Top Ten Tuesday: Beach Reads


Welcome back to another Top Ten Tuesday on my blog. I feel like it’s been a while but it’s only really been two weeks… Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is beach reads.

So… I don’t really go to the beach even though Sydney has some of the most beautiful beaches. But I’ve tried to choose ten books that are either set on the beach, set in summer or just a light and quick read that you could probably read in one sitting. And I’ve tried to choose books by a variety of authors so that I’m not putting down every single Huntley Fitzpatrick book, every Morgan Matson book and every Kasie West book (though you should read them all!).

1. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

This amazing book is set in a coastal town and has a very summery feel. It’s also one of my favourite contemporaries and I’ll never stop recommend this book. It’s cute and summery but also packs a punch with its themes.

2. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler

Another book that is cute and summery but packs a punch, The Summer of Chasing Mermaids is a loose retelling of The Little Mermaid. As with all of Sarah Ockler’s other books, it goes beyond being a contemporary romance and delves into some serious issues. The message of this book really carries through and if you’re still not convinced, there are mermaids 😀

3. SECOND CHANCE SUMMER by Morgan Matson

All of Morgan Matson’s books are perfect for summer and the beach, but Second Chance Summer is my favourite. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend bringing this one to the beach or reading it in public since it’ll probably make you ugly-cry at some point. But it’s set at the beach and the characters are so relatable!

4. This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

I love Jennifer E. Smith’s books and I wanted to feature one in this list of cute and summery contemporaries. This one is also set in a coastal town and features a cute relationship with a small town girl and her penfriend, who turns out to be a Hollywood actor.

5. The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

When it comes to quick and easy summer contemporary reads, Kasie West doesn’t disappoint. This is probably my favourite of her books that I’ve read. It’s got a really cute romance that kept me hooked. I finished the book in one sitting.

6. Summer Skin by Kirsty Eagar

This is a really recent read. It’s not really set in the summer but it’s a very quick and easy contemporary read by an Aussie author, and it feels super summery. This book is more NA than it is YA so if you a new NA book to read that isn’t completely full of sex scenes, try this one!

7. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

I thought I’d throw in a road trip book since road trips always remind me of summer. This is probably my favourite road trip book, though I do really like The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith too. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour is also super quick to read. I think I read this in just one or two sittings.

8. What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Another Huntley Fitzpatrick book that I love love LOVE! I’ve loved every single book that she’s ever written and this one was definitely no exception. It’s also set in a coastal town and feels very beachy. I absolutely loved the story and the characters in the book. Cass, the male love interest is just a super nice guy. Huntley Fitzpatrick is just so good at writing genuine and GOOD guys.

9. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Okay, this book isn’t really summery or beachy. There’s actually a lot of snow in this one… But I felt like I had to include a Stephanie Perkins book when talking about light contemporaries. This is my favourite of Stephanie Perkins’ books. Though I suppose she has a new anthology of short stories out that are summer-themed?

10. The Flywheel by Erin Gough

This is another book that isn’t really set in the summer but has a light, summery feel to it. It’s a really great LGBTQ+ book that’s set in Sydney with some really relatable characters.

41 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Beach Reads

    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      Hehe Stephanie Perkins’ books aren’t particularly summery but they’re so light and easy to read that I had to include them on this list. I love The Summer of Chasing Mermaids so much! It has some really wonderful messages. You should definitely check it out!

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  1. Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

    Great picks for this week Jenna!
    I’m the same I don’t really go to the beach much though I live really close to one. Unlike Sydney’s however I wouldn’t say it was a beautiful one either 🙂
    I have The Summer of Chasing Mermaids on my to-read list, super excited to get started on it, and oh I need to read more of Morgan Matson’s books, in my opinion she’s the queen of contemporary YA summer reads! 😀

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  2. Marie @ drizzleandhurricanebooks says:

    Ahh this is an incredible list! I have to read a Kasie West book soon, and I recently got The Distance Between Us, so glad to hear it’s one of your favorites! I’ll keep that one for the summer (because right now, it’s cold and raining and it doesn’t feel like summer, AT ALL, haha). 😀

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  3. Nick says:

    I’ve read and loved all the books in this list, Jenna, with the exception of the last one, but I’m adding it to my TBR.
    I’m so ready for a re-read of The Summer of Chasing Mermaids. I just love that book so much.
    And Summer Skin! I might have to check it out from my library again. 🙂
    Great list, Jenna!

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      Oooh I love The Flywheel! I hope you can get your hands on it. I really loved it when I read it last year. Such a fun and relatable LGBT read. I’m so ready to reread The Summer of Chasing Mermaids too! Little Sebastian was soooo cute (I can’t remember if that’s his name but I’m going with it).


  4. Lekeisha The Booknerd says:

    I literally just finished My Life Next Door, and didn’t love it like I hoped. I love the setting and summery feel, and the Garrett family is amazing, but I just found myself not liking Sam, her mom, Clay, or Nan. Jase and his family kept me reading and I gave it 3 stars. I’ll have to check out the rest of these since I’m binge reading summery reads right now.

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      Oh no! My Life Next Door is one of my all-time faves. But yeah, I completely understand. I hated Sam’s mother, Clay and Nan too. They were all such selfish people! But I liked Sam and the rest of the characters so I was able to look past it all. Wasn’t George just the cutest?!


  5. Rachel says:

    I’ve just read What I Thought Was True and totally agree, all Huntley Fitzpatrick books should be on a Beach Reading list 🙂 I’m definitely going to read Lola and the Boy Next Door and Isla and the Happily Ever After this year. I loved Anna and the French Kiss but just haven’t managed to fit those two in yet! I’m going to go check out all your other recommendation 🙂

    Happy Reading
    Rachel @ Paein-and-Ms4Tune

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      Isla is definitely my favourite of the three! If you loved Anna, I think you’ll really like the other two as well. Hope you can get to them soon! I recently picked up some adorable Anna, Lola and Isla magnetic bookmarks and now I’m dying to reread all the books!


  6. hiraethforthepages says:

    I agree with so many of these, great choices! Amy and Rogers Epic Detour is just so sweet it’s perfect and Kasie West novels are perfect! This is What Happy Looks Like is ADORABLE and a great choice 😉 I agree that Second Chance Summer is a great book but my ugly crying is HORRIFIC so it’s best we stay away from that disaster 😉

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  7. Lillian @ Mom With a Reading Problem says:

    Seriously great list 😀 I love short, sweet reads for the beach. Kasie West, Huntley Fitzpatrick and Stephanie Perkins have been popular choices this morning. I feel like I’m missing out having not read them…adding to my TBR now!
    My TTT

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  8. Lois says:

    Huntley Fitzpatrick and Morgan Matson are the ultimate summer contemporary reads. You simply cannot go wrong with their books. I still need to read Second Chance Summer but hopefully I can get to it soon. Naturally, I am going to have to do my yearly My Life Next Door re-read as well but hopefully I can slip The Summer of Chasing Mermaids into the reading list as well. Summer time is basically my contemporary binge reading sesh haha.

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      I hope you enjoy Second Chance Summer when you get to it. A few people who I’ve recommended it to haven’t really enjoyed it T_T. It’s my favourite Matson book though! I should do a yearly reread of My Life Next Door too! I need more George in my life!

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      Second Chance Summer and My Life Next Door are two of my all-time favourites! I definitely recommend them. They’re so perfect for summer and have such wonderful stories. But nothing by Morgan Matson or Huntley Fitzpatrick disappoints.


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