They will each take on their greatest challenge—and they will totally rock it.

Gigi decides to run for student rep, but she'll have to get over her fear of public speaking—and go head-to-head with gorgeous California Will. Bea used to be one of the best skiers around, until she was derailed. It could be time for her to take the plunge again. And Neerja loves the drama club but has always stayed behind the scenes—until now.

These friends are determined to show the world that smart girls really can get what they want—but that could mean getting way more attention than they ever bargained for. . . .

Notes: I'm really looking forward to this one, I hope the author didn't ruin the characters because sometimes books which promise smart girls make them look like dumb as hell. 

3. Jenny Han - To All the Boys I've Loved Before

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister's ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

Notes: I've heard so many good things about this I don't think I will be disappointed in it. And I absolutely love the Burn for Burn trilogy, Jenny Han can write anything and I will read it no matter what. 

2. Jennifer E. Smith - The Geography of You and Me

Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they're rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.
Lucy and Owen's relationship plays out across the globe as they stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and -- finally -- a reunion in the city where they first met.
A carefully charted map of a long-distance relationship, Jennifer E. Smith's new novel shows that the center of the world isn't necessarily a place. It can be a person, too.

Notes: I've read plenty of good things about this and I absolutely loved The Statistic Probability of Love at First Sight, still I'm a bit hesitant because This is What Happy Looks Like wasn't nearly as good as I thought it will be. 

1. Sarah Dessen - Along for the Ride 

It’s been so long since Auden slept at night. Ever since her parents’ divorce—or since the fighting started. Now she has the chance to spend a carefree summer with her dad and his new family in the charming beach town where they live.
A job in a clothes boutique introduces Auden to the world of girls: their talk, their friendship, their crushes. She missed out on all that, too busy being the perfect daughter to her demanding mother. Then she meets Eli, an intriguing loner and a fellow insomniac who becomes her guide to the nocturnal world of the town. Together they embark on parallel quests: for Auden, to experience the carefree teenage life she’s been denied; for Eli, to come to terms with the guilt he feels for the death of a friend.
In her signature pitch-perfect style, Sarah Dessen explores the hearts of two lonely people learning to connect.

Note: I love Sarah Dessen's writing style but after reading the Moon and More I was quite disappointed, it was nothing what I've been looking for, anyway I never heard anything but good stuff about this, so let's give it a try. 

So, these are my summer reads for 2014, hope you enjoyed my list. What are yours? Have you read any of these above? Did you like it? Tell me in the comments :) 


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  3. I like your summers reads! Though, I'm not the type of person who reads on the beach. I want to read Amy & Roger's Epic Detour, To All the Boys I've Loved Before, and Along for the Ride. I've never heard of Smart Girls Get What They Want, so I added it to the to-read list. :)

    Holly @ Part of that World


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